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PRUETT COLUMN: Cowboys’ Super Bowl odds drop with Romo hurt

The injury to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo not only hurt him, it also hurt the team’s odds to win the Super Bowl.

The team over at www.sportsbettingdime.com took into consideration both the injury to Romo and receiver Dez Bryant and the Cowboys odds took quite the dip. Dallas, even with a 2-0 record, started the year with 14-1 odds to win it all, and now this week the number sits at 25-1. After the injury to Bryant and before Romo was hurt, the Cowboys odds to win SB 50 were set at 18-1. The over/under for wins without Romo is 2.5. …

It looks like Port Neches-Groves quarterback Adam Morse will have a familiar face around Provost Umphrey Stadium when he joins the Lamar Cardinals football team after his time with the Indians. Receiver Caisen Sullivan this week gave coach Ray Woodard a verbal commitment to join Morse on the team.

Sullivan has the best hands in Southeast Texas and runs great routes. These two guys have a great relationship on the field, so the Cardinals can expect good things in the future. …

If any reader attended the Richmond George Ranch at Port Arthur Memorial game two weeks ago, you probably felt the way I did when it came to telling one player from the other. Memorial wore red jerseys with red numbers while George Ranch was white-on-white. Everyone in the press box was confused and scouts from another District 21-6A school with binoculars could not tell who had the ball. The UIL has taken notice of uniforms like this and starting in 2017 will mirror a rule set by the NCAA that states:

“The jersey must have clearly visible, permanent Arabic numerals measuring at least eight and ten inches in height front and back, respectively, of a color which itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number.” A report on the Dallas Morning News website indicated as of last week, the UIL had received five incident reports from officiating crews who saw these type of violations. There are no penalties right now, but the UIL is collecting data from its officials heading toward the 2017 deadline. Good call UIL. …

No matter the outcome of today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Houston Texans need a quarterback. Ryan Mallett is not the answer for the Texans long-term. He might be good enough to get this team to six or seven wins and no more.

The problem is Brian Hoyer is not any better and Tom Savage was a wasted pick two years ago. Bill O’Brien and this team messed up in the 2014 draft by waiting to get a quarterback. The Texans’ golden opportunity was actually done by the Minnesota Vikings. Houston got the first part right by taking Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick. The only other true option was Khalil Mack, whom the Oakland Raiders selected at No. 5. Minnesota sat at No. 9 and selected linebacker Anthony Barr.

At the end of the first round is where the Vikings won and the Texans lost. Minnesota knew the Texans picked first in the second round and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was sitting there for the taking. So the Vikings traded with Seattle into the last pick of the first round for second- and fourth-round picks and took Bridgewater.

Bridgewater threw for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns as a rookie last year and has completed 74-percent of his passes through two games this year. And, if you haven’t noticed, Derek Carr is starting to produce in Oakland.

Maybe Jethro can give the Texans some general manager advice in the next draft. (There you go Bob West, that one was for you.)

Gabriel Pruett can be reached at gabe.pruett@panews.com.

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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