What Is A True Fan?

It seems anymore this off-season as I scour the NFL website, the Cowboys website and due to a recent news drought even ESPN’s website I have noticed a question that a few people seem to be asking alot and it’s one that I’ve been asked at my job a couple of times before. That question can be asked many ways but the most common is “What makes someone a true fan?”.

The way I see it is that if you must ask that question then I can almost say that you are not a “True Fan”. I have seen various answers for this question but the one answer that bugs me the most is a simple answer that I hear too much is that you watch all 16+ games they play.

Well, that’s not the way I see it, and im sure for some people that may suffice, but not for me and hopefully not for any True Blue fan and any True NFL fan.

Here is the way I see it, a ” True Fan” is someone that when they wake up one of the first things to hit their mind is whats going on with my team today and closely followed by whats going on in the NFL as a whole today.

Number 2 on my description of a “True Fan” is that you watch the pre-game, game, and post-game and that you watch every other game you can of other teams to scope out who’s playing well for their teams so you can make predictions for when your team plays them.

Number 3 is that there is never such a thing as talking to much about your team and the first thing you think of for a conversation is your favorite team.

Number 4 is that the off-season is not viewed as just another time of the year and you do not stop talking about your team just because its not the season. It should be viewed as more time to talk about them and review how your season went.

Number 5 there is no such other thing as liking another team, you may respect them but NEVER like them because then in my eyes your viewed as a traitor.

Number 6 last but not least there is NO such  thing as too much apparel and collectibles of your team.

It has been awhile since my last post and that has mostly been due to me registering for school and making 3 youtube videos which 2 of them i am proud to say have broken 100 views and 1 has broken 150 views. So I hope that this post will do for my first one in a while so be sure to comment and let me know your outlook on a “True Fan”.

Third Place in the NFC East?

Seeing how training camp hasn’t started, and the NFL Network needs a continuous stream of new stories to run, football predictions always finds it’s way into their programming lineup.

That’s exactly what the topic was between Deion Sanders, Jamie Dukes, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp the other day.

The panel talked about what we lost and what we gained. Mostly it was about no T.O and how Roy Williams isn’t that good. And of course a dash of Romo bashing for good measure.

All in all it was basically the Boys’ have a long road in front of them. Jamie Dukes said “11, 10 win team” while Faulk, Sapp and Sanders said “8-8/9-8, third in the NFC East.” Brian Baldinger said the same a bit later, with Rich Eisen questioning all of it.

The truth is we lost a good wide-out/headache and this is really Romo’s time to shine. But by far we’re not a third place in the east.

To me the whole NFC East is hurting right now. The Eagles lost their team leader in Brian Dawkins, the Giants lost Plaxico, and the Redskins…they’re the Redskins… they suck.The table so far is wide open. Even the Skins might have a chance, the way things look.

We can say anything right? The last thing we should worry about is what others think… 

Lets prove the NFL world wrong by being the greatest team in the world.

Let’s Go Boys’!!!

Fantasy Questions

Hello everyone! I just wanted to take the time to write a short post this weekend and wish everyone a great weekend. First off, I would like to announce my intentions of having a supplement article every week that would answer questions about Fantasy Football. My goal with this, is to answer questions about rules, beginner questions, and anything else that you guys might come up with. I really would like to see folks have the most fun that they can have and even coax some of the newbies into the water. Id love for you guys to jump in and make the Lone Star Struck Fantasy League conducive to not only beginners, but to EVERYONE.

If you guys have a question, please email me at macabredanse@yahoo.com with a heading stating Fantasy Question. I will do my best to answer all questions and will also direct you to reference material if available. I’d especially love to answer questions about Dallas Cowboys players! Id really love for EVERYONE to get in on this. We could have a lot of fun with this. So anyhow, I hope the rest of your weekend is awesome and i wish you guys all the best. Take care!

The Cowboys Got A Lot Riding On Roy Williams

That title may actually be the biggest understatement of the year…

While many of us fans wait anxiously for the start of another football season, some of us can only hope and wonder what the receiving corps will be like without the enigmatic Terrell Owens stealing the show.

This new brand of Cowboys will now feature Roy E. Williams in the starring role, a role he is all to familiar with from his days with the Detroit Lions.

The Cowboys have a lot riding on Williams, especially after signing him to a five-year, $45 million extension almost immediately after they traded for him. In that trade, the Cowboys gave up a ton of draft picks.

