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Cowboys Haters In Full Effect Already, So What’s New?

When you are the most popular, most storied, most winning sports franchise in pro football history it comes with the territory that you have people who despise you. Call it jealousy, call it envy but its strong and its everywhere we turn.

The latest rants include Cowboys Number One Draft Pick Dez Bryant and the young tight end Martellus Bennett.

Okay maybe I will give them Dez, thats a valid complaint. He got his money and hasn’t even played in one pro game and already thinks he’s better than the veterans. Not cool Dez. So they are calling him “another Diva Cowboy”. Well the guy just scored nearly 12 million dollars, has been given the coveted number 88 and has already been deemed the super star wide receiver for America’s Team fresh out of college. To say expectations for Dez Bryant are high is an understatement.

You can blame Dez, blame Jerry Jones, or blame the media but I got money that says he produces and blows everyone away this season.

So, rumor is Marty B had a bad break-up and his ex posted nude pictures of him online. Who cares? What in the world does that have to do with football? Absolutely nothing. I have my own issues with Martellus’ off-the-field shenanigans but in reality he’s a backup tight end, a backup to one of the best in the league. Is he the future? Only time will tell. But he’s still young, immature and seems to crave a lot of attention. A professional athlete who wants all eyes on him – well thats totally unheard of, what in the world is he thinking?!

Like it or not all of these ridiculous stories sell, whether true or fabricated. People love to hate the Dallas Cowboys. Why do you think ESPN constantly disses the Cowboys? That’s easy, because hating on Dallas sells. It’s stirs up Cowboy followers and it revs up the haters. Personally, I very rarely watch ESPN for that very reason.

It doesn’t matter that there are players who have violated the league drug law or committed felonies. Hell, there have been times men have been suspected in rapes and murders, but if Tony Romo wants to play golf in the offseason or Miles Austin was in Las Vegas gambling and having a few drinks – well thats front page news! How dare they do something without a football in their hands.

Listen, like I said before it comes with the territory. I spent years defending Terrell Owens, because that’s what we do as Cowboys fans. I will admit I have a limit though, I never defended Pacman Jones. He truly was an embarrassment.

Earlier I went to visit my mom and she started talking about an article she read about Dez not carrying Roy’s pads on Yahoo!, and I immediately went into defense mode. It’s like a parent who’s child can do no wrong.

So when I go into work this morning and my boss who loves sports gossip starts telling me the latest, instead of defending Bryant and Bennett maybe I will turn the conversation around and talk about how great Romo and Austin are projected to be this season. Maybe I will tell him how excellent David Buehler is looking, how he’s blowing the experts away with his kicking talent. How about the fact that the Cowboys have a shot to be the first team in history to go to the Super Bowl in their own stadium and win!

When a hater comes straight up to me trashing my team I will defend them to the end. Call me a cheerleader, call me bias… no, you know what, just call me a Cowboys fan and damn proud of it.

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October 27th, 2002 – I had seen Emmitt and the Cowboys just a week earlier in Arizona.  When I purchased the tickets, I knew I would have a chance to see the all-time rushing record broken.  I fell just 93 yards short and Emmitt went on to break the record at Texas Stadium the following week.

As Emmitt heads for the hallowed halls of Canton it can be said, with confidence, that this record may never be broken again.  In this new era of the two and three-headed running backs by committee is it even conceivable?  There is only one active player even in the top 10 in regards to all-time leading rushers (LaDainian Tomlinson), and he is still almost 6,000 yards away.

As a stats guy, I recognize that it is possible for LT to surpass Emmitt.  In fact, LT’s career rushing stats through 9 seasons are actually better than Emmitt’s career stats by an average of 164 yards per year.  Although I said possible, I am not saying probable!  Now that LT has moved on to the Jets’ ground and pound offense, you have to wonder whether he will get the touches or even have the fortitude needed to surpass Emmitt.

Off in the distance, you will almost always hear the “but if Barry hadn’t retired”, or the “if Barry would’ve had a line like Emmitt’s” argument.  These arguments are most always from Dallas haters rather than from actual fans of Barry himself.  Again, statistically it was possible, admittedly even probable – but it didn’t happen that way!

