Football In The Movies

With Training camp right around the corner, I have been watching some football movies. I was wondering what my top 5 football movies would be.  Watching some of these movies would get us into football mode, if we are not already there, but it would help. Hard Knocks from last year was good,  but I wouldn’t consider that a movie. Other than North Dallas Forty, the Cowboys do need to make a movie of some sort.

So here are my TOP 5 FOOTBALL MOVIES of All-Time.

You might agree or disagree. I would love to hear from anyone what there Top 5 would be.

#1. Remember the Titans – Just an awesome movie. Based on a true story. When i watch this movie it reminds me of the segregation they had back then. The only down part of the movie is of Gerry Bertier involved in the accident. But it also shows real life. I would probably guarantee that this is almost everyone’s top #1 or #2 football movie of all time.

#2. Rudy – Another true story. Great feel good movie. Rudy overcame the odds when everyone told him he could not play football for being to short. He registered a sack in his only game. To have his teammates help him play in that game and also carry him off the field. To this day, I don’t think anybody has ever been carried of the field like he was. To play for an elite school like Notre Dame is an achievement in its self. 

#3. The Program – This movie takes a look at the bad parts of football from drunk driving to steroids. It is a well written movie. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should check it out. It includes lots of football action and the struggles of each individual players life’s to play for a school contending for the National Championship.

#4. Friday Night Lights – Very good movie. It was made into a book, then a movie and now a hit TV show. There are some things I wished they would have put in the movie that was from the book, especially Carter High School academics and the court problems it faced in order to get to the Championship game. This movie is also a true story of High School football in Texas. I don’t live in Texas but I imagine it is like this on Fridays.

#5. Varsity Blues – I know its a kid-type movie, but a really enjoyable one. Very comical on how high school kids life are looked at in high school football in Texas, once again. Texans love there football! Whenever this movie comes on television I will stop and watch it. Enjoyable film.

Remember the Titans Rudy The Program Friday Night Lights Varsity Blues

So tell me, do you agree with me on football movies or do you have others for consideration? Let me know. I thought this would be a good topic for the start of Training Camp in 7 days.

I just want to say, “How bout them Cowboys!”

BIG “D” Issues For the Cowboys

With all the talk so far this offseason surrounding Mr. Owens, and with free agency starting at the end of this week and the draft right around the corner we need to talk about some big issues surrounding the boys defense.

First, Demarcus Ware, all signs are Jerry is going to break the bank and make him the highest payed cowboy in team history, this is by far the most important move we need to make and would solidify our pass rush for years to come.

On the other side should we let Ellis go? He scheduled to make over $6 million next year for just a 3rd down pass rusher, thats pretty steep! Unless he wanted to take a significant pay cut and less playing time, I just dont see this happening.

Which brings me to Anthony Spencer. Is he ready to play every down and live up to his draft position? He may have the skills, he just scares me. His recent arrest, and if you watched Hard Knocks, remember he didn’t show for a treatment on an injury and was fined by Wade. These things make me wonder if he’s mature enough to step up and take the position fulltime.

Now lets talk about our unrestricted free agents: Canty, Burnett, and Thomas. Canty would be painful to lose. He has been a solid force on the D-line, but the contract he is looking for might be too rich for our shrinking cap space, which leaves us either starting Jason Hatcher or Stephen Bowen. I think Hatcher would fit well he has showed me some promise in his playing time.

If Thomas and Burnett leave in free agency it would leave the biggest hole in our defense. Basically, it would leave Bobby Carpenter to play next to Bradie James. I dont know your thoughts but thats a frightening thought in my eyes. We all know Ray Lewis is out there and he has said he wants to play in Dallas, but can Jerry afford him?

After D-Ware signs I’m not so sure. Another guy that might be more affordable is Keith Brooking who is suppose to be being released by Atlanta before Friday.

The secondary has potential to be above average. T-New is solid when healthy, but thats the question can he stay healthy? As much as I love the way Roy Williams plays the run and the hits he lays, he just plain stinks in pass coverage. Like Ellis, he is scheduled to make over $6 million this year and might be cut prior to the start of free agency. Its either that or him restructuring to take a major paycut which I don’t see happening either.

