College students Give Duncanville Excessive College Soccer Crew A ‘D’ville-Fashion’ Ship Off – CBS Dallas / Fort Price

DUNCANVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The winter break has officially started, but before the students left Duncanville High School today, they lined the halls to give the soccer team a “D’ville-esque” dismissal for the UIL 6A State Championship.

DHS students say goodbye to their soccer team before the national championship on Saturday. (Photo credit: Duncanville High School)

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This afternoon, the football team marched through the school halls behind cheerleaders, the drill team and the band’s drumline before heading out onto the field for the final practice session before the big game.

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For the third time in four years, the DHS soccer team is returning to the UIL 6A State Championship game with the aim of bringing home the state’s top title.

Kick-off is Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Panthers will face North Shore High School in a rematch after meeting them in the 2018 and 2019 Championship Games.

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The Dallas Cowboys are again and followers of ‘America’s Staff’ are elated

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in over 25 years. They’ve hardly even been in the conversation, notching only four playoff victories in that span.

Yet the Cowboys are the most-valuable NFL franchise, topping the New England Patriots, who have won six Super Bowls since Dallas last took home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Despite decades of mediocrity, the Cowboys are always in the headlines, thanks to a brand that’s almost universally recognized.

“They have that slogan that kind of sticks,” said former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who played for the Cowboys from 2006 to 2008. “They are America’s Team.”

Fans now have a reason to get excited about what’s happening on the gridiron. After an injury-riddled season last year that saw the team finish 6-10, the Cowboys are 5-1 in the new campaign, riding a five-game win streak and leading the NFC East division by three games.

America’s team is back.

“Love them, hate them – they are the biggest brand in the NFL,” said Scott Rosner, the director of Columbia University’s sports management program. “They are relevant no matter what side of the question you fall on – whether you’re on the love side or hate side.”

Heading into their bye weekend, the Cowboys are the hottest they’ve been since 2016, quarterback Dak Prescott’s rookie season. Through six games Prescott is among the league leaders in passing, living up to his four-year $160 million deal. Prescott’s last season was cut short after he suffered a compound fracture in his right ankle in week six against the New York Giants.

Prescott is getting plenty of assistance from the highest-paid NFL receiver, Amari Cooper, and the most expensive running back, Ezekiel Elliott. They make up the Cowboys’ new big three, spearheading an offense that’s second in rushing yards and fifth in passing.

The defense has also held up. Despite giving up the third-highest number of yards, the unit leads the NFL in interceptions with 11, including seven by cornerback Trevon Diggs.

Fans are downright giddy. The jerseys of Cooper and fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb are two of the top sellers across the league, according to the NFL Shop. The team leads the NFL in attendance, averaging 93,335 people at its three home games.

Forbes projects the Cowboys are worth $6.5 billion, the most valuable across all U.S. sports. Jerry Jones, who purchased the team more than 30 years ago, has seen his wealth swell to $10.6 billion, Forbes estimates.

“The Cowboys have not won since 1995,” said longtime Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill, who writes for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Jerry bought the team in 1989, and they were in the tank. He would tell you the team was worth 50 cents on a dollar, even with the history. Since then, they’ve grown to the richest franchise and still haven’t won anything” since the ’95-’96 season, Hill said.

There are still 11 regular-season games left, and the ultimate determination of success won’t come until the playoffs. But Jones has fans believing that greatness lies ahead.

Here’s what former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, who won three Super Bowls with the franchise in the 1990s, said on ESPN’s “First Take” earlier in the week:

“I want everybody out there, Cowboys Nation, I want you to know — Go get your Super Bowl tickets. Get them early. I’m trying to help you out right now.”

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders hoists the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy as he walks off the field to the locker room after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28 January during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won 27-17.

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Becoming America’s Team

The last time the Cowboys made it to the big game was January 1996. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17. The big three consisted of quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and Irvin. The same trio led the Cowboys to Super Bowl wins in 1993 and 1994.

Since their last NFL title, the Cowboys are 213-193. The team is 0-10 in playoff elimination games and has shuffled through six head coaches. The last Super Bowl-winning coach was Barry Switzer, who left after the 1997 season.

