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Monday, September 15, 2008
Live from ESPN Chalk Talk

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I'm listening to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and play-by-play man Mike Tirico talk at the "Monday Night Football Chalk Talk Luncheon" at Ruth Chris Steak House as I write. And I want you to know that the free, chilled jumbo shrimp, filet and lump crab cakes played no role at all in my showing up here.

I had an opportunity to visit with Darren Woodson and Emmitt Smith before the luncheon. Smith was running about an hour late, much like Jones and his entourage.

Woodson told me that the Eagles game he remembers most is the one where coach Barry Switzer attempted to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Cowboys' 28-yard line. He said the players all wanted Switzer to go for it, but the play became emblematic of the coach's short tenure in Dallas.

Right now, former Cowboys guard Marco Rivera has taken the stage as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Rivera is a daily reader of the NFC East blog, and he'll stop by the media table in a little while.

Alvaro Martin, play-by-play man for ESPN Deportes, has taken the stage, but his mic isn't working properly. This may have something to do with the fact that Chalk Talk co-host Ed Werder demanded that no one's mic be louder than his.

Rivera is stealing the show right now. He'll stop by the NFC Beast Blog table in a few moments. Now we're hearing from Raul Allegre, who won a Super Bowl with Bill Parcells' Giants.