Weekly Game Balls: Week 11

For the most part it was one ugly game. But there were some worthy contributions that stood out among the disgust that most of us felt until the last drive of the game. With that said I present you the game balls of week 11.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Marion Barber.

All week we heard about Jerry Jones wanting to give Felix Jones more carries. However, it was Marion Barber who delivered. It was almost as if he had something to prove.

Barber rushed 20 times for 99 yards in addition had one reception for 8 yards.

We enjoyed seeing the beast come out in you MB3, keep up the good work!


This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Keith Brooking.

Keith Brooking has been simply amazing. Week in and week out he is out there on the field giving 110%. You can even spot him on the sidelines giving pep talks and cheering on his teammates. Oh where have you been all our football lives Keith?

Brooking finished the day with four tackles, four assists and a sack.

Keep leading the way Keith!


Way to go to Marion and Keith!

Honorable Mention: Patrick Crayton’s winning touchdown.

Weekly Game Balls: Week 4

Sometimes its hard to find anything positive from such a heartbreaking loss, however several players did play well and for that they deserve to be recognized.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Sam Hurd.

Sam Hurd, who has been nearly invisible offensively this year, zig-zagged his way down the field on 4th and 3 to set up a chance for the Cowboys to win last Sunday.

Hurd finished the game with 62 yards on 3 catches. He made up most of those yards his 3rd catch, a 53-yard gain.

Sam was also thrown to twice in the final seconds but could not secure the ball. He was covered by the Pro Bowler Champ Bailey.

We are likely to see more of Sam Hurd with Roy Williams injured this week.


This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Bradie James.

Bradie James was a beast out there. He helped give the Cowboys a chance in the game.

With the offense sputtering, the defense was needed to step up and Bradie led the way. With the exception of the Brandon Marshall touchdown (in which they couldn’t tackle), the defense gave Denver quarterback Kyle Orton all kinds of pressure.

James finished the game with 6 tackles with 2 assists. He also had 1 sack and a fumble recovery.


Congratulations to Sam and Bradie for their outstanding play.

That was a game the Dallas Cowboys should of won. Kansas City is next, hopefully the Cowboys will give us an overwhelming win and that should make it more satisfying to give out game balls next week.

Runners-up: The Entire Defense

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Yes ESPN, we fans realize the Cowboys just won against the struggling (now 0-3) Panthers. Carolina played a lot better than anyone expected, mostly in the first half.

Several guys stepped up in this game, so I’d like to give credit where credit is due.

I’m talking specifically about Patrick Crayton and Tashard Choice on offense. Crayton made several very crucial plays, and kept his head in the game, playing smart football all night long.

Choice, who I believe should have started the game, came away with 82 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown plus a 2-point conversion. If not for a bone-headed move by the rookie 3rd tight end, John Phillips, Choice probably would have had another TD. In addition, after the game he had a very impressive interview on the field with the ESPN analysts.

Defensively, Keith Brooking, Jay Ratliff and Terence Newman really excelled tonight. In the beginning Newman didn’t look so hot, missing tackles and looking foolish and aged. However, his interception for a 27-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter reminded us why we love him.

I must admit I am falling head over heels for Mr. Ratliff. Who would expect our nose tackle to get the first sack of the year? Why not when its the beast who is known as JRAT.

As for Brooking, what a wonderful acquisition for the Cowboys. Brooking, a strong, solid veteran linebacker, led the team in tackles tonight with five. It seemed like every time the defense came in, I found myself cheering his name.

Special teams also deserves some props. It’s been way too long since we could say that. Well done Coach Joe DeCamillis, well done sir.

I just wanted to rant about ESPN for a minute, and say that despite the opponent – I am proud of this team and what they did tonight. I believe it was a well-deserved win and they worked hard to earn that “W”.

