OXNARD, California – It's here. After completing the morning walk-through, I return to my room to find the red light flashing, meaning I have a message. I don't wait to check it. I dart to the lobby and there is Gabriel, one of the nicest clerks you will ever meet, smiling, and then holding up my luggage as if he had just recovered the Hope Diamond. Hello luggage, where have you been? On a side trip to Boise. Well, welcome to Cowboys camp. Now let's get to work.
The first order of business is to change so I can do my first sit down interview of camp with Cowboys number one draft pick Byron Jones. They call him "Senator Jones," because he interned in both the state house and Congress. Who knows, after football, perhaps president? After completing the interview with Jones and waiting for the daily Garrett press conference to begin, I run into Brad Sham, "The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys." I ask him how long he has been with the Cowboys and he tells me this is his 37th season and his 36th training camp. Wow.
During the afternoon practice, the first thing we notice before we go on live at 6 p.m. -- no Tony Romo. It's Brandon Weeden running the first team offense. Checking with Cowboys PR, we find Tony has a stye in his left eye and if you've ever had one (and I have) they can be quite painful. He would get it treated, but it changes everything for the late broadcasts.