While the Misses is getting recipes together for Santa's Cowboy Star Cookies, she probably didn't leave you much to snack on. For those of us still reporting to work through the holiday, sitting in half-vacant office buildings-- the hunger pangs grow. At home with kids on winter break, bouncing off the walls, screaming for you to feed them? Break out this morning's Dallas Cowboys Tidbits to munch on!
Let's talk defense. It's well known our secondary is leaking like the playbook was posted on WikiLeaks. Everyone's favorite target is Mike Jenkins, who had a very difficult time early in the season, and hasn't consistently produced in 2010. Fan attention has turned to Orlando Scandrick's improved play as a source of optimism. Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express has a nice piece up on his recent ability to reach the quarterback on corner blitzes.
Pro Bowl Fan Voting closed, and somewhat surprisingly, no Cowboys player merited a nomination. Selection is three-part; the fans, the players and the coaches all share an equal vote, so the usual suspects still have a shot to make it. DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten are deserving.
Chris Gronkowski (rated 3rd best fullback in the league by www.profootballfocus.com) merits consideration but has to deal with being a rookie and that unfortunate incident of letting the franchise quarterback get knocked into next season. You'd think Dez Bryant would have merited consideration as the Specialist if he didn't go to IR. And Mat McBriar was robbed.
It looks like the season's fist half funk kept America's Team's fans from stuffing the ballot box as we normally do. Rainer Sabin of DMN writes:
Only one Cowboys player, DeMarcus Ware, was a runner-up. With 294,397 votes, Ware finished a distant second to Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, who received 466,501 votes. Punter Mat McBriar and injured kick returner Dez Bryant each garnered the third-most votes at their positions while Jason Witten finished fourth among NFC tight ends. Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez, Washington's Chris Cooley, and San Francisco's Vernon Davis each fared better than Witten.
Finally, 'tis the season for great Christmas stories, and DMN Special Contributor Jon Machota recaps several accounts and stories from players as they prepare to spend Christmas Day on the road.
"You can be selfish and say I want to be home with my family, but at the same time, you're going to have (a stadium full of people) excited to see the Cardinals, excited to see the Cowboys play," [Roy] Williams said. "All around the world people want to sit down and watch the Dallas Cowboys play so it might be a Christmas present within itself, getting tickets to the game or whatever people might do. I'm fine with it."
Miles Austin's father had his own Christmas day tradition for his children. He liked to provide an obstacle for the future NFL wide receiver to navigate through.
"My dad would blow the balloons up and have them laying around on the ground," Austin said. "You'd have to walk through all the balloons to get to your presents. It was cool."