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Cowboys Fans: Please Don't Fret Over Someone Else's Power Rankings

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles gestures during warm ups before a football game against the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field on November 23, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

    On my list of useless items:

    • Suntan lotion this spring in DFW
    • Bruce Jenner men’s Decathlon memorabilia
    • Dallas Mavericks’ parade plans
    • Any NFL offseason power rankings

    With umbrellas, Rajon Rondo and Caitlyn Jenner dominating the headlines and our lives, we haven’t needed to worry about bikinis or the 1976 Olympic hero or the best spot to throw confetti at Dirk Nowitzki.

    And, no, we don’t need to fret one second over a pre-summer power ranking by some “expert.”

    I received lots of feedback Monday over the audacity of Sports Illustrated/NBC’s Peter King ranking the Cowboys 13th in his latest power rankings and an ESPN “insider” picking the Eagles to win the NFC East.

    To which I replied, “So what?!”

    First of all, when did rankings become power rankings. Just rankings will do just fine. Secondly, it’s June. Not a pad has been popped. Judging teams at this juncture is as ridiculous as grading a draft of players who won’t reach their peak for another five years.

    That said, it seems way premature to bury the Cowboys. Right?

    King has them ranked 13th-best in the NFL, well behind the Eagles (7th) and behind even the Bengals.

    And the ESPN insider – KC Joyner – said Philly is the team to best in the division because “Sam Bradford is a vast improvement at quarterback.” We all have doubts about Bradford’s durability and with the additions of Sean Lee and Greg Hardy and Byron Jones the Cowboys should be better defensively. But …

    At this point everyone – even the experts – are merely guessing.

    A year ago the Cowboys were coming off another 8-8 season. In June no one predicted DeMarco Murray would lead the NFL and rush for almost 2,000 yards and that the Cowboys would win a playoff game.

    So toss the current predictions and power rankings in the trash.

    But, just in case, keep the umbrella handy.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.