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Preview: 2014 Dallas Cowboys Tickets on The Secondary Market

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High expectations consistently surround the Dallas Cowboys. Despite the team’s mediocrity in recent years, the Cowboys will again own an impressive season average on the secondary ticket market for the upcoming 2014 season.

Dallas has failed to post a winning record since 2009’s 11-5 season, yet Dallas Cowboys tickets will still have a secondary average of $265.30 at AT&T Stadium this season, trailing just the New York Giants as the most expensive secondary ticket average in the NFC East. According to TiqIQ, the most expensive home games on the Dallas Cowboys schedule this season will be against the 49ers, Texans and Saints while the team’s cheapest games will be held against the Colts, Redskins and Cardinals.

9/7 vs San Francisco 49ers | Avg. Price: $404.79 | Get-in: $149

The season opener on September 7 against the 49ers will also be the Cowboys most expensive home game on the secondary market this season. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs 49ers tickets is $404.79, 52.5% above the season average, with get-in price starting at $149. The 49ers are slated to have another big year under Colin Kaepernick and his high-octane offense and the Cowboys defense will already be tested with a perennial playoff contender in Week 1.

9/28 vs New Orleans Saints | Avg. Price: $288.69 | Get-in: $95

Home play won’t get much easier when the Cowboys welcome the Saints on September 28 in their second game at AT&T Stadium this season. The late-September game will serve as the third highest-priced home game of the season as the average price for Cowboys vs Saints tickets is $288.69 on the secondary market, 8.8% above the season average, with a get-in price of $95. Another consistently successful team, the Saints will also keep the Cowboys’ hands full early in the season.

10/5 vs Houston Texans | Avg. Price: $320.47 | Get-in: $99

In a battle for the Lone Star State, the Cowboys welcome the Texans on October 5 and will see the second most expensive ticket price of the season on the secondary market. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Texans tickets is $320.47, 20.7% above the season average, with the get-in price starting at $99. Under the enforcing defense of linebackers J.J. Watt and top-drafted rookie Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans will look to rebound after suffering a dismal 2-14 season in 2013.

10/19 vs New York Giants | Avg. Price: $256.59 | Get-in: $57

In the first divisional match-up at AT&T Stadium this season, the Giants will travel to Dallas on October 19. The average price for Cowboys vs New York Giants tickets is $256.59 on the secondary market, 3.28% below the season average. The get-in price for the mid-October game starts at $57. Big Blue also experienced a difficult 2013 season, posting just a 7-9 record after losing its first six games of the season. Quarterback Eli Manning has looked bewildered this preseason, prompting fans to already become concerned before the season’s first down is played.

10/27 vs Washington Redskins | Avg. Price: $251.92 | Get-in: $54

The Cowboys welcome their second consecutive divisional home game against the Redskins the following week on October 27. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Redskins tickets is $251.92. down 5% from the season average, with a get-in price of $54. Robert Griffin III will need to have a year of atonement after injuries have plagued his first two seasons in the NFL. The divisional match-up will be an important one for both teams midway through the season and secondary ticket price still remains relatively high despite being below season average.

11/2 vs Arizona Cardinals | Avg. Price: $183.85 | Get-in: $27

The cheapest home game at AT&T Stadium this year will be against the Cardinals on November 2. The average price for Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals tickets is currently $183.85 on the secondary market, 30.7% below the season average. The get-in price for the November 2 game starts at $27. The Cardinals will again rely on quarterback Carson Palmer, who led the team to a 10-6 record last season, though missing the playoffs in a competitive NFC West.

11/27 vs Philadelphia Eagles | Avg. Price: $275.92 | Get-in: $68

In the penultimate regular season home game, the Cowboys welcome the Eagles on November 27. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Eagles tickets is $275.92 and will have a get-in price of $68. Nick Foles and the Eagles had a spirited run to champion the NFC East last season and will look to do the same again in 2014. The late-November game will also serve as the Cowboys’ last divisional home game of the regular season.

12/21 vs Indianapolis Colts | Avg. Price: $253.62 | Get-in: $40

Andrew Luck and the Colts will travel to Dallas on December 21 to play the Cowboys in their final home game of the season. The average price for Cowboys vs Colts tickets is $253.62 on the secondary market, 4.4% below the season average, with the get-in price starting at $40. The Colts controlled the AFC South last season with little competition from the Texans, who went just 2-14. The two teams last met in 2010, with the Cowboys beating the Colts 38-35.



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Earl Thomas: Age is Just a Number Part II

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose
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Yesterday, I wrote a piece attempting to assuage the fears that many in Cowboys Nation have about handing a contract extension out to Earl Thomas, who is 29 years old as we enter the 2018 NFL season.

In the comment section, a reader posed a very good question that is the basis for the rest of this article:

Earl Thomas Comparisons at age 29 and Beyond

It's a great question that certainly required some research, but Cowboys fans all across the world should be encouraged by my findings.

Just to refresh, here are the players we looked at as favorable comparisons to Earl Thomas at this point in his career. I searched Pro Football Reference for safeties who had at least three All-Pro First Team selections and at least six Pro Bowl appearances.

Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

The average age of the players listed at the time when they reached their third All-Pro was 31 years old. I'm removing Deion Sanders and Roger Wehrli from the equation as most of their work was done at cornerback.

