Sumner Newscow report â€” Conway Springs defeated Chaparral 55-23 Friday night. South Haven was triumphant over Sedan 75-28. Both teams have sealed playoff berths.Elsewhere Oxford defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter 45-0, Argonia-Attica beat Caldwell 42-14 and Douglass beat Belle Plaine 50-12.In the Conway Springs game, the Cardinals took a 35-0 first half lead and played junior varsity for most of the second half. Interestingly the stats show that Â Chaparral had the same amount of first downs, and had more rushing yards. Conway Springs accumulated 508 yards to Chaparral’s 396. The Cardinal passing machine (!) was the difference. The box score is here:Â Conway Springs- Chaparral statsâ€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢In the South Haven game, the Cardinals would open a 28-0 first quarter lead and held a 42-6 halftime advantage in this snooze-fest. J.T. Yunker rushed for 242 yards and had five touchdowns. Anthony Hawkins had 67 yards passing. The box score is here:Â South Haven- Sedan – 10_26_2013â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Argonia-Attica beat Caldwell 42-14 leading 28-0 at the half. The box score to this game is here:Â Caldwell – Argonia-Attica stats Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Orpha HallHall, Orpha Mae (Betty), 89, died peacefully at Homestead Assisted Living Home in Augusta on Friday, January 31, 2014.Betty was born on December 20, 1924, to W.C. (Johnie) John and Mary Ann (Stephens) John.She was raised in the Argonia community, graduating as valedictorian of her high school class. Following graduation from high school, she worked for Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita during World War II. She was married to Charles Logan HallÂ and to this union was born one daughter, Janet Hall Bazurto, of Corvalis, Oregon. Betty spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles, California working for the Vanderbilt Chemical Company before returning to Kansas where she was employed by Sheplers Western Stores of Wichita.Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Lela Bevan and her brother, LeRoy John.She is survived by her daughter, Janet, six grandchildren, Todd, Jennifer, Ethan, Amanda, Taryn and Matt, two great-grandchildren, Richard and Katie, and two sisters, Neva Wiske of Augusta, and Elaine Grimm of Santa Barbara, California.Following cremation, a private family interment will take place in the spring at the Argonia Cemetery in Argonia.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickupsWe’ve been advocating for Sam Darnold for weeks, and his ownership has risen. If you’ve listened to that advice, it’s definitely paid off for you. The same can be said for Bo Scarbrough, who were both on our watch list last week and make it back this week.The two biggest upsides on this list could be the players in the photo at the top: Rashaad Penny and James Washington. Penny’s path to total fantasy domination is a little complicated, because Seattle still has a healthy Chris Carson. But the Seahawks saw what Penny could do in Week 12, meaning the former first-rounder might be in line for a hefty role down the stretch. Washington also has JuJu Smith-Schuster potentially limiting him, but with JuJu extra dinged up, Washington might have a few more long touchdowns up his sleeve. If this is your first time here, just a refresher on the basic premise before you dig in. Most fantasy rosters have dead weight in a bench spot or two (or at this time of year, you’ve got a fantasy playoff spot sewn up). Instead of just living with the dead weight, you can plan ahead and pick up players as free agents now instead of having to deal with the uncertainty of waivers next week, after some of these guys have surely made themselves popular waiver adds. Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch ListWeek 14 Waiver Wire Watch List: QuarterbackSam Darnold, Jets (47 percent ownership)The Jets get to take on the Dolphins in Week 14, which means Darnold should continue his stretch of strong games against terrible opponents. He’s the safest stream, because it shouldn’t blow up against Miami, and he could have a big touchdown day.Jacoby Brissett, Colts (42)Indy takes on the Buccaneers’ brutal pass defense in Week 14, and especially because Tampa Bay’s run defense is so strong, the Colts should rely on Brissett’s arm in a game that moving the ball through the air shouldn’t be the problem.Ryan Tannehill, Titans (32)Tannehill continues to show a willingness to run, which adds a floor to a fantasy value that’s been surprisingly stable via his passing, too. Oakland’s secondary won’t pose much threat in Week 14 (and he gets Houston in Week 15, too, another good matchup).Daniel Jones, Giants (26)Jones could be a multi-week fantasy playoffs stream. The Giants play in Philly in Week 14 before hosting the Dolphins in Week 15. That’s finished off with a game against the Redskins in Week 16. If you’re streaming QBs for the fantasy playoffs for whatever reason, Jones has a good stretch to put up solid numbers.Kyle Allen, Panthers (19)Remember when we thought the Falcons were a great matchup