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Fitzgerald Having Amazing Playoff Run

All I can say is that I have been totally stunned at Fitzgeralds perfomance during the playoffs so far. I was browsing the NFL site and saw these stats and facts and thought i would share them with you all. As a Cowboy fan it sickens me to see two of the teams that knocked us out of playoff contention in the Super Bowl this year. But I will have to say go Cardinals and I also have to admit that Fitzgerald is my favorite Non-Cowboy player in the NFL.

Arizonas Larry Fitzgerald is on a Playoff run that matches any other wide receiver in NFL playoff history.

Fitzgerald followed up two 100-yard receiving games in the Cardinals’ first two playoff games with another outstanding day in the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles, finishing with nine receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

His prolific run during his first postseason puts Fitzgerald in exclusive company. Fitzgerald’s 419 receiving yards during the 2008 playoffs are the most in a single postseason, since 1970, as well as the most by any player in NFL history during his first three career playoff games.

Most receiving yards, single postseason
YearPlayerTeamGamesYards
2008Larry FitzgeraldCardinals3419
1988Jerry Rice49ers3409
2003Steve SmithPanthers4404
1983Charlie BrownRedskins3401

The rest of Fitzgerald’s 2008 playoff numbers also stack up against the best. His five touchdown receptions rank second all-time (behind Jerry Rices’ six during the 1988 playoffs), and his 23 receptions are tied for third all-time, trailing New England’s Wes Welker (2007) and Carolina’s Steve Smith (2005), who each totaled 27.

Fitzgerald has one more game to reach the top of each of these lists. So lets all root for Fitzgerald on Feb.1 to get all these records. Also for the Cardinals to stomp Pittsburgh into the ground.

GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cowboys – Steelers: Good vs. Evil

As regular readers of LonestarStruck.com surely expect, this is where I’d usually post some random news and/or talk a little smack about our upcoming opponents. Considering this week’s game is against longtime rival the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’m sure many of you thought I’d unveil a masterpiece along the lines of “29 Reasons Dallas is better than Pittsburgh” or “Top Ten motorcycles that have thrown Ben Roethlisberger on his head.”

Sorry to disappoint.

I tried to do something like that but my heart wasn’t in it. Don’t misunderstand, I hate the Steelers, more than any team not from New York or Washington or a team that has a coach whose best wardrobe consists of cut up sweatshirts. But at the same time, I also have to respect them. When you look at the NFL, there are really two teams which stand out as the crown jewel franchises. One of course is the Cowboys while the only other choice has to be the Steelers.

Whenever a team is successful, you’ll find a segment of the country jumping on the bandwagon trying to feel like winners. This allegiance is always short-lived, ending as soon as said team stops winning Super Bowls. In the late 80s, 49er gear was all over the place. Has anybody bought red and gold merchandise in over a decade? When Green Bay and Denver had their brief moments in the spotlight, they garnered a smattering of nationwide support but most of that was pity and none of it was sustained over the years. As for the most dominant team of the 00s, nobody outside of New England cares one iota about the Pats except to hate them.

The only two truly national franchises are the Cowboys and the Steelers. People say that since the Cowboys call themselves “America’s Team“, that is typical of a an arrogant organization, it is also true you’re just as likely to find a Cowboy fan in Bangor, Maine or Butte, Montana as in Dallas, Texas. Likewise, “the Steeler Nation” extends far and wide as is evidenced by the waves of Black and Gold which invade road stadiums in numbers like no other.

So why do I hate them? Why can’t I establish mutual respect and leave it at that? Why does Batman hate the Joker? Why does Superman enjoy punching Lex Luthor in the mouth?

Why?

I think it might be because we are the same, but opposite. One is summer while the other is the winter. One is light while the other is dark. One is good while the other is evil. I think you can figure out which is which.

The Cowboys have always been “prime time and flash” filled with red carpet superstars. In fact we have been known to have players named “Primetime and Hollywood”. The Steelers on the other hand have always symbolized blue collar, hardworking, get your hands dirty type of team.

