A bad boss in your work life can make your life a living hell. A good one can make going to work every day not only tolerable, but enjoyable.
Glen Stone was one of the most genuinely decent, sweet and loyal men I have ever met. He made going to work every day fun. It is with great sadness to learn of his passing.
Stone is the former athletic media relations director at Kansas State, and TCU. He served at TCU in that department from 1982 to 1998. He was basically forced out when when the school was cleaning house of all of the old guard of the athletic department, and it took him a long time to get over that.
In 1996, Glen hired me as a graduate assistant in his office. Glen was one of the people that made this community great. He was a native of Oklahoma, but his car had a bumper sticker that read: "Born in Oklahoma, but I got to Texas as fast as I could."
Stone was a graduate of Oklahoma, and a throw back to a different time in college athletics. There was zero pretense about this man. He was as inviting of a person as the good Lord could have created. There was nothing slick about Glen. He once told me he had been offered the outdoor beat at the Topeka Capital Journal, which for those of us fortunate to know him could easily envision Glen thriving in that job.
Glen was completely in his element watching a football game with a cold beer, and a cheeseburger. I also recall his deep affinity for soup. He had the ability to make everybody comfortable.
He was a family man to the bone, and could be fiercely protective of the people who worked under him. He never misled you, and he treated everyone by the golden rule. He never thrived at "managing up", but those who worked with and under him adored him.
He left TCU in 1998, and I saw him only once since then. It was at the Toyota dealership where he had worked, and he was preparing to retire. Nothing had changed about the man, other than he was just a few years older.
This is one of those relationships I was fortunate enough to have told him - he was a wonderful boss, and I am forever grateful for his decency and kindness.
Glen is survived by his wife, Bethan, two sons and grandchildren.
UPDATE: Services for Glen will be 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at the Arborlawn United Methodist Church chapel in Fort Worth.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Dez Byrant would have well be within his rights to pop Joseph Randle a good one, but instead he took the high road because he’s been there. Given Dez’s stature with the team, he could have made life miserable for Randle on this one. He didn’t.
A few days after the embarrassing video of Randle inside of the Frisco jail following his arrest on Oct. 13 was released, where he called out teammates Josh Brent and Bryant, both the running back and the receiver were seen having words on the Cowboys’ practice field.
In the video, where Randle was being booked for stealing some items from Dillards, he calls out Bryant and Brent for having far worse transgressions than this. Brent served jail time for drunken vehicular manslaughter, and Bryant was once charged with domestic violence after he reportedly smacked his mother in the face with a hat.
On Friday during the team’s walk through, tight end Jason Witten had to come between Dez and Randle as they exchanged words.
On Sunday, Randle would not say whether he apologized to Bryant. He merely the need to keep grinding away and tying to get better. He said his relationship with Dez is the same as it’s always been. I asked Bryant if his relationship with Randle was OK.
“It’s OK. I had my talk with him. There are certain things you just don’t do. We fixed it. We’re good. That’s my little buddy,” he said.
Dez said he did get an apology from Randle, but “There’s no need. I understood how he felt in that situation,” he said. “I can see him doing that. I can see that. Trying not to flip out in a situation like that. He made a mistake, and you forgive people. That’s what you do.”
Dez has been in it before, and he understand that people sometimes do dumb things but don’t mean them.
Dez could easily have made life miserable for Randle inside the Cowboys’ locker room, and in such a situation it’s not impossible to think this sort of scenario would have led to the release of the running back. Dez wanted no part of that.
Sunday's game was the type of day that last season would have caused Bryant to pop. Even though he was obviously frustrated at how the game played out, he kept it together.
"Trust me, I’m dealing with it. Outstanding. Better, man," he said after the game. "If you’re a competitor, that’s what’s going to happen - you will see frustration."
We did, but we never saw any eruption.
* DeMarco Murray had an outside shot of becoming the first player in 18 games to rush for more than 100 yards against the Cardinals, but the team white flagged that attempt in the fourth quarter when the score got out of hand. Murray was essentially pulled. He finished with 79 yards on 19 carries, and now was 1,133 yards on the season. He is on pace for 2,014 yards. Eric Dickerson owns the NFL’s single season rushing record with 2,105 yards in 1984. The Cowboys next opponent – the Jaguars – rank ninth in the league against the run.
* BTW – Guard Ronald Leary, who missed the game against the Cardinals because of a sore groin, told me in the locker room after the game that he expects to be able to play against the Jaguars in London. That would mean Leary would potentially join injured right tackle Doug Free to give the Cowboys a completely healthy offensive line after the bye.
