Go Away! I’m Die-Hard & You’re Just a Hater

I’m not a trash-talker. I love Cowboys football but I don’t love getting into a pissing contest with a fan of a different team, especially if that team is a rival of my own. What makes it even worse is when that person isn’t as passionate about their team as I am about mine.

I was tagged in an image on Facebook not too long ago by a loved one. It was bashing the Cowboys and the person thought it was hilarious. Come to find out she doesn’t even watch football and her claimed team sucks worse than mine!

hatersIt is frustrating when my team is playing awful and losing games, but I have never once thought of abandoning them.

Is there anything that you have loved your entire life? Is there something that your family and friends see and are instantly reminded of you? Do you schedule your life around it? (Many of you are answering yes or you probably wouldn’t be reading this post.)

Maybe I’m just not up for ridiculous debate. Actually I’m all about standing up for things I believe in, but bashing something that I don’t even care about? Nah, that’s not my style.

But that’s my view on many things. I don’t attack people for their beliefs, whether its religion, politics, whatever. But some people will go out of their way to start trouble, and even some others that enjoy arguments. You know what, more power to them. Just leave me out of it, thanks.

I’ll just be over here in my little happy world smiling because your bullying antics aren’t going to work on this Cowboys fan. Keep it real people.


Who Would Leave You Starstruck?

How many Dallas Cowboy fans have met a player and was so in awe that you where Starstruck?

My granddaughter asked me if I had ever met a player and if I passed out. Well, I didn’t pass out, but close to it when my parents surprised me by being taken back stage when Danny White was singing in Tulsa.

I couldn’t speak.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Daryl Johnston and I talked to him about the picture I brought to sign of his first touchdown.

Another time, Ken Norton Jr. asked me about my Zuba pants when he was signing my football card, and Nate Newton was a sweetheart when he signed a picture for me.

That made me wonder, what player would actually leave me Starstruck now?

I would have to say it probably would be Emmitt Smith, Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware. I don’t think I would be speechless, but I sure would be shaking in their presence.

What we want to know is which current or past player would leave you Starstruck?

Tell us your Starstruck stories.

I know I am not the only fan that has had that experience, so please share your own experiences with us. I can’t wait to hear your stories.

A Bad Ending for A Great Prospect!

In watching the pre-season games this year a few names have stood out, but the one I was really excited about was Raymond Radway.  It seemed he had what it took to win a spot on the roster and in the final 3 seconds of preseason, his year abruptly ended with a bad break. 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Raymond Radway was perhaps three seconds away from making the Cowboys’ 53-man roster. Radway, the undrafted rookie wide receiver from McKinney, suffered a broken left fibula and tibia and will have surgery immediately after the team returns to Dallas.

ESPN reports that Radway’s fibula and tibia are broken.  I hate to see anyone on either team hurt in a game I’m watching but in looking at that play, I could tell it was going to be a bad one!  God speed Radway!  We hope you have a fast recovery, and look forward to seeing you out there again in a Cowboys uniform!

Cowboys Third Rounder DeMarco Murray Is Ready For Prime Time

The Dallas Cowboys drafted running back DeMarco Murray in the third round of the this year’s draft.  I was surprised and pleased.

DeMarco attended the University of Oklahoma.  In his first game in 2007 he rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns. He became the first player to score four touchdowns in a half in his Soomer debut.  He also entered the OU record book when he had a touchdown run of 92 yards.   Let me put it this way, he tied Adrian Peterson’s freshman touchdown record in 2007 with 15, that should sum up how talented this young man is.

  • All-Time Leader in Points scored (390)
  • All-Time Leader in Touchdowns (65)
  • All-Time Leader in All Purpose Yards (6,718)
  • All-Time Leader in Receiving Yards for a Running Back ( 1,571)

Most importantly with no fumbles!

He said in a recent interview,  “I also got to see Adrian Peterson for a year there. And he demonstrated how hard he worked – even when he wasn’t getting the ball. It’s just about hard work and that mind-set of competing”

DeMarco grew up being a Dallas Cowboy fan.  He was born February 12, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Murray attended Bishop Gorman High School, where he was an all-conference pick three consecutive years.  While he played at Grandview his team was 3-time Conference Champions. DeMarco earned All-state honors and Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year award.  He was considered on of the top running backs in his class.

“Everyone overthinks it sometimes or at some point or another. You just have to relax, slow down and let the game come to you. You have to trust your eyes. Your eyes won’t lie to you. Trust your eyes; trust your keys and trust your technique and it all takes care of itself. The more reps you get can also helps. But for me it’s film that helps me the most. Even mental reps can help you see others’ mistakes so you don’t make them.”

