Times Have Changed But the Stars Remain the Same

The entire world has changed since social media took over the internet. It has brought a sense of reality that everyone really is human. I think in the beginning even I got excited to know that I was friends with a famous football player, or at least I thought it was him. Who really knows who is running the page, maybe an agent or a media manager? Heck, it could even be a cousin or sibling. At times we would find out it was someone impersonating the pro athlete we adored so much. Ahh the days of Myspace and the addiction that came with it…

Twitter and Facebook are the big thing now. With Twitter they now verify if it really is the celebrity, which I guess is a good thing. Do you really think they have time to sit down and tweet when they are in the middle of the playoffs or after a big game? I don’t know, why not. I don’t leave home without my cell phone and thats the easiest way to update statuses these days.

What if these forms of communication existed back in the day? Do you think Emmitt Smith would tweet that he has new t-shirt designs on his website or would Herschel Walker question if he was going to get traded? The whole world would know the instant Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys or that Troy Aikman had decided to retire. Back then we had to wait for the morning newspaper. Today all you have to do is sign on to Twitter or check your rss feeds and you’re instantly in the loop.

You may have seen Tony Romo’s face on the cover of a magazine or maybe you seen rumors about him on TMZ back when he was dating celebs, but you will never see Tony Romo trying to promote himself online. I know this for a fact because last year we had a run in with an impersonator who offered an interview. Luckily we got past that without much harm.

Recently, we had the honor to do a Q & A with the great Jay Ratliff. It felt really good to get such a wonderful player on our site. Jay reached out to us because he said he wanted to speak to true Cowboys fans, wow what a compliment to Lone Star Struck. Thanks again Jay!

While some people still get STARSTRUCK whenever they get to meet a professional athlete, I think these days social media has softened the excitement. We get to see personal photos and learn what they did over the weekend. We actually get a chance to be part of their lives.

Even though I believe everything I just said honestly, I’d still scream like a school girl if I was ever in the same room as Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach. No matter where the world wide web takes us, the legends will always be untouchable.

An Offseason Letter From Kelly

Every offseason we go through the same drought. After five years you would think one would be used to it. Every now and again you will find a story the media has brewed up to stir some controversy. Nine times out of ten those stories are speculation and hype that never develops.

The most interesting subject this offseason will no doubt be the salary cap issue and how it affects free agency. The draft is always exciting as well. We don’t have a high pick but definitely have some needs, anything can happen when Jerry Jones is in the war room.

This summer will definitely be a memorable one for many Cowboys fans. The great Emmitt Smith will finally claim his place in the National Football League’s Hall of Fame. We received great news a few weeks back that the Cowboys have been selected to play in the Hall of Fame exhibition game the same weekend. It seems like the best thing next to a Super Bowl party if you ask me.

Speaking of Super Bowl, how exciting is it that the big game will be played in North Texas this time around? Of course every year we die-hard fans believe the Cowboys are going to the Bowl, well our haters really are going to squirm this season aren’t they? Our expectations will be at an all-time high and no we won’t back down.

On another note, during the offseason we are continuing to think of ways to improve the site. Everyday as technology advances there are new ideas and the world wide web is constantly changing. One thing that has made this site unique and popular is our graphics. Our site was created back in 2006 on Myspace. As everyone can tell, Myspace is dwindling and losing popularity fast. Facebook and Twitter are where it’s at now, and who knows how long that will last before the next big thing arrives.

I’m going to need some fan feedback here. With a show of hands (votes) how many Cowboys fans would like to continue to see our graphics grow? Do you still use the graphics? Should we keep our graphics section open?

I know we still have many fans and followers who use our graphics daily and we are very grateful for your continued support. As a graphic designer it brings me great joy to create Cowboys themed images and to share them with the world. I just want to know if I should be focusing my creative energy elsewhere. Please take a minute to vote in the following polls so I can get an idea on what the future has in store for LSS. Don’t be shy, if you have ideas or requests please leave a comment or contact us in an email.

This is not a resignation letter but more of a “how can I serve you better” letter. We love the Cowboys and we love Cowboys fans. And for the record, we aren’t going anywhere but up! 2009 was our biggest year in the five seasons we’ve been around, we grew by leaps and bounds. Our new layout design was a big hit and we gained some excellent staff members who continue to impress every time they post. All of this is thanks to you, our fellow Cowboys fans. So to show our appreciation I am reaching out to you in hopes of making the site even better! I am looking forward to your feedback.

