Cowboys fans better pray neither of the team’s offensive tackles gets injured this season. It’s not like they have a Jason Peters or some other All-Pro type down there. No, the problem is Demetress Bell could be on their bench. An ESPN Dallas report says the club intends to sign Bell after he passes a physical.
I would recommend Tony Romo flee now, while he still has the chance (re: full use of his legs). But then as Michael Vick can attest to, running away probably won’t help.
Legend has it the Eagles signed Bell last April to fill the void left by the season-ending injury to Peters. The “best” free-agent tackle on the market was that for a reason it turned out, as Bell was horrific no matter where he lined up. He appeared in nine games and started five before he was permanently replaced by King Dunlap, which right there says all you need to know about Bell’s performance.
To be fair, Bell may have struggled to adapt to then-offensive line coach Howard Mudd’s blocking scheme. Even still, he was never all that great in his previous place of employment with the Buffalo Bills. Again, there’s a reason he was still available weeks after free agency had opened.
This time he was available well into July, and the fact that the Cowboys are signing Bell at all should give you some insight into the state of their O-line. I suppose he’s strictly there for depth, and not even a lock to make the 53-man roster, but it’s hard to imagine there could be anybody worse.
The best part is the Dallas front office should know this better than anybody. Jimmy Kempski took an illustrated look at Bell’s blooper reel from a game against the Cowboys last night over at Bleeding Green Nation. It’s well worth checking out for a good laugh. Seriously highly entertaining stuff.
>> Demetress Bell in Cowboys’ plans [ESPN]
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NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and level the AL Championship Series 2-2.
The Yankees trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored on Gary Sanchez's go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.
The Yankees have rallied from a second straight 0-2 series deficit -- they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.
Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth, and New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs.
Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday and rematch of the opener, won by the Astros 2-1 (see full recap).
Dodgers on brink of World Series after shutout
CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish pitched sparkling ball into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles set a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff win. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip -- on a long foul ball in the first inning.
Looking for a four-game sweep and their 22nd NL pennant, the Dodgers will send Alex Wood to the mound Wednesday night at Wrigley Field with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since their last championship in 1988. Jake Arrieta, eligible for free agency after the season, pitches for the Cubs in what could be his final start with the team.
Los Angeles was eliminated by Chicago in the NLCS last year, but this is a different group of Dodgers. The lineup is patient and pesky and the pitching staff is much deeper, especially since Darvish was acquired in a trade with Texas in the final minutes before the July 31 deadline (see full recap).