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Thanks to Jerry, Hardy can get away with just about anything

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On Sunday night, Jason Garrett had no problem with the bizarre sideline actions of Greg Hardy, disrupting the special teams huddle and getting into an altercation with coach Rich Bisaccia. By Monday morning, Garrett decided it "wasn't the right time or place."

Look, this is as far as the Cowboys head coach or anyone else is going to go when it comes to exacting discipline or even criticizing Hardy. We know this because the owner/general manager is so fascinated with Hardy that nothing beyond that will possibly be tolerated.

When Hardy first spoke to the media before his first game as a Cowboy and made comments about Tom Brady's wife that most would find inappropriate or at least unsettling, given Hardy's experience with domestic violence, Jones laughed them off. Essentially applauded them while agreeing that Brady sure married well.

On Sunday night, Jones said he didn't see the incident with Bisaccia, but added, "I welcome that. I would encourage it."

Of course. Why not?

The manner in which Jones has chosen to run the Cowboys for the last two decades usurps authority from coaches anyway, so why not have players who aren't part of special teams to begin with, knocking clipboards from coaches' hands and screaming that?

What's the harm? I mean Dez Bryant is always around to serve as a calming presence, right?

America's Most Unaccountable Team has lost four straight games without Tony Romo and Bryant in the lineup and, of course, remains in the race in the sad-sack NFC East. As long as that's the case, expect the Cowboys to permit anything and everything from their players in hopes of stumbling into the playoffs.

Watching the game, viewers saw only Hardy's argument with Bryant. It was heated enough but not anything special in terms of today's NFL. In the modern game, with cameras everywhere, we just get used to players shouting at each other.

But what do we make of a defensive end bullying his way into a special teams huddle after that group has surrendered a touchdown? What in the world does Hardy have to offer on that?

"I just had to communicate what we were going to do on the next return," Bisaccia said, "so I just really wanted him to move on so we could get going."

On Sunday night, Garrett called Hardy's actions "encouraging. He's trying to get them ready for the next challenge."

Really?

Perhaps Bisaccia or a special teams player should have visited the defensive huddle and encouraged those players to grab a turnover — something they failed to do in the month of October.

As long as Hardy has a chance to tackle quarterbacks, nothing else is going to matter to Jones. And that extends to all those below him on the organizational flow chart.

— Dallas Morning News (TNS)

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Archer was 'royalty' in Taiwan

Rays ace Chris Archer spent six days this month in Taiwan on a trip in which he represented Major League Baseball. Archer, who is joining ESPN's broadcast team at the World Series, said his time in Taipei was rewarding — both as a baseball ambassador and as a traveler. And then there was the frenzied reception from fans, which required him to be accompanied by security wherever he went, plus a translator and photographer. "They view baseball as something very prestigious, and they've only had a handful of major-league players," Archer told tbt*. "It was fun just because they think baseball players are royalty, and I got treated like royalty." Even more so when he spoke to a group of young players who wanted to squeeze his arm. "Not to see how strong I was," Archer said, "but to see what a major-league baseball player felt like." Archer, who had dinner with Rays minor-league prospect Chih-Wei Hu, was so intrigued by the culture — including a visit to a Buddhist temple — that he wants to return someday.

overheard

"This team taught all America's children that playing like a girl means you're a bad ass."

President Barack Obama, welcoming the U.S. women's 2015 World Cup champion soccer team to the White House on Tuesday. Obama then said: "Perhaps I shouldn't have used that phrase. Playing like a girl means being the best." The president also singled out midfielder Carli Lloyd, whose title on Wikipedia was jokingly changed during the game to president of the United States. "I guarantee Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks running," Obama said. After the ceremony, Abby Wambach, 35, the leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer, announced her retirement. AP

number of the day

3 Formula One championships for Lewis Hamilton after Sunday's title-clinching win at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Hamilton's victory gave him 21 over two seasons and was his 10th this year. The 30-year-old is the first F1 driver to win 10 or more races in consecutive seasons. A third title earns him a spot among the sport's great drivers, matching his idol Ayrton Senna and tying Jackie Stewart for most championships by a British driver.

   
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