America's Team will not see as much of America
America’s Team will not be seeing quite as much of America this year.
The Dallas Cowboys, who had a disastrous 2010 season that should have been better forecasted after the team’s whirlwind preseason, are not going continental this summer. Out is training camp in Oxnard, Calif., a trip owner Jerry Jones has put his team on in order to capitalize on its popularity. Maybe the Cowboys are putting winning football ahead of the franchise brand.
Last year, the Cowboys started training camp in San Antonio. They made a stop in Canton, Ohio, for the Hall of Fame Game following Emmitt Smith’s induction, they stopped briefly at Valley Ranch and then they went to California.
This time around, according to Gerry Fraley, the Cowboys will keep training camp in San Antionio and three of the team’s four preseason games will be played in the central time zone. The only change will be the fourth preseason game at Miami.
For a team that stumbled to a 1-7 start and got its coach fired when there was so much talk about the Cowboys appearing in Super Bowl XLV, this looks like a great idea. Now, we’ll just have to see if the lockout wipes out training camp.
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