How ’bout them Cowboys!


Kelly Horn
Founder/Owner/Graphic Designer of

Let the Offseason Begin

Even though most Cowboys fans began offseason weeks ago, its official now that the big game is behind us. Congratulations to the Saints for winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Drew Brees, Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints worked hard all year and definitely deserved to win it all. At least we can have joy in saying we were the first team to ruin the Saints undefeated season.

In other news, I think its sad that no one is shocked that Michael Irvin was fired from his ESPN show and at the same time was accused of rape. What else can you say?

Congratulations to Emmitt Smith for his Hall of Fame induction announcement. I cheered so loud when they announced his name at the Super Bowl to do the coin toss. Emmitt has always made us so proud, I can’t wait until he gets his moment on the stage in August.

As for the Cowboys offseason, I believe it will be relatively quiet compared to recent years. I don’t think there are any players who are unhappy… wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong. A couple of players may be ‘unhappy’ but none that have earned the right to make any noise.

I am looking forward to next season, and our road to six. The Cowboys have a great chance to play in the Super Bowl which will be extra special since its in their house! And maybe I’ve mentioned this several times, but it happens to fall on my birthday. I know every year we believe the Cowboys will win the Super Bowl but I’ve got extra high expectations for 2010!

So Cowboys fans – sit back, relax and enjoy the offseason. Hopefully it won’t last too long.

A Fans Point Of View

I thought that this blog would be a little different than the last one I have written. I feel I have let my fellow writers down since I started writing for Lone Stay Struck. I never did “officially” introduce myself.

Well, I feel that there is no better time than now to tell you a little about me and my desire, passion and love for the Dallas Cowboys. Here is just a small example of what I go through each and every week as I prepare for the next game.

MONDAY: As I slowly make my way out of bed and into the shower I reflect on the game and a smile comes to my face I think to myself, WOW, The Cowboys just beat the Eagles for the third time this season, second time in a row. After a long day a work and a lot of trash talking back and forth, I finally collect my debts owed to me from the “haters” that bet against the Cowboys. I get home from work and immediately turn on sports center to catch up on the sports news of the day, and of course watch more highlights of the game. Monday is also poker night, and more trash talking and reflecting on a great game.

TUESDSAY: Out of bed and into the shower and on my way to work. Now the talk shifts to the following week’s game. I hear, Cowboys can not beat the Vikings, Favre is too good, and the Eagles don’t have Adrian Peterson. No the Eagles do not have Peterson, but the Boys still have Ware and Spencer, a comeback that causes silence.

WEDNESDAY: Had to work overnight and get home just in time to get the kids up for school and my son asks me, “Dad, do the Cowboys play today?” I feel proud as I now know I am raising my son the right way. Starting to get hyped up and excited, only a few more days until the big game. I make sure my jersey, beanie and jacket are clean and ready to be worn. Once again, poker night, and more trash talking and reflecting on a great game.

THURSDAY: Again had to work overnight, wife get kids off to school and I get to rest. Cowboy’s slippers, pajamas, cup and Sports Center to start my day. I make my arrangements on where I am going to be watching the game. Unfortunately, this time I know I have to work on Sunday so I am going to record the game and come home from work and watch it.

FRIDAY: I jump out of bed grab the phone and start calling my dad, brother and friends to talk about the game. I double check to make sure I have what I need on Sunday and make more phone calls. Hyped up and ready to go, cant’ wait for Sunday, GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!

This is just a small version of what I go through week in and week out throughout the football season. As you can imagine it can be hectic and fun all in one. Hopefully I did not bore you too much while telling you a little about me and how I make it week to week while our Cowboys make their run to the Super Bowl.

Miles Makes It All Good

Miles AustinOn Thanksgiving day the Cowboys showed us that they can be a team to be reckoned with and that WR Miles Austin can very well be the playmaker the team has been searching for over the last season and a half.

Against the Raiders last Thursday, Austin caught seven passes for 145 yards and hauled in another touchdown after being denied one minutes earlier in the game.

