David Kirkpatrick

July 20, 2008

Frank Luksa on Cowboys past

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:41 pm

Here’s a great column penned by Frank Luksa, longtime Dallas Cowboys beat writer for Metroplex papers. He covers tales from training camps past.

From the link:

Precisely

 

On his first day as the Cowboys’ receivers coach, the meticulous Raymond Berry demonstrated how to run a sideline route to rookies. Berry made his usual precise numbers of steps, cut toward the sideline and landed — 1 foot out of bounds.

 

“The field is too narrow, Tom,” he announced to Coach Landry.

 

“No, Raymond,” Landry said, “we’ve been out here forever.”

 

This was the sixth year the Cowboys had practiced on the same field without complaint, yet Berry instinctively found it out of line.

 

“Either the hashmarks aren’t right or the field is too narrow,” the former Baltimore Colts star receiver insisted. Landry shrugged, called for a tape measure, and field dimensions were plotted to the exact inch.

 

Berry’s sense of precision was validated. The field was 11 inches too narrow.

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