In a recent article by Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN, several former Cowboys weighed in on Williams…

Troy Aikman claimed the trade for Williams would be “one of the biggest busts in the history of the league” if Williams didn’t become a dominant receiver. Emmitt Smith recently hinted that the Cowboys have no explosiveness in their passing game now that Owens has been banished. Deion Sanders also has shown about as much love for Williams as Rush Limbaugh displays for Democrats. Sanders openly questioned Williams’ work ethic.

When asked to respond, Roy Williams said,

“I don’t know why those guys started thinking I can’t play. I guess I’ll just have to show them what I can do.”

That goes without saying, but so much of a wide receivers success depends on the guy whose job it is to get the ball in his hands.

Last season, that didn’t happen as often as it should have. In fact, Williams ended his season with Dallas with a disappointing 19 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown in ten games. Let me break that down for you even further, he averaged just 2 catches and 20 yards per game!

The time has come for Roy Williams to put up or shut up.

The Cowboys have their entire season riding on Williams. They have invested a great deal of time, a boat load of money, and a lot of valuable resources on him. They have even adjusted the roster so that he can perform without any distractions. They are giving him every opportunity to succeed, and now it’s up to him to perform up to all those lofty expectations. The time for trash talking and boasting has come to an end.

Even Tony Romo is spending extra time with Williams so that they can finally get on the same page and put last season behind them. Romo has a lot riding on Williams too.

As a die hard Cowboys fan, I feel a nervous tension whenever I think about our receiving situation. I have so many questions, and all of them are still unanswered because only the upcoming season can do that.

I just hope that Jerry Jones knows what he’s doing…

Best Ever Dallas Cowboys

Last night I was watching the top ten Dallas Cowboys of all time on the NFL Network. Although I agree with most of the top ten, I did not agree with the order of some of them. For example they had Michael Irvin ranked higher than Emmitt Smith. Excuse me?? Emmitt was all-everything and should have been ranked higher.

So I started thinking about the best ever Cowboys. But instead of ranking them one through ten I thought about their positions. Who was the best at their positions? The Cowboys have played 49 seasons so that is a lot of players. My first thought was that this would be an easy list. Then I sat down and started writing and well, it was not that easy! I could have just listed players who I’ve seen since becoming a fan, but I wanted to go beyond that. So I went back in time to the 60’s and 70’s then worked my way up to right now. This is what I came up with and of course this is just my opinion and is open for discussion.

QB – Roger Staubach

RB – Emmitt Smith

FB – Darryl Johnston

TE – Jason Witten

WR – Michael Irvin

WR – Drew Pearson

C – John Fitzgerald

G – Nate Newton

G – Larry Allen

T – Eric Williams

T – Rayfield Wright

DE – Harvey Martin

DE – Ed (Too Tall) Jones

DT – Bob Lilly

DT – Randy White

LB – Lee Roy Jordan

LB – Chuck Howley

LB – DeMarcus Ware

S – Darren Woodson

S – Charlie Waters

CB – Mel Renfro

CB – Everson Walls

Once again, this was more difficult than I thought. I left many players off the list. We all know this is an organization full of stars. I’m sure some of you are wondering why I didn’t select other players like…

Troy Aikman

Tony Dorsett

Robert Newhouse

Jay Novacek and Doug Cosbie

Bob Hayes

Mark Stepnoski and Tom Rafferty

John Niland

Jethro Pugh

DD Lewis and Ken Norton

Cliff Harris

Terrence Newman, Dennis Thurman and Cornell Green

All great players, but I had to make a choice. I also did not include some players that put up some good numbers, but I didn’t consider true Cowboys like Charles Haley, Deion Sanders and Terrell Owens. I guess when it comes right down to it the Dallas Cowboys have the Star on their helmets for one reason…because all the players are Stars.

Cowboys Stadium

Everything I’ve heard about the new Cowboys Stadium and everything I’ve seen, it looks like an incredible place. Maybe one day I’ll be able to get down there to enjoy it. Take a look at this video I found on DallasNews.com. It’s the creation of the stadium from the very start back in 2006.

http://www.dallasnews.com/video/dallasnews/sports/index.html?nvid=366654

I also found these pictures on NFL.com from the ribbon cutting ceremonies at the new stadium. You can really see just how large the big screen is from a few of these pictures.