What did happen was that the hole in the roof was used for someone else to watch the Cowboys play that day.  That day, a bit of “sweetness” was used to shine the star a bit brighter forever more on the helmet of the great number 22.

An Offseason Letter From Kelly

Every offseason we go through the same drought. After five years you would think one would be used to it. Every now and again you will find a story the media has brewed up to stir some controversy. Nine times out of ten those stories are speculation and hype that never develops.

The most interesting subject this offseason will no doubt be the salary cap issue and how it affects free agency. The draft is always exciting as well. We don’t have a high pick but definitely have some needs, anything can happen when Jerry Jones is in the war room.

This summer will definitely be a memorable one for many Cowboys fans. The great Emmitt Smith will finally claim his place in the National Football League’s Hall of Fame. We received great news a few weeks back that the Cowboys have been selected to play in the Hall of Fame exhibition game the same weekend. It seems like the best thing next to a Super Bowl party if you ask me.

Speaking of Super Bowl, how exciting is it that the big game will be played in North Texas this time around? Of course every year we die-hard fans believe the Cowboys are going to the Bowl, well our haters really are going to squirm this season aren’t they? Our expectations will be at an all-time high and no we won’t back down.

On another note, during the offseason we are continuing to think of ways to improve the site. Everyday as technology advances there are new ideas and the world wide web is constantly changing. One thing that has made this site unique and popular is our graphics. Our site was created back in 2006 on Myspace. As everyone can tell, Myspace is dwindling and losing popularity fast. Facebook and Twitter are where it’s at now, and who knows how long that will last before the next big thing arrives.

I’m going to need some fan feedback here. With a show of hands (votes) how many Cowboys fans would like to continue to see our graphics grow? Do you still use the graphics? Should we keep our graphics section open?

I know we still have many fans and followers who use our graphics daily and we are very grateful for your continued support. As a graphic designer it brings me great joy to create Cowboys themed images and to share them with the world. I just want to know if I should be focusing my creative energy elsewhere. Please take a minute to vote in the following polls so I can get an idea on what the future has in store for LSS. Don’t be shy, if you have ideas or requests please leave a comment or contact us in an email.


This is not a resignation letter but more of a “how can I serve you better” letter. We love the Cowboys and we love Cowboys fans. And for the record, we aren’t going anywhere but up! 2009 was our biggest year in the five seasons we’ve been around, we grew by leaps and bounds. Our new layout design was a big hit and we gained some excellent staff members who continue to impress every time they post. All of this is thanks to you, our fellow Cowboys fans. So to show our appreciation I am reaching out to you in hopes of making the site even better! I am looking forward to your feedback.

How ’bout them Cowboys!

Sincerely,

Kelly Horn
Founder/Owner/Graphic Designer of lonestarstruck.com

A Fans Point Of View

I thought that this blog would be a little different than the last one I have written. I feel I have let my fellow writers down since I started writing for Lone Stay Struck. I never did “officially” introduce myself.

Well, I feel that there is no better time than now to tell you a little about me and my desire, passion and love for the Dallas Cowboys. Here is just a small example of what I go through each and every week as I prepare for the next game.

MONDAY: As I slowly make my way out of bed and into the shower I reflect on the game and a smile comes to my face I think to myself, WOW, The Cowboys just beat the Eagles for the third time this season, second time in a row. After a long day a work and a lot of trash talking back and forth, I finally collect my debts owed to me from the “haters” that bet against the Cowboys. I get home from work and immediately turn on sports center to catch up on the sports news of the day, and of course watch more highlights of the game. Monday is also poker night, and more trash talking and reflecting on a great game.

TUESDSAY: Out of bed and into the shower and on my way to work. Now the talk shifts to the following week’s game. I hear, Cowboys can not beat the Vikings, Favre is too good, and the Eagles don’t have Adrian Peterson. No the Eagles do not have Peterson, but the Boys still have Ware and Spencer, a comeback that causes silence.

WEDNESDAY: Had to work overnight and get home just in time to get the kids up for school and my son asks me, “Dad, do the Cowboys play today?” I feel proud as I now know I am raising my son the right way. Starting to get hyped up and excited, only a few more days until the big game. I make sure my jersey, beanie and jacket are clean and ready to be worn. Once again, poker night, and more trash talking and reflecting on a great game.

