Is A Little Objective Reporting Too Much To Ask From ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth?

Cowboys fans are well aware of the hating that goes on from the mainstream media. We see it whenever we tune in to watch the games whether on FOX, NBC or ESPN. Honestly, I’ve become so used to it that my mind just automatically filters it out now. I understand that the anti-Cowboys sentiment is here to stay and it’s not going away anythime soon.

What gets me though is one particular clown who just so happens to be a Cowboys beat writer. You would think any beat writer would show a little partiality to the team they cover, not a ton of it, but just enough to keep the fanbase appeased and feeling like hey, let everyone else hate us, at least we have this guy in our corner.  But no such luck for these Cowboys…

Our fanbase was cursed with the likes of Jean-Jacques Taylor: Cowboys Hater Extraordinaire.

It’s no surprise to most Cowboys fans that this season hasn’t played out the way most of us expected. Poor 4th quarter play and lack of concentration has added at least three games to the loss column that should have easily been wins. So instead of being 7-1 we find ourselves at 4-4.

Yesterday’s victory against the Seattle Seahawks was a must-win game for the Cowboys. If they lose that one, it’s a given that any remaining hope for this season would have been snuffed out and eliminated. So in that regard it was good win.

There were some good stories to take away from this game including the continued emergence of DeMarco Murray who posted his second 100+ yard effort in three contests. It could have easily been three straight 100-yarders, but he only got nine carries against the Eagles, but still managed 75 yards.

Anyway, back to my point…

Here is how JJT chose to open his recap of yesterday’s action:

When it was over, the scoreboard showed the Dallas Cowboys beat the sorry Seattle Seahawks by 10 points. Big whoop-de-do.

A good team would’ve trounced Seattle by three touchdowns. A great team would’ve won by even more. Your Cowboys?

They settled for a 23-13 victory at Cowboys Stadium.

Are you freaking kidding me or what???

How does ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth allow this poor excuse for a beat writer to continue tormenting Cowboys fans, rather than providing them with any substantive and objective inside opinion based on his access to the team?

I’m not asking for much… Just a little bit of objectivity and not the same kind of Cowboys reporting that I would expect to find on an Eagles or Redskins blog.

Is that really asking for too much?

I was so excited when ESPN decided to regionalize their sports coverage and launched ESPN Dallas, but now I think I’ve had enough of it. I can no longer put up with all the knocks on our team, the cruel jokes and all of the incessant snark.

The Cowboys needed a win, and they got a win, and for JJT to knock it only shows he has an agenda.

He’s being paid to cover the Cowboys, not constantly put them down and denigrate them.

We have enough outlets that do that against our team, the last thing we need is our own beat writers joining the fray.

ESPN should be ashamed of themselves… The worldwide leader in sports should concentrate on being the worldwide leader in objective reporting and professionalism.

The Roller Coaster ride continues

Roller coasters go up, they go down, they have sharp turns, they loop, and they go upside down, they go backward, they go sideways. I’ve just explained the 2011 season for the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Seahawks it was an up week as the Cowboys won, 23-13 to even their record at 4-4 and stay two games behind the division leading Giants who they still have to play twice.

Once again DeMarco Murray took over the running game against the Seahawks. He showed his quickness, his moves and his toughness as he rushed for 139 yards. He now has 539 yards rushing for the season and is averaging 6.7 yards a carry. It’s been reported that injured Felix Jones will be practicing more this week in hopes that he can play against the Buffalo Bills next Sunday, but to remove Murray from the starting lineup at this point would be wrong. Murray has given a spark to the Cowboys running game that they desperately needed. The offensive line has been opening holes and has been playing better as a unit.

With the running game working that leads to better results in the passing game. Tony Romo threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and was never sacked against the Seahawks. He had time to look for the open receiver and had the time to step up in the pocket where he seems to be at his best. As each game passes Romo’s ribs are healing and hopefully that will mean the end to him wearing his protective vest.

Injuries remain a concern for the Cowboys as once again Miles Austin left the game when he hurt his hamstring. He is scheduled to get an MRI today to find out the extent of the injury. But with Austin out it was Laurent Robinson who stepped in and continued to impress for the Cowboys as he caught five passes for 32 yards and added a  fourth quarter touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead , 20-6. If Austin is out for any amount a time it should be Robinson who takes over the starting spot opposite Dez Bryant, who caught four passes for 76 yards, but also fumbled on the one yard line when it looked like he was going in for the touchdown. Jason Witten remains the one constant in the passing game as he collected four receptions for 71 yards and a 33 yard touchdown from Tony Romo.

