StarStruck’s 2007 Cowboys Best & Worst Awards

In what has become an annual tradition at StarStruck, here is this years "Best and Worst List" for the 2007 Cowboys Regular Season. Enjoy and let us know what you think, and what some of your best and worst moments were.

StarStruck 2007 Cowboys Best & Worst Awards 

Best Win: Green Bay – Cowboys win the clash of the NFC’s best.

Worst Loss: Washington – Possibly the worst loss in franchise history in what was supposed to be a tune-up for the playoffs.

Most Exciting Win: Buffalo – Cowboys win 25-24 as the game clock expires.

Best Play: Nick Folk – Kicks the game winner as time expires in 25-24 win over Buffalo.

Biggest Surprise: Greg Ellis – Who could have predicted that he would explode for 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles?

Most Underrated Player: Bradie James – Turns in another stellar season and led the team in tackles once again. 

Most Overrated Player: Tank Johnson – He never provided the big boost on defense we were looking for.

Best Rookie:  Nick Folk – Sixth round pick outplays all rookies by far and established himself as a top kicker.

Best Sophomore: Tony Curtis – The exciting wide receiver showed his big play potential in limited play with three big touchdowns.

Biggest Disappointment: Bobby Carpenter – Top draft pick continues to disappoint in all aspects of his game.

Best Acquisition: Leonard Davis – Improved an already potent offensive line with his explosive blocks.

Best Moment: Michael Irvin inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. His inspiring speech made even grown men cry.

Funniest Moment: Tony Romo imitating the referee when he called an offsides on the Eagles during a Sunday Night Football telecast.

Rising Star: (Tied) Chris Canty & Jay Ratliff – The future of our defense is in good hands with Ware and these two future stars.

Fading Star: Julius Jones – Turned in his worst season ever as a Cowboy with career lows in TD’s, yardage, YPC, and carries.

Best Leader: Roy Williams – He is still among the most respected guys in the clubhouse, and his recent announcement that he is switching uniform numbers to remind him of the new NFL rules,  further shows his team-first mentality.

Best Clutch Player: Jason Witten – Always knows where the first down marker is and saves many an incomplete pass.

Watch Out For: Marion Barber – The barbarian will devour the competition once he becomes the everyday starting running back.

Toughest Injury: Andre Gurode – When the big center is out of the game, it makes Romo less effective and very erratic.

Best Offensive Player: Tony Romo – He has already surpassed all of Troy Aikman’s single season marks in 2007.

Best Defensive Player: DeMarcus Ware – Is on the verge of becoming the best defensive player in the NFC.

Best Special Teams Player: Keith Davis – Our best special teams player for the second year in a row.

Team MVP:  Terrell Owens – Nobody else can impact a game like T.O. can. He is a presence that cannot be ignored and is the team’s top playmaker.

Injury Update: Owens, Glenn and Everyone Else

With one more week to go before the Cowboys play their first playoff game, there is only one injury still lingering. Terrell Owens high ankle sprain is still healing. He isn’t wearing the protective ankle boot anymore and he has begun light jogging. That’s a great sign that Owens will be ready. He has always been a fast healer and tough player. I would bet that he will be ready for the game next weekend. He is expected to start full practice on Wednesday or Thursday, then we will know more.

Terry Glenn returned for the first time this season last weekend. He did not complete a pass and didn’t stay in for the entire game. He practiced without pads this week and plans to resume drills by Wednesday.

Andre Gurode was very limited in practice this week with a left knee sprain. He missed the last two games of the year, and it showed. He is a huge part of the reason Romo was having such a great year. The pro bowl center could be ready for the game next weekend, right now he needs to rest and stay off his leg. He is day-to-day.

Safeties Pat Watkins and Keith Davis practiced this week and should be ready for the game. Terence Newman seems to be back on his feet and ready to go. Jay Ratliff who also missed the final game of the season is also well.

Although the Cowboys have great depth in many positions, I feel that a return of the two star receivers would increase the chance of excelling in the postseason. Not to say it couldn’t be done without them, but seems a lot less likely. Owens had a nice year despite the way the season ended, and Glenn has waited all year to return. I predict a spectacular return by both of these shining stars, it could be the highlight of their careers!

