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Dez Bryant Is a Tim Tebow Fan, Receives Heat from Cowboys Fans

The sports world can be explained by the answer to one simple question: pro-Tebow or anti-Tebow. You either are a fan or you aren’t; there’s no in between. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant improbably falls under the former category, and that apparently isn’t sitting too well with Dallas fans.

“I wonder how all the people who criticize Tebow feel? #stupid lol,” he tweeted late Sunday.

Then he started to hear it from the haters.

“I guess all the people who are mad in my mentions are #Tebowhaters..everybody can say what they want about his QB skills he is #Winning … Much respect to Tim Tebow keep doing your thing.”

You might be surprised how many supporters in the sports community Tebow has. For all the people who want to see him fail, there are just as many athletes who support him.

As long as Dez isn’t worried about losing street cred — and by repping Team Tebow there’s a lot to be surrendered — then he shouldn’t worry about the backlash. Twitter is a dangerous place to be when Tim Tebow is playing.

Warren Moon: Justin Blackmon is Dez Bryant with All of His Brain Cells

Considering they both played at Oklahoma State, are wide receivers, and dominated the game of college football, comparisons between Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon are unavoidable. The Cowboys selected Bryant with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and Blackmon is sure to go in the first round this April — likely somewhere close to the top-10. While most of the comparisons between the two have come in the form of flattery, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon offered an opinion on Thursday that was a bit more offensive if you’re Bryant.

“(Justin Blackmon is) a beast, isn’t he?” Moon said during an interview with 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle. “He’s like Dez Bryant with all his brain cells. He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. Hes a much better route-runner than Dez Bryant and a very tremendous talent.”

Is there room for Bryant to improve?  Plenty. Have there been questions about his motivation and level of focus? Quite a few. That being said, Bryant caught 63 passes for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns this season for the Cowboys.  He has been known to shut it down when things aren’t going well, but he still managed to haul in 15 touchdowns in two seasons and is only 23 years old.

Bryant has not yet played like the No. 1 receiver Dallas drafted him to be, but there is still plenty of time for him to emerge as that guy.  We know Moon has a bias against wide receivers based on some of the comments he’s made in the past, so it makes sense that he would be quick to judge Dez.  At this point it looks like he may be right about Blackmon being a better talent, but we all know what can happen when a player makes the jump to the NFL.  Let’s give it a couple seasons before calling Bryant a bust and calling Blackmon Calvin Johnson.

Forearm bash to Game On! for sharing the interview with us

Dez Bryant May Get Served Lawsuit for Allegedly Failing to Pay a Debt

Just when Dez Bryant was telling everyone all his off-field problems were over, a report says he may get served with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay a debt.

The Boston Herald says “Endurance Capital Fund, a NY-based micro-finance company, is alleging that Bryant borrowed $100,000 and has refused to repay the full amount owed. The debt is now over one year past due, and Bryant currently owes more than $50,000.”

Endurance Capital Fund reportedly works with athletes to help them purchase luxury items. The report says Dez has avoided being served in Texas, so the company may try to serve him when he’s in town for the Giants-Cowboys game this weekend.

Given Bryant’s history of financial issues, this report should come as no surprise. We wrote in September that Dez might need a new contract just to pay his debts. That seems a lot more legitimate given this suit.

Dez Bryant Wore ‘Lazy But Talented’ Shirt After Cowboys Practice

Dez Bryant is either really honest with himself, or he was screwing with the media Wednesday. John Machota at Cowboys Blog says Dez was rocking a shirt that said “Lazy but Talented” after practice.

I know Dez has had plenty of problems off the field, but I haven’t heard many complaints about his work ethic. I’m sure he was just trying to screw around. The second-year receiver has 796 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. The last part of the shirt certainly applies.

Dez Bryant Says He Has Been Working on Stealing Victor Cruz’s TD Dance

The Cowboys may have suffered at heartbreaking loss at home to the Giants on Sunday night, but at least somebody in Dallas got something out of it. Dez Bryant has decided he wants to be more like Victor Cruz. He tried that on Sunday, not only by scoring a 50-yard touchdown but also by busting out Cruz’s end zone celebration: the salsa dance.

“Man, I practiced it the whole week, I’m not going to lie,” Bryant said after the loss according to ESPNDallas.com. “You can look at it both ways. I think I’m a little bit more looser than Victor Cruz, so I might just have to steal his dance. I might turn it into a regular.”

Having emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL as of late, Cruz has perfected the dance.  Bryant must be fairly agile if he can impersonate Michael Vick in practice, so perhaps there is hope for him as a salsa dancer.  However, the celebration is far more legit when your team is on the comeback and not the choke side of the fourth quarter.

H/T to NBC Dallas for passing the story along.

Dez Bryant Impersonates Michael Vick at Cowboys Practice

Michael Vick is a special player. He has skills that very few other players possess, which makes him hard to defend. He’s even harder to prepare for in practice because so few players can replicate what he does.

With the Cowboys preparing to face the Eagles Sunday, Dallas looked to wide receiver Dez Bryant to perform his best Michael Vick impression.

“He gave us a good look,” outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said of Dez’s impersonation. “He was fast. I was in front of him, and I made the tackle.”

“He can throw the ball 60 yards, and it looks like it’s on a frozen rope like Vick’s is too, with that lefty spin,” Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee said. “…[Bryant's imitation] was dead on. The way he runs. The way he moves. Their play-making ability.”

Dez is left handed, which helps simulate the Vick look. He’s also super fast, and from what the players say, he can throw the ball well.

It’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt doing his Vick impression given how frequently he gets injured. I’m sure Dallas will be better prepared now after facing Dez, but I still like Philly to win this game. Can’t go against the Eagles coming off a bye week — they’re 12-0 after byes under Andy Reid.

Dez Bryant Respects 90s Cowboys Teams But Wants to Make ‘A Path of Our Own’

As is the case with any great franchise, people have a tendency to compare the Cowboys of now to the Cowboys of old.  During the Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin years, Dallas dominated the NFL.  These days, the pride and joy of Jerry Jones is fighting for its playoff life.  After hearing comparisons between this year’s team and the Cowboys teams of the 90s following Sunday’s win over St. Louis, Dez Bryant made it clear that he wants this Dallas team to form its own identity.

“We respect what the 90′s (teams) did,” Bryant said according to the Dallas Morning News. “Great team. Much respect to all of them. They’re still great and forever will be great. But we want to make a path of our own. I feel like if we continue to keep playing the way we did, we’ll get there someday, hopefully.”

Since Bryant has heard so much criticism from those who used to wear the uniform of America’s team, it’s no surprise he wants to hold off on the comparisons.  Until Tony Romo can stop choking away games, he should never be compared to a winner like Troy Aikman.  DeMarco Murray is on pace to break every team rushing record the Cowboys have, but he has exactly one NFL start on his resume.  The offense looked explosive against the Rams, but we’re talking about the Rams.  This is not the 1990s, and the Cowboys need fans and analysts to recognize that so they can perform under lower expectations.