THURSDAY: Again had to work overnight, wife get kids off to school and I get to rest. Cowboy’s slippers, pajamas, cup and Sports Center to start my day. I make my arrangements on where I am going to be watching the game. Unfortunately, this time I know I have to work on Sunday so I am going to record the game and come home from work and watch it.

FRIDAY: I jump out of bed grab the phone and start calling my dad, brother and friends to talk about the game. I double check to make sure I have what I need on Sunday and make more phone calls. Hyped up and ready to go, cant’ wait for Sunday, GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!

This is just a small version of what I go through week in and week out throughout the football season. As you can imagine it can be hectic and fun all in one. Hopefully I did not bore you too much while telling you a little about me and how I make it week to week while our Cowboys make their run to the Super Bowl.

Where Are The Haters Now

First of all I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and want to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope you all have a great 2010. Sorry I have not been writing but every family needs a vacation once in a while and ours was wonderful.  Like almost everyone else I have more than 1 new year’s resolution. My main resolution this year is to go to a Super Bowl party for the Cowboys next month. The way they are playing right now, that is one new year’s resolution that will NOT be broken.

As for the game what an outstanding performance our Boys have been putting up the last few weeks. Tony Romo is playing to the top of his potential shutting all the critics up each and every week. Yes he had one interception against the Eagles, but I feel that if a ball is tipped at the line of scrimmage and then caught, that should not be counted against the quarterback. Not his fault just a great defensive play.

The defense played great but I do have one small concern: the wide receivers for the Eagles were pretty wide open a lot during the game. We really need to tighten up that defense because they will not be dropping those passes every week.

I love to go hang out at the local sports lounge where the “haters” have hounded me all year long saying the Boys suck, Romo is sorry, they will not win anything, won’t even make the playoffs. I walked into the SAME place Sunday night after the Cowboys shut out the Eagles and those SAME people were high-fiving me and giving our Cowboys props, and one of them even said they actually have a chance of making it through the playoffs this year. Yes, I made him say that 4 more times haha.

So to all the bandwagon fans out there, who were criticizing the Cowboys week in and week out, who never gave them a chance to do anything, I simply have one thing to say:

HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS BABY!!!!!!!!!

Inconsistency Is Killing Me

Mad, Frustrated, Depressed you name it that’s how I am feeling.  I am so sick and tired of watching a different team every week.  This is a frustration blog and I NEED to get it out.  Week in and week out the Cowboys play different.  One week, a GREAT game, flawless and the next they look like my old high school team could beat them.

What is the problem you may ask?  Well ya know what, I am asking that same question.  WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?????  The Cowboys have 3 of the best running backs in the league, the BEST tight end in the league, and a top 10 quarterback in the league.  Why can’t they move the ball down the field like they should?

This last Sunday Romo sat down with hall of famer Michael Irvin for a one on one conversation. Unfortunately, due to work, I was only able to catch bits and pieces of it.  One thing I did hear Michael Irvin ask Romo was:

“What makes the team this year different from last year?”

Romo said, “When we lose, no one points the finger at one person or another, they look at themselves and say, what can I do to make this team better?”

Yes that is the answer that every fan out there wants to hear. But on top of that, we all want to SEE that happen.  We want to see this team IMPROVE from week to week.  Honestly, I think discipline is a major factor in the locker room, on the practice field and during games.  While I am watching a game and lets say a penalty happens, heads hang down.  No one gets mad and screams and hollers at anyone for causing the team 5, 10, 15 or more yards. COME ON!!!! Someone get mad, someone scream, someone put fire into this team, IT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED!!!!!!

I have been a Cowboys fan ever since I was a little boy sitting in front of the TV with my dad.  Over 30 years and I am not ever going to change that, but it is about time the team changes how they play before other fans out there decide that “Amercia’s Team” is not so hot afterall. Screw the December hex, screw the critics, screw the haters, PLAY SOME SERIOUS BALL!!!!!!!!!!

