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Dallas Cowboys’ hot routes: Anthony Hitchens’ five favorite comedians

Anthony Hitchens’ five favorite comedians

Anthony Hitchens has always considered himself a prankster.

The Cowboys rookie linebacker remembers being grounded by his parents for putting ranch dressing, instead of shampoo, in his little brother’s hair. And, of course, it wasn’t uncommon in the Hitchens household to toss some cold water on someone in the shower.

Hitchens had inspiration growing up from a few of his favorite comedians.

1 Dave Chappelle. “I just like his demeanor about things and the way he words things, and his facial expressions are pretty funny too.”

2 Kevin Hart. “He’s short, so he has a lot of good short jokes. And he’ll make these loud noises like a little kid and stuff like that, which I find funny.”

3 Adam Sandler. “He just does it all. He’s a little bit of everything and made a lot of good sports movies like Longest Yard, Water Boy and Happy Gilmore. All his ties to sports is probably why I watch him so much.”

4 Martin Lawrence. “ Blue Streak, that’s probably my all-time favorite movie, and he was great in it. He does it all, too, standup and he had his own TV show for a while. I loved when he did his little Sheneneh skit, so he plays a lot of different characters too.”

5 Steve Harvey. “I used to watch his show and it’s what I grew up on. That was really the first comedian I got to know and watch.”

Myth or fact?

It has been going on for years and likely won’t stop anytime soon. Trying to “ice a kicker” is something opposing coaches do throughout the season in hopes of keeping points off the board.

But does it really work?

“Honestly, I think at the end of the day, it’s not a big deal,” Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey said. “Everybody who is at this level has kicked a million footballs, and there have been a million situations where they’ve had to take a break and go back out.

“It’s really just more of a mental challenge for us and I think everyone at this level does a good job of keeping an even keel.”

Edmonton coach visits

Dallas Eakins, coach of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, spent two days embedded with the Cowboys this week. Eakins cold-called Cowboys coach Jason Garrett requesting an invite to training camp.

“I had never met him before and what a great guy,” Garrett said. “He’s trying to build something up there in Edmonton. It’s obviously a hockey-crazed place. They’ve had great history and tradition there. So we had some great visits and he had great visits with literally everybody in our organization. It was fun to have him here.”

Quote of the day

“What happens is you get into training camp, and you get more and more information each day, and it’s important to process what’s been in already and get onto the next. The nature of the walk-through is not to come out and make all of your mistakes and then have a good practice. The idea is to get as much stuff corrected and ready to go before you get out there in meetings, so you take advantage of those opportunities. I thought we were only OK today. There were some different things happening, different looks on both sides of the ball, but the standard has to be high.” – Jason Garrett on a lackluster walk-through practice Thursday.

Injury report

CB Morris Claiborne (right knee): Sat out practice Thursday.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence (right foot): Underwent surgery Thursday.

G Ronald Leary (strained hamstring): Returned to practice Thursday.

DT Terrell McClain (ankle): Carted off field Sunday and is day to day.

S Matt Johnson (hamstring): Out at least a week.

DE Anthony Spencer (knee surgery): Placed on PUP list and will be monitored daily.

DT Amobi Okoye (personal health issue): Placed on nonfootball injury list.

LB Will Smith (groin): Day to day.

T Darius Morris (hamstring): Day to day.

FB J.C. Copeland (knee): Day to day.

OG Brian Clarke (groin): Day to day.

CB Sterling Moore (groin): Day to day.

WR Dwayne Harris (ankle): Left field during Thursday’s practice.

DL Ben Bass (hamstring): Left field during Thursday’s practice.

OT Darrion Weems (shoulder): Left field during Thursday’s practice.

Blue TV

KTXA/21 will be televising the Cowboys’ Blue-White scrimmage on Sunday. The broadcast will be on the air from 5 to 7 p.m. Central time.