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Matthew Bonesteel

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Dallas at Cleveland, Week One

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4:15 p.m.

Did anyone get the feeling that Cowboys training camp was, I dunno, softer than a carton of Mallomars? At least that's the perception after watching "Hard Knocks" on HBO.
(Not that I would last 30 seconds at an NFL training camp, but that's neither here nor there.)
Coach Wade Phillips never seemed to yell, and when he did raise his voice, it was of the "Daggummit" variety. Secondary coach Dave Campo, who was head coach of the Cowboys the last time "Hard Knocks" came a-knockin', had his shorts pulled down by his players in the middle of practice. He also danced a lot, or at least tried to.
There were lots of soft-focus, slow-motion shots of Terrell Owens running on the beach.
Not that the Cowboys needed to go all-out, not with the talent they have at the offensive skill positions and at linebacker. But it all seemed so light-hearted. It was in California, for crying out loud.
The Browns, meanwhile, appeared listless through four preseason losses after being dubbed Everybody's Sleeper. It didn't help that quarterback Derek Anderson and running back Jamal Lewis were injured in the second preseason game. But both claim to be healthy.

By Matthew Bonesteel  |  September 5, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  | Category:  Week 1 Previews Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wouldn't call the camp soft. Let's see what a tough camp gets you (Redskins Camp)0-1 and listless play.

Posted by: Dave | September 5, 2008 4:12 PM

Does any of that commentary really have anything to do with week one?

Posted by: Jay | September 5, 2008 4:26 PM

ok, where is the rest of the article that actually talks about week 1, not training camp???

Posted by: TA | September 5, 2008 4:38 PM

Well Matthew, your moniker certainly fits. It took Tony K. decades to get to the point where he could write about a sport without actually writing about it..."Superficial" articles like this one belong in the Style section...

Posted by: jacob | September 5, 2008 5:48 PM

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