Athletes have always had rituals: Michael Jordan wore his North Carolina shorts under his NBA uniform; Wade Boggs ate chicken before each baseball game; and of course hockey players have playoff beards.

But what about team owners?

Jerry Jones acknowledged that, despite his bravado, he's superstitious on days his Dallas Cowboys play. The owner and general manager of America's Team, speaking on his weekly radio show, told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about his lucky charm.

"I have a pair of cufflinks that I gave my father when I was in my middle 20s, and then when he passed, momma gave them back to me," Jones explained, as reported in the Dallas Morning News. "And I have those with me all the time during these ballgames. Different pockets, different ways, sometimes they’re on French cuffs, sometimes they're just in the pocket."

So what does the Cowboys owner do with them?

"I use them as worry beads if I'm sitting there at certain times during the ballgame," he said. "But I've done that for years.”  

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Those lucky cufflinks might be working; the Cowboys are leading the NFC East with a 7-4 (.636) record.

Rituals and superstitions really do help athletes performance, according to a CNN report earlier this year.

"For athletes, there's this unpredictability in sports. They never know how they're going to play, how the other team is going to play, so when you do something that's superstitious, like wearing a trinket, it gives you a greater sense of control," said Gregg Steinberg, professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University.

But of course, Jerry doesn't play the games. Though don't tell him that.

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Memorabilia comes in all forms, but this could be the strangest in baseball history.

Pete Rose has started selling notarized copies of the documents he signed that banned him from Major League Baseball. The all-time hit king was kicked out of baseball in 1989 for gambling on the sport; he denied those charges for nearly 15 years before copping to them in his 2004 autobiography.

Rose makes his living these days signing his John Hancock on pretty much anything, as long as you pay the man at his Forum Shops location inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

For $500, you can get certified copies of Rose's walking papers. Banishment documents come notarized in Nevada and are delivered bound in copper and leather. The Las Vegas Sun reports Rose included an inscription with his autograph that says, "I'm sorry I bet on baseball." Pete is even willing to personalize the papers at no charge. (What a guy!)

"Charlie Hustle" has sold all kinds of stuff on his web site and at the Vegas location. For $5,000, you can have dinner with him at any Las Vegas restaurant, as long as you don't buy more than $100 worth of alcohol.

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While playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, Rose won three World Series, two Gold Gloves and an MVP award. He left the sport with 14 Major League Baseball records.

Rose, 70, is having some luck in his personal life; he's been dating Playboy model Kiana Kim since 2009.

Rose's record breaking hit.

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It's an unwritten rule in the world of sports that you don't criticize the paying fan. Take cheap shots at coaches, players, officials, media and everyone in between, but those who bear the cost of paying for a ticket are bulletproof.

An exasperated college basketball coaching icon has broken this rule in a big way.

Roy Williams lashed out following North Carolina's 90-80 loss to UNLV over the weekend in Las Vegas. The coach told listeners to his radio show that he was not pleased with the crowd near the Tar Heels bench. North Carolina fans sold prime tickets from the school's booster club to Runnin' Rebels fans.

"If you sell our tickets, your tickets that you get to the Rams Club to somebody else, and they come cheering for UNLV, I've got no use for you. And that's as blunt as I can put it. People have a right -- but not our people. You're either with me or you're not. There's no middle ground," Williams said, according to News 8 Las Vegas.

Williams had some time to cool off and change his tune, but instead he delivered the same message to reporters on Tuesday.

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"Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? You think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I'm competing out there. I don't like our fans to help the other team by either giving or selling their tickets. That's disappointing. And to do it right beside our families, you know, that's the biggest thing. And then to have somebody that's just negative, negative, negative [within] five feet of an assistant coach's wife for two nights. You know you get tired of that. But it's something that's always bothered me. It will always bother me," Williams said, as reported by Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

John Montgomery, executive director of the UNC booster club, told the Charlotte Observer that coach Williams was right to complain. "I think that's what our fans really like about coach Williams," Montgomery said.

With two NCAA championships, three Final Fours and more than 200 wins since arriving in Chapel Hill eight seasons ago, Williams certainly has the resume to bad-mouth his supporters.

And surely there are some red-faced Tar Heels fans out there holding ticket stubs from Cirque de Soleil.

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It's looking like Kris Humphries will be paying for his brief marriage a lot longer than the 72 days it lasted. The NBA free agent is playing the role of evildoer on the new season of ex-wife Kim Kardashian's reality show -- and he's not happy about it.