Fantasy Football Running Back List

Hey everyone, I hope everyone has had a good week since my last post. A lot has gone on in the Dallas Cowboys organization this week. With T.O. running his vapid mouth again, to the Greg Ellis situation, we sure have had a lot to talk about. I recently watched a feature on NFL.com which was  a round table discussion with Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, and Marshall Faulk. They seem to think that Dallas is going to have a hard time winning 8 games this year. Lets hope that they are wrong. I personally, don’t care about ANYTHING Warren Sapp has to say about anything. Heres hoping that the Cowboys are the sleeper story of the next NFL season. I really need something to shut up the haters that live in my part of the world. The Baltimore/Washington DC area….Enemy Territory.

Anyhow, getting down to business at hand, I promised to start with the Fantasy ranking of each position. As preseason comes around, some of these rankings may change, due to injuries and other factors. I am going to start with the rankings for Running backs. I will be doing a top 12 list for all positions, due to the fact that most Fantasy leagues that I have played in have about that many teams competing. The numbers I put up in this article are based on LAST Season.

  1. Michael Turner (ATL) – I may get flak for putting him at the #1 spot for this season, but I think that his numbers might be better than Adrian Peterson’s. This guy was a beast in every aspect of Fantasy football last year. Turner ran for 1,699 yards and scored a hefty 17 touchdowns for the season. He rarely fumbles, only losing the ball 3 times. He gets lots of touches in the Falcons offensive scheme and makes the most of them, averaging 106 yards per game.

  2. Adrian Peterson (MIN) – This guy is a beast in every aspect of Fantasy football. He had 20 rushes over 20 yards last season, and also pulled together 1,760 yards rushing for the season. This guy is a workhorse if there ever was one. The only downside to having him as your main running is that of all the premier Running backs in the league, he only scored 10 touchdowns all season and also coughed up the ball 9 times.

  3. Clinton Portis (WAS) – Even though he plays for the hated Redskins, Portis is a solid 1st round pick. He gets a lot of touches and averages about 4.5 yards per carry. He rushed for 1,487 yards last season. Portis can sometimes be streaky though. Last season, he exploded in the beginning of the season and kind of dropped off when the Redskins imploded last year. He also only scored 9 touchdowns. Bottom line, Portis will give you good numbers.

  4. LaDainian Tomlinson (SD) – In past years L.T. was almost a sure bet for being the #1 overall Fantasy draft pick. However it is widely speculated that his performance is dropping off. I don’t know if I agree with this consensus, but it does seem to be a fact. Tomlinson ran for 1,100 yards last season and put up 11 TD’s. He didn’t have the carries that he usually did, due to injury, and if he stays healthy this year, he is definitely someone you want to pick up in the 1st round.

  5. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – He had a great season last year averaging 5.5 yards a carry and putting up 1,515 yards for the season. He was limited to only 273 carries but managed to score 18 times. His Fantasy numbers were great last year, the only question is, Will he be able to repeat the same success as last season?

  6. Brandon Jacobs (NYG) – Jacobs is a bulldozer of a running back, he ended up in opponents end zones 15 times last season, and averaged 5 yards a carry. While he doesn’t get the carries some of the other premier backs do, he definitely makes the most of them. If he is still on the board in the 1st round by the time your pick comes along, he might not be a bad choice.

  7. Steven Jackson (STL) – Although Jackson has had some injury issues in the past, he still gets the ball quite a bit with St. Louis’s receiving a liability. He got 253 carries last season and scored 7 times. Averaging 4.1 yards a carry isn’t anything to scoff at, but he also lacks that great offensive line. That being said, I expect Jackson to have a better season this year than last year.

  8. Thomas Jones (NYJ) – Jones got off to a very slow start last year, however got his game going good at the end of the season. He rushed for 1,312 yards and put up 13 touchdowns. However it remains to be seen if he gets his contract woes fixed. With a new head coach and a new QB in Sanchez, I expect the Jets to rely heavily on their running game, very similar to the pre-Flacco Ravens.

  9. Matt Forte (CHI) – Forte had some impressive numbers last season rushing for 1,238 yards and putting up 8 touchdowns. I might have even put him higher on the list. Hard to tell what his production will be next year. I do expect him to get more touches and have, at least, a slightly better season than last year.