Sounds to me like DeMarco does his homework and will give 100 percent to the team.

When asked about  injuries he replied:.

” Some say you use your thighs or hamstrings more because your knee hurts. I just think it’s all a part of God’s plan. We have no control over injuries. Its just part of life; you can walk down the street and twist your ankle. I’m just blessed to have had the career I’ve had. “

When asked what he learned most playing in college:

 ” That playing the position of running back is not just about running with the football. You have to be able to protect the quarterback. That’s one of the biggest things that was coached at Oklahoma and we worked on it all year as well as catching the football. You want to be an every-down back and not just a first-, second- or third-down back. You want to be a player that the coaches have trust in you to carry the ball as well as catch and block.  I just continue to work hard and take pride in blocking for the quarterback and catching the ball.”

The Dallas Cowboys signed Murray on July 29th to a four-year contract worth $2.97 million including  signing bonus worth $622,000.

We wish the best of luck to DeMarco and I know he will be a asset to the Cowboys!

Southern California Draft Party ’11 (UPDATED)

Attention Cowboy Fans! There’s still a chance to get your tickets to the biggest draft party in Southern California!

You are invited to attend the 2011 Draft Party in Southern California hosted by So.Cal Dallas Cowboys Fan Club along with Maximum Sports Connection. This is a rare opportunity to meet two Dallas Cowboy greats, Nate Newton and Larry Allen along with current players Tashard Choice and Victor Butler plus many others and special guests. In addition there will be tons of giveaways including Cowboys memorabilia and ticket packages for two games in 2011.

Saturday April 30th, 2011

Sky Fox Lounge
345 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

– Party with over 1500 Cowboys fans
– 3 Levels of Fun
– 1st floor is Free and open to all the public (Free entrance)
– 2nd floor open patio (Open to the public)
– 3rd floor VIP with Players and Meet and Greet (Ticket needed to enter)
– 3 Fully Stocked Bars
– DJ
– All Ages
– Free Parking
– Tons of Prizes
– Grand prize raffle: 2 tickets to Cowboys @ 49ers or Cowboys @ Cardinals
– Gear and memoribilia provided by The Dallas Cowboys and Maximum Sports
– 500 Limited tickets will be sold

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$50 per person (Limited tickets available!)

Final Mock Draft of 2011

This version of The 2011 Cowboys Mock Draft has Jerry wheelin’ and dealin’ as usual, only this time, he comes out smelling like roses. Yeah, I know. Completely unrealistic already. Well, read it anyway and see what ya think. I used my usual rankings at: however, this time I looked around to see what other teams could be doing as opposed to going strictly by the rankings. Trade values are standard and can be checked here:

Remember this is just for fun and maybe we can all learn a little about some of the athletes entering the league.

*Note* The first number represents the round of the draft and the number after the decimal represents the overall number of the pick.

Now on to the draft!

  • 1.9 **TRADE TO ST. LOUIS** St. Louis selects Julio Jones WR Alabama
    St. Louis sees AJ Green go too early to make a realistic move. Trading up to #9, where their second choice, Jones, is still available makes perfect sense for a young team in need of a play-making wide receiver. Dallas makes it interesting by trading picks 1.9, 3.71 and 6.176 for The Ram’s 1.14, 2.47, 4.112 and 7.216. St. Louis now owns picks 1.9, 3.71, 3.78, 5.145 and 6.176.


  • 1.14 **TRADE TO SAN DIEGO!!!** San Diego selects Cameron Jordan DE Cal OR JJ Watt DE Wisconsin.
    Both New England and San Diego inquired about pick #9 but both decided it to be too costly. Again, at 14, Dallas fields offers and San Diego comes out on top, while still having picks in the first three rounds. Dallas trades 1.14 for The Charger’s 1.18, 3.82 and 6.183. San Diego now owns picks 1.14, 2.50, 2.61, 3.89, 6.201 and 7.234.


  • 1.18 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
    Castonzo and/or Tyron Smith could be gone by pick 18 with a handful of teams considering taking an OT higher than they should. I’m betting on Smith being the first one taken, despite worries that he might not be ready to start right away. Dallas scouts watched Castonzo’s career religiously at Boston College. He, like Smith, is believed to be able to play either right or left tackle in the NFL. Having that versatility is a good thing on a line that is in rebuilding mode in Dallas. Gabe Carimi has been my favorite of this class to play right tackle, however he hasn’t been invited to the ranch and there is shockingly no buzz about him to Dallas what so ever. I would also consider Mike Pouncey C/OG Florida with this pick if both tackles are gone.


