Dallas Cowboys: Texas Rangers

Joe Nathan loses bet, dresses like Tony Romo

September, 11, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – A Tony Romo lookalike trotted out onto the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for batting practice Tuesday to the laughs, smiles and cheers from the Texas Rangers players.

Such is life when you’re closer Joe Nathan and you lose a bet with teammate Mike Adams on the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants NFL opener last week. The Cowboys’ 24-17 victory meant Nathan, an unabashed Giants fan, had to dress in a full Cowboys uniform complete with pads, helmet and, of course, Romo’s name and his No. 9 on the back.

Adams and Nathan agreed that the loser would have to wear it for all of batting practice. And Nathan added the stipulation that the loser had to sign autographs for five minutes after so that the television cameras could get a nice view.

“I regret that I added that,” Nathan said.

Nathan had a jersey with Adams’ name on it ready to go had the Giants won the game. Nathan was a good sport, taking snaps from teammates in the outfield and throwing passes.

Asked how he was able to carve up the Giants defense, Nathan smiled and said: “They are always good. The Giants are the best team ever.”

Adams said he enlisted the help of Cowboys equipment manager Mike McCord to obtain the official uniform.

So how did it feel wearing a Cowboys jersey?

“It feels just like I thought it would – absolutely terrible,” Nathan said.

Nathan said he played football when he was very young, prior to high school.

“I was real small in high school,” Nathan said. “I would have gotten crushed.”

Nathan said that he and Adams may try to get together later in the season for the second game between the clubs at Cowboys Stadium and that they’ll definitely put something on the line then, too.

“I’m extremely pleased,” Adams said. “This is probably the best bet I’ve ever won in my entire life. This is up there.”

The bet came up almost right away, shortly after Nathan signed. Adams has a Cowboys helmet in his locker and is a season-ticket holder. Nathan, whose locker is beside Adams’, noticed right away.

“The first thing he told me was, ‘I saw that crappy helmet in your locker and I’m a Giants fan, so we should have some good bets going on,’” Adams said.

Adams added that he also made a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who must wear a Cowboys hat during a session with the media sometime soon.

Who's under more pressure: Rangers or Tony Romo?

June, 22, 2012

Randy Galloway and Matt Mosley weigh in on which athlete is under the most pressure to win his first title.

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Now that LeBron James won his first title, does Tony Romo become the athlete with the most pressure on him to win a championship? What about the Texas Rangers?

ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett and Tim MacMahon debate who's under more pressure to bring home a title.

Cowboys will take swings in HR derby

May, 21, 2012
Coach Jason Garrett and a group of Cowboys players will compete in a home run derby for charity Wednesday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Reliant will donate money to Big Brothers Big Sisters depending on how well the football players can swing baseball bats. The event won't be open to the public. The Rangers will be playing in Seattle on Wednesday.

From the media release:
Reliant will donate $500 for each home run hit by a player during the event and will also have 11 bull's-eye targets for a chance for the players to hit in the amounts of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. Reliant will also double the donation amounts for the last ball, known as the “money ball,” hit by each player. About 150 members of the BBBS organization and the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club, presented by UnitedHealthcare, will attend the event to cheer on the Cowboys.

Former Rangers pitcher Tim Crabtree will be on the mound, and the players schedule to compete are Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, John Phillips, Doug Free, Sean Lee, Kevin Ogletree and Jason Hatcher.

Place your bets now: Who will be the best slugger in the bunch?

Jerry Jones went to sleep thinking Rangers won

October, 28, 2011
When Jerry Jones went to sleep, he thought his Randol Mill Road neighbors were World Series champions.

That's not exactly how it worked out for the Texas Rangers, who were twice one strike away but failed to close out the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6.

"I actually thought it was taken care of much earlier," Jones said during his Friday appearance on KRLD-FM. "I did not see the final inning."

You'd think the man who signs Tony Romo's paychecks would have learned by now that, as Yogi Berra used to say, it ain't over until it's over.

Which team is king of the hill in DFW?

October, 23, 2011
With the success and popularity of the local sports teams, ESPNDallas.com debates which Dallas-Fort Worth area team is the king of the hill. What do you think?