Mama didn’t let her baby be a Cow­boy

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NFL free agent DeAn­gelo Wil­liams (Wynne) says he wants to play foot­ball in 2017, but he’s not talk­ing like a man des­per­ate for a job.

Dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter’s pod­cast, the for­mer Steel­ers run­ning back crossed a few teams off his list, one of which was the Dal­las Cow­boys.

Wil­liams says he grew up a San Fran­cisco 49ers fan and de­spised the Cow­boys. And then, just to make sure Dal­las wouldn’t even think about call­ing him up, Wil­liams de­cided to twist the knife fur­ther.

“They don’t ever show up dur­ing the play­offs. They al­ways dis­ap­pear in the play­offs,” Wil­liams said.

“It’s hard to ar­gue with Wil­liams’ con­tention,” wrote Steven Ruiz of USA To­day. “The Cow­boys have won just two play­off games over the last two decades. But maybe Wil­liams would have been the player who put them over the top. Prob­a­bly not, but now we’ll never know.”

The other three teams Wil­liams has crossed off his list in­clude the Carolina Pan­thers — which makes sense af­ter the two went through an ugly breakup in 2014 — the Jack­sonville Jaguars and the Cleve­land Browns. Wil­liams black­listed the Jags and Browns be­cause of their lack of re­cent suc­cess.

The streak

Phil Mick­el­son wasn’t at his best at The Green­brier, though he had at least made the cut. That was a big deal, even for a 47-yearold who al­ready has five ma­jors among his 42 vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour.

“I have made ev­ery cut this year so far, so I had a good feel­ing go­ing in that I was go­ing to do it,” Mick­el­son said.

In 25 years, Mick­el­son has never made it through an en­tire sea­son with­out miss­ing a cut, and this is the fourth deep­est he has gone in the year. He only has four tour­na­ments re­main­ing with a cut — two ma­jors and two FedEx Cup events

In 2011, Mick­el­son didn’t miss a cut un­til The Green­brier, when it was held the last week­end in July. In 2006, he didn’t miss a cut un­til the In­ter­na­tional in Au­gust. And the clos­est Lefty came to go­ing cut-free for an en­tire sea­son was in 2005, when he fi­nally missed the cut in Las Ve­gas, his fi­nal event of the year.

Fight night

UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White took ques­tions af­ter Tues­day’s Floyd May­weather-Conor McGre­gor me­dia event in Los Angeles, and he was asked about his an­tic­i­pated celebrity guest list for the Aug. 26 boxing match. Af­ter first talk­ing about whether Tom Brady will be in at­ten­dance, some­one asked him about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“Funny you say that, but they called me [Mon­day] and I don’t think they’ll come, but they’ll be watch­ing,” White said.

Asked if Trump wanted to come, White said, “100 per­cent.” But “he feels like he’ll ruin the event if he shows up. Se­cret Ser­vice is gonna have to go through the place, they’ll have to shut down streets and cre­ate crazy traf­fic.”

As for Brady, the Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back hasn’t been af­forded Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion and is more than wel­come to at­tend, though New Eng­land does play its all-im­por­tant third pre­sea­son game in Detroit the night be­fore.

“Tom Brady can do what­ever he wants. He can get 10 tick­ets. I’ll give him ev­ery front-row [ticket] we have,” White said.

AP file photo

DeAn­gelo Wil­liams (Wynne) is look­ing for work in the NFL, but he said he has no de­sire to play for the Dal­las Cow­boys.

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