In the midst of Sunday's brutal (to watch) game against the Redskins, a fight broke out on the Cowboys sideline between secondary coach Dave Campo and cornerback Terence Newman. Both men are regarded as congenial types, so it was an odd bout.
The area's newest boxing promoter, Jerry Jones, quickly billed this as part of the undercard to a potential Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight at Cowboys Stadium. The Fox cameras captured footage of Newman shoving Campo, and the two had to be restrained by coaches and players. It appeared that injured safety Ken Hamlin broke up the fight on account that Campo, a super lightweight, was about to get destroyed by welterweight Newman.
I exchanged several text messages with Newman on Monday night in an attempt to get his side of the story, but he didn't see how anything good could come from that. During his news conference Monday, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips acted as if fights break out between players and coaches all the time on the sideline. In fact, he was annoyed by the line of questioning and suggested that writers should simply make up whatever story they felt like.
And quite honestly, that's when I do my best work. I tried to think back to a time when the affable Phillips might've taken a swing at Oilers running back Earl Campbell on the sideline, but there's no record of anything like that taking place.
Obviously, a normally level-headed guy like Newman doesn't go after a coach for sport, so I'm thinking Campo must've said something fairly strong, such as, "Are you planning to cover someone in a burgundy uniform at some point today?"
Obstructed View will keep digging for answers, but until we have them, let's take a look back at the most infamous fight between a player and a coach in Metroplex history. On May 28, 1977, a light-hitting Rangers second baseman (redundant) by the name of Lenny Randle had recently lost his spot in the lineup to the immortal Bump Wills. Randle almost left spring training before teammates convinced him to stick around. Tired of Randle's complaints, Rangers manager Frank Lucchesi made the following statement to a reporter:
"It's just too damn bad somebody stopped him from leaving," said Lucchesi of Randle. "I'm tired of these punks saying play me or trade me. Anyone who makes $80,000 a year and gripes and moans all spring is not going to get a tear out of me."
A couple days later, Randle and Lucchesi spoke briefly before an exhibition game before Randle attacked his manager. Lucchesi ended up with a broken cheekbone, a concussion and a lacerated lip, and Randle was suspended for 30 days and traded to the Mets.
There have been other altercations locally -- Kenny Rogers vs. Fox 4 cameraman Larry Rodriguez was one for the ages -- but I think Randle's attack of Lucchesi is by far the worst thing we'll ever see.
I'm sure Campo and Newman have moved on by now, although you'd never know it by listening to Phillips. It came off as a blatant show of disrespect by the normally classy Newman, but perhaps there are key details we're missing.
What did Campo say that enraged Newman? Obstructed View will not sleep until we have answers.
Golden State without Nellie is so lame: No matter how awful the Warriors are this season, it still would've been fun to see Don Nelson back in town Tuesday night for Golden State's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Sadly, Nelson is suffering from pneumonia and won't make the trip to the AAC. He's still beloved by most folks in this town not named Mark Cuban, and he would've pulled out all the stops in an effort to lead his poorly constructed team to a win.
In other news, we may see Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (tender ankle) back on the floor Tuesday evening. We've become accustomed to Josh Howard's missing large chunks of time with weak ankles, but we're waiting to see if Marion can play through the pain. With the team playing so well without him, you'd hate to see him rush back too quickly.
But the flip side is that the Mavs don't need to wait forever to get him comfortable with their other players. If Marion plays Tuesday night, I'd be shocked if Carlisle gives him more than 25 minutes. We'll keep an eye on that situation for you.
You've been a wonderful audience. Keep the faith.