Jones has faced hefty criticism from the fan base for the lackluster performance and for keeping such tight control of the team. He remains president and general manager. His son, Stephen, is chief operating officer and his “right-hand man,” according to the Cowboys website.

Still, Jones has kept the Cowboys relevant and highly profitable, a rarity in the sports industry, where few teams are able to to make money while consistently losing games.

It’s “because they’re America’s Team and the intentional marketing and power of the NFL,” said Hill of the Star-Telegram. “All that comes together.”

The America’s Team moniker dates back to 1978, when Tex Schramm, the franchise’s original president, coined it in a retrospective on the season. The Cowboys had a record-setting 20 straight winning seasons from 1966 to 1985, and won two of their five Super Bowl appearances during that stretch.

Quarterback Roger Staubach was a superstar, as was running back Tony Dorsett. Head coach Tom Landry, known for his trademark fedora and cool demeanor, established an elite offense.

“He was ahead of the NFL when it came to strategy,” said former linebacker Garry Cobb, who started his career with the Cowboys in 1979 and returned about a decade later.

Cobb, 64, recalled the days before he entered the league when the Cowboys ruled pro football.

“When I was little, the Cowboys were on TV more than anybody else nationally,” said Cobb. “They had a winning record every year. That’s the way they became popular.”

He then got to experience the fame as a player.

“When we went into a hotel, the building was mobbed,” he said. “It was unbelievable. The popularity was already there.”

Hill, who’s covered the team since 1996, said that atmosphere never really faded from the team.

“It’s always a circus,” Hill said. “And coming to the Cowboys as a player or a coach, you must understand that it comes with the dinner. You must be able to navigate that as well as play football.”

Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his third touchdown against the Houston Texans on October 15, 2006 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Texans 34-6.

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Terrell Owens relished in the drama, telling fans to “get your popcorn ready.”

“You notice it, and you feel it,” said Owens, who spent three of his 16 NFL seasons with the Cowboys. “You want to play to the standard that everybody there expects you to play at. It’s different when you’re playing in Dallas as opposed to a Cincinnati or Buffalo.”

Owens played for both teams after leaving the Cowboys.

Cowboys leverage state rights 

Neal Pilson, former president of CBS Sports, said the network used the America’s Team slogan during its Cowboys telecasts. CBS, which had NFC rights until the early 1990s, constantly featured the Cowboys.

“We helped build that label,” Pilson said. “And it certainly stuck.”

The Cowboys won, but the business still lagged. The league made the big financial decisions, and team owners did little to engage directly with companies and sponsors.

Jones bought the Cowboys for roughly $150 million in 1989, the most ever paid for a team at that time. He warned right away that things would be different.

“I will be part of every decision,” the New York Times quoted Jones as saying in 1989. “I won’t leave anything to the football people.”

Schramm resigned, and Jones made himself the general manager. He hired a college coach, Jimmy Johnson, to replace Landry, the only person to coach the Cowboys in its first 29 years. Jones then took on the NFL’s 75-year business philosophy.

Most NFL teams weren’t profitable and the league controlled the way revenue was generated. Jones found loopholes in NFL deals that allowed him to disrupt the league’s pacts and make money for his team.

In 1995, the Cowboys parted ways with league partner Coca-Cola and signed a deal with Pepsi for “pouring rights” at their home stadium. That agreement was worth a reported $20 million over 10 years, and it undermined Coke’s NFL deal for $250 million.

The NFL sued Jones for $300 million in damages.

Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys welcomes fans to training camp at River Ridge Complex on July 24, 2021 in Oxnard, California.

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“Prior to that deal, you didn’t have teams engaging in real vigorous local business operations,” said Columbia’s Rosner “You were essentially selling tickets and ads but not what it is today. Jerry challenged the system.”

The sides ultimately settled in a manner that let Jones keep his sponsors. Other teams followed suit.

“He was showing them how to make money,” said Cobb. “Now all the teams do it – they have league sponsors and team sponsors.”

In both the 2019 and 2020 NFL seasons, the Cowboys attracted nearly $1 billion in revenue, according to Forbes. Pepsi still has pouring rights. AT&T owns naming rights to the stadium, a billion-dollar-plus building that opened in 2009 and is often referred to as Jerry World. And Ford owns rights to the team’s practice site.

