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Top Secret Fyles: Cowboys wide receiver Bryant’s sideline behavior selfish


From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:

You have to feel sorry for Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Jason Garrett for all the drama that surrounds the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines — and who knows what inside the locker room — in the wake of Dez Bryant’s childish antics.

The talented wide receiver’s rant toward Romo during Sunday’s game at Detroit, and later at Witten — just after the Cowboys’ once-safe lead was about to turn into a one-point loss — was disgraceful.

Bryant, who has a troubled past, later said it was all about his passion for football. More precisely, his intensity became out of control, especially after seeing the Lions’ Calvin Johnson put his stamp down as the NFL’s best receiver. Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown, while Bryant recorded three passes for 72 yards and two TDs.

Bryant called out Romo earlier in the game, presumably for not throwing enough balls to him, and engaged in a heating shouting match with Witten in which injured defensive end DeMarcus Ware intervened.

In past years, the head coach would have sent a pouting player to the locker room to cool off, but Garrett needed all the weapons possible in keeping up with Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Finger-pointing should be aimed at the Cowboys’ dreadful defense, now the NFL’s worst. Owner Jerry Jones dumped defensive coordinator Rob Ryanin the offseason, and he has transformed the Saints’ ‘D’ to 12th-best. Because of Jones and the loose culture he creates, the Cowboys are probably the most dysfunctional franchise in pro sports. During his era, Dallas has three Super Bowl titles (within four years) and plays home games at magnificent AT&T Stadium, where the team does not dominate. The Cowboys are a .500 team overall since 1997, with only one postseason win.

Dallas (4-4) is fortunate to be residing in the NFC Least, and is the favorite to win division based on beating the Giants, Eagles and Redskins in the first trip through the circuit.

nChannel surfing: Because drama-thirsty Fox Sports has to show fans chewing on scarfs in the late innings of baseball’s playoff games, viewers missed the final play of Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series.

St. Louis pinch-runner Kolten Wong was picked off first base by Boston reliever Koji Uehara for the final out, taking the bat out of Carlos Beltran, who had represented the tying run at the plate.

Viewers saw plenty of replays afterward, but, after play-by-play man Joe Buck’s excited call, the camera was too late to see the game-ending tag. Fox needs to concentrate its cameras on the game’s participants, not in the stands. Players decide the game, and drama sells itself.

Richie Rich’s Top 10 in college football: 1. Oregon; 2. Alabama; 3. Florida State; 4. Ohio State; 5. Baylor; 6. Stanford; 7. Miami; 8. Clemson; 9. Missouri; 10. Auburn.

Richie Rich’s Top 10 in NFL: 1. Seahawks; 2. Saints; 3. Broncos; 4. Chiefs; 5. 49ers; 6. Packers; 7. Patriots; 8. Bengals; 9. Colts; 10. Lions.

Times sports copy editor Richard Fyle can be reached at

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