* All of the Cowboys points on Sunday came from Cowboys … wait for it, this is about to get really clever. Defensive back Tyler Patmon, field goal kicker Dan Bailey, receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Brandon Weeden accounted for all the Cowboys scoring on Sunday. They are all proud alums of T. Boone State University – aka the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
* Remember Gavin Escobar? Yeah – me, neither. On Oct. 19, the second-year second round draft pick from San Diego State caught three passes against the New York Giants with two touchdowns. In consecutive games – vs. the Seahawks and Giants – he had five catches for 75 yards with three touchdowns. Since then, in the last two games, the Cowboys have not thrown his way once. The biggest impact Escobar made against the Cardinals was during Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt at the end of the first half. Lined up to block the right end, Escobar was unable to get a hand on Justin Bethel of the Cardinals, who blocked Bailey’s field goal try.
* Any time a member of the US Military rappels down from the JerryTron at JerryWorld it's cool, but when he does it with a service dog it's even better.
* In the carnage you may have missed the excellent down field blocking by rookie guard Zack Martin. The Cowboys were facing a 3rd-and-10 in the first quarter when Weeden hit running back Lance Dunbar with a short pass that he turned up field and was guided by a block by Martin for a gain of 40 yards. Martin was 25 yards down the field when he dumped defensive back Rashad Johnson on his back. Martin is 6-4, 304 pounds. Johnson is 5-11, 204 pounds.
* The Cowboys defense was not gashed completely, but it was never able to get off the field. The Cardinals were 9-of-15 on third downs, and had the ball for 31:28. Those two categories are dramatically different than during the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak. In the Cowboys last two games, opponents have converted 15 of 29 third downs. In the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak, opponents were 28 of 72 (39 percent).
UP NEXT: The Cowboys only agreed to play in London because this is a home game for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jerry Jones is dug in on never giving up a home game to play in the NFL London series. The Jaguars, who are committed to rookie first round pick Blake Bortles as their QB, are not awful. Like 1-8 awful.
I began this season with $50 of Monopoly money. I will mock bet, against the line, five games from college/NFL every week. Over the last two years, I am plus $110 which confirms what we already know - I am a winner.
The comeback hit a snag last week - a mortal .500. Not a setback, but it's not progress. Overall record: 21-23-2
LAST WEEK: 3-2-1 1. Michigan at Michigan St. (-17). SPARTANS. WIN 2. TCU v. Texas Tech over/under: 72.5: UNDER. LOSS 3. Miss State (-14) at Kentucky. MSU. PUSH 4. Texans (-2) at Titans. TEXANS. WIN 5. Bills at New York Jets (-3). JETS. LOSS
THIS WEEK: 5-0 1. Kansas at Baylor (-35.5). BEARS. Sic 'em. 2. Kentucky at Missouri (-6.5). KENTUCKY. Not feeling the Tigers. 3. Southern Cal (-7) at Washington State. TROJANS. Expect points and points. 4. Indy Colts (-3) at NY Giants. COLTS. Makes me miss Manning v. Manning. 5. Denver Broncos (-3) at NE Patriots. MANNING. Just the better team.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fox football analyst Charles Davis was not exactly sold on Trevone Boykin before he came to Fort Worth for his first time calling a TCU game this season. The last time Davis saw Boykin was last season in Norman, Oklahoma in a TCU loss against the Sooners.
“On the record? I think he’s a future NFL quarterback. Game is made for his talents,” Davis wrote in a text message to me. “The rest of the season, and all of next, will maximize and expand his game. My mistake? Not giving enough respect to his having to move between positions so often. That’s on me.”
Put me in the skeptical crowd with Boykin as an NFL passer, but completely sold as one of those special guys who on the college level can be immortal. No player in college football has made the strides from last season to this season as Boykin.
If – and this is a rather large if – TCU wins out, wins the Big 12 and reaches the new college football playoff racket, Boykin should be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy award presentation. He has the stats. He has the story.
He has passed for 2,306 with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also run for 374 yards with three touchdowns.
Even his head coach, who right now is actively trying to control the amount of attention his junior QB receives, acknowledges it’s a great story.
* Boykin was offered over a TCU scholarship over Johnny Manziel.
* As a redshirt freshman, Boykin was taking reps as a running back the week starting quarterback Casey Pachall was busted for a DUI. Boykin’s first start at QB was that week, TCU’s first ever home Big 12 game.
* His first college pass attempt was intercepted by Iowa State.
“It’s hard to move back on a Thursday,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “We told him, ‘If they had a middle-third safety, we told him to check it down to the hitch.’ His first throw of the game was right down the middle of the field to the free safety. He didn’t even have to move. He’s come a long way.”
