Nov 172010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Dez Bryant  of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after his first quarter touchdown reception against the New York Giants was confirmed by video replay on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I used to drive a fully-loaded Olds 88. (That’s insider talk for Oldsmobile 88. Wink.) I enjoy the musical stylings of the Old 97s (not to mention their nostalgic-sounding, cool-vibing name.)

But for Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver and rookie of the year candidate Dez Bryant, any appreciation of team history begins with the Old 88s.

One of the smartest things general manager Jerry Jones has done for team owner Jerry Jones in recent years was to draft Dez Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. The jury is still out on most of this year’s picks, but dazzling Dez has both hushed the mouths and dropped the jaws of his critics. Every week, he shows himself to be one of the best players on the field and one of the most electrifying in the entire league. Former player/analysts from Troy Aikman to Chris Collinsworth and pundits with names like Lombardi (Michael, not the ghost of Vincent) are hinting that the kid with the giant hands and circus-like acrobatics might just be the steal of the draft. Continue reading »