Eleven Plus Roy Equals Record-Breaking Twelve Pros

The NFL named Roy Williams to his 5th Pro Bowl Thursday, making him the 12th Cowboy attending this year’s Pro Bowl. Williams was chosen to replace the late Sean Taylor’s roster spot at safety.

This also breaks the record of Cowboys elected to a Pro Bowl. In ’93 and ’94 the Cowboys sent 11 players to Hawaii. Those years also happened to be when Dallas became Super Bowl Champions, 2 years in a row.

Roy Williams joins defensive teammates Demarcus Ware, Terence Newman and Ken Hamlin; as well as offensive players Flozell Adams, Leonard Davis, Andre Gurode, Jason Witten, Terrell Owens, Marion Barber and Tony Romo. The rookie kicker Nick Folk has also been elected, becoming the first Dallas rookie since 1990 to attend the Pro Bowl.

Ken Hamlin will move up to the starting free safety in place of Sean Taylor and Roy Williams will be the alternate safety. Williams described this honor as a blessing and plans to do something special for the Taylor family before the Pro Bowl.

In other news regarding Roy Williams, he has decided to change his number to 38 next season. This was his number in college when he played for University of Oklahoma. He also says this is reference to the bible. "Eight in the bible is regarded as a new beginning, and I feel that after this season it’s time to switch over," Williams said. "Switch to No. 38."


The Bucs Stop Here!

Who should we as Cowboys fans be rooting for this weekend?

The great thing about earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs is that we can chill out and let the chips fall where they may. But if most of you are really competitive like me, you’re probably wondering who you’re going too root for this weekend.

Personally, I don’t really care who wins in the AFC, as long as it’s not the New England Patriots. But as far as the first round of the NFC Playoffs is concerned, I gotta tell ya… I’m rooting for the Giants.

I know the Cowboys can beat the Giants, and I wouldn’t mind making it three in a row against them this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the other hand, are hard to predict. It’s not that I think the Bucs are better than the Giants, it’s just that with the Giants we know what to expect and how to defend against them.

The Bucs are the number one ranked defense in the NFC, and number two ranked defense in the NFL. Last week we got a glimpse at how inept the Dallas offense looked against the solid defense of Washington who is ranked third, and three weeks ago when we scored only six points against the Eagles fourth ranked defense.

For my money, I’m hoping the Giants can somehow find a way to beat the Bucs and head on over to Texas Stadium for a good old fashioned butt kicking. The problem is… I don’t think the Giants can beat the Buccaneers at home.

So this weekend… find it inside you to root, root, root for the road team.

Out With The Old, And In With The New!!

Happy New Year

2008 is here, and its that time of the year to make those New Years resolutions.  My resolution for this year is to finally stick to one of my resolutions for once.  I would probably have to say that I will scream less at the T.V. when watching any Cowboys bashing analyst. I started getting real bad in December. I’ll tell ya, if there was a such thing as being able to reach out and touch someone through the T.V. there would of been alot of people getting pimp slapped by me! Its a new year and time to enable a new attitude towards the non-Cowboy fan.  I give my new resolution maybe a week. I gotta set my goals small, cause this is gonna be a hard one!

Wow what a year 2007 was. It was a very memorable year for me. Maybe even one of the best. I want to share a part of my 2007 with you all that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life. Because thats what we are supposed to do on New Years day. (Reflect on the past and prepare for the Future year). 

I moved to Dallas 16 years ago from a very small town in northern Kentucky. As everyone knows there is no pro NFL team in Kentucky. The closest team to go for was the Cincinnati Bengals. That wasn’t happening for my family. My father was a die hard Cowboys fan and raised me the same.

It wasn’t until I moved to Dallas that I truly found my Cowboy heart. Living here and experiencing the love first hand was amazing. But after the years I took it for granted because I knew I would always be a Cowboy fan ’til the day I die. On August 7th, 2007 all that changed. I had to move to Denver, CO because of work for a couple of months, right at the beginning of the preseason.