  • 2.40 Rahim Moore FS UCLA
    Some believe he will be gone by our pick at 40. I don’t think he is a high second rounder in any other draft year other than a year like this where the crop is extremely underwhelming in talent. Moore had a breakout year in ’09 where he picked off a whopping 10 passes, then went back to a pedestrian 1 in ’10. A safety should not be judged on interceptions alone, but we are in the market for a play maker. I hope we get the ’09 version or more of the same could be in our future. I am not a fan of this year’s safety class, but drafting one can not be ignored yet again.


  • 2.47 Stefen Wisniewski C/OG Penn State
    If I didn’t make a mock with the “WIZ”, my mock draft buddies would kill me. He is a fan favorite of Dallas mockers world-wide. Like Owen Marecic (whom we will talk about shortly) , Stefen represents everything you would want from a football player and just so happens to be a strong need at both guard positions as well as center, where the majority of experts project him to excel at the NFL level. With Davis’ skills rapidly declining, Kosier still unsigned and Gurode’s degenerative knee problems, this is a perfect pick to upgrade the o-line. Like I said earlier with the first pick, if Smith and Castonzo are gone at pick 18 and Dallas selects OG Mike Pouncey, this pick could be an OT such as Marcus Cannon from TCU.


  • 3.82 Marcus Gilchrist CB/KR/PR Clemson
    Dallas’ secondary problems are well documented and help is needed across the board. Gilchrist is a versatile corner who also excels at kick and punt returning. Marcus has 207 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, 19 pass breakups, three caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles, 722 yards on 27 kickoff returns, and 261 yards on 27 punt returns in 52 games (27 starts) in his career at Clemson. At the very least, he should assume Alan Ball’s #4 corner spot behind Orlando Scandrick, (who is in a contract year) helping us with youth and CAP relief during his first year in Dallas.


  • 4.110 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame
    I traded up for Ian in my last mock to pick #127 and I believe with a premium at NT in this draft, he could go even higher. Ian had a pre-combine visit with Dallas and is a prime candidate to rotate with Josh Price-Brent, allowing Ratliff to make his long awaited move to Igor Olshansy’s position at RDE. (freeing Igor’s $3.335 million salary) I know Rob Ryan said Ratliff is and will be a DT, but he didn’t say in what packages. Ratliff could be a DE in the base 3-4 package and a DT in others. I think Ryan is smart enough to put his best players on the field and having options is nice.


  • 4.112 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
    Bradie James will love this pick. Although he will be Bradie’s eventual replacement, Sheppard is an LSU alum as is James. The similarities don’t stop there. Bradie was taken in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. The joke would be that Bradie will always be 9 players better than Kelvin. (Bradie at 103, Kelvin at 112) I’ll be happy if he’s just a solid contributor. His speed and reliable open-field tackling also made the former high-school track star a standout on special teams.


  • 5.143 Owen Marecic FB Stanford
    Only because this is such a strong FB class do I believe it is possible to still get Marecic at pick 143. The emergence of Charles Clay, Stanley Havili and Henry Hynoski should let one drop to Dallas here and improve at a very weak position. Marecic is exactly the type of player I want on this roster. He puts his head down and works hard. This is the extreme value pick of this draft. To boot, anyone opposed to taking a FB should look at the undrafted player responsible for ending the seasons, because of missed blocks, for both Romo and Bryant in 2010.


  • 6.183 Stevan Ridley RB LSU
    Ridley recently visited the ranch and it looks like the brass are ready to move on from MBIII and his lopsided contract. The growing belief throughout the league is that you can find good running backs in the later rounds and a high pick on one isn’t a necessity anymore. A bruising back to compliment Felix and Tashard should be relatively easy to achieve with this pick and it’s funny how Stevan is currently rated #183 overall and here we are at that exact pick. Fate? We’ll see…


  • 7.216 Justin Boren OG Ohio State
    “Not since World War II has a football player done what Justin Boren did in 2008. After two seasons at Michigan, Boren transferred to Ohio State, crossing enemy lines in the Big Ten’s most storied rivalry. Displeased with new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s attitude and, in his words, “lack of values” and seemed to have difficulty adjusting to the physical demands of Rodriguez’s new no-huddle spread offense. Boren has been known to play with the nasty demeanor offensive line coaches like and was a welcome addition to an OSU line having some protection problems prior to his arrival. But while his decision to transfer alone does not raise character concerns, he must still answer questions about the way he handled himself after making that decision. He is a likely late-round pick for a team that appreciates his strength and competitive attitude.” – CBS overview