Austin had a field day against the Raiders’ tight man to man coverage, and ironically he could have had a few more catches had he simply held on to them.

All in all he, Austin showed us that he is back on track after experiencing some down time in the two games prior. Most importantly, he delivered a big game against a Raider secondary that ranks in the upper half of the league, and features two of the league’s best man to man coverage cornerbacks. Take a bow Miles!

Additionally, even Roy Williams hauled in a touchdown of his own, while Jason Witten made a couple of long grabs en route to yet another 100+ yard day for the Pro Bowl tightend.

It was a great game to watch as the Cowboys seemingly had everything working for them, and not just in the air but on the ground as well.

Felix Jones finally showed the explosiveness that had been lacking since his knee injury, and dazzled the crowd with an electrifying run for touchdown, and Tashard Choice made a nifty run of his own out of the Razorback formation.

Next week we go to New York for a rematch against the Giants. It’s a game that we need to win so that we can finally take control of the division, and put the NFC East race to bed.


Edited by Joe D.

Revenge is Sweet, So Is First Place

Every Cowboys game, no matter the expectations or what is on the line, gets me pumped up. But tonight, oh tonight was unbelievable!



















What a game! I have to say I am so proud of this team. They played with heart and gave everything they had and it paid off. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we also knew it was in our reach all we had to do was fight for it.

Now, all the doubters who kept asking the question if the Dallas Cowboys can win a big game have been silenced.

This was definitely a team effort and everyone got involved. Everyone on the field and on the sidelines did a tremendous job.

All night as Al Michaels and Cris Collingsworth continuously forced us to relive last December 28th, repeating the numbers 44-6 over and over, I never lost faith in this team. We all know what happened last year, we relived it in our minds over and over for months.

I will keep this short and sweet because we have all week to ride this winning streak – but I’d just like to repeat what I said yesterday – PAYBACK IS A BITCH PHILLY!

Coach Phillips

Rivalry Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe It

To some Cowboys fans it doesn’t get much worse than the Washington Redskins, to others its the New York Giants. While those are intense games and definitely rivalries, the Philadelphia Eagles are the team that really boils my blood.

Roy WilliamsI won’t go on and on about the Michael Irvin injury story that broke hearts all over America, although it really is the true root of my hatred. I won’t even talk about the infamous horse collar and Roy Williams slamming Donovan McNabb down to the ground with all his might. Rest assured I won’t mention the name that added fuel to the fire only a few years ago.

All we really have to do is go back 314 days ago when the Philadelphia Eagles crushed our dreams of making the playoffs. We had already beaten them that same season on Monday Night Football in a damn good game for the entire country to witness. All the Cowboys had to do was win and they were in. Unfortunately it never happened, not even close.

I will admit to you right here and now, I cried my eyes out. I’m not afraid to admit it. I guarantee you there were many holes punched in walls and coffee tables smashed, and sure enough even televisions destroyed.

I don’t know how we moved on from that day, but we did.

This Sunday is the day the Cowboys have been waiting for all year long. It has been 44 weeks and 6 days since the most lopsided loss in Cowboys history, oh those haunting numbers, 44-6.

Maybe the Eagles and their lowly fans have that cold day in December of ’08, but the Cowboys still own the Eagles. Sunday will mark the 100th meeting the two NFC East teams, with the Cowboys coming out on top, 55-44.

Hey, not to mention our five Super Bowl victories to their zero. Yeah that’s the die-hard fan pride coming out in me.

It’s going to be a big game that’s for sure. Is the season riding on it? Possibly. The Cowboys and Eagles and Giants are running a tight race to lead the division, leaving the Redskins in the dirt. Every game counts and division match-ups are the toughest games period.

Dallas is riding on a three game winning streak and Tony Romo has won 12 consecutive starts in November.

Cowboys EaglesInterestingly enough the Cowboys have fond memories of playing the Eagles during Week 9 of the season. Back in the glory years on the 90’s, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles back to back in ’92 and ’93. And only two years ago when the Cowboys finished the year 13-3, they defeated the Eagles 38-17. All in all the ‘Boys are 6-2 during Week 9 over the Eagles.

But honestly, the only numbers that will matter Sunday night is the final score when the time clock runs out. Us Cowboy fans know that. We know that statistics are fun and trash talk is inevitable, but in the end anything can happen… any given Sunday.