 Now I know the Cowboys have always been known as “one player is the franchise” or “one player is the centerpiece of our team” as most say was evident in Tony Romo this year or Terrell Owens last year going down and sent the team into a tailspin. Well, I will admit that in the 1990’s Jerry Jones put all his eggs basically in one basket when he created “the triplets”, but all they did was win 3 Super bowls in 4 years! The Steelers on the other hand have always been known as a franchise that prided themselves on one of the lowest salaried organizations and still produced great teams. They have always been about the whole being more than the sum of the parts. We may be a team known as a culture of individualism, but in the end we have as many pieces of hardware as the Steelers!

Many believe that Jerry Jones is the most arrogant irritating jackass of any owner in the NFL and you know there might be some truth to that. Jerry will admit that he and his Cowboys love living on Broadway. What is so wrong about having a team, a business, or anything that is the best it can be. The Cowboys are known worldwide in every walk of life. If you get TV or media print, you know the Dallas Cowboys!!

The Steelers say they rid themselves of evil before it tries to embed it self into their locker room or franchise. That is why the troubled Plaxico Burress is now the Giant’s problem. The Cowboys on the other hand seem to surround themselves with the “Tank” Johnsons. the “Pacman” Jones and others to just name a few. I like to think Jerry gives a great football player a second chance. Does it always work out? No not all the time but more times than not they have come to Dallas, had successful careers and ended up in Canton.

So Steeler fans, you can talk about your pure franchise, your subtle business-like owner with his “spend no money” style. I will not sit here and “knock” your team and say it is not one of most storied NFL franchises’ in the history of Pro Football. I would be crazy to think such thoughts. Just don’t knock ours because we were built on oil and not steel mills. We love Broadway and you love Pea Nut Butter sandwiches. 

Look, the moral of this story is just this. Sometimes good wins but occasionally evil is triumphant. In Super Bowl XXX  Michael Irvin and his band of madmen (as Steeler fans want to call us) handed the Steelers their lone Super Bowl defeat when as legend tells us Christian gentlemen/future astro turf salesman Neil O’Donnell was paid off by Jerry Jones threw two badly timed interceptions. Steeler fans want to believe that we are still paying for that win as we’ve never won another. That’s all fine, but after this weekend when we go into the house that steel built and beat the Steelers up; Good will then be expressed as Great and Evil will be known as “I wish I played for the Cowboys!

GO Cowboys!!  31-20

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!!

GO COWBOYS!!

 

A Win, is a win, is a win!!

I’ll take it!!! 

There is no such thing as a bad win in the NFL.  With the way things have been going around here ANY win is a good one.  This one was different.  Even the most die hard Cowboy fan (myself included) was waiting for Garcia to get a game winning TD on that last drive.  It didn’t happen.  Exhale now.  When we look back on the 2008 season yesterday may have very well been the turning point.  With visits to New York & Washington the next two games the Cowboys might not have recovered from another loss.  I know we can probably say the same thing in 3 weeks when we visit Washington.  This win was different.  There was no Tony Romo to bail the defense out.  The defense, and some Tampa penalites, saved the day and maybe the season.  We won’t know that for 8 more weeks but 5-3 sounds a whole lot better than 4-4!

From where I’m sitting:

  • Mike Jenkins- what a game!  The young CB’s really stepped up and showed they could play in this league.  If and when T New comes back  the CB position could be solidified for years to come
  • MB3 showed yesterday what a tough runner he is.  Unofficially 30 or so yards after contact.  Ran his heart out
  • I know it was only one catch but Roy Williams had the play of the game and maybe the season.  Just think if the ball was tipped in the air incomplete and the score is 6-3 instead of 10-6 at halftime.
  • Bradie James played like a man as well yesterday.  He is the leader on defense and he showed it yesterday
  • OK, not to throw cold water on a great win but the Brad Johnson tenure has to come to an end.  There is no downfield threat at all with him in the game.  Unofficially one pass deeper than 15 yards.  The Giants or any team is going to put 8 or even 9 guys up to stop Barber.  Can’t win like that.
  • Take a split in these next 2 and run.  But with the Giants at 6-1 and Wash at 6-2 and having already beat Dallas which win would you choose…..

A Loss For Words

The last four games has gotten my thought process out of whack.  I usually try to find the positives in all aspects of any Cowboy football game, but this past month has really taken a toll on my mind. 

I’m reaching and reaching for something good to take out of this past month, but there’s nothing there.