Last September, Fanatics signed a 10-year deal to take over e-commerce for the Cowboys. Merchandise revenue is up 60% this season compared to last, and Fanatics told CNBC that the Cowboys lead all NFL teams in merchandise sales. That’s been the case for five of the previous eight years.

“All of the metrics around the Cowboys are higher than any other team,” Rosner said.

Getting help from the big markets 

The Cowboys are also the beneficiary of a geographical quirk. They’re in the NFC East, a division with teams in the big markets of New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. 

None are within 1,300 miles of Dallas.

“You have a team in Texas in the NFC East,” said Ed Schauder, who heads the sports law practice at Phillips Nizer in New York. “It makes no sense, but there are organic national rivalries.”

Playing twice a year against the Eagles, Giants, and Washington Football Team gives Jones outsized access to some of the top TV markets every NFL season. While Jones didn’t play a role in creating the divisional setup, he’s made sure to take advantage of it.

“He probably saw the marketing value of their regular opponents,” Pilson said.” I think he saw that every year, given the NFL structure, he has two games into New York and Philadelphia.”

Fox Sports, which now controls the NFC package, says Cowboys games account for nine of its 10 most-watched NFL contests since the partnership began in 1994. The biggest audience was on Thanksgiving in November 2016, when an average 35.1 million viewers tuned in for the Cowboys game against Washington.

This season’s opener, a Thursday night affair against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attracted 24.4 million viewers on NBC Sports. It was the most-watched kickoff game since 2015. CBS said the Cowboys contest against Brady’s old team, the New England Patriots, averaged 23.2 million viewers last week, the most-watched national game for the network since 2015.

“If they’re in contention for the division and make the postseason, [the Cowboys will] gather a bigger audience,” said Pilson.

The Cowboys’ star players are cashing in on the exposure.

Prescott took a 20% stake in sports-theme bar and eatery Walk-Ons earlier this year, to go along with $10 million in off-field endorsements, third-highest among NFL players, according to Forbes. He trails only Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Brady ($31 million) and Patrick Mahomes ($22 million) of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former quarterbacks Aikman and Tony Romo are lead NFL announcers for Fox and CBS, respectively. Irvin works for ESPN. Smith was with the NFL Network and still has deals with companies like Marriott.

“They benefit from that brand,” said Schauder. “Sponsors and endorsers look for players who get the most exposure.”

Then there’s reality TV. The Cowboys were showcased on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” an annual series that follows a team through training camp and the pre-season. Cowboys cheerleaders also have a show on Country Music Television.

“Another team doesn’t get that media deal,” Schauder said, referring to the cheerleaders’ show.

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass during the regular season game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 09, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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Are the Cowboys still America’s Team?

On the field, the Cowboys still have everything to prove.

During the team’s 25-year championship drought, Brady led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls and delivered seven championships, including for the Buccaneers last season. The Steelers have won two titles since facing the Cowboys in 1996. The Denver Broncos made four appearances and won three Super Bowls during that span.

The Patriots have appeared in a record 11 Super Bowls, followed by the Cowboys, Steelers and Broncos at eight.

Schauder, who admitted to being a converted Cowboys fan, says there’s still something unique about Dallas.

“It’s an iconic brand,” he said. “They’re still America’s Team because that’s how they were branded. “Other teams have tried to claim it, like the Steelers.”

Following this week’s bye, the Cowboys are back in action next week against the Minnesota Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. After that, they still have their annual showcase on Thanksgiving and two more night games in December.

Winning sure helps, but no matter what fans across the country tune into watch the Cowboys.

“At the end of the day, Dallas will still get more prime-time spots than any other team,” Schauder said.

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Ultimate Dallas Funds Restores Police Additional time Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

A record $ 4.35 billion budget for the city of Dallas, final approved on Wednesday, puts public safety first, but some other functions get extra money, including road repairs.

The final vote after months of community budget meetings and city hall debates was 13-2, with Members Cara Mendelsohn and Gay Donnell Willis opposed over concerns about rising property taxes.

