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Could This Be the End for Favre?

It was reported on ProFootballTalk.com this morning that Brett Favre will not be returning to the Vikings this season.  Favre is expected to issue a press release later this afternoon. He has also started to communicate this to teammates. Reports are that Favre’s ankle has not responded after surgery and rehab this off-season.

I believe Favre said the same thing last season during training camp and a few days later he was on a plane to the Vikings complex. Could this all be true? Could Brett Favre finally be retiring? Or is this just the official start to “Favre Watch 2010″?

If this is true, then the Vikings just took a major nose dive in the preseason rankings in my opinion. The other quarterbacks on the Vikings roster are Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

Link: Cowboys Have A Solid QB Situation

In a post to Fox Sports Southwest, they look at which teams have the best and worst quarterback situations. Basically, they are looking at which teams not only have a solid starter, but also look at who would step in if that starter got injured.

They rank the Dallas Cowboys as the second best quarterback situation behind Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a different way of looking at things.

It all begins with Tony Romo, who finally won a playoff game in his fourth year as the starter.  He’s quickly becoming one of the NFL’s truly elite passers with 107 touchdowns over the last four seasons, and his yards per attempt average has dipped below eight only once in a season.  His 63.4 career completion percentage is better than Tom Brady’s, Brett Favre’s, Ben Roethlisberger’s, and Philip Rivers’s.  He could be even better in 2010 with Dallas’s most impressive array of weapons since the Troy Aikman days.  

Then there’s backup Jon Kitna and his 115 career starts.  Kitna has topped 3000 passing yards six times in his NFL days, and 4000 twice.  You won’t find many teams with a second-teamer who owns more TD passes than the four-year starter, but Romo has a couple of seasons to go before besting Kitna’s mark of 152.  That’s 259 TD passes on this team if you’re counting.

I think it’s important to have a solid backup like Kitna on the team, and though you hope you never have to use him, it’s nice to know he’s there.

Your 2010 Pro Bowl Cowboys

Sadly, the 2009 season ended for the Dallas Cowboys a couple of weeks ago, but this weekend when the Pro Bowl kicks off you might reconsider tuning in. In addition to the six Cowboys elected and Terence Newman who was added last week, two more will join the Cowboys coaching staff on the NFC roster. Andre Gurode will not be playing because of knee surgery.

Tony Romo and Mike Jenkins will play in the game due to injury of the elected starters. Romo was chosen to replace Brett Favre (ankle injury). Jenkins will replace Antoine Winfield (foot injury).

That makes a total of nine Cowboys attending this year’s Pro Bowl in Miami. Philadelphia is tied with Dallas for having the most players at the game. It is also the sixth most selections in franchise history.

StarStruck GraphicsYour 2010 Pro Bowl Cowboys:

Miles Austin, wide receiver

Leonard Davis, guard

Andre Gurode, center (injured)

Mike Jenkins, cornerback

Terence Newman, cornerback

Jay Ratliff, interior lineman

Tony Romo, quarterback

DeMarcus Ware, outside linebacker

Jason Witten, tight end

Head Coach Wade Phillips and his staff

Dallas Loses 34-3, But Did Not Choke

Well, you can’t win them all. As a person and fan, I’ve have to learn to accept that. Sometimes you don’t win the big games.

This game the Cowboys lost while it is tragic they did, you can’t win them all. There are some days where it would have been close, where Dallas would’ve won, where Minnesota would’ve won, where one is a blowout like today or a close one.

It comes down to who played the better game that day and that was Minnesota. This loss was painful, but Dallas wasn’t horrible, Minnesota was just good.

If I may, I’d like to drift off for a second. Before I realized that sportswriting was my calling, I wanted to be a lawyer like in Law & Order. Well, one of the most famous legal quotes is by Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when it came to the definition of obscenity.

“I cannot define it, but I know it when I see it.”

Well, its the same thing with Dallas. The final score of 34-3 is one that many people who didn’t watch the game would say, “Aw, they got killed! They suck! They are such pathetic chokers!”

Well, they don’t know anything. They are immature haters usually. The reality is that Dallas played a hard game, but Minnesota was just better. There wasn’t a choking moment, the Vikings just controlled the game. There was a lot of bad luck for the Cowboys.

I cannot define the difference between choking and being outplayed, but I know it when I see it, and Dallas did not choke. I can’t upload film to my computer and send ESP to you to point out where this went wrong or how this was just Minnesota playing great ball, but I can hope that you trust my instincts and believe that Dallas is still a great team.

Believe it or not, there is a lot of luck in this game, and Dallas just had some bad luck today.