Humphries friends and family are outraged with his negative depiction on the premiere episode of "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." In the show, the basketball player walks in on Kardashian's "nude" yoga class with a nude male instructor; ABC news believes that scene led to the downfall of the marriage.

The New York Daily News reports the overall negative portrayal is especially irritating Kris and his family.

The highly rated E! reality program is expected to continue to show the foolishness that led to the destruction of the couple's brief relationship.

"A lot of things on reality TV are manipulated easily, but with this show, there were a lot of scenes and situations that are going to paint him in a negative light," a source tells the Daily News.

Humphries is concerned that some normal kidding around among newlyweds will be positioned as something of a nefarious nature. "Clearly, he never meant it, but he’s on camera. They overdramatize for effect on this show," the source said.

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While the former Nets forward will be put through the wringer for ending the marriage, Humphries believes the union's embarrassing demise is Kardashian's fault.

Despite all the shenanigans between the separated couple, Humphries is said to still be in love with Kardashian and still "speaks cordially" to Kim while keeping a low profile in Minnesota.

As for his basketball career, with the NBA season planned to begin on Christmas, Humphries has 26 days to sign on with a new team. He'll most likely re-sign with the New Jersey Nets.

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Nobody is saying much about the status of a New York baseball legend, and the silence is concerning.

Mariano Rivera said last week he was planning to visit a doctor on Monday regarding trouble with his vocal cords. The Yankees closer might need a surgical procedure to fix his voice, which has had a raspy whisper over the past month.

The Yankees refused to say anything to the New York Post about Rivera's health, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, since it's not a baseball injury. Unless Rivera gives the Yankees permission, the ball club can't legally talk about his medical condition.

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Major League Baseball's career saves leader said while some think a shaving of the vocal cords would be a minor procedure, that's not necessarily true. "When you are talking about surgery there is nothing simple," Rivera said.

The Post quotes Rivera as saying his voice issue "gets worse and worse."

Rivera has won five world championships in pinstripes, with 12 All-Star appearances in 17 big league seasons. He is arguably the most valuable Yankee of the modern era.

Today is Rivera's 42nd birthday. He has hinted retirement is an option for after the 2012 season.

This video is from Rivera's charity event last week, you can hear his raspy sounding voice 38 seconds into the clip from the New York Daily News website.

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Soccer is the most popular sport in 93 countries around the world, but a new study indicates a crucial part of the game could lead to brain degeneration.

Researchers in New York City have discovered players who head the ball regularly suffer from brain abnormalities that resemble those found in patients with traumatic brain injury. "Heading a soccer ball is not an impact of a magnitude that will lacerate nerve fibers in the brain," said Dr. Michael Lipton of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. "But repetitive heading could set off a cascade of responses that can lead to degeneration of brain cells."

Scientists used diffusion tensor imaging to study the effects of heading on 32 amateur soccer players whose average age was 30.8 years and who have played the sport since childhood.

The research showed a threshold level of between 1,000 to 1,500 heads per year. After soccer players in the study went beyond that point, scientists found a meaningful falling off in attention, memory, executive functioning and higher-order visual functions.

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Clearly heading won't be taken out of soccer, but the study determined that there appears to be a safe range for heading frequency. Researchers hope the findings of the study will be taken into consideration to protect the 240 million soccer players around the world.

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It's Vince Lombardi who is credited with famously saying "show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser." The smart money says the legendary Packers coach's head would be spinning if he could see this quarterback's record.

Colts QB Dan Orlovsky has been in the wrong place at the wrong time his entire NFL career. The former Connecticut signal caller has played in 16 games over his professional career – dating back to 2005 – without tasting victory, according to the Detroit News. Orlovsky's appeared in three games this season and is 14-for-21 for 121 yards with no TDs and no interceptions.

We don't need to double check to see that .000 is tied for the worst winning percentage in NFL history. JaMarcus Russell (.280), Ryan Leaf (.190) and Rick Mirer (.353) are often considered the worst quarterbacks since 1970.

And while he hasn't been given the chance those quarterbacks have, Orlovsky does have a shot at being part of the only two 0-16 clubs in the 92-year history of the National Football League. He was with the winless wonders that were the 2008 Detroit Lions. If you don't remember, Orlovsky started seven games for those '08 Lions and played in three others.