In the closing hours of this year’s budget debate, city councilors restored a $ 10 million cut in police overtime they had approved just two weeks ago.

Part of the larger budget comes from COVID-19 aid funds that will not be available in the coming years.

“That’s a damn good budget. I think it’s the best budget we’ve ever seen, ”said Councilor Chad West.

West voted for the final budget, although he opposed the restoration of police overtime pay and cited the overtime cut two weeks earlier.

He wanted Police Chief Eddie Garcia to return to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee in the future if the money was required for overtime.

West said a preliminary audit report suggests there may have been a lack of police oversight of overtime in the past.

“56% of overtime was neglected in some way. That doesn’t mean that 56% had abuse. That means we don’t know, ”West said.

Councilor Paul Ridley on Wednesday also voted against the restoration of police overtime pay.

“I think we need accountability. I think taxpayers expect us to be accountable, ”said Ridley.

Mayor Eric Johnson cited violence in Deep Ellum Sunday, which killed a second of six shooting victims on Wednesday, as a justification for overtime pay.

“The police’s overtime budget is initially our backing against the increasing violence in our city. Chief Garcia has applied for this funding to complement his efforts, and I don’t think we should get him to get this money that he tells us we are going to need badly, “said Johnson.

The Dallas Police Department is hundreds of officers smaller than it was 10 years ago.

In a 12-3 overtime vote, most city councilors approved Mayor Johnson.

“And I think it’s important to keep sending the message that we support our first responders, we support our cops, and we equip them with the tools they need, including overtime while we are understaffed,” Councilor Adam McGough said.

The new budget also includes money to hire 250 more officers, pay increases for police and fire departments, and buy dozens of additional patrol cars to increase police patrol presence.

The leader of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Sara Mokuria, urged the council not to provide additional money for the police. She said the Dallas neighborhoods need more investment to increase public safety.

“DPD has consistently proven to be an ineffective intervention in creating a safe public over time,” said Mokuria.

The budget allocates funds to community programs to improve lighting and reduce putrefaction, treat substance abuse, and expand mental health alternatives to take police action.

There’s also better pay to attract and retain 911 operators and garbage disposal workers, both municipal services that have suffered from a lack of hiring difficulties.

The streets of Bad Dallas are receiving a $ 150 million repair budget, the largest yet, to start a multi-year program to reverse decades of neglect.

But the police get the largest share of the budget at around $ 565 million, including the city’s largest police budget of all time.

“We have seen some early signs of success from the chief of police in a crime reduction plan, but we have a lot more to do,” said Mayor Johnson.

Slightly lowering the property tax rate in the new household will not be enough to offset soaring Dallas real estate values. Most taxpayers will see higher bills.

Most council members said residents told them in community meetings that they wanted the services the new budget will provide and that they are willing to pay for them.

The new budget comes into force on October 1st.

The city of Dallas received a total of $ 627 million in federal COVID-19 aid some of them have been included in the new budget and some have already been spent in the current year.

Dallas Price range Debate Over Police Time beyond regulation Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

Dallas city council members admitted a record $ 4.3 billion budget for the first time on Thursday after a last-minute controversy over police overtime money.

The spending plan benefits from $ 355 million in federal COVID-19 aid funding. This includes a slight reduction in the property tax rate. Councilors Cara Mendelsohn and Adam McGough voted against. Mendelsohn has repeatedly said that she wanted a greater reduction in the tax rate. Most taxpayers will pay higher bills due to rising property values.

There was an 8-7 vote to divert $ 10 million in police overtime pay to a reserve account.

“We’re tired of not getting answers when we call. So I cannot support handcuffing these officers, ”said Councilor Carolyn Arnold.

Proponents of the budget change said a new state law passed after calling for a “defuse” of the police last year now forbids reducing city police spending below the amount included in this new budget.

Councilor Chad West proposed to start this year with a lower amount for the police.

“It gives us and the council more flexibility in the future if there are budget issues due to COVID or something else,” West said.

Several councilors said it was a token vote to respond to state lawmakers who imposed their will on city households.

“Make sure we keep our local budgets in control at the local level instead of being bullied by those in Austin for political points,” Councilor Adam Bazaldua said.