I got to watch the first two games against Indy and Denver. And oh my God did we have a blast in Denver when they played the Cowboys! My Family and I were at a art festival in Golden CO, walking around town sporting our Cowboys jerseys. I thought for sure we were going to die! That day I met so many Cowboys Fans. I couldn’t believe it! I was amazed by all the people I met that were from Dallas or loved the Cowboys. I felt like I was back home!  I did meet the occasional Bronco fan that had to represent their team, but all in all they all had mad respect for the Cowboys, especially after that butt-whoopin’ the Boys put on them in pre-season.

I missed the last two pre-season games due to the fact that it wasn’t televised there and it was looking like I was gonna miss Week 1 if I didn’t get NFL Sunday Ticket soon. Even after that, I didn’t have the post game press conferences, and the locker room interviews with the players that I have been accustomed to watching for so long. I couldn’t stand it! And I had that feeling in my gut that 2007 was going to be a fantastic year for the Cowboys.

I just couldn’t fathom having to miss out on all the fun, and having to sit and listen to the local stations there talking nothing but Broncos crap. Thank the good Lord my job there was finished and we high tailed it back to Dallas for Week 4.

My point to the story is I am in awe for all the die hard Cowboys fans that live in other parts of the United States that have to go through the same things year after year. I tip my hat to you all I will make it a point to bring all you from other parts some Dallas love. Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said "There’s No Place Like Home"!

Time To Reflect

At the start of 2007, I was unsure of how the Cowboys were going to go into their next season. That heartbreaker loss in Seattle left a nasty taste in my mouth. Then Parcells holds the team hostage for weeks undecided on what he wanted to do, stay or go. He leaves, then GM Jones talks of making Jason Garrett (a former backup quarterback for Troy Aikman) a potential head coach. At that point I was thinking, ‘Jerry’s done lost his mind’.

Then comes in Coach Wade Phillips aka ‘Mr. Fix-It’, who had just came from a San Diego team that was leading the league in defense and went 14-2 the previous season to come in as head coach. Jones then appoints Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator and the pieces to the puzzle start to find their place. That is of course for the coaching staff.

Terry Glenn undergoes surgery on his knee that will place him on the injury report for what was only expected to be until mid season, but lasted until the season finale. Then there was the puzzle piece of Tony Romo. Was he was the QB for the future and could he bounce back from the muffed snap against Seattle? On top of that there was the contract talk for Romo that lasted until the middle of the 2007. Sign him now or wait? All the speculation ended on thier bye week when Romo signed his 6-year deal and became one of the highest paid QB’s in the league.

And who can forget all the T.O. talk? There were many that didn’t think Owens would make it through his first season with the Cowboys. The 1962 record by Frank Clark that T.O. broke with 15 TD’s this season will tell you that this man was breed to be a Cowboy!

Franchise records were broken left and right by this team. 11 players nominated to the Pro Bowl, one of them a so called back up that tremendously astonished me with his hard running and fight for every yard, running back Marion Barber, Jason Witten with his phenomenal season, the offensive line that gave Romo all the time in the world to throw, and that Defense! I could write on forever about D-Ware and Greg Ellis! And last but not least the rookie kicker Nick Folk! He played like he has been in the league for years!

I’m sure I missed out on a bunch of players and personnel that made 2007 such a great year. I really don’t think I have that much time to write about every mind blowing accomplishment the Cowboys had in 2007, and I don’t think I would have it any other way! Keep me busy Cowboys!! Now its playoff time, a new year and a brand new season is upon us. We have had our ups and downs. It is time now to be ‘Out With The Old, And In With The New!’

We have two weeks to get ready. Fine tune the things that got us to 13-3 this season, and get ready for the next goal. THE SUPER BOWL!! Happy New Year Everyone and may GOD bless us all with a 6th Super Bowl Win! Go Cowboys!!!

Heres a Video I found on YouTube of some Highlights of 2007 season. Some of you may have seen it already, but I found it appropriate for this blog. Happy New Year Everyone!