What Dallas needs to do is to reevaluate themselves. Look at what needs to change on offense or on defense. They need to constantly train throughout the offseason. Preparation is half the game. Some of the best teams have had only good athletes, but they were disciplined and ready for the postseason.

Dallas was ready. I have no doubt they were ready, but they were probably inexperienced. This team now has more experience, and they will make an effort next year to go even further into playoffs. To may get that chance at a Super Bowl. To possibly get that sixth Super Bowl ring.

This was just not Dallas’ time. I truly believe that Minnesota was a team that no one could have beaten today. This team had everything going its way, and you can’t always prevent that.

Despite this loss, I am still a Cowboys fan. I love this team. I love these guys, and I’m proud of them. They seem like a team that is seriously a contender for a Super Bowl for years to come maybe.

I remember in the 1970s, one of the finest teams that was playing was the Oakland Raider coached by Hall of Fame coach and legendary announcer John Madden, was a team that was eliminated often in the postseason.

From 1969 to 1978, John Madden won 103 regular season games with the Raiders and won nine playoff games.

Before 1976 however, Madden was known as the coach who couldn’t win the big one, and his team was known as one who couldn’t finish it all in playoffs.

To paraphrase him from the 1976 America’s Game, “People say that Madden can’t win the big one. Well, before the game, tell me when there’s a little one?”

They had won big games, they had won playoff games, they hadn’t won a championship, but Madden was never discouraged because if you constantly work at it and keep trying, then you will win a Super Bowl. John Madden was very calm and very confident in his guys for the upcoming season.

He finally assembled a team that went 13-1 and won the Super Bowl 32-14. It did happen for him because he realized that sometimes great teams take a while to get it all done.

Dallas has won big games, they’ve won a playoff game, they won in December and January, so they haven’t won a Super Bowl yet, but they are on the right track for that and I believe that it will happen one day for these guys.

Even if they don’t do it next year, I’ll still be watching these guys, and I’ll still believe in them.

So, if any Cowboy reads this, know I got your back too guys.

James Williamson is also an accomplished writer for http://www.nfltouchdown.com/ and http://bleacherreport.com/

Brett Favre Respects The Star

I just read a interesting article by Matt Mosley of ESPN who got a chance to listen in on Brett Favre’s conference call with the media on Wednesday. He spoke mostly about the upcoming game between the Vikings and the Cowboys as well as some of the Vikings’ issues. Here is a brief recap.

On who is the hottest team…

“From the outside looking in, if you had to look at both teams, us and the Cowboys, you’d go, OK, aside from the fact that the Cowboys are playing at the Vikings, who is the hottest team right now? Well, I mean, no duh. The Cowboys are. In all phases, they are playing great. Their defense is playing outstanding. They are peaking at the right time, if you will.”

On his teams biggest challenge this weekend…

“I mean, this is the playoffs. Rarely can you play badly or average and win. So, we are aware of how we need to play. In the fact that we are playing maybe, in my opinion, the hottest team in football right now. Just from a confidence level, from just watching them play, they are making plays, they know they are making plays, they are confident.”

Final thoughts on the Cowboys…

“You can see it, you can feel it. They just had that air about them that they couldn’t be beaten. So Dallas is playing like that right now. They are feeling it. “

Third Times A Charm – Vote Romo!

For the third time this season Tony Romo is up for FedEx Player of the Week at NFL.com. Now come on Cowboys fans, get your votes counted! You can vote as many times as you like, so get to clicking!

Also, Romo winning is more than just for show, if he wins $1,000 will go to Safe Kids Coalition in Dallas.

VOTE HERE!

VIKINGS QB BRETT FAVRE, EAGLES QB DONOVAN MC NABB & COWBOYS QB TONY ROMO; TITANS RB CHRIS JOHNSON, JAGUARS RB MAURICE JONES-DREW & TEXANS RB RYAN MOATS CANDIDATES FOR FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HONORS

Fans To Vote For Winners On NFL.com FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams’ Markets

Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, DONOVAN MC NABB of the Philadelphia Eagles and TONY ROMO of the Dallas Cowboys are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 1 – 2, while running backs CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, MAURICE JONES-DREW of the Jacksonville Jaguars and RYAN MOATS of the Buffalo Bills are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.

For a second season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown” posted exclusively on NFL.com/FedEx starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network’s RICH EISEN and MARSHALL FAULK host the weekly five-minute show.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• Minnesota’s BRETT FAVRE passed for 244 yards and four touchdowns completing 17 of 28 passes at Lambeau Field in the Vikings’ 38 – 26 win over the Green Bay Packers.

• Philadelphia’s DONOVAN MC NABB threw three touchdowns, completing 17 of 23 passes for 240 yards in the Eagles’ 40 – 17 win over the New York Giants.