The police will get the overtime pay back from the reserve account and Chief Eddie Garcia said the money is needed.

“Taking $ 10 million from that budget for police overtime is a bad idea, just like it was last year. And we will go through the budget like last year, ”said City Councilor Cara Mendelsohn.

Despite the overtime rerouting, the Dallas Police Department is still getting $ 8 million more than last year in their $ 583 million portion of the city budget, most of it from all departments.

The police budget provides for the recruitment and training of 250 more officers, although some of the recruitment could be offset by the departure of officers. More patrol cars will also be added to increase the visibility of the patrols.

Several city council speakers called for the police not to receive additional money and for more spending to be allocated to crime prevention programs.

“Adding police does not increase security. They only respond to crimes, “said spokesman Carvell Bowens.

Speakers said their research shows Dallas will spend about $ 422 on police for each resident, compared to about $ 49 on housing and homeless solutions.

“When you work to build the Dallas we deserve, you are spending more money on services for our communities, not the police,” said Tearyne Almendariz.

The speaker could not convince the city council.

A second Dallas city budget approval is required later in September before it goes into effect October 1, and more changes are still possible, but Thursday’s vote is a big step after months of public meetings and voter input.

Dallas Morning Information: A 9/11-style fee is required to look at the Afghanistan withdrawal

The lesson of the president’s power is not drawn from how it is wielded in the best of times, but from how it manifests itself in crisis. Mistakes arise in a crisis and hopefully mistakes become knowledge to improve future decisions.

A long list of the president’s foreign policy misjudgments has defined the government’s legacy, reshaping leadership for an incumbent president and sometimes for future inmates of the Oval Office.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy launched the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba, a covert operation to overthrow Fidel Castro. From the start, an unsound strategy, pathetic tactics, and an abundance of intelligence errors failed. Out of this crisis, JFK accepted the guilt and reorganized its advisors and decision-making processes. When faced with the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later, Kennedy asked the right questions and led the nation on the other side of a nuclear threat that could have killed 80 million Americans in a matter of moments.

President Joe Biden has already announced that he will not call for resignation for the deaths of 13 soldiers and countless Afghans by a suicide bomber in the last days of the Airlift. This week, Biden described the evacuation as an “extraordinary success”, although Americans and Afghans who wanted to leave the country stayed when the last plane departed without them.

Nonetheless, questions must be answered, both internally and externally, about the decisions and tactics that lead to and through the United States’ last moment in Afghanistan. Historians and experts will debate whether the die of inevitability was cast years ago, but leaving Kabul is undeniable, while historical and massive, heroic and tragic also represented a failure of the imagination.

We have heard this criticism before in the history of the President. Yale psychologist Irving Janis called the Bay of Pigs’ decision-making mistakes “groupthink,” which describes the pursuit of consensus in a way that prevents alternatives from being properly considered. According to a Harvard Business Review case study, historian Arthur Schlesinger later wrote that “our meetings were held in a strange atmosphere of supposed consensus. [and] nobody spoke against it. “

The nation has to go down the path of difficult issues regarding Afghanistan. The follow-up investigation by the 9/11 Commission, an independent, bipartisan body, identified missed signs, unresolved conflicting intelligence and information silos that were gathering vital information but unable or unwilling to link to threat advisories in other parts of government. The Commission’s overall conclusion was that coordination and information sharing could have provided a clearer and potentially workable warning of the impending terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

Right now, we urge Congress to empower an independent, bipartisan commission to review the final stages of the end of the American presence in Afghanistan – from the Trump administration’s ill-considered unilateral peace deal with the Taliban to the chaotic evacuation of the Biden. Administration.

This commission must have credible leadership, similar to what Republican Tom Kean, a former governor, and Democrat Lee Hamilton, a former US Congressman, gave the nation after the 9/11 attacks.

The commission, established by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, had the authority to summon witnesses and the credibility to maneuver the minefields of executive privilege and segregation of power. Above all, however, it was not an effort to assign blame, but to find out why, in retrospect, such obvious indications that could have prevented the deadly attacks on US soil escaped analysis.