  • 7.220 Willie Smith OT East Carolina
    The Cowboys need depth at LT and Willie should make a smooth transition having played the position the past two years in East Carolina. Like most late round prospects, he first needs to make the team. Next he needs to develop into an NFL caliber player with our elite coaches, (oline and strength and conditioning) and finally most college scouts don’t believe it would be unreasonable to think Smith could be a starter in 2-3 years. He could be a late round steal much like Jay Ratliff, who was selected 224th overall in the 2005 draft.


  • 7.252 Bruce Miller OLB UCF
    Brandon Williams needs to prove he’s not just another 2009 draft bust. Bruce Miller could be the competition he needs to finally get over the hump. Demarcus Ware believes in him, we just haven’t seen anything yet. Competition at spots such as OLB will be the key to our future strength.


  • Free Agency:
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One of these days, a CBA will be hammered out, the owners and players will kiss and make up and free agency will happen. When that day comes, the priority should be resigning our own players first, especially if the restricted tenders don’t stick. Free, Kosier, Bowen and Hatcher should be top priority. While this is being hammered out, word should get to Dawan Landry’s agent that Dallas isn’t committed to Gerald Sensebaugh and are looking to upgrade the position. A feeler is all it should take to get Baltimore to make their modest offer.

“Citing the Ravens’ history at strong safety, the Baltimore Sun does not expect free agent Dawan Landry to be re-signed this year. The Ravens have twice let the starter opposite Ed Reed walk (Will Demps, Jim Leonhard), turning the position over to in-house replacements. If Landry gets to the bidding-war stage, the team will have no qualms about pushing Tom Zbikowski or Haruki Nakamura into the starting lineup.”

Dallas could realistically sign Landry to a 3 year $12 million contract with 8 million guaranteed and steal him away from the Ravens. IMO totally worth it and much more cost effective than previously drafting the top strong safety to start and signing a free agent free safety that would want a very large contract. (Huff, Weddle) We recently went that route with a questionable player (Ken Hamlin) and it didn’t work out so well. Hopefully, Jerry plays this smart and learns his lesson.


See you all on the annual draft day chat right here on Lone Star Struck, where we are all sure to to laugh, cry and thoroughly debate personnel decisions in the comfort of our own “War Rooms”…Happy Draft Day Everyone!!! It’s almost here!

Haters Are In Full Effect Even In Pre-Season

It does not matter how many times you say it, nor does it matter if they believe it or not. The Cowboy “HATERS” out there are not going to let up for any reason. It is only preseason but all I am hearing is: “You lost to the RAIDERS??”  I mean it’s the Raiders, and you LOST?? How bad do you have to be to lose to the Raiders? Living in Houston, I get the Texans fans that love to hate the Cowboys even more. So they tell me, Your “Cowgirls” lost to the raiders. I mention their loss and they just claim its preseason??? Oh OK good enough for them but not for us. HA HA.  Or I hear, 0-2 already, Its Romo (as they put it the homo), he sucks he is no good. He is not good enough to win it all. Of course it’s all I have been hearing for a few years now. But, with all the haters comes the fans. And as Dallas fans, we stick together. No matter what is said no matter what is wrote about them, no matter what RECORD THEY HAVE IN PRESEASON. We all know our Boys will be fine.

The first couple of games this year I have noticed, our first team has pretty much drove down the field the way we all knew they could. Romo has been solid. 2 starts over 50 yards in both starts in just a couple of series. Our defense has really proven a lot to me as well looking very solid in the pass and run. Every once in a while I am catching a glimpse of a solid player in our second and third string defense. We had a pick six in the Hall of Fame game toward the end of the game. All in all I am pleased with what I am seeing so far.

With just 3 more pre-season games to go, I say bring on the haters. Let the fun begin, let’s talk trash let’s get our game faces on let’s just go out and have some fun because FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!! I have come to the conclusion there is no fine line. You either love the Cowboys, or you love to HATE the cowboys. And for those that love to hate them I just feel bad for you because at the end of this season, when our Boys are playing the very first Super Bowl at home in NFL history, just open your ears because all your going to hear from us is,


Preseason Schedule Finalized

The dates and times have been finalized for the 2010 Preseason. With five “meaningless” games before our run to 6 begins, lets hope and pray our boys stay healthy.