Then again, I am just an optimistic, biased Cowboys fan. 😉

Marion Barber’s Future In Dallas

Ok at the end of 2007 I was a full out supporter for Marion being the starter, but at the end of 2008 I would just like him to be featured in the 2nd half again and on our 2nd and 3rd and shorts again.

Dont get me wrong I love Marion to death, it’s just that it takes him the whole first half to warm up and get to running like the beast he is. Which brings me to the question that has been plauging me since I had the oppurtunity to watch Felix Jones and Tashard Choice run. That question is “Will Marion Barber return to Dallas after 2009?”.

My personal opinion is that if Felix “The Cat” stays healthy this season and runs like he did at the start of 2008 and Tashard “The Peoples Choice” embraces his oppurtunities like I know he can then I dont think Marion will be in Dallas in 2010 because we can’t keep 3 good rb’s all 3 of them would be highly wanted in the league.

So for 2010 I believe our rb lineup will Felix Jones starting and Tashard Choice backing him up and Alonzo Coleman or some similar half-way decent rb at 3rd string.

This is probably my biggest thought I want to hear your opinions about so please comment and let me know how you feel on this situation.

Am I Just a Confused Cowboy Fan or Just a Confused Writer?

For 30 years I have been following the Dallas Cowboys and last Sunday, I just became confused a little I think.

Was it just me, or did it seem like the Buccaneers morphed into their own version of the Dallas Cowboys? Those penalties at the end of the half that allowed the Cowboys to stay alive on their way to a touchdown is exactly what we Cowboys fans have been witnessing for a while now.

It was refreshing to see it could happen to another team!!

I can’t remember the last time I saw a Dallas Cowboys team that fired up, emotional and intense. They were close last year against the Packers but weren’t able to maintain it through the second half. Last Sunday, the Cowboys kept that intensity up for almost the entire game, but this is what really counts: At times they executed on offense most of the time and the defense led by a “bunch of no names” were on a mission! You can be the most fired up and crazy team in the league but it doesn’t matter if you aren’t executing throughout the game. Sunday they were very close to playing a complete game.

Even though he failed to register a sack, DeMarcus Ware was a beast on Sunday. He was a force against the run and consistently putting Jeff Garcia on the ground. The only reason the Cowboys didn’t have more sacks was because of Garcia’s freakishly quick release, which most of the time was flinging the ball into nowhere. Perhaps the most amazing part of Ware’s day was the effect he had in pass coverage. Several times Ware dropped back in coverage to take away the quick slant across the middle and twice he made a play on the ball, once almost nabbing an interception. The fact that Ware played every single down on defense makes his day look that much better, especially considering he was still getting good pressure on the final drive.

Now I have to say Cowboys fans, we are faced with the very real possibility of having Mike Jenkins, Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball as our top three cornerbacks next week. If Anthony Henry is ruled out against the Giants it is almost guaranteed that we will sign a corner during the week for depth purposes. Just don’t put all your hopes on Ty Law, which is a name getting thrown around. He wants starter money to play and you can’t pay someone that much to be a depth player, no matter what his pedigree may be. Jerry does do some crazy things though.

Marion Barber may not have had a great day statistically, but he almost singlehandedly willed this offense forward. Imagine what he might be able to do if the offensive line decided to actually start blocking for him.

Brad Johnson. Watching him play you have to question the play calling and offensive scheme. Defenses’ are stacking the box against the run, knowing that right now Johnson doesn’t have the ability to get the ball to his receivers downfield. So you ask yourself why not more slants, comebacks, dink and dunk stuff? Well for one, he hasn’t been accurate on those either. I do know this: If I can guess that we are about to run a screen or dump off to Barber on third and long, I’m pretty sure the defense can as well.

How much of difference would Felix Jones make if he came back this week? It will make defenses play a whole lot different that’s for sure.

I am not really getting my hopes up on that though!

Sunday was a perfect example of why Wade Phillips is a great defensive coordinator and just a decent head coach. Now we will never know the extent of how much control Wade took from Brian Stewart but there was definitely a difference in how the defense looked. Still hate seeing those corners’ playing so far back.

