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by Mike Fisher    Mon, Jun 23, 2008, 10:04 PM
Some time very soon – though not nearly soon enough – the Cowboys’ big-name tandem of cornerbacks will make their impact on the field. But for the moment as of Monday night, Adam “Don’t –Call-Me-Pacman’’ Jones and Terence Newman are involved in offseason headlines. … whether they like it or not.


Jones is getting the Don Imus treatment, the controversial syndicated radio shock jock using the player as a tool to display Imus’ own ignorance of one sort or another.

Newman also got the media treatment on Monday – albeit positive – as he just finished a television live shot on FOX4 in Dallas in which he said positive things about Jones, about Roy Williams, and about the Cowboys being better than they were during last year’s 13-3 effort.

“Going into our second year (under coach Wade Phillips), the defense is already better because we’re (reacting and) not thinking anymore,’’ said T-New, who was at Cowboys Golf Club hosting an event for his Rising Stars Foundation, formed to allow him to personally mentor DISD students. “We’re looking good right now. Let’s get the pads on and we’ll see what we’ve really got.’’

It was in a FOX4 interview with anchor Mike Doocy in which Newman recently made his “deer-in-the-headlines’’ comment about teammate and friend Roy Williams. Doocy provided Newman a chance to talk on whether Williams was upset.

“Not at all,’’ Newman said. “He saw the whole interview. … So what I said didn’t offend him a bit. He knows what I was trying to say.’’

And finally, Newman addressed his new teammate Adam Jones, who, it is increasingly assumed, will become the cornerback starter opposite him.

“I was always excited over the idea of bringing him here,’’ Newman said. “He’s a heck of a player. Anytime you can help your chances of a Super Bowl, it’s a good deed. … He wants to get on the right path. I’m all ears.’’

“I’m all ears’’ is an odd way of putting it, but we get it: Newman is receptive to the ascent of Pacman.

And speaking of all ears: Radio listeners were shocked to hear Imus once again stumble into seemingly racial territory when he inexplicably addressed the identity of the football player.

Imus’ “newsreader’’ noted that Jones had “been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennesse in 2005.’’ Imus responded, “What color is he?’’ The newsreader responded, “He’s African-American.’’

And then Imus ran the thing into the same ditch previously reserved for the “nappy-headed ho’s’’ remark he once made about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

“Well, there you go,’’ Imus said. “Now we know.’’

Actually, we don’t know. Is that racist? Or racial? We mean to say: It’s stupid – but is it offensive?

Such is life, of course, for the Cowboys, a pop-culture phenomenon that puts their deeds on the local news and the color of their skin on the national news.

Training camp cannot come soon enough, it is true – though on second thought, that’s not exactly going to lessen the number of sidebar issues, is it?

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