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d81088aca

Fantasy Football Running Back List

Hey everyone, I hope everyone has had a good week since my last post. A lot has gone on in the Dallas Cowboys organization this week. With T.O. running his vapid mouth again, to the Greg Ellis situation, we sure have had a lot to talk about. I recently watched a feature on NFL.com which was  a round table discussion with Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, and Marshall Faulk. They seem to think that Dallas is going to have a hard time winning 8 games this year. Lets hope that they are wrong. I personally, don’t care about ANYTHING Warren Sapp has to say about anything. Heres hoping that the Cowboys are the sleeper story of the next NFL season. I really need something to shut up the haters that live in my part of the world. The Baltimore/Washington DC area….Enemy Territory.

Anyhow, getting down to business at hand, I promised to start with the Fantasy ranking of each position. As preseason comes around, some of these rankings may change, due to injuries and other factors. I am going to start with the rankings for Running backs. I will be doing a top 12 list for all positions, due to the fact that most Fantasy leagues that I have played in have about that many teams competing. The numbers I put up in this article are based on LAST Season.

  1. Michael Turner (ATL) – I may get flak for putting him at the #1 spot for this season, but I think that his numbers might be better than Adrian Peterson’s. This guy was a beast in every aspect of Fantasy football last year. Turner ran for 1,699 yards and scored a hefty 17 touchdowns for the season. He rarely fumbles, only losing the ball 3 times. He gets lots of touches in the Falcons offensive scheme and makes the most of them, averaging 106 yards per game.

  2. Adrian Peterson (MIN) – This guy is a beast in every aspect of Fantasy football. He had 20 rushes over 20 yards last season, and also pulled together 1,760 yards rushing for the season. This guy is a workhorse if there ever was one. The only downside to having him as your main running is that of all the premier Running backs in the league, he only scored 10 touchdowns all season and also coughed up the ball 9 times.

  3. Clinton Portis (WAS) – Even though he plays for the hated Redskins, Portis is a solid 1st round pick. He gets a lot of touches and averages about 4.5 yards per carry. He rushed for 1,487 yards last season. Portis can sometimes be streaky though. Last season, he exploded in the beginning of the season and kind of dropped off when the Redskins imploded last year. He also only scored 9 touchdowns. Bottom line, Portis will give you good numbers.

  4. LaDainian Tomlinson (SD) – In past years L.T. was almost a sure bet for being the #1 overall Fantasy draft pick. However it is widely speculated that his performance is dropping off. I don’t know if I agree with this consensus, but it does seem to be a fact. Tomlinson ran for 1,100 yards last season and put up 11 TD’s. He didn’t have the carries that he usually did, due to injury, and if he stays healthy this year, he is definitely someone you want to pick up in the 1st round.

  5. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – He had a great season last year averaging 5.5 yards a carry and putting up 1,515 yards for the season. He was limited to only 273 carries but managed to score 18 times. His Fantasy numbers were great last year, the only question is, Will he be able to repeat the same success as last season?

  6. Brandon Jacobs (NYG) – Jacobs is a bulldozer of a running back, he ended up in opponents end zones 15 times last season, and averaged 5 yards a carry. While he doesn’t get the carries some of the other premier backs do, he definitely makes the most of them. If he is still on the board in the 1st round by the time your pick comes along, he might not be a bad choice.

  7. Steven Jackson (STL) – Although Jackson has had some injury issues in the past, he still gets the ball quite a bit with St. Louis’s receiving a liability. He got 253 carries last season and scored 7 times. Averaging 4.1 yards a carry isn’t anything to scoff at, but he also lacks that great offensive line. That being said, I expect Jackson to have a better season this year than last year.

  8. Thomas Jones (NYJ) – Jones got off to a very slow start last year, however got his game going good at the end of the season. He rushed for 1,312 yards and put up 13 touchdowns. However it remains to be seen if he gets his contract woes fixed. With a new head coach and a new QB in Sanchez, I expect the Jets to rely heavily on their running game, very similar to the pre-Flacco Ravens.

  9. Matt Forte (CHI) – Forte had some impressive numbers last season rushing for 1,238 yards and putting up 8 touchdowns. I might have even put him higher on the list. Hard to tell what his production will be next year. I do expect him to get more touches and have, at least, a slightly better season than last year.