for Allen a couple weeks ago and then he threw four interceptions? Well, that’s who the Panthers get in Week 14. It’s a good matchup on paper if you think that prior result won’t affect Allen. Proceed with caution.WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickupsWeek 14 Waiver Wire Watch List: RBBo Scarbrough, Lions (44)It’s not often a starting running back who should see 15 touches in every game the rest of the way is available in more than half of leagues and isn’t Kalen Ballage, but that’s what we have with Scarbrough. Schedule isn’t great, upside isn’t great, but floor is certainly FLEX worthy.Rashaad Penny, Seahawks (39)The former first-rounder could be a frustrating committee back with Chris Carson the rest of the way, but if Penny gets 12 touches a game from here on out, he’s explosive enough to have a few big weeks.Benny Snell Jr., Steelers (18)James Conner probably will be back soon and tank Snell’s value, but if Conner were to be out an extended period of time, Snell would be a workhorse for an offense that’ll have no choice but to keep pounding the rock.Darrel Williams, Chiefs (8)Damien Williams is dinged up, and LeSean McCoy’s workload is being heavily monitored. We might get to one of the next few Sundays and learn that both of those guys are out, meaning Darrel would get 15-20 touches in an explosive offense. He’s not really playable when they’re active, but he’d be an awesome start if one of the final few games was a double inactive for Damien and Shady.Jalen Richard, Raiders (3)Richard’s involvement in the passing game is back to last season’s levels after six catches in Week 12. PPR owners should take notice if the injury bug has bitten your RBs.Patrick Laird, Dolphins (1)Laird has stolen more and more of Kalen Ballage’s playing time each of the last three weeks. It feels like the full-on takeover is coming, and Laird would be especially appealing in PPR leagues, as catching passes seems to be his most NFL-level skillset. If we considered picking up Ballage at 15 touches per game, Laird should be more desirable in a similar role if it comes.WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickupsWeek 14 Waiver Wire Watch List: WRMecole Hardman, Chiefs (29)Hardman is pretty irrelevant aside from the random big play if Tyreek Hill is healthy, but if Hill stays dinged up, Hardman can be Hill-lite for fantasy owners.Darius Slayton, Giants (25)Especially with Golden Tate concussed, but even as Week 12 showed us with three healthy New York wideouts, Slayton should see seven-plus targets a game as part of a strong rookie connection with Daniel Jones. And we talked about the strong fantasy playoffs schedule for Jones above.James Washington, Steelers (20)The Steelers could just shut JuJu Smith-Schuster down at some point, which would mean Washington would see relatively consistent targets to go with his big-play ability.A.J. Brown, Titans (20)Tennessee has a friendly schedule and Brown is prone to the occasional long touchdown. There are worse options to play in your FLEX spot, especially if you think you’re an underdog in a playoff matchup.N’Keal Harry, Patriots (14) | Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (1)These rookies only maintain value if Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett remain out, but both were usable in fantasy in Week 12 when that was the case. There isn’t a huge indication which would be used more or less if only one of the veterans were out, although Meyers’ slot chops line up more with Sanu’s ability inside, while Harry is more similar to Dorsett on the outside.Anthony Miller, Bears (13)Taylor Gabriel is hurting and Miller may have passed him back again for Chicago’s No. 2 WR role, which he’s shown can have value in the right games, especially in contests where Allen Robinson is taken by a lockdown cornerback.Russell Gage, Falcons (7)Gage has proven week after week that the No. 3 WR role in Atlanta can lead to consistent targets. There’s not much touchdown or big-play upside here, but PPR owners could do a lot worse than Gage.John Ross, Bengals (7)Ross was designated to return from IR, so at this point it’s just a question of when the big-play receiver is back.Zay Jones, Raiders (2)Jones burned us once earlier this season, but it’s at least worth taking note of how WR playing time shakes out in Oakland with Hunter Renfrow out.WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickupsWeek 14 Waiver Wire Watch List: TERyan Griffin, Jets (44)You can keep riding Griffin’s friendly schedule just as you can with Darnold. A Dolphins matchup means another great opportunity for Griffin to find the end zone again.Jack Doyle, Colts (38)Two things are working in Doyle’s favor: the Buccaneers and Eric Ebron. Tampa Bay is the second-worst defense against tight ends based on fantasy points allowed, and Ebron is on Injured Reserve. Doyle should see decent targets in Week 14 against a defense that should allow him to be open. Also keep an eye on Mo Alie-Cox, in case he takes over Ebron’s red zone role.David Njoku, Browns (30) Fantasy playoffs get underway in most leagues in Week 14, so that’ll make the Week 14 waiver wire