Let's look at a chart that outlines what these guys careers looked like at age 29 and beyond to get a better picture. Remember, Earl Thomas already has three All-Pro selections and six Pro Bowls. Many of these guys didn't reach those kind of accolades until their 30s.

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The first thing I noticed as I looked into this question is that only two players had three or more All-Pro First Team selections prior to age 29, like Earl Thomas has. Those players were Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott. Every other player on this list didn't hit their third All-Pro selection until age 29 or later.

Only one player reached his sixth Pro Bowl prior to his age 29 season, that player is Ronnie Lott, who many NFL Analysts consider to be the greatest safety of all-time. Most of the players didn't achieve their third All-Pro selection until their age 29 season or later. Earl Thomas reached his third All-Pro selection at age 25.

Here's a hot take for you: Earl Thomas, when it's all said and done could be considered the greatest safety of all-time.  I'll just leave that there to marinate and if a trade does happen, we'll come back to that.

Back to the chart.

Another thing I want to point out is that none of these players were 100% healthy. Such is the life in the NFL, especially as you get older, but they were available for at least 14 games a majority of their seasons aged 29 or later. Health is an unpredictable animal in the NFL, but the safety position allows for much more longevity than many other positions. And as the chart depicts, it's a position that ages well.

So, as you can see in the chart, players who were highly productive prior to their age 29 season were also highly productive for several seasons after. These players went onto average almost seven more years in the league from their age 29 seasons.

Most players continued to average a healthy amount of interceptions. The player that saw the biggest decline from the early part of his career to the post-29 part of his career was Brian Dawkins. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety went from three interceptions per season prior to 29 to 1.9 interceptions per season 29 and after.

When it comes to the safety position, the elite seem to be able to get the most of their bodies and their abilities and can prolong their prime. The position relies as much on intelligence and awareness as it does quickness and athleticism. Earl Thomas has the mental capacity to play the game for many more years and there's been zero evidence to suggest that he is experiencing any physical decline.

At the rate of his career that he's on, Earl Thomas is destined for the Hall of Fame. He's one of the faces of the Legion of Boom defense that propelled the Seattle Seahawks into the elite category of teams in the early part of this decade.

If and when an Earl Thomas trade does occur, don't sweat an extension for Thomas.

Thomas' credentials put him in an elite group of players who played the game for a very long time and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to do so.

The Dallas Cowboys aren't that far off from having a Super Bowl contending defense built in the image of the Seattle Seahawks. Going to get the All-Pro, future Hall of Fame safety is the final piece to the to the Dallas Cowboys completing construction on "Doomsday III." 

Everything else is there for the Dallas Cowboys, now all they have to do is: Go. Get. Earl!



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Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPN

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ESPN has long been considered "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and for a long time that title was justified. If you wanted your national sports news, where did you turn to but the cable sports channel to watch that day's episode of SportsCenter. But over the last few years, it's become more and more clear that it's "The Worldwide Leader" in name only.

The ratings are dropping and the network has had to make a lot of business decisions as it relates to much of their on-air talent over the last several years. With their latest under 25 starting 22 -- ahem, troll job -- they seem to have finally come to terms that they are basically First Take.

Noah Brown put it best in his reaction to the ESPN "Insider" voting that led to Saquon Barkley being named to the starting 22 ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. Brown, Elliott's teammate when both were at Ohio State University, came to his defense upon seeing the list.

Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPNAnd here is the ESPN list:

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43 of our NFL Insiders voted. Here's their best starting roster under the age of 25.

I'm sure there could be debates about different positions on the squad. Personally, quarterback is one where an argument could be made for Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott over DeShaun Watson, but that's for another time.

But to have a rookie, who has never played a down in the NFL ahead of the NFL's league leader in rushing for 2016, Ezekiel Elliott, is laughable.

Ridiculous.

Shameful even.

The fact that they had 43, again I use the quotations, "Insiders" vote on this and Ezekiel Elliott wasn't listed as one of the two running backs just shows you how far they've come as a network.

Let's remember that Ezekiel Elliott has averaged a touchdown a game -- receiving and rushing -- in his 25-game career. No running back has more rushing yards than Elliott does over the last two years, including 2017 league rushing leader, Kareem Hunt. No running back has more rushing touchdowns than Elliott's 22 rushing TDs.

Ezekiel Elliott's yards per carry is a healthy 4.63. Todd Gurley sits at 3.93. No player with more than 1,800 rushing yards over the last two years has a better yards per attempt than Ezekiel Elliott.

I get that you'd vote Todd Gurley in there, but to not have Ezekiel Elliott, arguably the game's best running back on your Under 25 starting 22 just makes you look like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith. Not a sports journalism entity worthy of people throwing money at for "Insider" access.

I won't say that I never or will never watch ESPN, because where else am I gonna go for Monday Night Football, Todd Archer, or the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships? When I'm at my father-in-law's, I'll watch SportsCenter first thing in the morning, because it will be on and you don't change another man's television.

"The Worldwide Leader," however, loses credibility when they promote a list like this that has such a glaring omission.

Perhaps, maybe the goal wasn't to put out an accurate list. Maybe the goal was to get us talking about their list, just like when NFL Network releases their Top 100 players list. Like they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

This troll job from ESPN has certainly gotten them some publicity, or should I say, notoriety.



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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Tell us what you think about "Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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