Cowboys guard Zack Martin is the best player at his position in the NFL. Period. Of that there can be no doubt. The 32-year-old Martin is an eight-time Pro Bowler who in 2022 was selected to the first-team All-Pro squad for the sixth time. Martin is, in the words of the late Tina Turner, “simply the best.” But his paycheck doesn’t reflect that. Martin makes about seven million dollars a year less than the top-paid guards in the league. He is, as he describes himself, “woefully underpaid relative to the market,” and is hinting he may not report to training camp on time. Understand, Martin is not a whiner. Quite the contrary. He has been so much of a “team guy” that he has agreed to restructure his contract in each of the last five years to give the Cowboys more cap space.
OK, Jerry and Stephen. It’s time to do right by the big fella. This could be a special season for the Cowboys. Fix this. Yes, I know you still have to worry about getting long-term deals done with CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs and Terrence Steele. But Martin is your rock on that O-line. Don’t threaten your foundation.
You don’t want the kind of headache the Giants have. Saquon was already talking about reporting late. Now he says he’s prepared to sit out the entire season. (Are you getting the feeling the G-Men may regress after last year’s surprise playoff berth?)
The British Open (Oh, excuse me, The Open Championship) is an American couch-potato’s dream. I’m typing this at 4:21 a.m., and it’s already on across the pond. That first-round threesome of McIlroy, Rahm and Rose will be must-see tv.
BTW, let’s not simply assume this unholy golf merger is going to happen. This could still crumble. I hope so.
So Tiger’s ex-girfriend just quietly dropped her $30 million lawsuit? Oh. Never mind.
Let’s go, USNWT! Make it three straight! You probably wouldn’t say this. But you know I will. Our women’s team is much more interesting, compelling, marketable and fixating than their male counterparts. Much. Pay our women! That’s not social engineering or “political correctness.” That’s business.
The Astros beat the Rockies in Denver 4-1 Wednesday, but gained no ground on the red-hot Rangers in the AL West. Texas ran its streak to six with a 5-1 win over the Rays to remain four-and-a-half games up on the ‘Stros. Houston moves on to a weekend set in Oakland with J.P. France getting the ball tonight, and Framber Valdez expected to return to the rotation Friday.
The Yankees are in free-fall after getting swept by the Angels. The Pinstripes have lost four straight and nine of their last eleven, and seem lost without injured superstar Aaron Judge.
Being a base coach is a dangerous gig. Here’s wishing Marlins third-base coach Jody Reed a speedy recovery from the lower leg fracture he suffered Wednesday in St. Louis when he was struck by a screaming foul ball.