Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cowboys Mend Football Fence

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cowboys Mend Football Fence

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IN a conciliatory act, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has extended an olive branch to former coach Tom Landry and Landry has graciously accepted. The peace offering came in the form of an invitation to enter the team's Ring of Honor, where the names of seven past franchise greats currently encircle Texas Stadium. Landry will be honored Nov. 7 when Dallas hosts the New York Giants, the team Landry once played for.

When Landry was dismissed four years ago, it appeared a clear and ugly case of "What have you done for more me lately?" As the only coach the team had ever had, he'd become a venerable institution, taking the team from a winless first season in 1960 to five Super Bowls in the 1970s. Nonetheless, Jones immediately exercised his prerogative as the team's new owner and dumped Landry, bringing in Jimmy Johnson, who was a college teammate of Jones's on the top-ranked University of Arkansas team of 1964. Johnson had the proper pedigree - his University of Miami teams had won the 1987 national championships - and the Cowboys needed a spark after two losing seasons, but still the situation might have been handled more tactfully.

Jones reportedly invited Landry to join the Ring of Honor in 1990, but Landry declined, saying the timing wasn't right. A religious man, he says he has never felt unforgiving.

Now, however, with the Cowboys riding high again - coming off a Super Bowl victory - Jones has picked a good time to recognize the franchise's leading forefather. Other luminaries from the Landry years that might soon follow in the Ring of Honor are Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Randy White, and former team president Tex Schramm. Abbott serves up a no-hitter

Jim Abbott, the New York Yankee southpaw, has never let having only one hand limit him. His presence in the major leagues proves that, and what he wrought Saturday - a no-hitter - demonstrates why no one who faces him ever sees anything but a whole competitor. Certainly Cleveland's Kenny Lofton was not pulling any punches in the ninth inning when he tried to bunt to break up the no-hitter and get on base. The Yankee Stadium crowd booed. It needn't have, since Abbott fields his position very well and last year handled 46 fielding chances without an error. …

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