Wade Phillips hired his son Wes to help out on the coaching staff. You can check out Wes here. Instead of the headline All In The Family for the article, I would’ve gone with Wes Side Story.
Leave it to Tony Romo to find some competition when nothing is happening. He’s going for the win in the Tri-Course Amateur Championship golf tournament back in Wisconsin.
Romo, the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, recently returned home to Burlington for his annual football camp and is using his time here to prepare for another title run. He tied for 15th at 232 last year.
"I’m trying to play a lot this week and get myself in position to play good this weekend," Romo said. "Last year, I had a lack of preparation — that’s why I’m giving myself an extra week. I was upset last year, so I’m playing a little earlier."
Serena Williams pulled through in a Wimbledon match recently on a bum leg. This got one paper thinking about the best sports performances while injured. Nice to see they remember this heroic performance.
Shouldering the load
With a dangling right arm and a separated shoulder, Emmitt Smith ran for 168 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries and caught 10 passes for 68 yards to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 16-13 overtime victory against the New York Giants in the regular-season finale of the 1994 season. The win gave the Cowboys home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as they went on to win their second straight Super Bowl.
I love that game. Every time I see the replays it still gives me a little chill.
The West Virginia athletics web site created a list of the 50 best players who had outstanding performances against the West Virginia football team. Two prominent Cowboys came in at #2 and #1.
2. Tony Dorsett, RB, Pitt
The closest West Virginia ever came to Tony Dorsett was on his brief campus visit before signing with Pitt in 1973. After that he was gone. Dorsett erupted for 150 yards and three touchdowns his freshman year, produced 145 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore in 1974, had 107 yards in a loss in Morgantown in 1975 and finished his career against West Virginia in 1976 with a 199-yard, three-TD performance on the way to winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Pitt to the national championship. Dorsett continued his hall of fame career with the Dallas Cowboys.
1. Roger Staubach, QB, Navy
It was the 100-year anniversary of the state of West Virginia and its flagship institution planned on celebrating in style with a new press box and a capacity crowd to witness exciting quarterback Roger Staubach and the No. 9-rated Navy Midshipmen. Staubach took care of the party quickly by dropping a dead cat in the punch bowl, completing 17 of 22 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown before retiring to the sidelines at halftime. Navy won the game 51-7 and made it to the Cotton Bowl where it lost 28-6 to Texas. Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 completing 66 percent of his passes for more than 1,400 yards. He later distinguished himself in the pro ranks with the Dallas Cowboys.