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Sunday, November 03, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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When I saw this article, I started laughing.

It reminded me of a famous — or is it infamous? — moment in movie history.

A British soccer fan was sent to jail for a year for — drumroll, please — punching a police horse in the head after his team — Sunderland — lost a derby match.

It seems one Barry Rogerson got rather, well, upset — he was already drunk — after his team lost 3-0 to fierce rival Newcastle United and violence to these hooligans — that is a “loving” nickname for these partisans — is far from rare.

He was accused of first clapping in the face of the horse, Bud, then punched the poor beast working for West Yorkshire Police.

Not only does Rogerson have to spend a year in jail but, worst of all, he cannot attend any soccer matches in the Kingdom for six years.

It reminded me of when the late Alex Karras, playing Mongo, bashed a horse in the head and knocked him out.

Wonder if Mr. Rogerson knocked Bud out or if he broke his own hand? Did the man even feel it?

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I changed my mind.

At first, I was going to write about the two “scenes” Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant threw on the sideline in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

I was going to term them tantrums that children would be punished for, let alone how adults should not act.

Then I heard the audio and somewhat altered my perception.

It still is not the way to address issues during a game; having to be restrained . I understand that he is passionate and wants to win badly but, I assume, so does everyone else on that team. If not, they should be summarily fired.

All I am writing is do it with some class. Be professional and act like a man, not a spoiled brat; treat your teammates the same as you want them to treat you. Slamming your helmet is a childish act, especially when you might be just as guilty of any breakdown as anyone else.

Also probably not a smart thing to protect your head in a game!

Instead of claiming you have no problem with it, owner/GM/director of player personnel/true “coach”/etc. Jerry Jones needs to start taking these guys to task instead of trying to be their buddy. You are paying these guys good money that, quite frankly, I am not sure ANY of them are truly earning.

Unless you don’t give a rat’s rear end about your beloved ’Boys and want to continue this ridiculous mediocrity for “America’s Team”!

By the way, I have always, always — need I add always? — hated that putrid moniker.

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Sometimes, good things do end up happening.

It seems that NFL Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth had his Super Bowl VI ring — for the Cowboys’ 24-3 win over Miami — stolen 21 years ago.

Well, he finally got it back the other day.

Good for him.

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Must be stinking nice to have this kind of money!

Or get it from someone!

I am referring to the approval for the Atlanta Falcons’ proposed new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.

It seems they want to eventually demolish the Georgia Dome — what the heck is wrong with it? — after they build an estimated $1.2 billion (expect that to grow to $2 billion before it’s all said and done!) multi-purpose open-air stadium in time for the 2017 season.

Personal-seat licenses and the city’s hotel-motel tax will supposedly pay for $200 million, while the team and the NFL will pay the rest.

Hmmmm! Think it will happen exactly that way?

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You wonder if this will be something to really worry about by the powers-that-be in the NFL.

I am referring to Washington Redskins’ safety Brandon Meriwether’s earlier comments about taking out a receiver’s knees instead of paying another fine and/or getting another suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

You wonder if that is NOT on the minds of other defensive backs in The League because they are afraid of hitting ANYONE high, even when it isn’t H-to-H.

I almost can’t blame them.

At the same time, one of the unwritten rules of professional football is you don’t take a guy’s knees out and possibly end their careers.

In fact, any survey I have seen suggests that players prefer to get hit high rather than low.

 

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