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New Book Is A Must-Read – Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America’s Team

RJ Ochoa

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Football is a beautiful thing.

At its core it's a game, but the umbrella of football stretches so wide, it can be quite astounding at times.

Pro Football History is a library of umbrellas, each covering its own special area in time. The story of this game, of this league, is a tale as old as time... and each teller has a unique way of expressing it.

I like to consider myself a student of NFL History. I enjoy few things more than speeding my DeLorean to 88mph, traveling back in time to see where this league has come from. My "DeLorean," as in the magic of books - they're beautiful. I've read many a different book, watched many a different documentary, my brain soaking up everything it can in the process.

As a Staff Writer for Inside The Star, it's no secret that beyond the love I have for the NFL is a special place for one of its most storied teams, the Dallas Cowboys - America's Team.

The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the greatest franchise to ever exist, not just in the NFL, or North America, but in the world of sports. Theirs is a story well worth telling, and one which invokes a full gamut of emotions. From laughs and sighs, to fist pumps and tears.

Recently, I recounted the great history of the Dallas Cowboys via the works of prize-winning sports writer, Jim Reeves. A longtime sports columnist for the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Jim has a new book...

Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America's Team

"The hapless victims -- again -- were the Buffalo Bills, 30-13. What Troy Aikman had done through the air a year earlier in a 52-17 rout at the Rose Bowl, Smith had done on the ground this time around. The (counterfeit) Bills lost their fourth straight Super Bowl."

~ JIM REEVES, PROLOGUE, DALLAS COWBOYS: LEGENDS OF AMERICA'S TEAM

To call this 192-page journey just a book doesn't do it justice.

Jim Reeves has managed to intertwine the wealth of knowledge an encyclopedia brings, with a story only a great author can pen. He guides you year after year, season after season, Super Bowl after Super Bowl, all through his very own DeLorean. Mr. Reeves touches on every aspect of Cowboys Ownership.

What was the environment like with Clint Murchison?

Where was Bum Bright's heart all along?

How is Jerry Jones a saint/Santa to many?

All of those questions, and many more, are answered inside.

The Cowboys Coaches are summarized all the way from Tom Landry's square-chin mannerisms to Jimmy Johnson eating at Mia's on The Saturday Night Massacre's eve. How did Jerry Jones manage to bring in a coach like Bill "The Big Tuna" Parcells and relinquish control?

The legendary stories are all here.

Each Dallas Cowboys Legend is featured and expanded on. Roger Staubach and the story of how he climbed to the 11th story window, Troy Aikman and the palpable tension he experienced with Barry Switzer. Michael Irvin's stories are too many to list. Current Cowboy Dez Bryant, and many more are here for you to learn about.

The best part about Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America's Team is that it's told through an incredibly objective lens.

Jim Reeves' impartial perspective is well-established here as he tells you all about the most glorious days the Dallas Cowboys have ever seen. The Ice Bowl, The Catch, and all eight Super Bowl appearances by the Cowboys are all expanded upon for you to re-live in an epic fashion.

This book is perfect for any fan of the Cowboys, and football in general. Jim's superb writing gives each page the same level of energy as a Roger Staubach comeback drive, or one of Michael Irvin's speeches, or a Tony Romo spin-move.

Dallas Cowboys: The Legends of America's Team

''Who better to tell the 'Legends of America's Team' than Jim Reeves, one of the most trusted and reliable sources for your Cowboy news and history.'' -- Daryl ''Moose'' Johnston, former star Cowboys fullback (Sept. 6, 2016). Meet the characters and relieve the games and controversies that captur...

You can purchase your copy at Silver Star Mercantile in Carollton, Texas Star Trading Book Store in Abilene, Buc-ee's in Forth Worth, The Last Word Book Store in Forth Worth, Amazon.com (click here), Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops, or in E-book Kindle/Nook versions. It's also available from Great Texas Line Press, the book's publisher who is also based out of Arlington, and from Barnes & Noble.

I also encourage you to reach out to the author and show your love of the Cowboys with the man who has spent a lifetime documenting the team, by visiting and liking the book's Facebook Page. Jim Reeves will even be doing a book signing/sale on October 10th from 6pm-9pm at Legal Draft Beer Co., 500 E Division, Arlington, TX. If you buy a book, you get a free beer!

Get the book today. It'll be the best $9.95 you've spent on your passion for the Cowboys yet.

I'd like to offer a special thanks to Great Texas Line Press for giving us an early look at the book, and the opportunity to tell our readers about it.

Tell us what you think about "New Book Is A Must-Read – Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America’s Team" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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