Sure the signing of Roy Williams was a plus, but after last Sundays game I felt horrible for the guy. After listening to all his interviews and how glad he was to be home, It sickened me to see how this team played to welcome him.

There… I got that out!

I am not going to vent or rant!  I’m sure everyone (including myself) has heard enough. 

 It has been sunny and clear here in Big D, but the dark cloud is hovering over EVERY Cowboy fan.  The look on a fan’s face tells it all.  It’s that ‘someone please say something wrong to me’ look.

I’ve tried to do the pep talk, saying things are gonna get better. I’ve tried the pat on the back, the sunshine and daffodils approach, but nothing. 

Literally A LOSS FOR WORDS from most everyone I have spoken to.

I myself have a few words:

Stunned, Embarrassed, Puzzled, Angry, and last but not least Ashamed.

Ashamed for the most part! Like Fred and Kelly both stated, the lack of leadership.

Soooo.. I went digging threw some vids and found some tape for the Boys to watch before they study Tampa Bay tapes! 

And also for all us loyal LoneStarStruck readers.

This video is is the creme de la creme of all things leadership should be!

The end segment of this video is the missing ingredient the Cowboys need for this team.

Bleed Blue and Silver Fans!

 We CAN turn this around!

LETS GO COWBOYS!!

 

Get Off the Ledge Cowboys Fans

What can we learn from a week 4 loss?

A tough loss? YES! Losing at home to a division rival? NOT GOOD!  Is this the beginning of the end for the 2008 season?  C’MON….NO!

If there were one team that any true Cowboy fan would least like to lose to it would have to be the Washington Redskins.  While falling to 3-1 and out of first place is not what many would have thought going into this weekend hope for a Super Bowl is not lost.  In fact, if you would have asked me before the season where we would have been after four games I probably would have said 3-1 and take it. 

With a home game against winless Cincinnati this week things may look different after next week.  What Sunday’s loss did to me was start to cast some doubts as far as the Cowboys ability to win at home.  As we mentioned last week Dallas is 0-5 in their last 5 December home games.  Three of the four losses last year were at home as well.  If we do not start dominating at home this may turn out to be a very difficult year.  Let’s face it: four of the best, let’s say six, teams are in the NFC East.  I feel confident that we will be able to get this game back and win a division game on the road this year.  But it does say something that I am more confident winning in New York than at home.  If we don’t get back to winning at home the road to Tampa may start and finish on the road.

 

From where I’m sitting:

  • Barber 8 carries, F Jones 0….we’re not going to win many games like that.  And if you didn’t think so before MB3 is the key to the offense (remember 2nd half vs Giants).  The offense will only be as good as the running game is. 
  • I have seen enough of Anthony Henry.  Not that he played that badly or did anything in particular on Sunday.  It’s time for M Jenkins or A Jones to take over at corner
  • Nitpicking here but can Andre Gurode please do a better job with the shotgun snaps..kills the timing of every shotgun play
  • Boy is Santana Moss a pain in the neck
  • 12 men on field??   After a timeout??  CMON!!!
  • I love Tony Romo.  After years of Q Carter, D Bledsoe, V Testaverde, R Leaf & D Henson it is nice to have a QB that can play.  That being said HE HAS TO STOP WITH THE TURNOVERS!  Sunday makes 7 straight games with an INT.  The 3rd qtr INT changed the entire game.  If he doesn’t start practicing ball security any playoff run will be a short one.

A Great Time To Be A Fan!

Hi Everyone!
I have been sitting on this excitement for a week! I have so much to share! Let’s start at the beginning: Open Practice!

We heard that the first 1000 fans to enter the stadium would have an opportunity to go on the field to get autographs so we got there early! 2pm early! We stood in line for hours and had a ball doing it! Eventually, they moved us from the big parking lot to a gate. That’s where Blondie found me and my son. HI BLONDIE! If you haven’t met Blondie yet, you will need cavity protection! *wink* She’s so sweet!

They opened the gates for us at 4:30 and the race was on to get in one of the many lines for autographs. We grabbed a line and parked it! My son (15) was beside himself being on the field like that. It was so neat to share that experience with him. The autograph session started at 5:30… and so did the rain! It poured on us. Within a few minutes, we were soaked from head to toe but that didn’t stop the fans! We waited in the heat and humidity to get that chance. We were determined to see it through!