My thought was to bulk him up and try him in that middle linebacker spot. I don’t think that’s too far fetched. He is made to hit and I’m surprised I haven’t heard anything like that. If he goes, who is playing strong safety? 

I don’t believe Pat Watkins is ready to step in there so I’d say move Anthony Henry to safety and let Scandrick and Jenkins compete for the corner. My vote, from what I’ve seen, is Scandrick. He just showed me way more last year than Jenkins did. One thing is for certain, count on the Cowboys picking up more corners and safeties in the draft and even free agency.

I want to hear your thoughts Cowboy fans.

Big Wheels Keep on Turning……

Well, where to begin?

There is the obvious, the accolades and astonishment of the instant-classic win over the Eagles, 41-37. It was the one of the toughest games to watch in terms of pure joy, fear, anger, joy, sadness…..HALFTIME…..anger, joy, sadness, excitement, and then……relief. A win is a win, and they are hard to come by in the NFL. This one was extra sweet due to the great Texas Stadium environment, the largest TV audience in the history of cable television (18.6 million viewers) and the fact that it came at the expense of the hated Eagles. Well, how bout them Cowboys? 2-0…..the reward: the next “Game of the Year”….another showdown for NFC supremacy against the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau.

Where are we now?

Two weeks into the season and it feels like we are already in week 8 with Hard Knocks and the wait between the first 2 games. We are just starting on our “journey” and we have along way to go to the finish. Here are a few humble observations, from yours truly:

Playmakers: They are like good friends, either you have them or you don’t, and the Boys have plenty. There is no question that we are the most explosive team in the NFL, and any play has the chance for a TD, no matter where we are on the field. It all starts with the quarterback and there is no question that with Tom Brady out and Peyton Manning struggling to regain his form following knee surgery, Tony Romo has established himself as the top QB in the league right now. When you add TO, Witten, Barber, Crayton and Felix, it is downright scary.

Penalties: This is becoming a major concern. Coach Phillips says the penalties are on him, but that is clearly “coach-speak”. It is up to the players to not grab the facemask, or not commit a false start. I can’t get to worked up about a holding penalty or pass interference calls because both seem to happen on every play, and it is just a matter of whether the official decides to throw the flag. The mental mistakes need to be kept to a minimum and hopefully that will begin to happen as the season wears on and the players settle into the routine. 

Zone Defense: Am I the only one that doesn’t think this works that great? This is, of course, a type of pass coverage. The DB’s play an area of the field as compared to getting on a man and covering him wherever he goes. I understand that man-to-man has great risks as well, but against Philadelphia and a veteran QB, the receivers had no troubles sitting down in the open spots and just waiting for the ball to arrive, and McNabb was putting it on the money. On the flip side, it worked pretty well against Cleveland. Personally, I am not a fan of the zone defense for the whole game. I am no defensive coordinator, but I think with Pac Man and Newman, we should give them a chance to man up at times and at least have a chance at an interception. You have to bet big to win big. Through 2 games: 0 interceptions.

Injuries: So far, there have been big scares: Romo laying on the field in Cleveland looking like he just got hit by a bus, Barber’s ribs banged up and Witten immediately grabbing his shoulder after an awkward landing. We have been fortunate that these guys are tough enough to fight thru these “minor” injuries. It’s like the old saying: “Are you hurt, or are you injured?”. These offensive stars were only hurt and not injured, thankfully. The news from the Philly game is that Roy Williams suffered a fractured forearm and is out about a month. And you add Kyle Kosier, who has been out for the whole season thus far as well as Terrence Newman and his gimpy groin, and it starts to add up. What can you do though? It’s just a part of the game.

So, overall, things are good here in Cowboys Country, we are right on schedule, 2 wins, 14 more to go! It’s good to be a Cowboys fan and I am looking forward to this very tough schedule we have. Fear no one, Respect everyone. I truly believe that the only team that can beat us is ourselves. We have the talent and the heart of a champion, now it’s time to keep working towards getting a championship. I know one thing, were gonna need alot of popcorn.

