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Valentine’s Hangover: Cowboys That Broke Our Hearts In 2015

RJ Ochoa

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Happy day after Valentine’s Day!

The candy and balloons are on sale at every store in town, and florists everywhere are beginning life in the aftermath of the busiest day of their year.

The stereotypical V-Day involves sweethearts everywhere showering each other with love and affection, but what about the people without sweethearts? Sure you can toss on Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” or go watch the new movie “How to Be Single” (which was conveniently released last Friday), but pizza sounds so much better than both of those things.

The truth about Valentine’s Day is that for every sappy love act there’s an equal amount of heartbreak. For example… when I was in high school I took a girl out on Valentine’s Day. I thought it’d be fun to have a date for the national day of love. Well if it isn’t obvious I’m incredibly passionate about the Dallas Cowboys… so I spent some time discussing them during our date. Well would you believe that she went and told everyone at school while making fun of me?! I love the Cowboys, she didn’t, needless to say it didn’t last long for her in my book.

I’m not alone in my love for America’s Team – you love them, too. We love them no matter what but, just like Valentine’s Day, there’s some heartbreak that comes along with that. Here are the Dallas Cowboys who broke our hearts during the 2015 season.


Terrance Williams

When Dez Bryant went down with a foot injury during the season opener we all knew that someone had to step up. Jason Witten caught the game-winning touchdown and that was great, but when we found out Dez would be out for a few weeks we knew that our #2 guy (Terrance Williams) would have to carry the load.

“Terrance is awesome. He’s got this.” Raise your hand if you said that at that moment.

WHOA OK I DIDN’T EXPECT TO SEE SO MANY HANDS PUT THEM DOWN NOW!

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We all thought that Terrance would fill the Dez gap in heroically, but he broke our hearts and he broke them good. In the five games that Dez was gone Terrance totaled 13 catches for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Just to put that in perspective consider that on December 23rd, 2012 Dez caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. In one day.

Even when Dez returned Terrance failed to do anything amazing. He did score against the Dolphins in Tony Romo‘s return, but that was it for 2015 in terms of him finding the paint. The trademark Terrance Williams who had a way of showing up in big games was absent all season long, and it was so heartbreaking that the second receiver position is a real need this offseason as a result.

He may have been a bit of a rebound from Dez Bryant, but Terrance broke our heart. He was our safe play and he blew it.

We trusted you, Terrance!


JJ Wilcox

I took Geometry in the 8th grade.

It’s been some time since I’ve dealt with isosceles or equilateral triangles. If you wanted me to calculate the surface area of something I might have to google how. Needless to say my memory on the subject is covered in dust.

All that considered… I’d bet that I might have a better understanding of angles than JJ Wilcox.

JJ is a player that many Cowboys Nation loyalists have been rooting for since he was drafted in 2013, but he has continued to break their hearts.

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Wilcox is that heartbreaker who you just can’t say no to. You know he’s going to leave you hanging, but you believe him anyway. It’s a fact that he’s going to disappoint you, but you believe him in anyway.

Our hearts have been broken for the last time by you, JJ.

The Cowboys were so fed up with JJ that they benched him during the season for rookie standout Byron Jones. Ah… our knight in shining armor! Byron is the guy who was there all along for the girl that she finally gets with at the end of the movie.

The movie is over for JJ Wilcox. No chocolate hearts for you!


Rolando McClain

This is a different type of heartbreaker.

Rolando McClain is an outstanding football player when he wants to be, but the thing is that he’s not always in the mood to be one.

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McClain filled in a desperate need at the linebacker spot during the 2014 season when the Cowboys were without the services of Sean Lee for the whole season. Many thought that with Lee returning the Cowboys would have one of the better linebacker duos across the NFL.

The season started off rough for Rolando when he was suspended for its first four games thanks to a violation of the league’s policy on substance abuse. It was another notch in McClain’s belt of miscues across his young career and left Cowboys Nation wondering why they’d continually put up with someone who so often compromises the team’s chances.

This is the heartbreaker who you just want to fix. You know there’s a good person in there, they just refuse to bring it out. Sad face for you, Rolando.


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Which Dallas Cowboys broke your heart in 2015? Grab some ice cream and tell us. Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about “Valentine’s Hangover: Cowboys That Broke Our Hearts In 2015” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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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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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

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Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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