The autograph session was called off before 6pm due to the weather. The second leg of the race was on then! We had to get decent seats! By this time, the stands were filling up quick! We made a mad dash for a drink, found a seat and that’s when Cowboy Fan Philip located us! What a treat!! I heard through the grapevine that almost 25,000 people attended the open practice! For a fan like me, it was an awesome experience that I won’t soon forget!

Thursday night around 10:30, my husbands cell phone rang. It was our friend and co-worker. She said to him, “Did you know your wife is on TV?” I imagine I looked stunned and confused! As it turns out, News 8 was at the Open Practice and they put me on their clip of the event! Whoa!! How cool is that!?

By this time, I also discovered that I was selected to play in the Dallas Cowboys Fantasy League! There are two divisions. My division is “Blue”. The last players standing have a chance at some cool stuff! I have been so excited about playing with them that I no longer remember the goodies! HA! I’ll keep you posted on that! We drafted Friday morning and I’m pleased with my team.

Friday afternoon, the friend that called us the night before shared the pictures she took of her TV with my husband and me. From that moment on, you couldn’t have peeled me off the ceiling with a crow-bar! I flew around the office with the speed of Super Man trying to reverse time – I had to get stuff done and get BACK TO THE STADIUM!!

I rushed home, changed, grabbed my son and we left for the game! Cowboys were playing Houston for the Governor’s Cup! We arrived about 3 hours early to find tailgate parties galore! We parked and started our walk to the stadium when we found Blondie again! We were introduced to some of her super cool friends! It was a great game! I won’t go into that part of it because I’m sure you have seen it by now! *smile* We had a lot of fun!

This slide show is from both events last week. I hope you enjoy it as much as my son and I enjoyed being there to take the pictures.

Tomorrow night, my son and I will visit Texas Stadium again for the last preseason game at Texas Stadium. I wouldn’t miss this for the world! I hear they have fantastic things plans for the Farewell to Texas Stadium. You can count on me to share every bit of it so stay tuned!

In closing, I would like to wish my wonderful husband a Happy Birthday! He’s 21 (again). *grin*

I hope to see YOU at a game this season! You can’t miss my crazy hat!
GO COWBOYS!!
Shelby

ps – Hard Knocks was at the Open Practice! Look for us tonight!


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Cowboys and Theology

You know, when you are a True Blue, Die Hard Cowboy Fan, most of the people around you just don’t seem to get it.  Those folks may support their own team, or they may even be a nominal supporter of the Cowboys, but they think your love for the team is so fanatical that it borders on being some type of mental disorder.

I have been a Cowboy fan for 35 years.  I picked the Boys as my team when I was around 5 years old.  Admittedly, I didn’t know much about football at the time but something about the Cowboys grabbed my attention.  This is made all the more interesting by the fact that no one in my family really cared about football.  I got into watching the Cowboys, and being an only child, I got my way on Sundays and was able to turn the dial to the Cowboys game.

So, I really don’t know why I became a Cowboy fan here in my home state so far away.  We didn’t have the Panthers then.  The only way I can explain my love for the Cowboys is by good old Calvinistic theology.  I think I was predestined to be a Cowboy fan.  You know – many are called, but few are chosen.  I guess I am blessed to be one of the elect.  If you’re not one of the chosen, you just won’t get it.

It was so exciting to watch them play and win.  It was devastating to see them lose. I can’t tell you how many times I cried over a Cowboy loss as a small child.  My father would look at me, shake his head, and remind me that it was only a game, but to me it seemed like so much more than that.

Over the years, as the family watched one Dallas game after another, I began to notice my father getting into it more and more. He was pretty calm during Superbowl XII when we beat the Broncos.  He was reserved during Superbowl XIII when we lost a close one to the Steelers. Me? I cried of course. But as the years went on, his interest in each game seemed to grow until in 1992, we watched Superbowl XXVII together. The Boys were awesome as they destroyed the Bills that day.  The outcome was really never in doubt. I was tearing the house down in excitement. There were great moments during that game when I looked over at my dad and, I swear to you, I could see a tear or two gleaming in his eyes. I knew at that point – he gets it. 

My dad saw the Cowboys repeat in 1993 as the Cowboys once again beat the Bills in Superbowl XXVIII.  In May of 1994, he left us due to a heart attack.  I still miss watching the games with him. 