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD

The Prophet Strahan Picks Cowboys To Win It All

The opening day of the NFL season was exciting for some fans and excruciating for others.  For us Cowboy fans, we watched the Cowboys take some “hard knocks” in the dog pound with MBIII’s bruised ribs and Tony taking it on the chin, but overall our Boys looked superb (I won’t discuss the penalties here, but Wade, get on their “arse” about that…).  Jets fans were, no doubt, excited to see Favre in that green and white uniform, and he didn’t disappoint.  Poor Patriots fans who haven’t yet recovered from the greatest underachievement in history, have now had to face the fact that Tom Brady is out for the season and the fantasies of the Brady Bunch earning another Superbowl title has now been all but erased from the list of possibilities.

The thing I found most interesting about Sunday was that Michael Strahan, former defensive end of the Giants, predicted the Cowboys to win it all.  Strahan said, “I have to be realistic and I have to be objective here, the Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the league.”

Most of Strahan’s former teammates stated that Strahan was just trying to motivate the Giants since they are considered a longshot to repeat as Superbowl Champions.

Do you think Strahan was trying to motivate his former teammates? I don’t. I think Strahan, who I admit was awesome at his position, decided to retire at the end of last season because he realized Santa Claus had given the Giants a present that was far and above what could be expected. Strahan realized that hoisting the Lombardi was a fluke that could not be repeated during his career and decided to “get out while the gettin was good.” You can’t motivate mediocrity. Strahan was just being a realist, and the reality is that the Cowboys, barring serious injuries, are the best there is.

Strahan is not trying to motivate the Giants.  His new job as an analyst depends on him being knowledgeable of the game and accurate in his analysis of teams in the league. He didn’t say that the Cowboys were the best team in the league to motivate the Giants. He said it because the Cowboys are the best team in the league.

In the Old Testament, God often called prophets to prophesy against their own people and let them know that judgment is on the way.   You may not agree with me, but I believe Strahan is a “prophet” who is simply acting on his calling to let the Giants know that judgment is coming – it’s coming from Texas, God’s Chosen Team is about to reclaim their place as Superbowl Champions.

The Lombardi is coming home to America’s Team.  I assure you it is not going to stay in the “Meadowlands of Mediocrity.” God bless Michael Strahan for having the “prophetic courage” to speak the truth and God bless the Cowboys.

Time To Piss Off The Californians

I know this next statement is going to make many people angry with me but it’s been bugging me for awhile now.

The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp should always be held in Texas. Period.

It’s true that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team. Just look at the Hard Knocks ratings. They were through the roof. It was one of the highest rated TV shows HBO has had in a while. Yet, what bothered me the most when watching Hard Knocks was that the Cowboys were in sunny California instead of the confines of the Alamodome in San Antonio. I know that it’s the City of San Antonio’s fault that the Cowboys are not there as well this year so I really shouldn’t be whining but it bothers me a whole bunch that I was not able to travel to San Antonio this year to see the Boys in Training Camp.

Believe me when I say this as well, I wrote the Alamodome director, scheduler, San Antonio mayor and city councilmen on the dissapointment and lost revenue the City of San Antonio lost due to scheduling a church convention at the Alamodome during the proposed Cowboys Training Camp this year which cause Jerry Jones to move Training Camp to Oxnard. I was pissed and still am about that. The Dallas Cowboys belong in Texas. Not in sunny and shaky California. You all in California already have 3 NFL franchises to go look at all you want. Now, we rented you a 4th? Shame on you California for being greedy. 

How about this Cali? We will send you Mickey Spagnola, beat writer, and a bucket of hot wings from Wing Stop for the next 20 years and you will let us keep the Cowboys where they belong? In Texas. Speaking of Micky Spagnola, I wrote him a nice little email on how I felt about his article on why the Cowboys should call Oxnard home forever during Training Camp. I don’t think he is going to be happy or laugh about it. I will just leave it at that. Sorry if you guys outside of the State of Texas don’t agree with me but many Texans do. MANY! Peace ’til next time!