* Last season, Pachall returned, and Boykin moved to wide receiver.
In TCU’s 30-27 loss last season against West Virginia, Boykin caught a team-high 11 passes for 100 yards. He finished the season with 26 catches for 204 yards.
* In the spring, TCU brought in Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel, ostensibly to start. They also hired new offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham.
* Boykin beat out Joeckel, and so far this season has turned into a college football QB terror. He has played a lot, knows what he is doing, can run, competes, and now has become an accurate passer.
He has everything, if TCU keeps winning, to earn an invite to NYC for the Heisman trophy show.
"For Trevone Boykin to move into the top three (of the Heisman trophy voting) we are going to have win a lot in the next five," Patterson said. "That means he has some great stats and he will have will be considered. It will be hard because he had such a late start. I have tried to downplay it because the more I downplay it the more people want to talk about it."
If TCU defeats West Virginia this weekend in Morgantown and Kansas State the following weekend in Fort Worth, everybody will be talking about Trevone Boykin.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the injuries are unrelated, but since the region is Tony Romo's back it's all the same. It's not as if the injuries he sustained are to his right and then his left leg. Those are unrelated.
On Wednesday morning during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan with Shan and RJ, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said is TBD for the Cowboys game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
"We have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing. This is a function of pain tolerance, Jones said.
Jerry said this injury is not season ending.
"The very good news is technically it's not an injury that prevents him from playing," Jerry said. "We won't know that until as late as game time. We haven't had gotten into those types of scenarios."
Romo took a shot to his back when Redskins' defender Keenan Robinson ran over him in the third quarter of the Redskins' 20-17 overtime win against the Cowboys on Monday night. Romo "took a shot", and did return for the final minutes and overtime but was unable to lead the Cowboys to a win.
The question of returning is not medical but whether Romo can tolerate the pain, and play the way he wants to and normally does. After the game on Monday, I asked Romo if he was affected at all. He said he was not.
Like you, I don't entirely believe him.
If this is about pain tolerance and there is a question if Romo can play, he must be hurting. This is a man who has played with a bum ankle, busted ribs, a punctured lung, a herniated disc, and now a bruise on his back.
If Romo misses the upcoming game against the Cardinals, it should essentially lead to a three-week absence and he will miss two total games. The following week the Cowboys travel to London to play the terrible Jacksonville Jaguars and then the bye week. Romo would, according to this timeline, return on November 23 for the game against the New York Giants in New Jersey.
Romo is completing 68.2 percent of his passes this season for 1,998 yards with 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Backup Brandon Weeden, who led the Cowboys to 10 points in his two drives against the Redskins, is now The Man.
ARLINGTON, Texas - For a team that runs the ball better than any other in the NFL, and had run over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, some of the play calling left a little to be desired, or at least questioned.
Por ejemplo ...
Cowboys, 4:58 of 3rd quarter, 1st and Goal from the 6 1st down: DeMarco Murray run 3 yards 2nd down: Brandon Weeden incomplete pass to Dez Bryant in the end zone. It was Weeden's first pass attempt of the season.
"I don't know that I have ever thrown a back shoulder fade to Dez," Weeden said after the game. "I've watched Tony (Romo) do it every single day. It's one of those things that it's a timing and a feel thing. I throw it a little bit different than Tony did. That's part of this position."
Why did the Cowboys have Weeden attempt on his first pass of the season a play he had never tried during practice?
3rd down: Weeden pass to Dez Bryant dropped in the end zone.
"He catches that 99 out of 10 times," Weeden said. "He apologized but he makes that play more times than not."
The Cowboys settled for a 21 yard field goal.
Cowboys, 9:43 of overtime, 1st and 10 from the Dallas 20 1st down: Murray rush for 8 yards 2nd and 2: Romo pass to Murray, 1 yd loss
"We expected a run front on second down," Romo said. "They really didn't give us that on the specific one. They really made a couple of calls that were risky but rewarded for them. I threw it to DeMarco and usually you are going to get a yard or two but they played it well."
Said Cowboys offensive play caller Scott Linehan: "It was play action and something happened that got us out of rhythm there. I don't know what happened."
3rd and 3: Romo pass for Jason Witten incomplete. 4th and 3: Romo pass incomplete for Dez Bryant. Game over.
The Cowboys ran the ball 25 times for 166 yards, so it's not as if they white flagged the run. Murray had another 100 yard rushing game, and the team averaged 6.6 yards per carry.
But in these two isolated series, where they had run the ball well, the lack of running is odd.
"The way the game goes sometimes that happens. We want to keep our balance as much as we can and be able to do both as effective as we did the last six games," Linehan said.