Sunday’s performance is why Zach Thomas was brought in, as he played an outstanding game. If we don’t make mistakes and the defense comes to play?

21-20 Cowboys!!



Anyone there?

Heya Cowboy Fans out there! How is Everyone doing out there? Well if your anywhere near where I am, then your probably not doing very well. So it seems as if StarStruck has become a little speechless after yesterday’s decimation of our beloved Cowboys. I haven’t seen a butt whoopin that bad since the Boys whooped on the Bills in Super Bowl 27. Everything started off great. Marched right down the field, T.O. got a reception, Barber was Barbarianing the Rams Defense and Brad Johnson looked 15 years younger. Then came 55:00 minutes of the worst Cowboys football this decade.

Speechless, really speechless. Thats the only way I could explain what happened yesterday. We were utterly dominated for 55:00 minutes. And then when we did get something going, we did something to shoot ourselves in the foot. Wade Phillips has done a really POOR job of getting this team ready to play. We have been pushed around and dominated for 3 weeks straight. This team seems soft and docile. Just like the coach. I even heard some TV broadcasters call the Cowboys the Dallas Cupcakes due to the unphysical and unemotional way they played. The only guy that deserved his paycheck yesterday was Demarcus Ware. The guy is a beast!! Marion Barber played good as well but he had a costly fumble early in the game.

I hate to say this guys but its becoming very obvious and apparent whats wrong with this team. We have no REAL leaders on this team. No one on this team that calls people out when they play like crap. We dont have that Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin type player on this team. We have a bunch of guys that just hang their heads when they get punched in the mouth. I remember during the Superbowl heydays how both Michael and Troy would be berating players on the Cowboy sidelines when they were playing poorly. It was unnacceptable and thats whats missing from this team. Terrell Owens has tried to repeatedly take this position on this team but all it does is bring him controversy from some fans and the media. There is T.O. becoming T.O. again. That is total B.S. and for any real Cowboy fans to think that is ludicrous. T.O. has the right idea but I just don’t think guys on this team respect him as a vocal leader due to his past.

This coming week against the Bucs is the season folks. I know it’s Week 8 and it’s early and everything but this is the breaking point. The guys on this team need to do alot of soul searching this week and fulfill the potential that comes with playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones even called out his team after yesterdays game and called it one of the worst losses in his tenure as Cowboys owner. Yesterday’s game brought back memories for me of the Chan Gaily/Dave Campo eras. That bad……. Anyways, I will be at the Boys and Bucs game this weekend. I have been to 6 Dallas Cowboys home games in my life. They have never lost any of the games I have ever been to. So maybe the boys need me this weekend. :O) I am coming guys. Give me some pads and a helmet and I will give it my all. Yeah right, maybe in some Disney movie. Anyways guys, I know hope is bleak but I know there is still time to turn it around. I will bet the farm that Tony Romo plays. If I ever see a Brad Johnson pass again it will be too soon. That guy was under throwing, over throwing and just plain throwing some ugly ducklings yesterday. The back-up QB postion needs to be addressed and it need to be addressed soon. Brad Johnson is no where near the answer.

So keep your chin up Cowboy fans. I will be there this weekend. I am on my way to save the Boys season. So wish me luck, cause lately it seems like we are gonna really need it.





….Also home of triple digit heat, overheated vehicles, and insane construction workers that get payed bukcooo bucks to brave these elements!

I am one of those insane workers! Minus the overheated vehicle. But here lately though, that’s all you tend to see on the highways here. I feel so bad for these people. One minute you’re cruising down the road,  AC on full blast, jamming your favorite tunes…  and BLAM!!  You’re having to pull off to the side of the road and sweat your tail off in one hundred and ten degree heat.

Ha Ha! Better you then me suckas!  As I fly on by!

Naw, just kidding!  I feel for them. I really do.