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In 2009 and 2010 he was a backup for the somewhat more competitive Houston Texans, but only appeared in a single game, not attempting a pass in a loss last december to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Orlovsky hasn't always been on such bad teams, and he holds school records for yards (10,706) and touchdowns (84) at UConn. While at Shelton High School he led his prep team to a perfect 12-0 record and the Connecticut state championship.

In the NFL, Orlovsky has thrown 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with a completion percentage of 56 during his 16-game career.

Things don't expect to get much better this week for the Colts. Orlovsky's team is a 21-point underdog against Tom Brady's New England Patriots.

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It's an astonishing image of recovery. Just 238 days after being nearly beaten to death by a couple of hooligans in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, Bryan Stow celebrated Thanksgiving at home.

The 42-year-old Giants fan bucked the odds and was released from San Francisco General Hospital in October. He was then transferred to a rehab clinic and now the Los Angeles Times reports he has shown "significant progress" since undergoing shunt surgery to take pressure off his brain.

In a photo posted on his website, Stow is seated in a wheelchair surrounded by close family and friends.

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The LAPD charged Louis Sanchez, 29 and Marvin Norwood, 30, in connection to the attack, according to the Times.

Stow's family has filed a massive lawsuit against financially troubled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Stow's lawyer asked Major League Baseball for a 'reasonable settlement' with McCourt being forced to sell the team.

Earlier this month, the father of two continued to show stunning progress in therapy, according to the family website. "He remembers the important things in his life; his children, his family, his friends, his favorite football and baseball teams."

Ann Stow, Bryan's mother, says her son was "basically dead" a few months ago.

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The mother of a Denver Broncos standout is having second thoughts about her son's fame and fortune.

Colorado police are investigating a burglary at the home of Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams that apparently took place around the time he was playing in a recent road game.

CBS 4 Denver reports police believe Williams was being robbed while he was making the key play in the Broncos comeback win against the Miami Dolphins October 23rd in Tim Tebow's first start of the season.

Sheri Gonzales, Williams' mother, says her son returned home from the South Florida road trip to discover his house had been burglarized. She says another break-in took place while her son was sleeping in the house.

Williams, an eight-year veteran, has 56 tackles this season and two forced fumbles for a Broncos defense ranked 23rd in the NFL. That Denver defense has allowed just 12 points per game over its last three.

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Over $50,000 worth of property has been stolen from Williams. Gonzalez is very concerned about her son's safety, and wonders if the NFL is worth all the fear that comes with it.

"It just makes me scared," she told CBS 4 Denver. "Sometimes I wish he wasn’t in the NFL because of that. It just doesn’t feel safe anymore."

Williams has another reason for concern: Sean Taylor, his college teammate at the University of Miami, was killed almost four years ago exactly, by a burglar in his South Florida residence.

Police have a suspect and are working on an arrest warrant. The Williams family tells the Denver TV station they believe the lawbreaker is someone who used to be close to Williams and has a long criminal record.

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While he never believed in separation of church and pigskin as a player, NFL legend Kurt Warner has some surprising advice for pro football's newest religious poster boy.

Kurt Warner wore his beliefs proudly during a remarkable 12-year career as an NFL quarterback, but he believes Tim Tebow needs to rein in his evangelizing just a little. Although Warner says he's pulling for the Broncos quarterback to succeed, he has an interesting recommendation for the second-year Broncos star:

"I'd tell him (Tebow), 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living," Warner told the Arizona Republic. "Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony."

Warner led lousy franchises in St. Louis and Arizona to the Super Bowl, and now he's an analyst for the NFL Network. He's worried Tebow's religious displays are too much for cynics to bear.

"I know what he's going through," Warner told the Republic, "and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don't want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don't understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you're starting to see that a little bit."

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Aside from being considered one of the greatest undrafted players in NFL history, Warner is often remembered for saying, "Thank You Jesus!" moments after his Rams Super Bowl XXXIV victory in 2000. For the rest of his playing days, the former Northern Iowa quarterback would work in faith-based references when speaking with reporters. Now age 40 and in the media, Warner has had a slight change of heart regarding preaching one's religious beliefs in such a public fashion.

"There's almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior,' " Warner told reporter Dan Bickley. "As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic. The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after."

Whatever Tebow is doing now is working both off and on the football field. The Broncos beat the Chargers 16-13 in overtime Sunday to improve to 5-1 (.833) since the Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner took over. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Tebow was his usual religious self after the game, mentioning "my Lord and Savior" several times to the post-game media.

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