The Redskins played well, but much of this loss is on the Cowboys. They did many uncharacteristic things on Monday: * They had the ball for only 28:27 compared to 38:12 for the Redskins. * They were only 5 of 12 on third downs. * They fumbled four times, and lost two. This is incredible, but DeMarco Murray has now lost five fumbles this season.
The first one - a Joseph Randle fumble at the Dallas 25 in the first quarter - was offset when Colt McCoy threw an interception to plays later. The second one - Murray's fumble after a 36-yard catch and run down to the Redskins' 10 - was a killer. Those were points lost.
Bad news that Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant is out for the season with a torn bicep suffered in the loss against the Redskins. "I don't think it's sunk in yet," he said after the game. This may have been Durant's last game with the Cowboys as he is a free agent after the season. He was having a solid season in the middle, and will be missed.
It was bound to happen, but the solid tackling that had been the best asset of the Cowboys defense this season was absent on Monday night. The Redskins routinely broke, or avoided, tackles by even the surest of tacklers on the Cowboys - linebacker Rolando McClain and safety Barry Church. The Cowboys defense was not good. They forced third string quarterback Colt McCoy to throw only five incompletions in 30 pass attempts, and the Redskins ran the ball 31 times for 123 yards. This was the defense we all feared when the season started. The Redskins were especially effective in the second half, when they scored 14 points after having scored only three in the first half. "They opened us up a little bit. They were running all kinds of plays," Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. "They out executed us."
The Cowboys offensive line in the first quarter gave up two sacks and was penalized once for holding. They gave up five sacks in the game. The running game ran for 166 and averaged 6.6 yards per rush, but the offensive line was routinely out-numbered as Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett routinely brought more people and put pressure on his secondary to make the immediate tackle. They did.
Not sure if this was a case of great coverage, but Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught a season-low three passes for 30 yards with a touchdown. He caught three passes against the Saints. The last time he caught fewer was last season in Chicago when he caught two. His one TD grab against the Redskins was a dynamic one-handed stab at his feet on a hitch route at the 5 yard line that he turned into a diving touchdown.
DeMarco Murray > Eric Dickerson Watch Murray now has 1,054 yards on 206 carries in eight games. He averages 5.1 yards per carry. In Eric Dickerson's 1984 season, when he set the NFL single season rushing record with 2,105 yards, he had through the same amount of games as Murray ... 178 carries for 925 yards.
UP NEXT: This sentence does not seem possible … the Cowboys are hosting the Cardinals to determine which is the best team in the NFC. The Cardinals, 6-1, have the NFC's best winning percentage - .857. The Cowboys' are tied for second at .750. The Cardinals finished 10-6 last season and narrowly missed the playoffs. This franchise has existed since 1920, and seven times they have won 10 or more games. The last time they won 10 or more games in consecutive seasons was 1974-’75-’76. And yet this team has played in a Super Bowl more recently than the Cowboys.
FORT WORTH, Texas - What we aspire to do and what we actually do do not always intersect. When there is that chance to be something more than you ever have been - especially when it takes a matter of a few minutes - do it.
What if you could save a person's life, at no risk to your own, would you do it? One person could live because of you ... would you do it? Do it.
Let this Saturday be that time when your aspirations intersect with effort.
Bone marrow transplants are no fun, and finding the correct match are tough odds, but the more people who make themselves available to match, and save a life, the better the odds of it happening. Do it.
From noon to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tanglewood Elementary School in Fort Worth, please take a few minutes to participate the Mine for Cline Donor Drive to help find a bone marrow match for 5-year-old Cline McMurry, or anybody who needs a match.
For more information about Deleting Blood Cancer, click here. This merely requires a quick swab of the inside of your cheeks to collect the cells for HLA tissue typing. Maybe you will be a match for Cline, who was recently paid a visit in the hospital by the great Reveille of Texas A&M. Maybe a match for somebody else who needs the help. Do it.
Cline, whose father is a graduate of Texas A&M and whose mother graduated from TCU, suffers from a rare blood disorder that leaves him vulnerable to serious illness. After extensive testing and agressive treatment, Cline is expected to need a bone marrow transplant in the next few months, provided he finds a match.
This is a good little boy with wonderful parents who are in an awful situation. Anybody in this situation is under an incredible amount of fear, stress and needs help. If you know somebody, or even if you don't know anybody, donate your time and the inside of your cheeks to join the registry of potential donors, and save a person's life.
Be the match.
WHAT: Mine for Cline DATE: 11/1/2014 TIME: Sat 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM LOCATION: Tanglewood Elementary School 3060 Overton Park Dr. W, Fort Worth, Texas 76109