There are many Americans who can jointly conduct a fair investigation, such as former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas, and former US Senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat from Nebraska, also on the 9/11 commission.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, former US MP Jane Harman and Leon Panetta who served as White House Chief of Staff, The CIA director and secretary of defense would also be good choices. These individuals and other men and women of goodwill would bring insights from their administration during the Bush and Obama years, but they were either outside the administration or not part of the inner circles of the Trump and Biden administrations when politics was on clearest was shifted towards retreat.

We cannot stress enough that this commission must look beyond partisanship and be an honest broker. The commission cannot be a replica of the GOP partisan attack on the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Nor should the Democrats oppose an investigation into any administration of their party, as the Republicans did when they overwhelmingly voted against an independent commission and a select congressional committee to review the January 6 insurrection.

There are many lessons to be learned from 20 years of war in Afghanistan, including missed opportunities, a shifting mission, the lack of a stable central government, and interference from regional neighbors like Pakistan. But the past two years, including the first eight months of the Biden administration when the withdrawal became a reality, deserve additional scrutiny and insight that only a substantial commission and fair approach can provide.

The war in Afghanistan and how that war ended will reverberate in American political circles for at least a generation. The light footprint that marked the beginning of the war was likely the result of a reluctance to deploy American troops, a reluctance that had persisted since the Vietnam era. It is therefore vital that a commission document all the facts and the context in which decisions were made. This will give us valuable insights and material lessons from this chapter of our history.

Eagles focusing on big-money deal for tight finish Dallas Goedert as Zach Ertz prepares to maneuver on, per report

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The expected split between Zach Ertz and the Eagle has been postponed for months as Philadelphia hopes for better compensation in a potential deal, but for anyone skeptical of Ertz’s future exit, John McMullen of SI.com’s EagleMaven reports that the team has already taken several steps to prepare for 2021 and beyond without the long-term tight end. This also includes striving for a “big money contract extension” for Ertz’s tight-end colleagues Dallas Goedert, as well as informing Ertz that Goedert will take the majority of the snapshots at the position, regardless of who is on the list.

“Both sides want to move on,” McMullen wrote this week, “but Eagles (General Manager) Howie Roseman has continued to play hard when it comes to Ertz’s worth … What we do know is that the Eagles plan for life to Ertz and tries to work out a (deal) with Goedert. What’s more, the team has informed Ertz that Goedert will definitely get the lion’s share of the snapshots at the position. “

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Meanwhile, New Eagles coach Nick Sirianni wants to “get away from a two-tight-end-centered offensive and get more speed on the field,” reported McMullen. Philadelphia recently re-signed the Veterans Reserve Richard Rodgerswho would likely open as the team’s # 2 tight end in 2021 if Ertz is dealt or released.

The reasons for Ertz’s expected departure have been amply set out this off-season; the three-time pro bowler will forever be a Philadelphia legend for eight years of consistent production Super bowl LII performance, but at 30, after an injury and looking for a new setting and maybe a new contract, the ship has already sailed unofficially. As for Goedert, the former second-round pick admitted in June that he was hey Talks about a new deal started.

Goedert, 26, will join the Free Agency after this season. The Eagles could potentially use the 2022 Franchise Tag. forecast to be $ 11.3 millionto keep it after 2021. A long term contract could net him something on the order of $ 12 million to $ 14 million per season, making him one of the NFL‘s four highest paid players in his position, according to other tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith redeemed on deals Pay $ 12.5 million a year this off-season. The Eagles would save $ 8.5 million this year by cutting or bargaining Ertz.

Valerie’s Taco Stand from San Diego brings it coastal model to Dallas

An authentic Mexican street taco concept from San Diego has been expanded to the Dallas area. Called Valerie’s Taco StandIt’s a family-owned chain that specializes in fish tacos, which San Diego is best known for.

Valerie’s made its Texas debut in mid-2020 with an initial location in Princeton. A second location has just opened in Plano, in a former Schlotzky’s in front of the Home Depot in 1130 N. Central Expwy.

Valerie’s was founded in 1997 in San Diego, California by Valerie and Steve Swanson, who have since opened nine locations in Southern California.

The menu is extensive and includes most of the prototypical Mexican categories, including tacos, tortas, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and chimichangas.