that much more important. There’s never been a better time to think ahead and pick up some sleepers ahead of time off our watch list, especially if you’ve already clinched a playoff spot and maybe even your playoff seed is already decided. You wouldn’t want your opponent to have a better waiver claim than you come next week and snag the running back you’ve already had your eye on.There’ll also be more attention on certain teams than usual because of Thanksgiving. Maybe no one normally watches the Lions or Bears, but they will on Thursday afternoon. That means that Bo Scarbrough and Anthony Miller could vault from your little secret into more mainstream prominence, and then you won’t be able to sneak them by as simple free agent pickups next week. Instead, if you’ve got the roster space to do it, you should add them now. Cleveland should still active Njoku from IR before the season is out, and with tight end injuries left and right, he could be a top-10 option a few times down the stretch.WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickupsWeek 14 defense streamers and sleepersNew York Jets (42) | Week 14 opponent: vs. DolphinsDallas Cowboys (37) | Week 14 opponent: @ BearsTennessee Titans (36) | Week 14 opponent: @ RaidersLos Angeles Chargers (36) | Week 14 opponent: @ JaguarsGreen Bay Packers (31) | Week 14 opponent: vs. RedskinsIndianapolis Colts (28) | Week 14 opponent: @ BuccaneersHouston Texans (26) | Week 14 opponent: vs. BroncosIf you’ve been riding out the Jets’ favorable schedule, you’re probably sitting pretty, but there are plenty of streamers to use in Week 14. Some of these defenses are probably owned in your league, but surely not all of them. The Colts probably have a little more downside than the rest when you consider the talent of Tampa Bay’s offense, but Jameis Winston should also provide some points to Indy, too.
Friday May 15thNormal 1st through 4th hours.Students not taking finals are released atÂ 11:18.All students taking finals will attend first lunch.1st hour Final-Â 11:45-1:232nd Hour Final-Â 1:28-3:05 TuesdayÂ May 19th7th Hour Final-Â 8p.m.-9:378th Hour Final-Â 9:42-11:18School is dismissed for the summer atÂ 11:18. *Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford atÂ ktfordatusd353.com. *Volleyball girls- Camp Forms, Fundraising forms and money need to be turned into the office. *Congratulations to the April Students of the Month:9th- Jack Heimer10th- Cassidy Harriger11th- Jared Shields12th- Shayna Templeton *Any student that missed the Drivers Ed meeting on Wednesday can see Mr. Wilmoth today. Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 4, 2015:Mondayâ€¢Tennis at Winfield 10 a.m.â€¢JV Golf at WHS 3 p.m.â€¢C-team Baseball at WHS 4 p.m.Tuesdayâ€¢Golf at Hesston 8 a.m.â€¢JV Golf at Clearwater 3 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢Lions Club Awards 10 p.m. in Auditorium.Thursdayâ€¢Regional Tennis 10 a.m.â€¢Golf at Tex Consolver 3 p.m.â€¢Baseball at WHS vs Clearwater 4 p.m.â€¢Softball at WHS vs Clearwater 4:30 p.m.Fridayâ€¢Regional Tennis at Winfield 10 a.m.â€¢Track at Chaparral 3 p.m.Saturdayâ€¢Baseball at Ark City 4 p.m., 6 p.m.â€¢Regional Tennis at Winfield 9 a.m.Â Todayâ€™s Lunch: Tater Tot Casserole, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Steamed Carrots, Biscuits with Jelly, Applesauce and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch– Pork Rib with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Tri-Tater, Green Beans, Pineapple, Apple Crisp and Milk.Todayâ€™s NewsÂ *JV Golf will be dismissed at 1 p.m.*There will be a meeting on Wednesday after school in the health room for anyone interested in participating in Cross Country next school year.*Congratulations to BayLee Pacchelli who broke into semi-finals in serious solo acting and placed 10th out of 39 this weekend at state forensics.*New Leadership candidates, please see Mrs. Defore to set up an interview appointment.*Final Schedule–Students must be in the classroom for the entire finals period and cannot be released early, even if they finish early. *Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!Â You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b *There are only three applicants for NHS officers next year. Please come get a form from Ms. Hollas if you are interested. *Senior Finals will be on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th. Seniors only need to come MondayÂ morning if they are taking a final the following day in class.Â Mondays finals will be 5th,6th,7th and 8th periods. Tuesdays finals will beÂ 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th periods. Seniors will be dismissed after 4th hour on Tuesday. Today is:National Weather Observers DayNational Orange Juice DayNational Melanoma MondayNational Star Wars Day MondayÂ May 18th3rd hour Final-Â 8p.m.-9:374th hour final-Â 9:42-11:18All students taking finals will attend first lunch5th hour Final-Â 11:45-1:236th hour Final-Â 1:28-3:05