I think it was D.D. Lewis who first said that they left a hole in the roof of Texas Stadium so God could look down and watch His team play football.  That statement by Lewis puts a thought in my head.  I know you never met my dad but see if you can picture this scene with me…….

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and my dad’s up there in heaven looking down through that hole in Texas Stadium. He’s got a comfortable chair, he’s wearing a jersey with number 81 on it, and there’s a bowl of fresh buttered popcorn beside him. To the other side of the popcorn, there’s another person watching the game as well – but you can’t make out who it is just yet.  The Cowboys are doing well this day and they just score another touchdown.  A vaguely familiar voice says to my dad, “I’m glad we had our popcorn ready.”  Dad smiles and turns his head toward the unknown man with the familiar voice.  For the first time I catch a glimpse of Dad’s companion.  He’s wearing a smartly tailored suit with a fedora on his head to top off the look.

As dad faces his friend he says, “You know Tom, I think they’re about to do it again.”

Now, if you’re not a die hard fan, you might think that’s a crazy idea I have. It’s ok if you don’t get it.  It’s a Cowboy thing.  Only the elect will understand.  The Cowboy fans who are among the chosen, agree with D.D. Lewis – there is football in heaven, and the heavenly fans are all decked out in blue and silver – with one exception.  There’s always that one guy watching the game in his smartly tailored suit and fedora.  Most of the time he looks quite stoic, but every now and then, if you look close, you will see just the slightest grin….
 

Contributed by Richard Isaacs

 

Out With The Old, And In With The New!!

Happy New Year

2008 is here, and its that time of the year to make those New Years resolutions.  My resolution for this year is to finally stick to one of my resolutions for once.  I would probably have to say that I will scream less at the T.V. when watching any Cowboys bashing analyst. I started getting real bad in December. I’ll tell ya, if there was a such thing as being able to reach out and touch someone through the T.V. there would of been alot of people getting pimp slapped by me! Its a new year and time to enable a new attitude towards the non-Cowboy fan.  I give my new resolution maybe a week. I gotta set my goals small, cause this is gonna be a hard one!

Wow what a year 2007 was. It was a very memorable year for me. Maybe even one of the best. I want to share a part of my 2007 with you all that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life. Because thats what we are supposed to do on New Years day. (Reflect on the past and prepare for the Future year). 

I moved to Dallas 16 years ago from a very small town in northern Kentucky. As everyone knows there is no pro NFL team in Kentucky. The closest team to go for was the Cincinnati Bengals. That wasn’t happening for my family. My father was a die hard Cowboys fan and raised me the same.

It wasn’t until I moved to Dallas that I truly found my Cowboy heart. Living here and experiencing the love first hand was amazing. But after the years I took it for granted because I knew I would always be a Cowboy fan ’til the day I die. On August 7th, 2007 all that changed. I had to move to Denver, CO because of work for a couple of months, right at the beginning of the preseason.

I got to watch the first two games against Indy and Denver. And oh my God did we have a blast in Denver when they played the Cowboys! My Family and I were at a art festival in Golden CO, walking around town sporting our Cowboys jerseys. I thought for sure we were going to die! That day I met so many Cowboys Fans. I couldn’t believe it! I was amazed by all the people I met that were from Dallas or loved the Cowboys. I felt like I was back home!  I did meet the occasional Bronco fan that had to represent their team, but all in all they all had mad respect for the Cowboys, especially after that butt-whoopin’ the Boys put on them in pre-season.

I missed the last two pre-season games due to the fact that it wasn’t televised there and it was looking like I was gonna miss Week 1 if I didn’t get NFL Sunday Ticket soon. Even after that, I didn’t have the post game press conferences, and the locker room interviews with the players that I have been accustomed to watching for so long. I couldn’t stand it! And I had that feeling in my gut that 2007 was going to be a fantastic year for the Cowboys.

I just couldn’t fathom having to miss out on all the fun, and having to sit and listen to the local stations there talking nothing but Broncos crap. Thank the good Lord my job there was finished and we high tailed it back to Dallas for Week 4.

My point to the story is I am in awe for all the die hard Cowboys fans that live in other parts of the United States that have to go through the same things year after year. I tip my hat to you all I will make it a point to bring all you from other parts some Dallas love. Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said "There’s No Place Like Home"!

