Stories circulating at the Dallas Cowboys training camp: Will Tony Romo finally win a playoff game? Will Marion Barber and Felix Jones carry the offense on their massive legs? Will offensive coordinator Jason Garrett become a consistent game caller? Will Roy Williams become a premier No. 1 receiver?
One of the most interesting side stories revolves around the tight end tandem of Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten. People at camp are noting the strong emergence of second-year tight end Bennett and salivating over the trouble that defenses will have covering “Marty B” and perpetual Pro-Bowler and all-around classy guy Witten.
But the important question is this: What are we going to call them?
You know, like in “Talladega Nights” there was “Shake and Bake.”
Cowboys writer and broadcaster Mickey Spagnola recently came up with “Double Trouble.” But that’s just uncreative. There has already been an NFL tandem in the past known as “Double Trouble.” Likewise for “Smash and Dash,” “Hit and Run,” and “Wash and Wear.”
So, what’s a new and creative nickname for Bennett and Witten?
Well, let’s see. On the one hand you have Bennett, a young, brash, media savvy African-American with an engaging smile who calls himself Marty B, has his own YouTube TV channel, and makes outrageous and often funny videotapes that sometimes get him fined by the Cowboys or forced to apologize for being too controversial.
Then there’s stoic, tough-as-nails veteran Witten, a quiet white boy who lets his bruising play do his talking for him and avoids media attention and controversy.
How about “Yin and Yang” — or better yet, “Yin and Bang?”
Or since Witten was accused of being a snitch last year for anonymously throwing Terrell Owens under the bus, and Bennett has decorated his body with tattoos, how about….Tat and the Rat?
Anybody out there got any suggestions? This is really, really important.