  10. Chris Johnson (TEN) – One of the only reasons why I put Mr, Johnson towards the bottom of this list is because of how heavily he has to share the ball with Lendale White. Lendale seemed to get most of the goal line carries and took a lot away from the value of Johnson. Even with that being the case, He still put up good stats. 1,228 yards rushing, and 9 TD’s. Had he have gotten those goal line touches, he may even be in the top 5 RB’s in the league.

  11. Brien Westbrook (PHI) – Westbrook’s numbers have declined in the past few years, however what he lacks in touches, he makes up for in receiving. He put up a total of 14 TD’s last year and rushed for just under 1,000 yards. He might not rush more yards than some running backs but he is a dual threat and that makes him worth picking up.

  12. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) – Jones-Drew is an up and comer and possibly should be higher on this list. He should get more carries this year than he did last year. Even with that being said he still put up 12 touchdowns with only 197 carries. If he gets another 50-80 carries he will put up huge numbers.

Okay so there you have it. Remember these lists aren’t gospel. If you know someone with a crystal ball that can read the future, you might want to check in with them. I hope that this article, at the very least, gives you something to think about for your pick for your running back. What do you guys think? Who are you hoping to pick up? Any sleepers out there that you might be able to pick up on the sly? Let me know. As always, I wish you guys the best and have a great weekend.

No More Excuses…It’s time to go… It’s the playoff run!!

Good Morning Cowboy Fans:

The Dallas Cowboys and I just enjoyed our bye week, a little R&R and now it is back to work. Over the bye week I have pondered about this team, explained my thoughts to friends about this team and fought off the “doubters and haters” regarding this team. I have faced some ridicule and endured all the questions. I finally came to the conclusion it is time for no more excuses…It’s time to go…It’s the playoff run!!

I came into this season with the highest expectations for this team and through it all I have not waivered. This Cowboy team is still a very good team if not one of the two or three best teams in all of Pro football. I am not going to make excuses for Tony’s “pinkie pain” or any of the other injuries the Cowboys have had. It is part of football. I will no longer accept the fact “Pacman” got into trouble and threw the team into a tailspin. We could have been 9-0 at this time and “Pacman” could have still gotten into trouble. I will not accept T.O. and his criticism of the team or talking negatively about the team to the media as the problem or the maybe the coaches not preparing this team to play on Sunday. In the end those are all excuses. Excuses are like ice cream sundaes, they are okay for awhile, but once you eat so many of them you get sick of em’!

As Brad Johnson walked into the Cowboy’s locker room at Giant’s Stadium he ripped off his sweat bands and tossed them at the television stand by the door.

It was about the only target he had hit all day.

And, in a way, it was kind of fitting as he has likely played his final football game.

But that’s okay with the Cowboys, because after a well-timed bye week, they will roll open the training room doors like they are pushing a large rock from a tomb, and Tony Romo, the savior of the season, will emerge. And when the Cowboys resume their schedule this Sunday with a game against the Redskins in Washington, 52 guys will take the team bus.

Romo might walk across the Potomac.

After Sunday’s 35-14 drubbing by the Giants, the Cowboys — who thought their roster had more Hall of Famers than Canton, but, in actuality, it was more busts — are in last place in the NFC East. At 5-4, America’s Team is three games (plus a tiebreaker) behind the Giants, and clinging to the hope that the Dimpled One, with the blonde starlet on his arm, will save us.

Johnson was 5-for-11 for 71 yards Sunday. Battered by the Giants, he was sacked twice and threw two interceptions. Brooks Bollinger, in from the bullpen, threw for 63 yards and a meaningless TD, and was sacked twice.

But even with Romo healthy over the final seven games of the season, the Cowboys will be playing for, at best, a wild-card spot. At worst, maybe a good tee time.

After Sunday’s game, when the Cowboys managed only 183 yards of offense — 75 on one drive — and committed four turnovers, things couldn’t get worse. Romo, who watched from the sideline, has missed three games. The Cowboys are 1-2 in that span, and the victory came with 173 yards of offense against the Tampa Bay Bucs. In other words, brisk winds have moved the football more than the Cowboys in the past month.

But now the winds of change come blowing in. After the loss, the locker room sounded like an Obama rally in whispers: Yes we can! Yes we can!

Remember no more excuses!