A dozen Combination plates Come with rice and beans and offer combinations like chili relleno and beef taco.

Tacos There are two types, crispy and soft, with fillings like carne asada, fried mahi, potatoes, and vegetables. Breakfast tacos with an assortment of meats, potatoes, and cheeses wrapped in a homemade flour tortilla are available throughout the day.

A unique category is Fries, either smooth or with toppings such as Carne Asada, Surf & Turf, Queso and Guacamole.

And a unique signature is their marinated / pickled Carrots, offered as a refreshing side dish.

They also make a clever Mexican version of the buzzy “Peel, “With rice, chilled beans, guacamole and queso, topped with a choice of chicken, beef, pollo asada, carne asada or prawns.

They pride themselves on the fact that their corn tortillas are made from ground corn rather than cornmeal, and they use good quality meat.

With its proximity to the ocean and Mexico, San Diego admits they have the best fish tacos, and Valerie’s makes a classic version of lightly whipped and fried fish for a crispy crust that deserves a place lots the best of Lists.

Mariana Monoya, a representative of the chain, told Plano Magazine that Valerie came to Texas because family members moved to Collin County and couldn’t find Mexican food they liked.

They also addressed the current staff shortage, which was such a challenge for the restaurant industry after the pandemic, and caused the Plano site to close for a few days until it could be properly staffed.

“This is new Mexican food, real San Diego food, it’s authentic,” she said.

Rating the three QBs subsequent up for big-money contracts after Dak Prescott’s monster Dallas deal

Dak Prescott made NFL history this week by securing $ 126 million in guaranteed money as part of his $ 160 million renewal Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback is also now the second highest paid player in his position, just behind him Kansas City Chiefs Superstar Patrick Mahomes. But Dak’s big deal probably won’t be the last of the 2021 off-season.

While the Cowboys waited a long time to jail their previous fourth-round draft pick, a handful of other teams won’t want to pull out inevitable extensions for their own young callers, especially if long-term deals could fall short-term salary cap place at a time , in which teams are struggling with pandemic-related cuts. We consider three QBs in particular: The BrownsBaker Mayfield, the billsJosh Allen, and the RavensLamar Jacksonwho all have rookie contracts that expire after 2021.

All three QBs could potentially be maintained through 2023 without large cash extensions. Each of their respective teams can exercise options for the fifth year as well as potential franchise tags for the following year during this off-season. However, the cheaper route means paying sooner rather than later. And right now, all three QBs from the 2018 Design Class are virtual locks to keep up to date.

With that in mind, who among Mayfield, Allen and Jackson are most likely to get the biggest deal?

Let’s first consider their respective effects after three seasons in the NFL::

  • Number 1 in 2018, Mayfield was by far the trio’s “pedestrian” and suffered a huge drop after a promising rookie year before bouncing back in 2020. But he was also quietly the most productive passerby of the bunch over three years. His arm and size aren’t nearly as mind-blowing as everyone’s, but he leads the group in touchdown passes and yards per game. Mayfield was a rather sturdy game manager for Cleveland’s fatal offense in 2020 and looked far more comfortable.
  • Anyone who finished 7th has seen the most meteoric rise, from boom-or-bust playmaker to legitimate MVP candidate. His talent for overtime will always put his game at risk, but he silenced hordes of critics pre-draft and early career by increasing his accuracy in late 2019 and 2020. An on-site bulldozer leading the trio in a hurry.It’s the safest, most exciting thing the Bills have had its focus on in decades, and it’s debatable whether its cap is the highest of the group.
  • Jackson, who stayed in the draft until No. 32, is the most physically gifted of the group, as his record marks show. Kyler Murray is on the way, but there’s no QB in the NFL who can move like Jackson; Its speed and change of direction can instantly change a game. He also has the best starting record of any QB here by far, although his playoff performances have been a lot less inspiring. The question with Jackson is whether he can consistently find his way to victory.

