Hollins gets dirty


Hollins gets dirty

Sports Illustrated recently asked 146 NBA players: Who is the league's dirtiest player?

Here are the results:

1. Reggie Evans, which makes sense since he's the only active player to tear off an opponent's scrotum during a game.

2. Kevin Garnett, which is fine.

3. Metta World Peace, who would probably get a few more votes if they took the poll today.

From there it went:

4. Jeff Foster who's since retired. (Pour out some milk on the concrete)
5. Chris Paul always game for a crotch shot.
6. Gerald Henderson very well-deserved; he's been a cheap shot artist since college.
7. Kevin Love bit of a surprise, then again 13 boards a game don't come easy.
8. Kurt Thomas sometimes I get scared just typing his name.
9. Anderson Varejao Automatic.
10. Eduardo Najera Not a bad career you had, Eduardo Najera
11. Ryan Hollins Wait, what?

Yes, THE Ryan Hollins. Who I never realized had any sort of NBA reputation aside from "the seven footer who can't rebound" is considered one of the dirtiest players in the league.

And you know what? I like it.

When it comes to the playoffs, you can never have too many dirty players on your side. Guys who are willing to mix it up, and agitate the other team. It also helps when said agitator isn't all that important. And Ryan Hollins certainly isn't.

Maybe he can be Boston's psychological answer to Ivan Johnson?

Anyway, the Top 15 rounded out with:

12. Dwight Howard should be higher.
13. Shane Battier the second Dukie on the list.
14. Jamaal Magloire that's "Worst All Star in NBA History" Jamaal Magloire, to you.
15. Raja Bell missed the last month with injury, but still crazy after all these years.

In closing, I have only one question:

Where's Dwyane Wade?

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.