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Monday, December 12, 2011
Dez Bryant might make Victor Cruz's dance his own

By Tim MacMahon

ARLINGTON, Texas – Dez Bryant’s salsa dance in the end zone wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment celebration.

“Man, I practiced on it the whole week, I’m not going to lie,” Bryant said while walking to his car after the Cowboys’ 37-34 loss to the Giants.

Of course, that touchdown celebration is a trademark of Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who has emerged as a star this season. So was Bryant borrowing the dance a tribute to Cruz or a version of trash talking?

“You can look at it both ways,” Bryant said, cracking a smile. “I think I’m a little bit more looser than Victor Cruz, so I might just have to steal his dance. I might turn it into a regular.”

The Giants landed a couple of jabs with celebrations, too. Brandon Jacobs, who has never hidden his hatred for the Cowboys, did a PG-rated dance on a star in the end zone after a touchdown. Ex-Cowboys defensive lineman Chris Canty mocked the sack dance done by DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff, pointing to the Cowboys’ sideline to make sure his former teammates got the message.

It seemed like Bryant’s dance, which came after a 50-yard touchdown that was his only catch in the game, was going to be the last laugh. That score gave the Cowboys a dozen-point lead with less than six minutes remaining.

But the Cowboys managed to blow a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter for the third time this season – something they had done only twice in the previous 51 seasons of franchise history.

That spoiled Bryant’s salsa, so to speak.

“It would have been so much nicer if we would have won,” Bryant said of his end-zone boogie.