Should Cowboys keep camp in Texas?
Time to turn up the heat on Cowboys
At the end of the 2012 season, when the Dallas Cowboys wet the bed at the end of the season and finished 8-8 for the second season under head coach Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones vowed "things were going to be uncomfortable at Valley Ranch."
That sounds great, but as the Cowboys prepare for the 2013 season, they are doing so in one of the most comfortable places in the United States -- Onxard, California.
The Cowboys have missed the postseason in four of the past five seasons and have won one playoff game in the last 16.
In each of Jason Garrett's two full seasons as head coach of the Cowboys, the team has come up short at the end of the year despite controlling their own destiny at the end of the season.
So why would a team with a recent track record like the Cowboys spend time preparing for the upcoming season in the comfortable confines of Oxnard?
Of course, Calvin Watkins, along with every other member of the media, thinks that the Cowboys should hold training camp in Oxnard. Who wouldn't want to take a trip to California when the Texas heat is at its worst?
California is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, but the last thing Garrett's team needs is comfort. And the last thing they deserve is a vacation.
The Cowboys shouldn't be on summer trip. They should be traveling as little as possible as they prepare to fight for their head coach's job and finish the season strong for the first time in a long time.
I'm sure Jerry's players appreciate the vacation, but the Cowboys should be as uncomfortable as possible heading into the 2013 season and shouldn't have to travel nearly 1,500 miles to prepare for it.
The Cowboys should be holding training camp in the state of Texas, not in luxurious California.
Sharing Cowboys isn't a bad thing
The temperature in Dallas on Tuesday was 105 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain.
The high in Oxnard, Calif., on Tuesday? How about 66 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain.
Now where would you rather have training camp?
To have camp in Texas for five to six weeks in the summer heat doesn't make sense. The Dallas Cowboys would have to practice indoors, either in the aging Alamodome in San Antonio or in a new local facility.
The current practice facility in Irving is outdated, and the Cowboys are planning on building a new facility in Collin County.
A new place would feature modern weight and conditioning rooms, a bigger locker room and executive and coaches offices with plush carpet and nice oak desks. (We assume it would be oak because as "Pulp Fiction" taught us: "Oak's nice.")
The best-case scenario would be for the Cowboys to begin training camp in Oxnard for two weeks and then move to Frisco for the final two weeks.
That's why they're "America's Team." They're only one of a few franchises where if you held training camp in Alaska, you'd have 2,000 fans showing up every day to watch.
After two weeks in Oxnard, nearly total 40,000 fans have attended Cowboys practices.
The Cowboys have two tractor trailers filled with goodies for fans to buy. And don't forget the $10 parking fee -- $20 for a SUV.
There's money to be made here.
You could get more fans and money in San Antonio, but who wants to practice inside an aging facility on artificial turf and then walk outside into the sweltering heat?
What's not to like about practicing outside on grass in California, where the temps are in the mid-60s? After practice, you can feast on fresh seafood for lunch or dinner?
This isn't anything against the great state of Texas. The Cowboys are a big deal. Sharing them with the rest of the country isn't a bad thing.
As a matter of fact, when you're worth $1.2 billion, it should be mandatory.
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