• Dallas‘ TONY ROMO completed 21 of 36 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 38 – 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• Tennessee’s CHRIS JOHNSON gained 228 yards on 24 carries including two touchdown runs of 52 yards and 89 yards in the Titans’ 30 – 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Jacksonville’s MAURICE JONES-DREW carried the ball eight times for 177 yards and two touchdowns (80 and 79 yards) in the Jaguars’ 30 – 13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

• Houston’s RYAN MOATS carried the ball 23 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans’ 31 – 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids off the field. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements through its 10-year partnership with Safe Kids USA.

VIKINGS QB BRETT FAVRE, EAGLES QB DONOVAN MC NABB & COWBOYS QB TONY ROMO; TITANS
RB CHRIS JOHNSON, JAGUARS RB MAURICE JONES-DREW & TEXANS RB RYAN MOATS
CANDIDATES FOR FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HONORS
Fans To Vote For Winners On NFL.com
FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements
On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams’ Markets
Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, DONOVAN MC NABB of the
Philadelphia Eagles and TONY ROMO of the Dallas Cowboys are the finalists for
the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 1 – 2,
while running backs CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, MAURICE JONES-DREW of
the Jacksonville Jaguars and RYAN MOATS of the Buffalo Bills are the finalists
for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST
on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL
Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air &
Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national
non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children –
by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding,
allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for
pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and
street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
For a second season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown” posted
exclusively on NFL.com/FedEx starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the
nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and
expert analysis. NFL Network’s RICH EISEN and MARSHALL FAULK host the weekly
five-minute show.
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:
•   Minnesota’s BRETT FAVRE passed for 244 yards and four touchdowns completing
17 of 28 passes at Lambeau Field in the Vikings’ 38 – 26 win over the Green Bay
Packers.
•   Philadelphia’s DONOVAN MC NABB threw three touchdowns, completing 17 of 23
passes for 240 yards in the Eagles’ 40 – 17 win over the New York Giants.
•   Dallas‘ TONY ROMO completed 21 of 36 passes for 256 yards and three
touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 38 – 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
•   Tennessee’s CHRIS JOHNSON gained 228 yards on 24 carries including two
touchdown runs of 52 yards and 89 yards in the Titans’ 30 – 13 win over the
Jacksonville Jaguars.
•   Jacksonville’s MAURICE JONES-DREW carried the ball eight times for 177 yards
and two touchdowns (80 and 79 yards) in the Jaguars’ 30 – 13 loss to the
Tennessee Titans.
•   Houston’s RYAN MOATS carried the ball 23 times for 126 yards and three
touchdowns in the Texans’ 31 – 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl,
FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground
program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids
off the field. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads
each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements
through its 10-year partnership with Safe Kids USA.

Brett Favre Tells Vikings No

We all have heard the rumblings about Brett Favre who was just released from the Jets about 10 days ago possibly signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

We now have Brett’s answer and the answer is no. Brett over a phone call told the Vikings he will be staying retired and therefore not playing in the NFL this season.

Brett had a chance to stick it to the Packers twice a year for however many years he decided to play, but I guess the Hattisburgh, Mississippi scenery and the fresh air persuaded him to stay away from the bright lights that is the NFL.  He’ll just sit back and enjoy his family, but then who could really blame him for that?

Three MVP’s, seven division titles, a Super Bowl,  and the all-time consecutive start streak… the guy has accomplished so many great things and we will miss him.  

I will personally miss the improvisation that was Favre’s game, a true master of creativity.

Good bye Brett, you had a great run and we as football fans will miss you dearly from this great, great game.

So Long and Farewell Texas Stadium

This place has come a long way!!!

From Big Tex to Bob Lilly. From great leaders like Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, and the Triplett’s… Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Micheal Irvin. Texas Stadium will always be remembered as not only the stadium with the hole in the roof, but she is a star among stars.

Showcasing some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. From Tony Dorsett’s record breaking 99 yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings to Emmitt Smith’s rush into history becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. It is also home to 3 NFC championship game victories, and some of the world’s greatest fans, including the late Wilford “Crazy Ray” Jones, the greatest fan ever!

It is home to not only the NFL’s elite, but the world’s most beautiful and entertaining Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders! She even appeared in the intro on the 80’s drama “Dallas”.

And who can forget the memorable performances for the Salvation Army campaign on Thanksgiving day, and the electric performances and appearances by such stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eagles, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and the Jonas Brothers. Not to mention today’s stars like Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and Marion Barber. It is also the place where the legendary quarterback Brett Favre never won a game.

