How to find Perspective in Total Darkness

Hey LoneStarStruckers,

This is Fred or Fredooch or whatever you want to call me. I am devastated as I am sure most of us are. Our Dallas Cowboys lost to the hated NY Giants. I will give respect where respect is due. Congrats Giants. You beat us fair and square. I am not going to sit here and make excuses for the way the Boys played. We had 60 minutes of football to prove we were the better team and we failed. So again my congrats.

Earlier I made some references to needing a change due to the fact that a 13-3 team shouldn’t lose in a divisional round. Even though I still believe that, I now can’t wait for the first preseason game next season. These next few months will be hard to swallow but we will be okay. The sad thing is that I never would of imagined this being a team that would be scratching their heads thinking that they couldn’t believe they lost to the Giants after beating them twice this past season. But enough of the Giants and enough of this season. Its over and there’s nothing you and I can do about it.

So how does one find perspective in total darkness? Well for one, it was a great and fun season. There were highlights this season that will be replayed 20 years from now. Like when Romo had that bad snap against the Rams and turned a 35 yard loss into a 6 yard first down for example. Or when Nick Folk hit that 52 yard field goal against Buffalo on that Monday Night game back in October. There were many memorable plays this season so thanks Dallas Cowboys.

Thank you Tony Romo for giving us fans one of the greatest seasons any Dallas Cowboy QB has ever had. Thank you Marion Barber for giving us everything you had every time you touched that ball. Thank you Jason Witten for catching all those clutch 3rd down catches and becoming the All-Pro TE we all knew you already were. Thank You Terrell Owens for being the game changer and TEAMMATE you have been since you became a Dallas Cowboy. That post-game interview last night where T.O. cried defending his QB made me order a T.O. jersey from the Dallas Cowboys online Pro Shop.

Thank you Dallas O-Line for blocking and protecting all season long and deservedly so, having three Pro Bowlers on that line. Thank you Dallas D-Line for all of your big plays this season. Thank you Demarcus Ware for becoming the pass rushing beast you have become. Thank you Greg Ellis for becoming the professional and pass rusher we knew you always were. Thank you Dallas corners & safeties for all those big plays and clutch interceptions. Thank you Dallas LB’s for all those run stuffs and QB Sacks.

Thank you Nick Folk for finally giving us some consistency on field goals and that clutch kick against Buffalo. Thank you Matt McBriar for another great season pinning opponents on the other side of the 50. Thank you Wade Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff for those 13 wonderful game plans. So Thank You all Dallas Cowboys listed and unlisted here for a great season but an awful end.

So its roughly 7 months ’til the start of training camp. Its gonna be a long and arduous wait. I have been a Dallas Cowboy Fan-atic since birth so bear with me if I am taking this loss a little too personal and hard.

As my friend Jorge stated to me earlier in a myspace bulletin he wrote, "And for you guys that say "Why do you care about Dallas Cowboys"? Hey, it is a primitive instinct to want to belong to a clan. We (fans) adopt a team, and in the psychological aspect of things…. We feel as we are part of that clan (favorite team). I know, it might sound stupid, but they (Cowboys) are like family. When you grow up watching a team for so many years…. they are in a way just part of your life." I couldn’t have said it better myself Jorge.

Thats how to find Perspective in Total Darkness.



What’s wrong with Roy “The Hitman” Williams? I know! I know!

I vividly remember the day, Saturday April 20, 2002. The day Roy Williams became a Dallas Cowboy. Now, myself not really being a big college fan at the time, I had heard through NFL Draft Analysts how Dallas was targeting either Roy Williams that day or Ed Reed. Most analysts stated that Roy Williams was the bigger and better suited safety, noting nothing about his coverage skills at that point. I even remember one analyst stating that Roy Williams was a shoe in Hall of Famer whether Dallas got him or not. He has Ronnie Lott’s box presence and ferrosciousness and could cover out of the slot, so said one NFL scout. So then came Dallas pick #6 in which Dallas traded down 2 places with Kansas City and then selected DB Oklahoma Roy Williams with the 8th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. I was elated and ecstatic! We already had Woody back there and adding Roy Williams? Damn, I immediately had visions of having the best 2 safety tandem in the NFL by far.

Fast forward to 2005. Roy Williams has been everything I expected. A big stout safety who is considered a spark plug on a good defense. Roy excelled his first 4 years in the league. Even starting for the # 1 defense in the league in 2003 and making his first pro bowl. He had at least one bone crunching hit in every game and led the league in interceptions as a rookie in 2002. You can safely say and argue the fact that from 2002-2005, Roy was the Cowboy’s best and most marketable player. His #31 jersey sold like hotcake’s and could be easily seen in Texas Stadium every Sunday afternoon. I myself was even guilty of this feat. I saved up $300.00 in 2003 to get my authentic Roy Williams throwback from the Cowboys pro-shop. It was my most prized possession for quite awhile.

The decline. I really didn’t want to believe that Roy’s skills were suspect. The big warning came in 2004 when Woody went down a had to retire. Roy was exposed! He couldn’t cover the deep receiver. Although Roy had great 2004 and 2005 campaigns, Roy gave opposing defenses an attack plan. Even though Roy was exposed, he was still that bone crunching hitter. He still instilled fear in opposing wide receivers that came over the middle. That just hasn’t been the case lately.

