Dallas Cowboys fumble domain renewal

Beleaguered NFL team's website temporarily vanishes after registration lapse

Before getting fired Monday for leading his Super Bowl-aspiring team to a 1-7 record this season, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips lamented his squad's appalling lack of fundamentals.

It seems this failure to take care of the basics extended to the team's website. According to the Dallas News, someone in the organization "apparently forgot to renew its registration on the dallascowboys.com domain and the site was pulled Sunday night, replaced with a generic page indicating the address was available for purchase from Network Solutions LLC." Well, that's quite an oversight! Fortunately, the website's disappearing act was temporary (unlike the team's playoff hopes this year). Once the lapse was discovered, the organization "quickly renewed its registration," the News reported. However, it can take a couple of days for all Internet servers to catch up to renewals, so many fans checking in on Monday saw not a recap of the team's humiliating 45-7 loss Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers, nor news about the status of Philllips, but a photo of a couple of kids kicking around a soccer ball. Disclosure: As a New York Giants fan, I find this highly amusing. Anyone who has heard team owner Jerry Jones talking in recent days knows he's had it with the failure and incompetence that seem to have enveloped his organization. He's promised drastic steps to right the ship, including a wholesale change in player personnel. No doubt a head is going to roll once he figures out who was responsible for keeping the team's website up and running. Or maybe not: In the publicly available database on WhoIs.com, the domain's registrant is listed as Dallas Cowboys Football Club Ltd., but the specific e-mail address administrative contact is for Jerry Jones Jr., son of owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for the team.

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