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The Sporting News spews the conventional wisdom about Eldorado in Dallas.

Parcells has been the catalyst on the sidelines, and Owens will do the same on the field. Remember what T.O. did in that one "happy season" in Philadelphia? He'll do the same here, to make Dallas the best team in its division and one of two best in the entire NFC.

I have to say it's nice when the conventional wisdom is that the Cowboys are now one of the best teams in the NFC. Let's hope they can turn conventional wisdom into reality this fall.

Burger King wrote a very long MMQB column today, much of it about the Eagles. Once you slog through all that I found a couple of intriguing nuggets.

Jimmy Smith caught 526 more footballs than Lynn Swann, for 6,825 more yards.

Unfortunately for the retiring Jaguar, that sentence will probably be as close as Smith will come to sharing immortality with Swann, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I guess that shows how much the passing game has progressed in the last couple of decades. Of course, a bunch of Super Bowl wins always helps, too.

Sean Payton really is part of the Parcells family tree, even if he doesn't use the 3-4 defense.

I think Sean Payton needs to pay Bill Parcells some sort of royalty for stealing an idea and applying it in New Orleans. Rookies don't get the Saints' logo on the side of their practice helmets until they make the team. Same with Cowboys rookies and the Dallas star.

Ex-Cowboy middle linebacker Bob Breunig is a good dad. He also was a very good linebacker who came in with a great draft class.

But he did have some amazing experiences with the Cowboys. Drafted in 1975, Breunig was one of 12 rookies who made the team that year - hence the Dirty Dozen nickname - and helped the Cowboys to a Super Bowl.

The Dirty Dozen included future Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White and future Pro Bowlers Breunig, Thomas Henderson, Pat Donovan and Herb Scott.

The Dirty Dozen didn't even include 13-year linebacker Mike Hegman, who was drafted that year but did not arrive until the next season. And future Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn was in training camp in 1975 as a rookie free agent.

Jim Zorn? You learn something new every day.