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Good article from the L.A. Times discussing Troy Aikman's rise to the top of the NFL broadcasting world. If you're doing the NFC Champioship game, you're at the top. I think it's well deserved also, Troy does a better job than most in analyzing a game. Although he sometimes goes as far as he can to not show any Dallas bias, he makes more sense than 99% of the bozos we have to endure. (see Joe Thiesmann and Paul Maguire). Money quote:

As last Sunday's game [Bears vs. Carolina] was winding down, he said of the Bears: "If they thought they didn't get any respect coming into the game, they're certainly not going to get any when it's over."

Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Second money quote:

Then there's the sports world. He and Roger Staubach have formed a NASCAR team, and his friends say Aikman someday would like to own an NFL team, or at least run one.

"I'm very happy with what I am doing now," Aikman said, "but there is a side of me that is definitely intrigued by it, if it were the right situation."

Uh-oh. I don't think Jerry is going anywhere soon, so he can't own the Cowboys. And Jerry is the GM, so he can't run it. I just can't imagine Troy in another franchise's colors, even in management.

From USA Today a couple of Cowboys items:

Long snapper Danny Young was signed a one-year contract for 2006. He originally signed with San Diego in 2005 as a rookie free agent out of North Carolina State, and he played in NFL Europe last spring. He was then released by the Chargers at the end of training camp.

The Cowboys seemingly have been bracing for [LB coach Gary] Gibbs' departure, as they supposedly have been in contact with Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann about becoming the linebackers coach.

Mickey Spags talks about a new OC here.
(Hat tip to Tom)

Click below to see the list of 48 underclassman who are eligible for the draft.

Each of the 48 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.

The players declared eligible are:

Bing, Darnell DB Southern California
Brockington, Cornell RB Connecticut
Bush, Reggie RB Southern California
Calhoun, Brian RB Wisconsin
Cromartie, Antonio DB Florida State
Davis, Vernon TE Maryland
Drew, Maurice RB UCLA
Edwards, Ray DE Purdue
Fasano, Anthony TE Notre Dame
Gordon, Charles DB Kansas
Hall, Willie T Middle Tennessee
Hester, Devin WR Miami
Holmes, Santonio WR Ohio State
Jackson, Chad WR Florida
Jacobs, Omar QB Bowling Green
Johnson, Cornell RB Indiana State
Johnson, Marquis WR Texas Tech
Joseph, Johnathan DB South Carolina
Justice, Winston T Southern California
Kirsch, Brandon QB Purdue
Lee, Greg WR Pittsburgh
Maroney, Laurence RB Minnesota
Marshall, Richard DB Fresno State
Martin, Derrick DB Wyoming
Matua, Fred G Southern California
McCargo, John DT North Carolina State
McClover, Stanley DE Auburn
McDaniel, Tony DT Tennessee
Morris, Derek T North Carolina State
Ngata, Haloti DT Oregon
Parham, Kai LB Virginia
Payne, Bobby DE Middle Tennessee
Pollard, Bernard DB Purdue
Pope, Leonard TE Georgia
Quillen, Drouzon WR Louisiana-Monroe
Rodgers, Cory WR Texas Christian
Simpson, Ko DB South Carolina
Sims, Ernie LB Florida State
Smith, Daniel WR Idaho
Smith, Rob G Tennessee
Tulloch, Stephen LB North Carolina State
Vick, Marcus QB Virginia Tech
Webb, Dee DB Florida
White, LenDale RB Southern California
Whitner, Donte DB Ohio State
Williams, Mario DE North Carolina State
Youboty, Ashton DB Ohio State
Young, Vince QB Texas

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