I’m in this heat everyday, so I can relate to them. Those of you that live here too know what I’m talking about!  The Heat Is Definitely On! 

Thanks to Glenn Frey for making that song back in the 80’s.  He has had the privilege of keeping that song stuck in my head all day long!

OOHH Wuu UTT Ohh..OOHH Wuu UTT Ohh!!

Stuck in your head now, huh? 

I was singing it on my way through Arlington today for my bi-monthly progress photo of the new stadium. Since they first broke ground I have been periodically snapping photos every couple of months to record the progress. When its all finished I plan on making a collage to pass on to my family. It will be cool to show my children, their children, and their children’s children’s… etc. how the new stadium came together.

As I’m driving down Collins St. right beside the stadium, I noticed they tore the fence down that was running parallel with Collins. I caught my first glimpse of how incredibly awesome this place is. It didn’t seem like a closed up beast waiting to break lose anymore. It was free to roam! My eyes would not look away to watch the road! I was in a trance, but still in the back of my mind I kept hearing that dang song (The Heat Is On)! 

Now my mind is just going crazy with visions of this monster being finished, and the anticipation of seeing the ‘Boys take the field for the first time in this place. I had to find a spot to pull over before I ended up on the side of the road waiting for road side assistance or worse yet, getting back out in the heat.

I pull over to a place that once used to be a bank, but now is converted into a Dallas Cowboys Stadium Preview Center. I’m thinking – I’m in there man! Bet they got cold AC in there!

As I’m turning in, the heat was on again!  I’m greeted by a security guard that was drenched with sweat, and very pissed off!  I’m thinking,…Am I supposed to be here? Rut Roo!

I ask him kindly if I could go in and check out the Preview Center.  To my surprise only season ticket holders and those that were wanting to purchase season tickets could go in.  He seemed very hush hush. I tell the guy I’m a general contractor and was wanting to talk to someone about getting in on the fun those guys were having up top on the dome! He laughed and he made it a point to let me know I’m Nuckin Futts!  So I try and use my other credentials and tell him I write for and I’m here to take a few pics!  He laughed again and told me media is not allowed anywhere near the stadium.

I guess Jerry must have some secret things he doesn’t want out just yet!

So I rolled up my window, cranked the AC to high, and got up outta there before he makes an attempt to make me sit out there in the heat with him.

No Way Dude!

I’m Die-Hard, but I’m not insane!

I hope that guy is getting paid well!

The stadium is looking great guys and gals!  They are making wonderful progress! I can’t wait to see my paver stone sitting in the ground at such an amazing spectacle!  

Have a excellent week everyone! 


OH yeah….

For those that care, I will be outta pocket next Tuesday. Me and the fam will be traveling to Tampa Bay next week to visit my daughter, and chill at the beach for five or six days!

I’m getting outta this heat for a bit!

Yeah… I know… I’m gonna be in Buc country!  Should be fun tho’! 

I’ll be sporting my Blue and Silver swim trunks with the Star on the Backside!

I wonder how many Buc’s fans I can get to Kiss My <BLEEP>!!!


“No Need To Stand And Applaud”

Please, Please…Take your seats! 

Yup, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. I have risen out of the nasty stench left behind from our ‘Boys 2007 season exit.  Sorry for the long absence. It has taken me seven months to digest the playoff loss and pass it like some bad fish at a cheap sushi bar!  

 I’m feeling better now!

I’m ready to get pumped up for this upcoming season!!

So I take back what I said!…Everyone get back up outta those seats, pump your fists, raise the roof, and get ready for another Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Run!  Time to ‘Unleash The Beast’!  They’re not gonna know what hit ’em!

Training Camp 2008 

Training Camp is just three days away. Players are preparing to leave, reporters are setting up shop, and Oxnard, CA. is on “High Alert” because of a Dallas Cowboys invasion. I’m so happy for the fans in that area to get another chance to witness history. San Antonio was supposed to have us locked up for a few years, but certain circumstance kept that from happening.

