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DeMarcus Ware is the new "Karate Kid"

DeMarcus Ware is the new "Karate Kid". First it was Ralph Macchio, using the patented Crane style, taught to him by his master, Mr. Miyagi. Then Hillary Swank took her turn, before dumping the movie-franchise and moving on to winning Oscars. Now DeMarcus Ware is the new "Karate Kid". Wax on, wax off!

From Lenny P. (sub. req.):

In an effort to improve his hand quickness and strength, Dallas second-year linebacker DeMarcus Ware began taking karate lessons three weeks ago. The results, even in the short-term, Ware said this week, have been amazing. "People don't understand how important it is to get your hands on a blocker and be able to move him around," Ware said. "In just a short time, I've learned a lot, and I'm getting a better read now on what the other guy is doing with his hands. It should be a big help to me this year."

Ware collected eight sacks in 2006, only two fewer than defensive rookie of the year Shawne Merriman, in starting in all 16 games. But the 2005 first-rounder knows he has to be more consistent in his sophomore campaign. His eight sacks came in six games and he had an eight-game sackless drought at one point before authoring a three-sack game against Carolina on Christmas Eve.

To replace the deceased Pat Morita, and his character Mr. Miyagi, the new movie will have Bill Parcells as the new teacher and friend to the "Karate Kid".

Parcells: Karate come from China, sixteenth century, called te, "hand." Hundred year later, Parcells ancestor bring to Okinawa, call kara-te, "empty hand."
DeMarcus-san: I thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that.
Parcells: You too much TV.  

From the same article, good news about Jason's Witten contract situation.

The Cowboys are very early in negotiations aimed at completing a new deal with Jason Witten, but hope to have an extension in place with the two-time Pro Bowl tight end by the beginning of camp. Without an extension, Witten would be eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2006 season.

Get `er done, Jerry.

Here's another article on the Jason Witten boating accident rumor. Looks like it was all false speculation. Steve Grindstaff, the guy who was supposed to be with Witten on the lake, tells the story.

"We were receiving phone calls from Alabama, South Carolina and Dallas," Grindstaff said. "Last night when I talked to Jason, I think the Associated Press had called him. CNN News had called him. Jason was as blind-sided as I was. Neither one of us were on the lake."

Grindstaff said he was home with his family at the time of the collision. He said Witten was not involved either.

"Neither one of us were in a boat together," Grindstaff said. "Neither one of us were on the boat on the lake. How this rumor ever got started, I have no idea."

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