There is only one thing left to say about Texas Stadium. “It is home” and will always be home. It’s the signature to stars and a place where lives were changed and legends were made. She will always be missed hosting games to the world’s greatest football team ever – The Dallas Cowboys!

So long and farewell Texas Stadium.

 

Written by Cowboys fan Terry Monroe

Luckless in Lambeau?

This Sunday, the Packers will host the Cowboys at Lambeau Field for just the sixth time in the history of the two clubs.  At Lambeau, the Cowboys have never tasted success.  Our record against the Packers has been great when we play them at Texas Stadium and we have had wins against them at Milwaukee (where the Cheeseheads have occasionally played some home games).

In the five previous meetings at Lambeau, here’s how things turned out:

Nov. 13, 1960 – Cowboys 8, Packers 41

Dec. 31, 1967 – Cowboys 17, Packers 21  (the Ice Bowl)

Oct. 8, 1989 – Cowboys 13, Packers 31

Nov. 23, 1997 – Cowboys 17 – Packers 45

Oct. 24, 2004 – Cowboys 20, Packers 41

As you can see, the Boys have been pretty luckless in Lambeau so far.  Will Sunday be different?  I think so.  It seems as if last season and this one have both been seasons of “firsts” and “lasts” for the Cowboys and our young leader, Mr. Romo.  Personally, I think the key to victory in Green Bay this Sunday will be the arm of our young Wisconsin native.  Perhaps it will take a young man who grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin to break the jinx of Titletown, U.S.A. and warm up the “Frozen Tundra” for a first Cowboy victory.  So – no pressure Tony – but we’re countin’ on ya.

The Packers don’t have Brett Favre anymore.  We all know that.  To paraphrase the Packers management, “The Favre Train has left the building.”  He now plays for the New York Bretts, leaving the reigns of the Packer season in the hands of Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers has looked good thus far, but the season is early, and the Packers haven’t played a team with the kind of talent the Cowboys have. 

Also, Rodgers did look good when he replaced Favre last year against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium – just not good enough.  Many in the media are singing the praises of the new Packer starting QB – calling Lambeau field “Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.”  However, like Bill Parcells once said, “Let’s put away the anointing oil.”  It’s early.  Romo may have something to say about who the real sheriff in town is.

Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood?  I don’t think so.  Perhaps we, as Cowboy fans should sing the song together and add a new twist.   Hopefully, you are old enough to remember the original show on PBS.  If not, here’s how it goes with a final change to the ending:

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Won’t you by my…

Won’t you be my…

VICTIM!!!!!

Fair warning to our dear “neighbors” in the north – you’re going down.  Go ahead and nail up the sign “Cowboys Owned” over the Lambeau label.  The “Favre Train” has left the station and the current “Rodgers Trolley” just doesn’t have the “umpf” to pull the hill.

Lucky Number 13

It was announced today that Greg Ellis will join the dozen other Cowboys in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl next month. Ellis will replace the Bears linebacker Lance Briggs on the roster.

It was thought by many that Greg Ellis was snubbed when he was not selected for the Pro Bowl this year. He had a career year and was also named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

This is Ellis’ first Pro Bowl selection in 10 years. Congrats!

The 13 Pro Bowl Cowboys 

Starters:
WR Terrell Owens
TE Jason Witten
OT Flozell Adams
G Leonard Davis
C Andre Gurode
OLB DeMarcus Ware
K Nick Folk
*QB Tony Romo
**S Ken Hamlin
Backups:
OLB Greg Ellis
S Roy Williams
RB Marion Barber
CB Terence Newman
* – Likely starter for Packers QB Brett Favre, who has announced he will not play in the game.
** – Named as a backup safety but will move into starting lineup for late Redskins safety Sean Taylor.

Info from dallascowboys.com

Romo Named NFC Player of the Week

That’s right people, if you haven’t already heard the buzz Tony Romo has been named NFC Player of the Week. What an honor, it’s his second time to get the award this year and his fourth time in his short tenure as a starter.

In my opinion, no one is more deserving. Romo is breaking records all over the place and proving to everyone that he is one of the elite QBs in the league. Last week’s game had been talked about for months. But with Brett Favre leaving with a couple of interceptions and an injury, and Romo leaving with 19-of-30 completions, 309 yards and 4 touchdowns, no one could have predicted that outcome.

This has been a magical year and it starts with the brightest star in Dallas, Mr. Tony Romo. Anyone who ever questioned his abilites surely won’t do so now. He has proven himself time after time, and as long as he keeps playing with all of his heart, you can rest assured it will lead to nothing but victories. Just sit back and enjoy the show Cowboys fans!

By the way, Rom has also been nominated for the FedEx Air & Ground Offensive Player of the Week at nfl.com. You can vote for him here.