Fast forward to this season. Up until this year, I had been the biggest Roy Williams supporter. This season he has not only been suspect in coverage but he has suffered when playing in the box against the run. The last two weeks I have seen Roy take two bad angles on huge TD runs by the Packers and Lions. I even remember seeing Roy stiffed arm badly by an opposing RB earlier in the year. I don’t want to think that his skills as a football player are on the decline because he is only 27 years old and at times this season he has looked like he is 37 back there. So what’s wrong with Roy Williams you say? I have the answer or answers……… on.

Answer # 1. Confidence. Most people who have ever played the game of American football will tell you that confidence in one’s own abilities is a big factor on how the athlete plays. Lately I believe that Roy has began to question his own abilities. His ability to not only cover but to hit as well. I believe he has began to hear and believe all the naysayers and boo-birds in the media and at games and it has begun to cast doubt. Once that doubt sets in, the player becomes vulnerable and susceptible to mistakes and that’s exactly what’s been happening lately to Roy.

Answer # 2. Fame and money. The say that Fame and Money changes a person for the worse. Roy just signed a 4 year extension in 2006 making him the highest paid safety in the league. Players become totally entrenched in things on the outside and forget the things that made them rich and famous in the first  place like playing football. I believe this answer is common for many athletes in the NFL today. I honestly believe that more than half of all NFL players are in it more for the money than for the love of the game. They start to forget how hard and grueling the road to the NFL was. It’s not an easy task people. Roy is a humanitarian. He spends alot of time helping charities and foundations he has set-up. Hey you all have seen those United Way commercials. I believe this answer does not apply to Roy for that fact, but hey I could always be wrong.

Answer # 3. He just doesn’t want to be a Cowboy. I know this is a little far fetched and out there but anything’s possible. The only reason I bring this answer up is because I have tried to keep an eye on Roy this year seeing what he does on every play. There are times in the game when the defense comes up with a big play and Roy has no reaction. Like he doesn’t care. I have seen this reaction a few times. Roy, at least to my knowledge, has always been an emotional player. Every time he made a big hit or big play in the past, he has always shown alot of emotion. Same when someone else on defense had a big play. You would always see Roy be one of the first players to show some congrats. Haven’t seen that lately as well.

So there you have it. Some of you might agree with what I have to say and some of you may not. I honestly believe that if Roy was playing the way we are used to seeing Roy Williams play in previous years, this defense would be special. I have always been a great Roy Williams supporter but lately, like this whole season, its been hard to defend the guy. I would love nothing more than to have Roy turn around and start hitting some people like he used to. During the Green Bay game a few weeks ago I saw a flash of the old Roy when he came up on a running play and decleated Ryan Grant at the line after he was stood up by Canty. That was the old Roy I came to love watch play. The only time this season I saw Roy knock someone silly. Anyone out there know where that Roy is?          

Contributed by Fred the Fredooch


Legends of the Star – Don Perkins

Don Perkins attended the University of New Mexico and played running back and kick returner. He won many awards during his college career and in 1958 he led the nation in kickoff returns.
Although being initially drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1960 NFL Draft, he was awarded to the Dallas Cowboys who had signed him to a contract before the draft. The Colts were awarded a compensation pick instead.
Don immediately became the Cowboys starting running back and their first legitimate star. Along with his quarterback Don Meredith, they became the face of the Dallas Cowboys. He became the first Dallas Cowboy to rush for 100 yards in a game when he racked up 108 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on September 24th. Don was named the NFL rookie of the Year in 1961 with 815 yards rushing. He made his first Pro Bowl the following season after another big season in which he rushed for 945 yards. During his 8 seasons with the Cowboys, Don was named to the Pro Bowl 6 times and was the Cowboys career leading rusher with over 6,000 yards when he retired.
When all was said and done, he rushed for 6,217 yards on 1500 carries and 42 touchdowns. He also caught 146 passes for 1,310 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is currently third all time in career rushing yards for the Cowboys, behind Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.
In 1976, he was inducted into the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Third Time’s A Charm

 On Saturday, February 3, 2007 Michael Irving became the 10th Dallas Cowboy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the 3rd Cowboy in the last 2 years. This was the third time Irvin made it to the final round of the selection process.

 Michael Irvin, Wide Receiver

1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys – 12 seasons, 159 games

Cowboys’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 1988 draft

First rookie wide receiver to start a season opener for Dallas in more than 20 years.

Irvin’s 20.4-yards per catch average during his rookie year led the NFC

Led league with 1,523 yards on 93 catches in 1991

Had 1,000-yard seasons in all but one year from 1991-1998

In 1995, Irvin played his finest season: 111 catches for 1,603 yards. He also established an NFL record with 11 100-yard games and scored 10 touchdowns.

Cowboys made four straight appearances in NFC championship game (1992-1995) and won three Super Bowls

Finished career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs

Selected to five straight Pro Bowls

Picked for NFL’s all-decade team of the 1990s