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Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 240 weeks ago Why is the city using purplewave when there is an auction business in Wellington? So much for shop at home! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WgtnBIzOwner · 240 weeks ago Why didn’t the City consider using a local company? There’s an auction company in Wellington that does online bidding! LIVE WELL LIVE WELLINGTON?? No one at Purple Wave lives or works in this community! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down **** TRACY · 240 weeks ago WHY DID THEY BUT ALL THE BIKES IN ONE LOT,, I GO TO A LOT OF AUCTIONS THE ONLY REASON THEY WOULD DO THIS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY,, WHERE DID THE CITY ADVERTISE FOR AUCTION COMPANYS WHAT ARE THEY PAYING FOR COMMISSIONS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 240 weeks ago This is totally wrong. First off the local business that has auctions should of been first choice this is just not right. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 240 weeks ago Do as we say, not as we do! Signed City of Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report â€” The City of Wellington currently has items for auction on Purple Wave.Â Items include:1999 Komatsu DozerBizhub C250 All-in-one Copy MachineBicycles – approximately 60 count lotPlease visit www.purplewave.com and search â€œWellingtonâ€ for additional details and to place a bid.Â Follow us on Twitter.
So this is the moment where Elliot Benchetrit asks the ballkid to peel his banana. I’m glad the umpire (John Blom) stepped in and told him off. pic.twitter.com/TK1GET68pG— Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) January 19, 2020MORE: Serena Williams powers through first round of Australian OpenSeveral users on social media reacted to the clip with one saying, “Too right. She’s not a servant. She’s there to do a job. He looked shocked when he was told to do it himself. Whattttt, peel it myself?!” There were plenty of other comments made in a similar fashion.Among them was Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic, who called the act “disgusting.”“That is pretty rank isn’t it, asking a ball girl to peel a banana?” Stefanovic said on the Today Show. “Asking a ball person to do that is disgusting. I think it’s terrible.” Benchetrit. after seeing most of the feedback, had a simple explanation for the interaction.”At 6-5 in the final set, during the changeover, I asked the ball girl to peel the banana for me as I had put some cream on my hands in order not to sweat,” he said. “She had done it once before at the beginning of the match. But the second time the chair umpire stepped in and told me that the ball girl was not my slave and I had to peel the banana myself. I could not believe that the umpire said that and I find incredible how this situation got out of control on social media without people knowing what really happened on court.”Benchetrit was defeated by Yuichi Sugita on Tuesday. French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit received a lot of negative attention on social media after a clip of him with a ball girl went viral.In said clip, taken from his win over Dmitry Popko on Saturday, Benchetrit asks the ball girl to peel a banana for him. The tennis umpire, John Blom, apparently tells him to peel it himself. It appears as if the two have a brief back-and-forth before Benchetrit eventually just peels it himself.
This was Simone the Irish Water Spaniel. And it’s Nope not today! pic.twitter.com/8d8SGmOhfv— LaWanda (@lawanda50) February 12, 2020While the FS1 broadcast’s camera angle made it appear Simone may have lunged toward Hundt, Simone’s co-handler, Hannah Loonsk, confirmed to Sporting News on Thursday that the three-year-old spaniel actually jumped away from the judge.Hundt, in turn, stepped away to give Simone some space. With the help of Loonsk, Simone calmed down briefly, but again jumped away from Hundt when the judge tried to restart the judging process.MORE: 2020 Westminster Dog Show results An Irish water spaniel was removed from the final night of the Westminster Dog Show after being spooked by a judge, losing her composure and refusing to be examined Tuesday.The issues for Simone, also known as GCH CH Poole’s Ide Say No More CD RN CGC, appeared to begin when the judge — reportedly Theresa Hundt — tried to walk past her during the group judging stage Tuesday night. Eventually, with Simone still agitated by Hundt’s presence, the dog was excused, taking a walk of shame out of the Madison Square Garden floor.Some viewers, though, believed Hundt may have stepped on Simone’s paw, causing the outburst. It’s hard to tell from the video, but even if Hundt didn’t make contact with the paw, it’s possible just a near-miss — combined with the nerves of being on the biggest stage in American dog showing — was enough to spook the Irish Water Spaniel.@WKCDOGS You might want to revaluate your judge Ms. Thersea L. Hundt. Stepping on a dog’s paw would cause them to react the way they did. The Irish Water Spaniel & their handler deserved better. #dogshow #poorjudgment pic.twitter.com/AsOrK4g7a9— Victoria Wirth (@vmdm_photo) February 12, 2020Loonsk, however, didn’t seem to be in an accusatory mood after the snafu, being “all smiles” according to The Canine Review. Simone can still go home with her head held high, having been named the best Irish water spaniel on display in New York.Backstage her co-owner and handler Hannah Loonsk, is all smiles. “She’s the love of my life, it’s fine” she says about her Irish Water Spaniel, Simone. #WestminsterDogShow2020 #WKCDogShow— caninereview (@caninereview) February 12, 2020
