Precisely 2,607 days ago as the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers were in their locker rooms during halftime of Super Bowl XLIII, "The Boss" brought the righteous and mighty power of the E Street Band into our beautiful homes.
He challenged us to step back from the guacamole dip, to put the chicken fingers down, and to turn our televisions aaaaaaaaaalllllllll the way up!
IS THERE ANYBODY ALIVE OUT THERE???
Let's all take a moment to calm down. Goodness.
There is no one, nor anything at all really, on this earth like Bruce Springsteen. The man knows how to put on a show and even as I went back to re-watch his Super Bowl Halftime Show... I got so jacked that I wanted to run through a brick wall.
I am not alone in this world regarding my love of Springsteen. My fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin is all 'bout dat action when it comes to The Boss. Why do I know that? Well Sean and I are good friends, bros as some might say. Some like the primary figures of the Dallas Cowboys.
Jason Garrett and Tony Romo know all about being best friends for life. The Head Coach and Quarterback have never hidden their bromance from the world. The dynamic duo have taken a particular affinity to attending college basketball games together. Garrett and Romo have been seen locally at SMU games in Dallas, as well as in attendance at Duke games as you can see.
Friendships like these are rare (unless you're catching FX's 200th re-airing of Step Brothers) and they're even more uncommon among NFL Head Coaches and Starting Quarterbacks. While many question these two bro-ing out, I'm a huge fan of it. I want my Head Coach and Quarterback to be in sync as much as possible... even if that in sync is at the concert of one of America's greatest rockers ever.
For some reason Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Jason Garrett were at the @springsteen show tonight at MSG
Jason Garrett celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday. How did Tony and his main bro, Jason Witten, celebrate their fellow bro? By hanging out with most bro-tastic bro there has ever been... The Boss, of course!
Romo, Witten, and Garrett were probably jamming "Born to Run" (perhaps "Bro to Run"?) while half-hugging and twirling glow sticks - at least that's how it happened in my mind. I'm simply basing that off of the scientific fact that one cannot listen to Bruce without completely rocking out.
If you do the math on this whole thing it makes a whole heck of a lot of sense. Springsteen sings "Born in the U.S.A." and the Cowboys are America's Team. I'm surprised it wasn't written in the Constitution that the two would eventually meet.
In all seriousness it's great to see Romo, Witten, and Garrett enjoying themselves with each other. Hopefully in ten years they'll go see Bruce again and be unable to twirl those glow sticks thanks to their hands being weighed down by their Super Bowl Rings.
Talk about the Glory Days.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
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