It won’t be an easy game by any means. Do we have a chance? Hell yeah we do.

I want Tony Romo leading the way, Keith Brooking firing up the ‘D’ and DeMarcus Ware looking to catch up on his sacks. Miles Austin will be truly tested and Roy Williams definitely has something to prove. Jason Witten is due for a major breakout game as well. Be confident but stay focused.

So get ready for the Sunday night show, fasten your seat belts its going to be a wild ride!

And one last thing, a message to all the Eagle fans out there – Payback is a bitch!

Defense Adjusts In Second Half

On Sunday the Cowboys played the Buccaneers and in the first half, the Cowboys defense looked a little lost to me. They were giving up gains of 7-yards,14-yards to Tampa’s running back “Cadillac” Williams. I was not sure what the defense was doing.

C. Williams gained almost 80 yards in the first half and frankly, I was a little bit worried. I do not know what the problem was, but Tampa Bay was ripping off big gains in the running game and almost the same in the passing game.

The secondary had quite a few blown coverages. Even though Mike Jenkins was solid, he did give up some big gains. On most of them it seemed as though he thought he had help. He was not playing the right technique which allowed the receiver to get inside for easy catches.

In the second half the defense clamped down on the running game, however the secondary still gave up some big catches.

The coaches really have to look at this game and see what was going on. The Giants are next and we really need to be able to shut down the run and pass.

All in all the defense did enough to help us win, however we need some big improvements.

Turn Out the Lights… The Party Is Over


It’s different for everyone. For some, the party ended in Philly. For
others it ended at the farewell ceremony. For ME? The 2008 season may
be done but the 2009 season started before I could leave the Super Bowl

While we’re on the subject, how was your Super Bowl Party? Do you have
any interesting stories to share? My friends and I went to the House of
Blues in Dallas for the DFW Big Game Watch Party. Proceeds benefited
the CAN! Academies of DFW. Our hosts were: Randy White, Tony Casillas,
T. Choice and D.Ware.  They had a nice buffet, prizes and vendors. The
hosts were awesome with the fans; signing autographs, taking pictures
and chatting. I had my picture taken with everyone but Choice. I don’t
know how he managed to get away from me a second time! I did get each
of them to autograph my helmet and Ware signed my jersey. You know that
thing is getting framed!! :)

If you haven’t heard, check out the event at Texas Stadium the weekend
of the 20th. I think it would be neat if we could make a big showing! I
found it on the Dallas Cowboys website then received the newsletter. (Sign up for that! It’s great!) Check it out and
let me know if you can make it!

So, which Super Bowl commercials were your favorites? Were there any
you could do without? I’m not going to give my opinion just yet. I will
put that in a comment later. I will say this: my favorite is
“Generations”.  Of course, I’m a big fan of all of Budweiser’s Super
Bowl commercials.

Before I go, I want to remind you that Valentine’s Day is around the corner!
Start planning for your sweetie now!

Next week, we will revisit Marty B TV, I will have pictures
to share and hopefully we are making progress on plans for the weekend
of the 20th! Plus, I should have information about an exciting
opportunity for ALL Cowboy Fans!

As our friend Roy says, “COWBOYS RULE!!”

See ya next week!

Is the bad Romo starting to outweigh the good??

I wanted to give myself some time to recover before I typed anything I would regret.  I needed to sleep on it to make sure I really felt this way.  The problem was I couldn’t sleep.  The thought that kept going in and out of my mind was: Has the bad Tony Romo started to outshine the good? 

Another game, another turnover.  In this case it was turnovers.  Make no doubt about it, this one hurt.  I will not say that the last INT was entirely Romo’s fault.  But as he said it came out of his hand so he will put that one on him.  It goes without saying: Tony is the best cowboy QB since Aikman.  That we know.  The question is can he lead this team to the Super Bowl?  Hey, 13-3 regular seasons, home playoff games and potential playoff runs don’t happen every year..just ask the Patriots.  An 0-2 post season record and at least one turnover in 15 of the last 16 games will not get it done.  It was after the first INT that I yelled out my first, “every game”.  After the third I starting to get the scary vision that Tony Romo may end up being a new version of Jake Plummer.  He can make plays with his feet, he will be exciting as hell, but he will have at least one turnover every game.  The way the defense played yesterday, and for the past month, they deserved better.  Look what Big Ben did.  I know he was at home but he made the plays to win. Before this year I would have given you two QB’s that I would rather have than Romo(Brady & P Manning).  Now, I can think of 5…with at least 8 more that are very debatable. 