Time To Reflect

At the start of 2007, I was unsure of how the Cowboys were going to go into their next season. That heartbreaker loss in Seattle left a nasty taste in my mouth. Then Parcells holds the team hostage for weeks undecided on what he wanted to do, stay or go. He leaves, then GM Jones talks of making Jason Garrett (a former backup quarterback for Troy Aikman) a potential head coach. At that point I was thinking, ‘Jerry’s done lost his mind’.

Then comes in Coach Wade Phillips aka ‘Mr. Fix-It’, who had just came from a San Diego team that was leading the league in defense and went 14-2 the previous season to come in as head coach. Jones then appoints Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator and the pieces to the puzzle start to find their place. That is of course for the coaching staff.

Terry Glenn undergoes surgery on his knee that will place him on the injury report for what was only expected to be until mid season, but lasted until the season finale. Then there was the puzzle piece of Tony Romo. Was he was the QB for the future and could he bounce back from the muffed snap against Seattle? On top of that there was the contract talk for Romo that lasted until the middle of the 2007. Sign him now or wait? All the speculation ended on thier bye week when Romo signed his 6-year deal and became one of the highest paid QB’s in the league.

And who can forget all the T.O. talk? There were many that didn’t think Owens would make it through his first season with the Cowboys. The 1962 record by Frank Clark that T.O. broke with 15 TD’s this season will tell you that this man was breed to be a Cowboy!

Franchise records were broken left and right by this team. 11 players nominated to the Pro Bowl, one of them a so called back up that tremendously astonished me with his hard running and fight for every yard, running back Marion Barber, Jason Witten with his phenomenal season, the offensive line that gave Romo all the time in the world to throw, and that Defense! I could write on forever about D-Ware and Greg Ellis! And last but not least the rookie kicker Nick Folk! He played like he has been in the league for years!

I’m sure I missed out on a bunch of players and personnel that made 2007 such a great year. I really don’t think I have that much time to write about every mind blowing accomplishment the Cowboys had in 2007, and I don’t think I would have it any other way! Keep me busy Cowboys!! Now its playoff time, a new year and a brand new season is upon us. We have had our ups and downs. It is time now to be ‘Out With The Old, And In With The New!’

We have two weeks to get ready. Fine tune the things that got us to 13-3 this season, and get ready for the next goal. THE SUPER BOWL!! Happy New Year Everyone and may GOD bless us all with a 6th Super Bowl Win! Go Cowboys!!!

Heres a Video I found on YouTube of some Highlights of 2007 season. Some of you may have seen it already, but I found it appropriate for this blog. Happy New Year Everyone!

 


Keeping American Football in America

Baseball has referred to as "America’s Pastime", football in the like has been referred to as "America’s Passion". No argument here, baseball has left a bitter taste in my mouth ever since the strike that took place just before the World Series in the early ’90’s. You can have baseball. Basketball is OK, but I don’t wait for the season to start like a small child waiting for Santa Claus. Don’t even mention soccer, hate it more than Major League Baseball. You can have tennis and Nascar too, but for the love of God, not football.

Recently there has been much talk about having every team in the NFL playing at least 2 games in Europe. Wait the hell up now!!!! Remember the NFLE? The league played its final season this last summer. Europe had football. They even had their own league. So why then, please someone tell me why would Roger Goodell and some of the team owners want to play regular season games overseas? OK, I might be able to see maybe one game in the entire season as a promotional type deal, but when each team must play 2 games a year, forget it.

Jerry Jones has already publicly spoke out against it. Why wouldn’t he? He’s in the process of building a $1 billion, with a "B", state of the art stadium for our beloved Cowboys to roam in. Someone tell me the name of the idiot that came up with this dumb idea. Not only that, but there has been talk of maybe even the Super Bowl being played outside the US.

I am urging everyone to write the league office in protest, Cowboy fan or not. They will be taking the "American" out of "American Football" and jobs away from the American people. Not the players, but the people who rely on 8 games worth of parking, snack stands, and security. Tell me who is going to pay for those lost wages, the American people. Why, so someone who lives in England can say ‘Jolly good Footballing there. What’s that chap’s name? Romo you say. He seems to enjoy his sporting event." Forget it, this game is American Football, point blank and we as fans, as consumers, as Americans, need to say, "Enough is Enough, leave our sport alone."

