Star light, star bright, the Cowboy’s Star I see tonight, wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. On the eve of another NFL season, I sit and stare at the most beautiful star known to man. This star however is not shining brightly in the sky above, but rather on the sleeve of a #16 Vinny Testaverde (quit laughing) practice jersey I have as part of my Cowboys memorabilia collection. As I send the wish off on it’s way, (I can’t tell you exactly what it was or it wont come true, but every Dallas Cowboys fan probably has a similar one as the new season approaches) I can feel the excitement continue to build, not just for the Cowboys but for football in general.
I need something fresh, something new to help cleanse the memory and sting of last season, especially how it ended so painfully to one of our most hated rivals, the Eagles. This year I am trying to keep my expectations to a minimum, unlike last year where I pretty much handed Dallas the Superbowl trophy before the season even started.
This season already has a different feeling to it, I think most of you know what I am talking about. Not sure what it is yet, but it is different, and I think for the better. T.O. is gone, Roy Williams the receiver is the number one man now in his place, while Roy Williams the safety is now a Bengal. Its not the lineup differences that fuel the feelings of change necessarily, but there is certainly something I feel I cant quite put my finger on.
Maybe its the quiet urgency that surrounds the Dallas Cowboys, still “Americas Team” for sure, but with such disappointments the last few years I think everyone is a bit stymied on their feelings. So I sit and reminisce about the glory days, hurt about the ones that got away and look forward to the ones still to come.
Now for all you Die Hard fans of the Dallas Cowboys, take this quick moment to Wish Upon the Cowboys Star. Make it a good one, and lets hope it brings success to our boys, and a trophy back to where it belongs.