Steelers Drop 5th Straight, Jerry Jones Gives Coaching Advice, & Other Headline Truths

December 11, 2009 presents our quick truths on today's top headlines in the world of sports. The truth shall set you free . . .

HEADLINE: Steelers Drop 5th Straight to Browns in 13-6 Loss
TRUTH: After falling to the Chiefs, Raiders, and the pathetic Browns in recent weeks, Pittsburgh can officially kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

HEADLINE: New Jersey Nets Begin Season With 2-20 Record
TRUTH: Hard to imagine that a star playing in the nation's largest media market can be underrated, but somehow it happened to Vince Carter. While he certainly was never an MVP-caliber player, Carter at least single-handedly kept the Nets from falling into their current state of complete embarrassment.

HEADLINE: Manny Pacquiao Wary Of Taxes If Mayweather Fight Held At Staples Center
TRUTH: With Golden Boy Promotions canceling their tour of the Dallas Cowboys' stadium, and Pacquiao expressing his concern over high California taxes from a Staples Center fight, the Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown will take place in Las Vegas with the most likely venue being the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

HEADLINE: Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Suggests Marion Barber Should be Used Less in the First Quarter
TRUTH: Barber is the NFL's best closer, and Jones believes he must be kept fresh until the fourth quarter. However, the reality is that all three of the Cowboys' talented backs could be utilized in a better manner.

First, Tashard Choice should not be restricted to only "Wildcat" packages because he simply has too much elusiveness to be a mere spot player. As such, Choice deserves to be rotated in for a full series or two with the regular offense.

Second, there are other ways to harness Felix Jones' explosive speed than with just sweeps. An alternative would be to run more screens for Jones and put him in space so that he could put his talents to full use.

Finally, Barber does not have to be preserved from any early game action, as his physicality often sets the tone. But where the Cowboys cannot take him off the field is in 3rd and long situations. Not only is he a good receiver out of the backfield, but he is also superlative at picking up and blasting the blitz.

HEADLINE: Dodgers' Pitcher Randy Wolf Signs Free Agent Deal With Brewers
TRUTH: The Dodgers are flat broke.

When Los Angeles chose not to offer Wolf arbitration, they gave up their right to receive any compensatory draft picks in the event that he signed with another team. Why would the Dodgers make such a decision? Simple, to avoid the expense of paying for those players that they eventually would have drafted.

Quite frankly, it's astonishing that in the nation's second largest media market, a premiere team that every year draws over 3 million fans, somehow is running on empty. More threatening than either the Phillies or the Yankees, owner Frank McCourt's divorce has now become the team's biggest roadblock to a championship.

By Mike Elliott
Staff Editor for

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