Flood your favorite teams office with letters of disapproval or send it straight to Roger Goodells office in New York. If enough of us voice our thoughts, tell them we as loyal supporters will not bless this action and will boycott the NFL if they dare try to take away our sport. Maybe they will get the message when no one show up for a home game. You can always get it on a radio or get the score the day after. Let Goodell and the rest of his followers know, WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!

So again, I urge you to write to your favorite teams office and to the league. Here are the addresses to the league office and to the Cowboys office. The more people they hear from, the less likely it will happen and tell a friend or anyone else you know that is a football fan to write and express their opinions too. For the League office, go to NFL.com , on the bottom of the page you will find "NFL Corporate" and click on the link that says "contact us".

If we all pull together, we can and will make a difference. Let your voice be heard. Here is the direct link, http://www.nfl.com/contact-us.

or better write to:
NFL League Office
Attention: Roger Goodell
280 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Article contributed by Carl Davis aka Mr Cowboy74

The Inspiration of the Playmaker

Michael Irvin accepted his induction to the Hall of Fame with heartfelt tears and the biggest smile you ever seen. I found myself crying, then laughing, smiling and cheering, what an emotional rollercoaster.

Jerry Jones’ introduction of Michael Irvin was simply perfect. You could tell he was so proud and honored to be there. He took Cowboys fans back to the 90’s and showed us how dedicated Michael Irvin really was. He gave everything on the field, up until his final game in 1999.

As Michael Irvin stepped up to the mic, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it would be an emotional speech, but I had no idea how he would touch everyone who was listening.

Irvin covered everything, from family to fans, to his faith and even the meaning of the game. He talked about his highs and his lows. He admitted that he had made some bad decisions in life and believed he did not belong amongst these great men in Canton, Ohio. But then he went on to say one of the most inspirational quotes that I will remember forever: Look Up, Get Up and Don’t Ever Give Up!

I know every Cowboy fan watching was proud of Michael, but I guarantee every single person watching, fan or not, was moved by that speech. He really stepped up and showed what a great heart he has despite the bad reputation that has followed him throughout his life.

Yes, you are right Michael, it’s more than just a game, and believe me when I say you are more than just a player, you’re an inspiration. May God bless "your latter days more than your former".

This Cowboy fan Never Takes A Day Off

OK, so it’s Baseball’s Opening Day and I bet you all think that I let my Cowboys focus rest for just this one day. WRONG, think again! Sure, I’m a big baseball fan too, but don’t think the Cowboys are ever out of sight, out of mind.

You know football fans enjoys hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, just as much as baseball fans do! And yes, I am fixin’ to have some hot dogs tonight when I watch the Cards vs. Mets on ESPN tonight.

I must say that I am a big fan of the offseason moves that the Cowboys have made so far. Our Cowboys have been the most active team this off-season, and our owner, Jerry Jones has forked over some pretty big bucks, but if that’s what it takes to improve the team, then bring it on! (sorry to use such a corny line from a ridiculous football movie) There’s no mistaking that Leonard Davis and Ken Hamlin were huge additions to the team.

As far as the whole new coaching staff goes, well what’s not to like? We have a great coach with NFL experience in Wade Phillips. But we also injected the staff with some young up and comers who are considered some of the most promising future coaches in the game! I’m talking about guys like Jason Garrett, Ray Sherman, Brian Stewart and one of my favorite Cowboys, Dat Nguyen!

We also have some second and third year players that are on the verge of becoming huge stars in the NFL, like Marion Barber, DeMarcus Ware and my sleeper pick for 2007, Bobby Carpenter! 

You want some more good news? We are looking great for the NFL Draft! No only do we have all our picks, but because our shortcomings have been solved through free agency, we will be in the position to draft the best athletes available rather than drafting to fill a need. Teams that show up on Draft Day with that philosophy most often end up with the best drafts. We are in a great position to trade up and steal the best player in the draft!

So where am I going with all this Cowboys enthusiasm on baseball’s Opening Day? Absolutely nowhere! I just wanted you all to know that I might be wearing a Mets cap tonight, but make no mistake about it people, I’m a Cowboys fan 24/7!

Now, did somebody say something about hot dogs…