Blast From the Past Still Gives Me Chills

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…


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.


  1. Joe D.
    Joe D. says:

    Wow, great blog. You really shared your soul with us on this one. Those old throwback games can always warm the heart and inspire us. Especially at this time of the year. Let’s hope we play some games down the stretch that some will consider classics 20 years from now. Ironically, we’re playing the 49ers this weekend! 😉

  2. w8lifter
    w8lifter says:

    I remember that scene REAL well. All those years in the late 1980’s when the Cowboys were perennial ‘cellar dwellars’ in the NFL all seemed like a distant memory after that day.
    I was on a high at that time I could never buy and one I would love to experience at least one more time in my life.
    I bought myself an Apex coat just like Jimmy Johnson was wearing that day and I sported that coat with pride. I cant wear that coat much here in Acapulco now, cause it never get thats cold, but I still get the giddy feeling when I see that coat in my closet.

  3. Shorty
    Shorty says:

    I actually watched that game again last nite myself… in 1992 I was 20 years old, pregnant with my first child, as I watched the game back then, I was so stoked to see what a hellified OFFENSE WE HAD, as opposed to the struggling one we have now, JOHNSON, SMITH, NOVACEK (i know i misspelled that!) were THE BOMB, LIKE TICK, TICK… funny thing is, I had always been sort of a tomboy, Im the oldest and my dad never had any boys, lol… anyway, I had always liked football because all my cousins were boys and they all had different teams they liked, I was just a little rugrat when I chose the Dallas Cowboys because I liked stars, LOL, what kind a shit is that?! But then as I got older I started to learn the players and get really into football.. By the time my son was old enuff to walk & talk he would be right beside his mama watching DALLAS COWBOY FOOTBALL, baby… and when HE watched the game with me last nite, he was like DANG MOM, DALLAS ROCKED WITH AIKMAN AND EMMIT SMITH… and he brought to my attn some similarities with ROMO AND TERRELL OWENS & ROMO AND MARION BARBER, and how much potential we have to be THAT DALLAS COWBOY TEAM THAT ROCKED… anyway, just wanted to share that… WIN LOSE OR TIE, ITS COWBOYS TILL I DIE!!

  4. Johnny Rotten
    Johnny Rotten says:

    I still have and wear my big puffy Cowboys jacket,lol. Great blog Kelly, it’s good to know that their are people just like me out there. Meaning that we are Fanatics of the DALLAS COWBOYS.

  5. Jon
    Jon says:

    I meant to record that last night because I was playing poker and trying to win some mula. Anyway, I remember that game like it was yesterday. As a matter of fact, I think I still have the VHS tape of the whole game somewhere but I would’nt know where to look. Back to your blog Kelly, that was an awesome story!!! Bringing chills was an understatement! I remember crying like a little baby when my Cowboys were going back to the Big Game for the first time in over a decade and it was so very special!! Once again great blog! Have a great Saturday and lets kick some niner azz tomorrow!

  6. Jon
    Jon says:

    I don’t know if m y last comment even posted so i’m going to do it again… Great blog Kelly!!! Chills and tears tell it all. I remember that game like it was yesterday. I remember crying like a little baby knwing that My Cowboys were going back to the big game for the first time in 14 or 15 years and it soooo special! Thanks for the wonderful story Kelly!!! HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!