Cowboys DE Hid From Coach To Let Backup Play?

We demand certain things from our athletes, including a singular need to play as much and as often as possible, consequences be damned. What story’s greater than Willis Reed limping out of the tunnel on a severely sprained ankle to help secure the 1970 NBA Finals or David Eckstein winning the 2006 World Series MVP despite having his legs sawed off at the kneecaps?

DeMarcus Ware hiding
(Not photoshopped. No sir. This actually happened.)

So when we hear stories like Greg Ellis telling Michael Irvin that DeMarcus Ware would take himself out of the game so Ellis could get more playing time, the alarms start going off. That’s not competitiveness! The balance of the sporting world is upset! Ed Werder has a boner because it’s bad news about the Cowboys!

One tiny problem, though; this is the Internet, where mountains of data about really insignificant stuff like football games gets kept, and fact-checking is really easy. Read more…