New Years Resolutions Certain Sports people SHOULD be making.

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Indians GM Chris Antonetti – “I will not overpay a baseball has been. I will not overpay a baseball has been. I will not overpay a baseball has been.”

Indians Owner Paul Dolan – “The next time I have 2 potential Cy Young candidates to trade, I will get more than a couple of ‘never wases’ and a bag of practice balls.”

Browns HC Mangini – “I will find the best real estate agent in Cleveland. And I will begin looking today!”

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts – “I will never buy another baseball team as long as I live.”

Cam Newton’s father Cecil – “Next time I try to shake down a college for money to let my son play, I’ll require a non-disclosure notice be signed first.”

NCAA Chief Rules Enforcer Julie Roe Lach – “Consistency? Consistency? We don’t need no stinkin’ consistency!”

NFL Investigator Favre Case – “I will not ask Favre for an autograph at the interview. I will not ask Favre for an autograph at the interview.”

Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen – “Before hiring a Head Coach, I will remember to ask the applicant for a resume and I will read it prior to issuing an job offer.”

Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones – “I will not rest until I find a high profile head coach that will accept the job and not object to my meddling in daily operations of the team.”

Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell – “Next time we go 14-0, I won’t play only backups for the final 2 games.”

LeBron James – “Next time before I sign with a team I will consult the Oracle of Delphi and a marketing consultant as well. I will not go on ESPN and take an hour to announce my decision.”

Tiger Woods – “Next time before I get married I will consult the Oracle of Delphi, a lawyer to write a prenuptial agreement and a driving instructor as well.”

Mark Parker CEO Nike – “Next time before I sign a huge contract with an athlete I will consult the Oracle of Delphi, a marketing consultant, and a physiologist as well.”

Redskin DT Albert Haynesworth – “Next time before I sign a huge contract with a team, I will make sure they play a 4-3 and that will be in the contract.”

Redskin QB Donovan McNabb – “Next time before I sign a contract extension with a team I will make sure that I’m not in the middle of a spitting contest between the coach and owner.”

Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder – “Next time before I sign a huge contract with an athlete and a new coach, I will make sure that both will play well with others.”

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Cutting Owens is a positive sign for Cowboy fans.

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Cutting Owens is a positive sign for Cowboy fans.

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By Bill Smith

For months Cowboy Jerry Jones has said that he was keeping head coach Wade Phillips, and WR Terrell Owens (TO). When former Bronco coach Mike Shanahan was hired as an offensive consultant, Jones told the press Shanahan would become a key part of the organization for the long term. For months Jones has said there is nothing to reports that team chemistry in the locker room makes the tough man cage matches look friendly. The fact is that despite Jones having TOTAL control, none of what he has said is necessarily true.

Shanahan lasted less than a week. “Philosophical differences” was the excuse to explain Shanahan leavings. Frankly, I suspect he took one look at the job and ran. No one could blame him.

As to the chemistry, according to multiple reports the Cowboy locker room makes the Hundred Years War seem like a weekend in Vermont. Last week, things were so good that Jones established a gag order on everyone in the organization. Yea, Bill Parcells used to do that all the time—NOT! Late last night, Jones cut TO.

Jones had to be convinced that TO was a drama queen. Remember the baby tears in his news conference after a playoff loss? How about the suicide attempt/accidental overdose? Any parent with a teenage girl knows how mentally and physically draining a drama queen can be. Some of the players and coaches and even Jones’ son Steve coming to the Boy’s facility evidently were instrumental in changing Jones’ mind.

So where is the good news I promised?

My Analysis:

The good news is that cutting TO after so many protestations that he was an integral part of the Boys’ plans for 09 was the first sign of backbone in the organization since Parcells quit, was fired or whatever. It was also the first time that Jones had acted against the interests of his wallet. The cut will cause a cap hit of around 9 million on the Cowboys this season.

Phillips is as weak as any coach in the NFL over the last 15 years. In the case of Dallas, the inmates run the asylum not because they want to but because head warden Phillips gave them the keys the day he walked in. There has been a total vacuum of leadership in Cowboy land and the players got sucked into filling it. By Jones cutting TO, he has reestablished authority in the locker room. He needed to do that after the gag order fiasco. The players were not talking since the order because they haven’t stopped laughing at it yet.

The cut shows the rest of the inmates that no one is safe regardless of how often Jones tells the press otherwise. A little fear goes a long way in getting players to focus on their game. But now everyone in the organization is on notice.

Wade, you might want to start interviewing real estate agents and moving companies. You lucked out last year but one more season out of the playoffs, and you will be next to feel Jerry’s boot on your backside.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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