  10. Chris Johnson (TEN) – One of the only reasons why I put Mr, Johnson towards the bottom of this list is because of how heavily he has to share the ball with Lendale White. Lendale seemed to get most of the goal line carries and took a lot away from the value of Johnson. Even with that being the case, He still put up good stats. 1,228 yards rushing, and 9 TD’s. Had he have gotten those goal line touches, he may even be in the top 5 RB’s in the league.

  11. Brien Westbrook (PHI) – Westbrook’s numbers have declined in the past few years, however what he lacks in touches, he makes up for in receiving. He put up a total of 14 TD’s last year and rushed for just under 1,000 yards. He might not rush more yards than some running backs but he is a dual threat and that makes him worth picking up.

  12. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) – Jones-Drew is an up and comer and possibly should be higher on this list. He should get more carries this year than he did last year. Even with that being said he still put up 12 touchdowns with only 197 carries. If he gets another 50-80 carries he will put up huge numbers.

Okay so there you have it. Remember these lists aren’t gospel. If you know someone with a crystal ball that can read the future, you might want to check in with them. I hope that this article, at the very least, gives you something to think about for your pick for your running back. What do you guys think? Who are you hoping to pick up? Any sleepers out there that you might be able to pick up on the sly? Let me know. As always, I wish you guys the best and have a great weekend.

HELP! True Blue Fan Stuck in Bear Country…

I have been a Cowboys fan since the late 70’s early 80’s. Unfortunately I am stuck in Illinois, an hour and half away from Chicago, in a little town of about 15,000 people. So needless to say most of the fans here are Chicago Bears fans. Some of my best friends are major Bears fans. Everywhere I look I see that annoying Bears head.

I drive around in a yellow truck. So I stand out. But my truck is decked out in Cowboys emblems – steering wheel cover, mats, a big true blue sticker on the back.

The offseason has been very trying this year. I had to hear all the crap about T.O. and then listen to the talk about Jay Cutler. OK, they finally have a decent QB but they will still stink. HA. Anyway this is my first and I hope many blogs about the Cowboys.

OK lets talk about the Cowboys and T.O. since I mentioned that. I was a little upset that they released him. With all the injuries to everyone last year, I don’t think the offense had time to click. Roy Williams was hurting, Tony was hurting but I don’t think would really admit it. I would have loved to see what the offense would have brought this year. Tony, T.O., Williams, Witten, Barber, and Jones. I would just had to say WOW. I know T.O. would have complained about the ball not coming his way, but we will never know what would happened.

Now lets really see if getting rid of T.O. was actually a move to make the team “Romo-friendly”. What exactly is “Romo-friendly” anyway? Oh well, we will see.

I bleed Blue and Silver throughout my veins. I have converted my fiancee also. I have a little one on the way too. Another Cowboys fan in this Bear town. I’m getting the numbers up. Ha Ha. Thanks for reading.

– Aaron “DoughboyCowboy”

Cowboys Pick Up Three Players

Today the Cowboys added three more players to compete for positions.

Defensive End Derreck Robinson, former Dolphin

Tight End Scott Chandler, former Charger

Wide Receiver Mike Jefferson, former Bill

Derreck Robinson was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. Robinson, 27, has played in 23 NFL games with the Chargers. Robinson played under Wade Phillips in San Diego when he was the defensive coordinator. The defensive end didn’t play last year and the prior year he was on the Miami Dolphins team. 

Scott Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers during the 4th round, pick 129 overall, back in 2007. Chandler is 23, has had a horrible run with injuries. He spent 2008 on in the injured reserve. He was a receiver in college and moved to tight end during the fall of 2004. The Chargers waived Chandler April 27th.

Mike Jefferson was in Dallas last year. The 26-year-old receiver was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was later released in 2008 just before the season began when the Cowboys reduced the roster to the final 53. He cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad the next day. At the end of October the Cowboys released him from the practice squad. He was picked up by the Bills in January this year, but later waived on May 21st.

In total the Cowboys now have 83 players on their roster. The Cowboys have two more weeks of organized team activities and a mandatory mini-camp in mid-June. Training camp begins in San Antonio on July 29th.

Cowboys Extra Points: Expectations

extrapts2Anthony Spencer will be the Cowboys starting strong outside linebacker with Greg Ellis out of the picture. The Cowboys didn’t officially cut Ellis but they gave him permission to seek a trade and sent him home from OTAs. Whether you agree with the move or not, it’s time to let go of Ellis.

