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Δημοσίευσηαπό jinshuiqian0713 » Σάβ Φεβ 15, 2020 4:55 am

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The patriarch of one of Americas great sports families, Calvin Hill, was standing outside the Dallas Cowboys locker room shaking his head in wonderment. He was comparing the rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to the 1971 version of Hills old teammate, Roger Staubach, who won a Super Bowl that season?after taking over as Tom Landrys guy.Roger was 29, said Hill, a four-time Pro Bowl running back, and this kid is 23. Roger wasnt ready to play continually in his first year [in 1969]. Dak? Im amazed at this young guy, amazed at his presence in the pocket.Amazed at Prescotts ability to make something out of nothing against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, when the quarterback spun left out of trouble in overtime and found a wide open Jason Witten in the end zone for the Cowboys sixth consecutive victory.Dak reminds me of Roger in terms of being able to extend the play, Hill said, but he also reminds me some of [Tom] Brady in how he manages the game. I dont think Dak managed it well tonight, but [Jim] Schwartz is a really good defensive coordinator for Philadelphia. That front put so much pressure on Dak and yet he never lost his composure.For a change, Prescott didnt play a clean ballgame. He made some throws against Philly that, frankly, looked like fourth-round throws. But this is good news for Dallas, and maybe even better news for the NFL. The Cowboys won even when Prescott walked into AT&T Stadium with his B-minus game, which means the Cowboys are for real as a Super Bowl contender.And when the Dallas Cowboys are in the championship mix, the league benefits in a big way.Its like the Yankees, Hill said. Theres so much passion around the country for and against them. The Cowboys are back, we have two young stars in Dak and Ezekiel Elliott, and thats good for the National Football League.Of course Hill is biased. He put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the franchises Americas Team era, and he works as a Cowboys consultant in player development. But as the father of Grant, a two-time national basketball champ at Duke who lost his near-certain place among the NBAs all-time greats to injury, Hill knows a thing or three about winners, and how much sports needs marquee programs like the Blue Devils, the Yankees, and the Cowboys.Hill was a student at Yale in the 60s?when the Cowboys first started to win, when he would join his classmates in front of a frat house TV to watch Don Meredith and Bob Hayes. Looking for Bullet Bob to catch a bomb, Hill said.Those were the days, my friend. Into the 70s, football fans up and down the Eastern Seaboard would wait breathlessly for lesser 1 p.m. games to end to watch the Dallas Cowboys in the 4 p.m. national game or, better yet, the marquee game on Monday night.Now youve got NFL games on all the time, Hill said through a sigh. Thursday night, Sunday, Sunday night, Monday night, and sometimes you have teams in these night games that nobody really follows except their own fans. We used to have national teams. The Redskins of George Allen and Joe Gibbs. Landrys Cowboys. Its been a long time for the Cowboys, but having a national team back is good for the sport.The sport needs it now like never before. Ratings are down and uninspiring play is up. Peyton Manning has left the building, Aaron Rodgers isnt winning big, Russell Wilson isnt running, and Cam Newton and Andrew Luck are losing. Brady and the New England Patriots could use a little help, you know. They cant carry this business on their shoulder pads forever.The Cowboys are arriving in the nick of time. They havent won the big one in two decades; in fact, theyve only won three playoff games in that period. But now they have a monster offensive line and a rookie running back, Elliott, who summons the memories of the signature Dallas backs before him, the likes of Hill, Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith.They have Dez Bryant, who returned from injury Sunday night to catch the tying 22-yard touchdown pass from Prescott late in the fourth quarter and to finish with 113 big-play yards on four catches. They have old man Witten, who wasnt a factor against the Eagles until he needed to be in overtime.They have the 135th player chosen in Aprils draft, Prescott, who did enough to beat the No. 2 player chosen in the draft, Carson Wentz. Prescott was smacked around by Philly before he reminded everyone why he should keep Tony Romo on the bench even when Romos healthy enough to play.In a recent conversation with ESPN The Magazine, the Dallas coach who started Romo in 2006, Bill Parcells, described the calls for Prescott to become the permanent starter a rush to judgment. The Hall of Fame coach explained that a half-dozen games represented a painfully small sample size, and that Prescott first needed to stare down a late deficit, some real adversity.He hasnt thrown four interceptions yet, Parcells said, and then had the press and the fans getting restless and the players looking at him sideways, and maybe his nose is broken too. Thats when you find out about a quarterback.Prescott survived his brutal end-zone interception near the end of the first half, and needed a 30-yard run by Chris Jones, the Dallas punter, of all people, to get through the night.But the great ones -- or the great ones-to-be -- find ways to score more points than the other guys one way or another. When this 29-23 victory was complete, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called it one of the best wins Ive ever been a part of and declared Prescott the starter for the next game against Cleveland.I know that Romo can make chicken salad out of chicken whatever, Jones said, but so can Dak.Calvin Hill, always cutting a dignified figure, put it like this:I think were learning how to win.The Dallas Cowboys are back in business, which is always good for the business of the NFL. Harrison Butker Super Bowl Jersey . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. Morris Claiborne Super Bowl Jersey . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Jordan-lucas-chiefs-jersey/ . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Frank Clark Super Bowl Jersey . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. Chad Henne Super Bowl Jersey . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal secured a 4-1 victory over 10-man Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.The Chilean deflected Alex Iwobis 19th-minute effort into the back of the net before missing a penalty kick after Jake Livemore was sent off for a handball.Theo Walcott doubled the lead after the break, and while Robert Snodgrass gave the hosts some hope with 10 minutes to go, late goals from Sanchez and Granit Xhaka rubber-stamped a convincing win.The opening goal came just before the 20-minute mark as an attacking blitz from the visitors ended in Iwobis drilled effort from 12 yards, deflecting off Sanchez and into the back of the net.Mesut Ozil somehow missed the target from six yards out 10 minutes later after an Iwobi drive was spilled by Eldin Jakupovic, before Snodgrass could only hit straight at Petr Cech at the other end.But the Tigers chances of getting anything from the game were seriously dented four minutes before the break when Livermore was dismissed after bloocking Francis Coquelins goal-bound shot with his hand inside the box.ddddddddddddSanchez stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but saw his low shot toward the bottom left-hand corner tipped away by Jakupovic.Walcotts cool finish, after getting onto the end of a slick Iwobi backheel, 10 minutes into the second half appeared to have killed off the hosts threat.But with 10 minutes to go, Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down by Cech inside the box, allowing Snodgrass to send the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.The most unlikely of comebacks was not to be, though, as Sanchez restored the two-goal cushion by side-stepping Harry Maguire before blasting past two Hull defenders on the line with six minutes left. Xhaka added gloss to the scoreline with a contender for goal of the season, driving into the top corner from 30 yards out deep into stoppage time. ' ' '
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