Mic’d up Anthony Rizzo at the plate: “Someone bang for me.”🤣🤣🤣(via @ESPN) pic.twitter.com/krkA4HCQM5— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) March 2, 2020Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer took it a step further, telling Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty what pitches were coming during a fourth-inning at-bat. Bauer got Beaty to line out to center field.The broadcast went on to speculate that the move was a dig at the Astros’ cheating scandal, which was comfirmed by Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich. Straight from Derek Dietrich: @BauerOutage was intentionally telling Matt Beaty what pitch was coming in that 4th-inning plate appearance.#RedsST🌵⚾ | @JimDayTV pic.twitter.com/HlqFHZaZWN— FOX Sports Cincinnati (@FOXSportsCincy) March 2, 2020MORE: George Springer hears a snippet from the Astros’ 2020 road trip soundtrack”If you’ve followed baseball this offseason, there’s a little thing going on with sign stealing,” Dietrich said. “So, Trevor’s not too fond of it, so he figured he’s gonna try something new this season. And he’s gonna start telling the batters what’s coming. And that way there’s no ifs, ands or buts about what’s going on. Just here it comes, try to hit it.”These jabs are subtle compared to most of the shots players have taken at the Astros this offseason (see: Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Nick Markakis and basically the whole damn league). And it doesn’t look like anyone is backing off anytime soon. Baseball’s biggest stars continued to take shots at the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal during spring training on Monday.Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was mic’d up for an at bat against the Angels and joked about trying to figure out what pitch was coming, saying, “somebody bang for me.” That, of course, was a reference to Houston banging on trash cans in 2017 to let hitters know which pitch was coming.
Cowboys great Emmitt Smith is urging the franchise to avoid “playing chicken” in contract negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott.Prescott is scheduled to play the 2020 season under the exclusive franchise tag, which will pay him over $31 million. He and the Cowboys face a July 15 deadline to reach a long-term deal. Reports this week suggested Prescott could become the NFL’s highest-paid player with a contract worth $35 million annually, though he was pushing for a four-year deal rather than a five-year pact.IYER: Five reasons signing Dalton to back up Dak makes senseThe Cowboys swooped in to sign veteran Andy Dalton after the Bengals released him this month, but they have reiterated their desire to reach an agreement with Prescott.Smith, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys, has faith a deal will get done despite the constant media speculation.”As far as the players go, Dak is not worried whether or not he’s going to get signed,” Smith told Dallas radio station KRLD-FM. “I’m not even concerned. I believe he will get it done and I believe the Cowboys will get it done. We don’t have room to be playing games or playing chicken.”It’s important to [media] people that need something to talk about because you don’t have much to talk about because we don’t have camps and minicamps and so forth. “The business of leverage, when you have leverage, then you try to set the rules, and the only way you fight leverage is you fight it by establishing your ground. I think at some point this stuff will subside.”MORE: Vegas proposes that Prescott will be MVP finalistSmith offered his take after another former Cowboys first-round pick, Marcus Spears, opined Prescott would be “crazy” not to sign a deal for the amounts reported. Spears, though, suggested the saga was not normal.”If they’ve offered Dak $35 million a year and over $100 million guaranteed and he’s turning it down because of an extra year, Dak is crazy,” Spears said to ESPN. “I’ve never known a guy to fight over a year if he’s going to get $100 million guaranteed, because, usually, all that matters to NFL players is, ‘What am I getting going to my bank account?'”[But] I’m thinking something about the structure of this contract is giving Dak and his agent pause before signing.” Since the start of last season, the Cowboys have agreed to big-money extensions with Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith and Demarcus Lawrence.Spears added: “Out of every [quarterback] contract we’ve watched get done [on other teams] there was not this delay. There was not this many players being signed to the team before the quarterback.”There was not a nine-year starter [Dalton] signed as a backup. We keep watching it like they’ll go about normal business and get the deal done. All of this stuff, this ain’t normal.”