Once again the Cowboys offense gained over 400 yards against their opponent, but they also failed to score touchdowns on two of their the red zone visits and had to settle for two Dan Bailey field goals of 20 yards each. Bailey also connected on a 42 yard field goal and is now 20 of 21 this season.

On defense the Cowboys intercepted Seahawks quarterback Tavaris Jackson three times in the second half. Two of the three interceptions, by Jason Hatcher and Terance Newman were converted into ten points by the Cowboys offense. The third was by Gerald Sensabaugh that ended the game. Just like against the Eagles the Cowboys defense gave up a lot of yards rushing to the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch led the way with 135 yards and scored once. A Cowboys defense that had played great at stopping the run has been anything but great the last two weeks.

The Cowboys now turn their attention to the second half of their 2011 season. Sitting at 4-4 it’s going to take a tremendous effort to win the NFC East or even reach the playoffs as they prepare for the Bills, Redskins, Dolphins, Cardinals, Giants twice, Buccaneers and the Eagles.

The Cowboys roller coaster ride cannot continue like it did in the first half of the season. Some things that need to improve is the run defense, red zone offense, both punt and kickoff returns as well as getting the injured players back on the field. For those who have watched this Cowboys team know how up and down they have been all season and how many twists and turns that have happened as each game has been played. If there is more of the same in the second half of the season they are looking at an 8-8 record. I can’t write that should have beat this team or they could have lost to that team or they should beat these teams coming up. They are what they are right now and that is a roller coaster team.

 

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The Cowboys welcome three new members into the Ring of Honor

At halftime of this Sunday’s game against the Seahawks the Cowboys will be inducting three more players into their Ring of Honor at Cowboys Stadium. The three players are Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen. The last inductions into the Ring of Honor came in 2005 when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were inducted together. With the three new additions it brings the total number of players in the Ring of Honor to 18.  Then add in Coach Tom Landry and General Manager Tex Schramm.

Drew Pearson played for the Cowboys from 1973-83 and helped them win Super Bowl XII over the Broncos. He collected 489 receptions for 7,822 yards in his career, averaging 16 yards a catch and scored 48 touchdowns. Pearson was also voted into three Pro Bowls in 1974, ’76 and ’77 and was also named first team All-Pro in those same seasons. Pearson was forced to retire after the 1983 season when he was involved in a serious car accident in which he suffered internal injuries. Pearson, also known as Mr. Clutch for his big receptions caught the game winner in the 1975 playoffs against the Vikings that became known as the “Hail Mary”. He also caught two late fourth quarter touchdown passes from Danny White to win the game in the 1980 playoffs against the Falcons.

Charles Haley came to the Cowboys right before the start of the 1992 season in a trade with the 49ers and played through 1996 for the Cowboys. Some say Haley was the last piece to the Cowboys puzzle as he helped them win their three Super Bowls in the early 90’s and become the team of the decade. Haley collected 34 sacks while playing for the Cowboys and also caused the fumble of Bills QB Jim Kelly in Super Bowl XXVII that led to Jimmie Jones scoring and the Cowboys taking their first lead in the game.

Larry Allen played in 176 games for the Cowboys from 1994 to 2005. He helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX over the Steelers. He was voted to the Pro Bowl ten times while with the Cowboys and was a seven time All-Pro selection. Allen was an intimidating lineman at 6′ 3″ and 325 pounds. He also was regarded as one of the strongest, if not the strongest man in the NFL and has a recorded bench press of 692 pounds.

Congratulations to all three of the newest Cowboys Ring of Honor inductees. Their names will now hang with the other members of the Ring of Honor and will forever be part of Dallas Cowboys history.

 

Pictures provided by Wikipedia and DallasCowboys.com

We Finally Got A Featured Back!

Jason Garrett still won’t say if Felix Jones or DeMarco Murray is number one on the depth chart at Running Back, but we all know the answer to that.

Fresh off a record-setting rushing performance and the release of  Tashard Choice, Murray didn’t come close to replicating his breakthrough performance, mostly because Tony Romo had to abandon the run and play catch the Eagles.

Still, the rookie running back racked up 75 yards on just nine carries… wow.

The most important thing to remember is that what matters most is not who the starter is, but which RB gets the most carries. DeMarco Murray doesn’t have to be the starter as long as  he gets the bulk of the carries in the Cowboys’ backfield.

Eventually it will happen, and Murray will be named the official starter at running back, but not until a few bruised egos get a chance to heal.

Until then, just enjoy the ride… We finally got that featured back I’ve been crying about for the last five years on LSS.