By Matthew Postins
Something is rotten in the house of Jay Ratliff. When I read the comments of his agent, Mark Slough, last week it sure sounded like Ratliff wouldn’t see a football field in 2014. Now he could be medically cleared in a few weeks? This all sounds real fishy. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Dallas Cowboys felt Ratliff could have helped them – especially given the state of their defensive line – he would still be on the roster.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this ended up in court with the Cowboys making an attempt to get back some of that guaranteed $18 million they gave Ratliff.
The Dallas Cowboys are headed to London to face Jacksonville next year. I think the most fun is going to be British writers trying to interpret Jerry Jones’ ability to mangle the English language.
Dez Bryant says he can do anything Calvin Johnson can do. And somehow that became a controversy. Lame.
Actually, Johnson got in the best dig. He said that Bryant was a great all-around receiver, aside from the route running. So, then you’re saying that Bryant actually ISN’T a great all-around receiver without saying it? Nice. Now that’s a dig.
The new Jay Ratliff? Welcome Marvin Austin to town. The second-year defensive tackle has Ratliff’s No. 90 and his old locker. Upon arriving in Dallas and participating in his first practice Austin called it “the realest I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
Austin and Ratliff do have one more thing in common. Neither is in football shape. Austin isn’t expected to play much, if at all, this weekend.
Actually, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had the best call-out this week, courtesy of a question about Jay Ratliff. “If you don’t want to be here and you don’t want to play with this team, then move on because we have guys who are ready to play, who work extremely hard, who care about this franchise, who care about each other as teammates,” Lee told KRLD-FM on Thursday, “and I’d rather go down with guys who want to be here and want to win than win with guys who don’t want to be here.”
In the wake of Nolan Ryan’s departure from the Texas Rangers, Ray Davis will be the team’s controlling owner. Davis has about as low a profile as you can get for a person that is among the nation’s billionaires, according to Forbes magazine. So my question is whether that will change with his new role? Or will he just let Jon Daniels or Rick George speak to everything baseball and business related? It stands to be a much less interesting dynamic, at least initially.
Davis and co-owner Bob Simpson must be happy with the Rangers’ new overall value. Forbes values the Rangers at $1.1 billion. So Davis and Simpson have seen the franchise’s value double, based on the amount they and their partners paid during auction, in just three years.
You know who else is happy? Nolan Ryan. This valuation comes at the perfect time as he cashes out of Arlington.
Everything I know about Rangers new bench coach Tim Bogar I learned on Wikipedia. And it isn’t much. This is the best fit? Really? This is the guy that’s going to replace Jackie Moore, one of the best baseball men there is? It didn’t need to be a big name, I suppose. But how about some guy I’ve heard of?
Derek Holland to appear in “Dumb and Dumber To.” No word if he’ll do a Harry Caray impression. Or wear a colored tux. Or both.
Mark Cuban calls Samuel Dalembert the “key to the Dallas Mavericks’ season.” Uh-oh.