Here’s the schedule:

Aug. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Cincinnati (Canton, Ohio)

Aug. 12, 8 p.m. vs. Oakland (Cowboys Stadium)

Aug. 21, 8 p.m. at San Diego

Aug. 28, 7 p.m. at Houston

Sept. 2, 7 p.m. vs. Miami (Cowboys Stadium)

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.

Random Cowboys Thoughts…

I  am sorry for the long absence, however I am pleased to inform all of you that I will be having my first child soon, so I’ve been very busy getting ready to be a dad.  =)

Now on to the Dallas Cowboys and a few thoughts I have.

I will start with the upcoming NFL draft. There has been much speculation on who the Cowboys will take with the 27th pick. I have heard everything ranging from Eric Berry falling to our pick, to trading up in the draft to select Dez Bryant. Whatever Dallas does, I hope it’s with the goal of having this team playing football on February 6, 2011; the one thing that is most important for me. Dallas, no scratch that, the state of Texas, needs the Dallas Cowboys to succeed, and what better way than continuing our tradition of excellence than by being the first to play the “Big Game” in our brand new stadium?

My next order of business is ensuring a wining game plan to clinch a first place berth in arguably the most competitive division in the league. As we all know, Mac 5 was traded to our hated rivals the Washington Redskins (which might I add ruined my holiday lol) which now gives the Skins instant credibility. We all bashed the Redskins for years for spending all that money and never having a solid quarterback. Not anymore… Basically, they traded very little to get one of the best QBs in the NFL. The Washington Redskins already had a dominant defense and now if they can get some insurance on that O-Line they will be instant contenders because of the sheer greatness of Donovan McNabb. (By the way, rumor has it they are considering Flozell Adams.)

So as we all get ready for the ride that is the NFL season, don’t forget that we have a wonderful history and a rich tradition of excellence on our side.

I feel like this is our year and I believe that the players understand their jobs now. It won’t be easy… That big blue star on our helmet is always a target for our hated rivals, who are always motivated whenever they play our team.

Our task is not impossible or unobtainable it is very much in our grasps all they have to do is play like champions and all of us will be there for the ride.

I’m hoping that my new baby will be here to see its first Cowboys game on Thanksgiving, and Super Bowl title two months later. =)  I am hoping for a girl, daddy’s little girl, my own princess to dress up in her pink Cowboys gear.

Diary of a Mad Cowboys Fan

I come from a huge family of Dallas natives who are all Cowboys fanatics, but I’d put money on it that if you asked any one of them who the biggest fan in the Horn family is, the majority of them would without hesitation say, “That would be Kelly Nell!” Ask anyone at my place of business and they wouldn’t think for a moment before saying, “Miss Kelly, of course!”

I’ve got Cowboys posters and memorabilia in my bedroom, a closet full of jerseys plus enough Dallas tees to wear a different one every day for weeks, and even a “Cowboys” silver car… not to mention my favorite addiction, this Cowboys website.

In my household, football season means Sundays are booked – no parties, no outings, no shopping, no work. Dinner is planned around the game. From kickoff until the clock reads 0:00, no one better get in front of the tv and I’m not answering questions, taking random phone calls, no cleaning, cooking, laundry… well I’m sure you get the point.

My teenage son, as amazing as he is, says “Go Cowboys” but I’m not sure he means it the way I do. I’ve bought him jerseys, jackets, etc. – but he’s just not that into football. I’ve been known to scream at the television and get a little bit vocal during Cowboys games. I’m pretty sure that’s why he hides in his bedroom at kickoff. But hey, I love him just the same.

Over the last couple of years I’ve gotten to know some amazing people who also love the Cowboys. I know people who hold season tickets year after year and people who travel clear across the country just to witness a Cowboys game. Although some of the biggest and craziest Cowboys fans I know have never even been to a game, but love ’em just the same.

I have friends whose homes are completely decorated in Blue and Silver, from the shower curtain to the sofa. I have friends who blog about the ‘Boys, and many who “vlog”, some designs graphics, and others spend hours on forums. Some of my Rowdy friends drive vehicles with players painted on them, decorated with star logos, and personalized Cowboys-themed license plates.

I have Cowboy-tattooed friends, and even some who name their children after players and coaches (I think Landry would be a cool boy’s name).