So glad for you all!

You have been blessed with not only the opportunity to see the greatest team in the NFL preparing for the upcoming season, but the opportunity to witness history in the making.

The Cowboys are preparing to enter their final season at Texas Stadium and there’s a strong desire to enter this season with Super Bowl hopes. For a lot of people out there its Super Bowl or Bust. 

 Not mad at ya a bit!

What better way to enter a new home then to have the proper pillar in the foundation. That proper pillar is the soon to be sixth Lombardi trophy. With the talent that we have locked up, there’s no other reason not to think this team will go all the way.

The Cowboys have made some moves, and locked up key guys that can dominate this league for many years to come. The pursuit of perfection and urgency is held so high in the air, it is bound to smack fear into all opposing teams that stand in our way. This is our year… our time.

I’ll be watching Hard Knocks.  I’ll be watching for you Oxnard fans to represent with class and embrace the moment.  We Are America’s Team! 

Hold up some “HI CHUCK” posters for me!  Ha Ha 

What Are Some Of Your Expectations For Training Camp?

I would like to ask you all to let me know what you would like to see addressed in training camp. Me personally, I would like to see special teams addressed the most. 

If Adam Jones gets reinstated, I’m eager to see the return game improve. Having a good return can take the edge off of a two or three score lead early in the 4th quarter with us trailing. I would like to see a long touchdown return and make it easier for the offense to come back in that situation. (hence the Patsies game last year.)  I’m sure we will have those games. We always do! 


 Rest The Vets!

Get the younger guys primed and ready. There’s no reason to push these 6 + year guys to the breaking point. One-a-days are enough for these guys (unless willing), but the main focus needs to be keeping these guys healthy. 

It’s a long season, and with the Terry Glenn saga still continuing, backup QB doubts, and a young receiving corps (Minus T.O.), we are only one injury away from worry.  

I have faith in the coaching staff and the organization to make the right decisions to get this team ready to get started on the right foot. 

I wanna hear from you guys… LOUD AND PROUD!!!!


Always A True Cowboys Fan

I know that today’s loss to the division rivals has everyone completely distraught. Honestly I am speechless, but I know that I should say something and give everyone a place to get things off their chests.

This hurts. After a record-breaking season filled with such promise and hope, the season comes crashing down. Someone had to lose, and you can argue many reasons why we were the ones that had to say goodbye. But I think rather than count the ‘ifs’, maybe we should look back at the season.

What a wonderful year. Its been a blast. Think about it. Look at Jason Witten, what a year he had. Remember the helmetless run! We could learn alot from that warrior. I guarantee he will hold his head high and not look back at the mistakes, but learn from them and move forward.

Terrell Owens had a wonderful year as well. Marion Barber had a hell of a year, and really a wonderful first half in his first game as a starter. We found a kicker we can finally trust. And we learned we have many offense weapons.

Take a look at the young defense we have. DeMarcus Ware, oh what a beast! Then you throw in Chris Canty and Bradie James, the future looks bright. These guys are only going to develop. Greg Ellis, the sack monster, had a shocking year and went home with an award he can be damn proud of. We have great things to look forward to in years to come.

I know that Tony Romo is going to take a lot of criticism. He’s now 0-2 in the postseason and some may question his abilities and his big contract. But I wont give up on him. It was his first year as a starter. He started off with a bang, and continued to break records and collect wins.

But somewhere in the last part of the season it began to dwindle down. I dont know why, I dont know how, but it did.

I truly believe he has a gift. If he can overcome this, he will be even better next year. What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.

This team has come a long way. Some may even call it a rebuilding year. A new head coach, many new staff members, a new quarterback…. the list goes on. I’m sure we will pick the season apart for weeks to come. But it won’t change the outcome.

The season ended today but our love for the greatest team in the country – America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys – did not end. Hold your head high, wear your colors proudly.


God Bless,


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