Hey, the season is not over and Tony’s career can not be defined by one bad game.  He will have the next 3 weeks and hopefully more to prove he can lead the Cowboys to the big game.  But make no mistake about it.  The bloom is off the Romo rose.  A disapointing finish to this year will do nothing but make these rumblings a whole lot louder. 

We’ll Get Through It, It’s Just a Matter of Time

Sundays just don’t seem the same anymore. The hype has disappeared. Football season seems so short, just as it starts to get interesting, its over. Now we have to wait for spring and summer to pass before we get to enjoy our favorite pastime again.

But think about it…My niece Kinzie, she enjoys cheering on the Cowboys!

Preseason is in August… Training Camp is in July… then there’s mini camps that start as early as May and the NFL Draft in April. So, really we just have to get through the rest of February and March. February is half over now, free agency starts at the end of the month. Hell, by the time you get back from your Spring Break vacation it will be time to start studying the players again! See, nothing to worry about – football will be back in no time at all!

I know, I know… its not the same, but its always been this way. Maybe when you have such a good team you just can’t wait to see them out there playing again. Or just maybe when you have a great team that loses in the end when it counts the most, you just want to see them get another shot. Either way, I miss those Cowboys. I can honestly say I don’t miss the insane drama the media created for them, or that ‘one’ girl who presumably jinxed the team with a dream. But I miss the action.

I miss the escape moves pulled off by MB3 & Romo and the nearly impossible bombs that reached the end zone just in the "Nick" of time. I miss Terrell Owens’ big smile and his confidence that no one could tarnish. I miss the Helmetless Warrior and the "Ware" wolf and the Sack Monster. I miss hearing old Cowboy stars like Moose, Deion, Emmitt and Troy talk about the Cowboys before a big game, usually defending them when others would express only negative thoughts.

2007 was definitely a memorable year for Cowboys fans. Whether you choose to remember it for the good, the bad or the ugly is up to you. I, for one, will remember the great moments. I’ll remember when I first learned Tony Romo got his contract. And when he broke records, left and right. What about when Terrell Owens was named "NFC Player of the Month" last November. Yeah, I know, I’m an optimist. I always have been, and I don’t think its a bad thing really. It gets my heart broken every once in a while, but it also keeps a smile on my face and hope in my heart.


Giants and Cowboys Have an Appointment With Destiny

The New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in the NFC wildcard game, advancing the Giants to the next round. The G-men will travel to Texas Stadium to face the #1 seed Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The game will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. central standard time.

The Cowboys and Giants have met twice this year, both times resulting in Cowboys’ wins. The two teams started off their seasons with a rivalry match-up on the first NFL Sunday Night game of 2007. The Cowboys came away with a huge victory, 45-35. The 90 points scored were the most in a Giants-Cowboys match-up in history. In addition, Dallas scored the most points in a season opener since 1971, a year in which the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl Championship.

The second game played by the two teams the Cowboys also came away with the "W" with a score of 31-20. Dallas scored a touchdown in every quarter plus a field goal in the 2nd quarter. The Giants had the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than the Cowboys but just couldn’t seem to click.

On December 17th the Giants suffered a huge loss when Jeremy Shockey was placed on injured reserve ending his season. They also have 9 other players out for the year plus 10 more on the injury report this past week. They will need to really focus and bring their top game if they plan to match up against the Dallas Cowboys.

On the other hand, the Cowboys need to come into this game level-headed and full-hearted. Other than determining home field advantage and bracket spots, the playoffs give every team a clean slate. Tony Romo needs to play like he did early in the season and prove to the nation that he is among the big game quarterbacks.

If the ‘Boys do everything right and play like they did all season, with exception of the last 3 games, they’ve got it in the bag. The Dallas Cowboys have the opportunity to go all the way, it just depends on how bad they want it as a team. I have a great feeling they want it so bad they can taste it! Go Cowboys!