I think each of us has our own way to express our true blue enthusiasm. I’d rather not classify who is more of a fan, or less of a fan. I’m just happy to say I have been lucky enough to get to know some kickass people who I can relate to because of the Dallas Cowboys.

I feel honored to be able to share my love for this team with all of you through Lone Star Struck. I am so proud of the name we have built in the Cowboys online community and our amazing fan base that continues to grow daily.

From the average football fan to the obsessed die hard fanatic, you are important to the Cowboys organization, and the NFL for that matter.

Lil' Baby WittenRegardless of what kind of a fan you are, without all of us, and I mean every single one of us, there would be no team. Its the oldest principle in the book – supply and demand. We the fans demand some Cowboys football.

It may be offseason but being a Cowboys fan isn’t seasonal,  its a year round event. We are counting down the days until the draft, and looking forward to training camp. Some of us are already planning tailgate parties and road trips to visit Arlington or the closest football stadium that will be lucky enough to host the Dallas Cowboys.

Some rivals and opposing fans question why the Cowboys are America’s Team? Well the answer is crystal clear, WE are the reason.

My fellow fans span from California to New York and Illinois to Florida, not to mention the great state of Texas and its neighboring states (a big hello to my fellow Oklahomans). From sea to shining sea, we are loud and we are proud, we are Cowboys fans and I have to say it’s been a pleasure meeting all of you.

Note: We will be adding a fan gallery to the site this offseason and would love all of you to contribute your photos. Keep us in mind, and stay tuned for information on how to submit your Cowboys pictures.

True Blue Cowboys Pride

Until recently, I don’t think I truly understood just how many people are proud to be Cowboys fans. I’ve had tons of people request my friendship on Facebook that are fans of the Cowboys and it amazes me to see how loyal they all are! I see wonderful things each and every day from these fans that encourage others even when things may look a bit bleak. They also help keep me informed as to what’s going on with our team. I’m constantly looking things up online and watching for anything on the sports networks and yet I tend to find more info simply from all the awesome fans on FB.

There is one lady in particular that I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with that really stands out in my mind. Her name is Shelby Kelly and she may be little, but she’s one of the biggest Dallas Cowboys fans I’ve ever known! Recently, I asked her if she minded if I asked her a few questions so I could do a story on here and she gladly accepted.

What do you feel are some of the ways you show your Cowboys pride the best?

Year around, I can be found wearing our star but during the season, it’s head to toe silver & blue! I am a season ticket holder so I’m at every home game. My house has Cowboys every where! What started as a one room “man-cave” has grown to take over two rooms and two hallways. I attend as many player events as possible and I invite all my friends to meet me there! It’s a simple way to show your support for the players and the team.

The biggest way I show my Cowboys Pride best is sharing with others. Whether fans meet up with me for the fun or they are waiting online for me to tweet, blog or post pictures; sharing has allowed me the opportunity to meet Cowboys fans from around the world and make friends with people in my area that I may have never met otherwise. These amazing people inspire me and I love them for that!

When the team happens to not be doing so well, how do you keep such a positive attitude?

I’m a positive person! *giggle* I don’t see a value in negatives and pity parties. The trick is to put it behind you quickly and remember what the individuals on the team are capable of doing. If I know they could have done better, I’m sure they know it, too. They are probably beating themselves up over it: which is not where we want our players to be. Learn from it and jam on!

What do you think the team can work on to improve their game?

I would like to see the team work on mental aspects of the game. I think this would help them remain calm before big games and when they find themselves in a situation on the field. Many of our errors were mental. Also, would like to see the fans work with the team better by remaining quiet when our QB is behind the center and screaming our heads off for our “D”.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a Cowboys fan?

Well, there are quite a few stories I could share! *chuckle* Like throwing gum at Michael Irvin, doing the robot with Deon and Isaiah or the time I told Dave Campo, “Don’t act like you have some place to be! I’ve been watching D. Ware highlights!”… or standing in a parking lot for hours on a beautiful August afternoon in Texas (aka: 100+ humid degrees) for the opportunity to be on the field for a few minutes before the final open practice Texas Stadium would ever see… I’d do it again! Only I’d get there earlier! My son and I met Walt Garrison later that day! Totally worth it!

When you hear someone talking trash about the Cowboys, what do you do?

*giggles* I don’t have to do much. I smile and ask about their team. Their answer usually explains a lot.

It’s amazing people like Shelby that make me so proud to be a Cowboys fan. She’s an excellent example of how classy and devoted the Dallas Cowboy’s fans truly are. We not only have the best team in the NFL but the best fans as well!!!

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