After a long day at work, I could not have asked for a better way to finish off the week. I came home to an empty house, ate some dinner and turned on the TV. Flipping through the channels, damn well knowing there is nothing worth watching on Friday nights.
But as I scrolled through the guide, something jumped out at me. The NFL Network was broadcasting the ’92 Championship between the 49ers and the Cowboys. It was already into the 4th quarter and the ‘Boys were winning.
I literally got goosebumps when I seen Emmitt run. Now, back in ’92 I was only 13 years old, but you better believe my Dad had the game on and I was watching. I didn’t know any better back then, didn’t understand much about the game but I was born a Cowboys fan, I knew that much.
I remember being so in love with Troy Aikman, but weren’t we all? I had so many posters of him, and of course I had his jersey. And yes I had one of those big puffy Cowboys jackets like Jimmy Johnson wore in this unforgettable game. I know, not your average teenage girl.
Anyhow, I’m getting off-subject…
Watching this game, I seen the perfect team. Interception… touchdown… interception… touchdown… That team was on FIRE! Unstoppable. They wore their game faces on the field and smiled the biggest smiles when they won. That’s heart, that’s determination. That’s what it takes to win and win big.
As the clock wound down, and a young and very happy Jerry Jones made his was to the sidelines, they knew it was theirs. They were on their way to the Super Bowl. Their dream had been realized.
I won’t lie to ya. I got tears in my eyes and chills run through my body. Who knew watching an old game could still give you that feeling. I knew the outcome, and I knew they were going on to win it all. But to live in that moment, wow what a feeling.
Now, after the game as John Madden rambled on… the camera went into the locker room.
Jimmy Johnson stood up on the bench and…
HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!
Alone in my house I cheered and clapped like I was there, as if Jimmy was talking to me. Funny, right? I don’t know, thats what fans do. When you are so passionate about a team that you are sad when they are sad, and happy when they are happy – they become a part of you.
I don’t know if we will ever be honored to see another dynasty like that. It could happen. And we all know it has happened twice for the Cowboys. Although I wasn’t born yet, I know the 70’s were amazing as well.
All we can do now is wait and watch and hope for the best. Any given Sunday, right?
Enjoy the journey.