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Monday, December 29, 2008
Cowboys show signs of aggression -- a day late

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

If only the Eagles had been wearing sandwich boards during Sunday's game.

On Monday, a Cowboys fan named Alan Lowe was confronted by linebacker Bradie James when he showed up at the club's practice facility wearing a sign that read "The Cowboys have no heart" on one side and "Wade Phillips is an embarrassment to the Star" on the other.

James apparently stopped his car as he arrived at Valley Ranch and demanded that Lowe hand over the sign. When he refused, James tried to take the sandwich board by force and accidentally broke Lowe's glasses. Perhaps realizing that a confrontation with a man wearing a sandwich board might add insult to injury, James re-gifted a pair of expensive Oakley sunglasses that he'd received for Christmas.

"I wanted the players to see what the fans think," Lowe told Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hill then put Lowe on the phone with Michael Irvin, who was in the middle of his radio show on 103.3 ESPN. Monday's events may serve as a deterrent for fans who'd like to express their displeasure via sandwich board. James, who participated in Sunday's embarrassing 44-6 loss to the Eagles offered Lowe a handshake followed by an admonishment.

"He was like, 'Why you guys didn't have that fire last night? You should've showed that much heart last night!' So the next thing you know I'm just ripping that sign off of him," said James. "So I went and gift-wrapped some Oakleys, and he got something out of the deal. I told him, 'I share your frustrations. But where we differ is I wouldn't go to anybody's job, especially not up here with 300-pound guys, trying to tell them what they didn't do right.'"

Lowe called the Irving Police, but he did not file a police report. The Cowboys invited Lowe into their offices to discuss the confrontation, and I'm told Jerry Jones' internal investigation unit wrapped things up in an efficient manner.

Honestly, it's a sad day when a man doesn't feel safe showing up at an NFL practice facility to heckle players while wearing a sandwich board.