Here is a breakdown of all three QB numbers by three seasons:

Baker Mayfield

45

23-22 (1-1)

75 43 241.6 61.9 89.1 437 (4)

Josh Allen

43

28-15 (2-2)

67 31 220.6 61.8 90.4 1,562 (25)

Lamar Jackson

37

30-7 (1-3)

68 18th 154.0 64.0 102.6 2,906 (19)

If one thing should be clear, it is that all three are due and big money renewals will almost certainly be received. But this is how we would estimate their chances of actually resetting the market that Mahomes set with its $ 450 million mega-deal in 2020:

3. Baker Mayfield (Browns)

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 134 million ($ 33.5 million per year)

It is the most difficult to project just because its trajectory was less clear. Do / should the Browns want to keep him? Yes. He’s proven in 2020 that he can adapt to various roles at the Center, and he’s got Moxie to point out guard-like duties in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. But should the Browns buy the option, he’s next Russell Wilson? We’re not so sure, and probably not either. A four-year deal would allow both sides to reassess when Mayfield is only 30 years old. An annual average of $ 33.5 million would mark him the fifth or sixth highest paid QB, roughly equivalent or ahead Jared Goff ($ 33.5 million), Aaron Rodgers ($ 33.5 million), Kirk cousins ($ 33 ​​million) and Carson Wentz ($ 32M), but just behind proven QBs like Deshaun Watson ($ 39 million) and Wilson ($ 35 million).

2. Josh Allen (Bills)

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 168 million ($ 42 million a year)

Prescott’s deal has certainly helped everyone who will almost certainly turn in more than $ 40 million per season, considering he’s about three years younger and has better playing ability, let alone a current offer for one AFC title game. The fact that he’s only gotten better each season in the NFL also gives his representation a lot of leverage; What other young QB outside of Mahomes and maybe Watson is on a clearer upward trend to an MVP-level star? Buffalo probably won’t keep up with Mahomes’ annual average, considering Allen still has big playoff games to win, but the money should make him a guaranteed top-3 QB with the highest wages.

1. Lamar Jackson (ravens)

Trying to choose between Allen and Jackson for the next bigger deal is like flipping a coin, and many employees would prefer Allen to walk over Jackson’s legs. To be clear, Allen could very well top this list in terms of new money because in reality he looks more like the whole package during his ascent. But Jackson has a few things in his favor. For one thing, he’s incredibly young; He just turned 24, which means that even a four-year contract would get him back on the market at 28. His athleticism, we have found, is also unparalleled, giving the Ravens one or two of the best pure, transcendent talents in the NFL. For all the hassle he gets for his early playoff starts and inconsistent air numbers, Jackson is closest to Mahomes’ level in terms of physical aptitudes, and that will give him as much leeway – most of it justified – as he evolves .

Projected Deal: Four years, $ 170 million ($ 42.5 million per year)

$2.7 Million in Grant Cash Accessible for Dallas Small Companies – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

The financial challenges of 2020 have carried over to 2021, and small businesses are still looking for new hopes for the new year. Additional help is available in the city of Dallas.

The city is expanding an important resource for small businesses struggling to keep their doors open.

It’s called the Small Business Continuity Fund, and it’s a grant program that has reopened a second time for applications. In the first round, applications were accepted last May. Since then, 400 small business grants totaling $ 4 million have been made.

This time around, the city of Dallas expects to grant grants of up to $ 15,000 each to 200 companies during this application cycle. The Small Business Continuity Fund grants are US $ 2.7 million.

Tsarina Gracy, assistant director of economic development in Dallas, says that grants and loans have always been available for the small businesses in Dallas, but the challenge for many is knowing how to get them.

“It’s just about knowing where they are and what you need to get access to them,” Gracy said. “One of the things we want to do is connect them together in this ecosystem and enable them to get credit through one of our CFIs or some available grants and things. Just really connect them to the other resources available. ”

There are eligibility requirements to receive money from the Small Business Continuity Fund:

  • The place of business must be in the city of Dallas.
  • Business revenue must be less than $ 1.5 million.
  • The business must show a loss of at least 25 percent due to the pandemic.

Applications for admissions will begin on Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. through Wednesday, February 10, on the Dallas City Office of Economic Development website.

Eligible applications are then entered into a lottery system to create a ranking of companies who are then asked to submit a full application.

ON-LINE: Read more here and apply.