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Extending Zack Martin Is The Best For The Cowboy's Franchise

It always starts up front.


Now, y'all would guess that more often than not the highest paid player on an NFL team is the quarterback. And you'd be right. What you probably don't know is that more often than not the second highest paid player is, thanks to Lawrence Taylor, a left tackle. However, for the Dallas Cowboys, the highest paid player is their left tackle Tyron Smith and then followed by Travis Frederick. Two offensive linemen while Dak Prescott the soon to be third-year quarterback is making is set to make a base salary of $630,000 while his offensive linemen make more than double that. So why is it important to pay the offensive lineman because without them there is no quarterback play.

In the past few years, the Dallas Cowboys have been upgrading their offense. In 2010, 2013, and 2014 3 of the current offensive linemen were drafted: Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Smith and Frederick were both given extensions before their rookie contract ended but Zack Martin had to wait until now. While all the details haven't been reported Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network stated that the Cowboys are going to be given Zack Martin a six-year extension which will make him the highest-paid guard in the league. Martin is now the highest paid guard in the NFL after making the Pro Bowl every year since his rookie year and being an all pro every year of his football career. To put it one way Zack Martin is one of the best guards in the NFL.

You may be thinking to yourself what is the importance of the offensive line in football and why are they worth these lucrative deals. Without an O-Line, you have no consistent quarterback play or running back explosiveness which helps puts points on the board. The O-line is known for winning the battle "in the trenches" and the Dallas Cowboys have done better in that situation each and every year. In 2014 which was Zack Martin's rookie year Demarco Murray of the Cowboys earned the NFL's Offensive Player of The Year award at the end of the season and put up over 2200 yards from scrimmage. The offensive line was more improved and became a pivotal point of success for the team.

While Dallas hasn't been a football juggernaut in recent years they have been able to build the team to become more athletic. Dallas has focused more on the offensive line and defensive players rather than just going for the speedy wide receivers (yes I'm looking at you Baltimore with getting Breshad Perriman) to create a team built on strength. While I disagree a lot with Jerry Jones as an owner and general manager seeing him with this strategy has actually been one of the smartest things he has done for the team.

In this past draft, the Cowboys addressed three needs for the team in linebacker, offensive line, and tight end. With Sean Lee getting older and having a list of injuries they got a player who can play sideline to sideline. What happens if one of your offensive linemen gets hurt and you don't have depth well that could be the difference in a game. While this article is about Zack Martin and Martin has not missed a game in his career it is still useful to have depth. Finally with Jason Witten retiring it was time to bring in a new tight end. He may not be Jason Witten and he might have the respect the rest of the team had for Witten but he will grow into this role.

We have seen the Cowboys give extensions to other offensive linemen and now it is Martin's turn. The other extensions have paid off but now will Martin's pay off?

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Adesanya Gets Whittaker To Unify The Championship

It Has Been Announced That The UFC Middleweight Championship


After a fight that could be easily considered as the fight of the year at UFC 236 as "The Stylebender" Israel Adesanya has his eyes set on recovering and then facing the UFC Middleweight Champion Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker to unify the interim title with the one "The Reaper" holds. The Stylebender has plenty to look forward too as his championship career in the UFC with a stacked division that has all eyes on him if he gets past the undisputed champion.

Dana White confirmed that Israel Adesanya will indeed face Robert as it is the next fight to make. It is just a matter of where this fight as it will more than likely happen in Australia. Israel has expressed his interest in bringing the UFC into a stadium for this fight as it would be huge and guaranteed to sell out. It will be interesting to see how the champ Robert Whittaker approaches this bout as Israel has shown he only continues to improve.

With the 5 round war that took place at UFC 236, it was a bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya that really could of went either way if Adesanya did not continue to rock and put a brutal beating on Gastelum in the 5th round. Israel displayed everything in that fight as he faced adversity when he was rocked in the fight as he was met with a nasty head kick from Gastelum that could have ended the fight if Kelvin did not attempt a takedown. Israel Adesanya showed off a fantastic submission game too as he locked Gastelum into a Triangle Choke but he survived and broke out.

He would then put a beating on Kelvin Gastelum in the 5th and final round that ultimately won the decision of the judges as Kelvin Gastelum was left bloodied by the end of the 5th. With this huge victory, Israel Adesanya has skyrocketed in the organization. He has already had a target on his back but if he is able to finish off Robert Whittaker which will more than likely be in the summertime if Israel does not take an extended vacation the target will be even bigger.

The new UFC Interim Middleweight champion Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya has already caught the attention of the numerous top contenders in the division as there are a few fighters we seem to not be impressed by Israel Adesanya's rise through the UFC. Names like #2 ranked UFC middleweight Yoel Romero and rising star top contender #7 ranked Paulo Costa. #4 ranked Jacore Souza could potentially earn himself a title shot in his upcoming fight at UFC On ESPN 3. He has also received criticism from someone who many people would consider to be the best fighter in UFC and mixed martial arts history the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

The Stylebender has received harsh criticism from some but received plenty of praise from his peers and along with the fans in the mix martial arts community. More importantly, he has a fight with Robert Whittaker the UFC Middleweight Champion in Australia in a Stadium in the future,

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