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Rodney Hannah has a broken hand and was unable to participate in OTAs. The tight end was on the practice squad in ’08 and is looking to battle for a spot on the roster behind Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett. Poor Rodney, great athlete but this may hurt him with a fresh rookie tight end competing with him for the spot.

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The Detroit Lions picked up former Cowboy Tra Battle from waivers yesterday. The cornerback will join the team next week for workouts. Obviously the Cowboys didn’t see much in Battle.

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Rookie Asaph Schwapp was arrested last week at Dallas Love Field airport for carrying ninja stars. The young fullback collects martial arts weapons and was said to be very cooperative with police. He’s unlikely to make the team but this story was interesting (or was it).

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Jerry Jones has high expectations from his players as they open up the new stadium this upcoming season.

“This building could have been built for two-thirds of the cost, but it was about expectations. And I expect every player who ever walks on this field to play above their level.”

I think most of the players feel the pressure and expectations that come with beign a Cowboy, plus walking into that new beautiful monster of a stadium, hopefully it gives them ambition and motivation to give %150.

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Here’s an interesting one… A blogger for New York’s Newsday wants his readers to rank the NFC East quarterbacks. Of course most of his reader’s are listing Eli as number one. Give me a break! See the article here. Of course (most) New Yorkers aren’t going to give Tony Romo his due, but you and I and everyone else knows that Eli Manning is not the best quarterback in the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

It’s now official Cowboys fans!

Our brand spanking new stadium was christened during a special ceremony yesterday attended by a small throng of special dignitaries.

Hundreds gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday including Jerry Jones, Wade Phillips and other members of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.

Plenty of former Cowboys were also on hand including Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan,  Mel Renfro, Rayfield Wright, and Cliff Harris. Even the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were there for the festivities.

There were plenty of fans too of course, and what would a ceremony be without a bunch of city officials and politicians getting their faces on camera.

All who were there, watched as the glass retractable end zone doors opened for the first time in an awe inspiring moment.

After 49 seasons, the Cowboys will now take possession of their new home.

The $1.1 billion dollar, state-of-the-art stadium is now the new standard bearer for the ultimate sports mecca in the world.

Here is a video I found on You Tube which shows some of the fanfare and celebration.

But if you want to see the official 30 minute video which captures the whole event from start to finish, just click on this link.

Tuesday’s OTA Notes

Here are a few updates from Tuesday’s practice.

Jason Garrett seems to be a little different during practice so far in 2009. Yesterday he actually got mad at Jason Witten when he had a false start, yelling…

“get me another tight end!”

The same thing happened when a false start was called on Leonard Davis.

 “Get me a new right guard!”

It was reported that Davis walked over to Garrett and said something, but Garrett just ignored him. Wade Phillips pulled Davis from the first team for one play because of the false start.  There is something about this that I like. Many people have said that this team is too soft and we all know how many penalties they have been called for in recent years. Most of those penalties were at the worst possible times.

Although it has been reported that Tony Romo and Roy Williams have been working a lot together. In yesterday’s seven-on-seven drills they were not on the same page as they missed on several passes. Looks like they need to keep working. Which is what these OTA’s are all about.

Sam Hurd was the latest to hit the injury list with a sore quadriceps muscle. It is not believed to be anything serious. This goes along with injuries to Isaiah Stanback (torn meniscus), Rodney Hannah (broken finger), Tim Anderson (toe), Jason Hatcher (knee), Kyle Kosier (foot) and Nick Folk (hip).

Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick received first team reps opposite Terrence Newman. Mike Mickens has yet to attend the OTA’s until he officially graduates. DeAngeloSmith has worked at corner and safety. Newman broke up multiple plays on Tuesday while also coming close to intercepting a Romo pass that could have gone for a touchdown. Fifth round pick safety Michael Hamlin has been getting praise from coach Brett Maxie for his play and he also calls him a sponge. Everything that is asked of Hamlin, he then takes it onto the field and performs at a high level. 

The Cowboys released cornerback Tra Battle and defensive tackle Casey Tyler on Tuesday.

A new twist to the Cowboys offense was when the first team scored in the red zone on a Marion Barber halfback pass to Patrick Crayton.

It’s still early, but I’m starting to like many of the things I’m reading about the Cowboys. I especially like the toughness from Garrett and Phillips. I think that is what this team needs. They need to be coached and praised when everything is working, but also called out when things are not working. I really hope that not being in the spotlight (Hard Knocks) this season will help them. Keep working guys. It will all pay off in the end.