I think getting Romo back will make a huge difference. I’m not giving up on this team. We have gotten a lot healthier over the bye week and I feel like the attitude of the whole team will be much better.

Remember no more excuses!

For now let’s look at the wild card way down the road and just win the next game.

Some people say that yet after the biggest fuss made over a pinkie since Fonzie fell in love, will the Cowboys expecting too much from Romo?  Will he return rusty? I say “No more excuses”!

We can’t expect that just because he’s coming back that everything is going to be just fine; of course he will be a little rusty. Even a little rusty will produce more than 71 yds of passing offense with Romo at the controls.

Come on we are the Dallas Cowboys! It’s time to man-up and stop letting people hit you in the face. Punch back. It’s like we have been taking shots and hoping to connect with our own wild punch. We’re leaning against the ropes and hoping to survive.

The Cowboys head into Fed-Ex field this Sunday night to play the “hated skins” and its time to get back on that road to Tampa and off the road to no-where.

I’m tired of all the excuses!!  There’s no reason for it. It’s time to regroup, get back to the freakin’ drawing board, and do whatever we need to do. This is the Dallas Cowboys!! This is our team!! This is America’s Team!!

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Go Cowboys!!

WE ARE “AMERICA’S TEAM” AND YES, WE HAVE THAT SWAGGER AND YES, WE HAVE THAT SUCCESS

Good afternoon Cowboy fans,

I was going to write about the upcoming matchup this week between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but after further thinking I decided that I needed to get something off my chest. I decided to write an article regarding all the Dallas Cowboy “haters” and the beliefs they have.

Many, Many Dallas Cowboy fans like me grew up calling the Cowboys “America’s Team” but some fans say that calling your-self something does not make it so. I heard a fan compare the Cowboys to an old Smith-Barney commercial in which John Houseman said, “We make money the old-fashioned way…we earn it”? Then he followed that up by saying that the Cowboys need to earn that title and wear it with the respect and dignity it rightfully deserves.  

Some people say that being a professional football is something very special. Hall of Fame guard, Jerry Kramer, of the Green Bay Packers was quoted as saying in 1958 when I first began playing, a lot of players in the league chewed tobacco and, to tell you the truth, they were not very professional, either in appearance or attitude. As a matter of fact, professional football was not really all that professional then, either”.

There is a perception that is drawn by many NFL fans that the Dallas Cowboys of the last 20 years have lost that professionalism and gave way to the glitz and glitter of big business and the “show-time persona”. It has been said that the ideals of Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi that were taught on the fields of Texas Stadium and Lambeau Field no longer exist. Those two famous coaches believed that you had to bring a degree of class and a degree of professionalism to the game. They would hold America’s great corporations-IBM, General Motors, etc.-up as example to their respective teams, telling their players they had to perform like them. So much so those, in the end, the great corporations were holding them up as an example – in preparation, commitment, and discipline.

The Cowboy players of yesteryear – the Tom Landry Cowboy’s of Don Meredith, Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Roger Staubach and etc., were a wonderful group, one possessing quality and dignity. And as such, they represented the true virtues of the cowboy in our culture, the ones we became familiar with every time we saw John Wayne up there on the silver screen portraying one with his quiet strength, honesty, integrity, pride, selflessness and all the other attributes of the hardworking cowboy.

Many people hate the Cowboys of today because they say they put off an image on the field of acting like fools and reinforcing the image so many of the earlier players has tried so hard to change. All those years of working hard to re-make an image they say is being destroyed in a few taunting seconds. And every time they are seen dancing and prancing around, and conducting themselves in that manner, they are an embarrassment to themselves and to what a professional football player should represent.

Well, as much as I loved the Tom Landry days and all the famous players that carved the Cowboy franchise, I have to now stand up and say “ALL THAT TALK IS A BUNCH OF CRAP”!!

This is big business and to a large extent it is entertainment. If T.O. wants to fly like and Eagle after scoring a touchdown so be it. It fills the grandstands week after week and if I am not mistaken, the Cowboys-Eagles game last Monday night was the highest rated Monday night game in NFL history with an astounding 18.5 million viewers.

Yes, we are “America’s Team” and damn proud of it!!

So, I say to all the Cowboy “haters”, don’t judge us because we slam dunk a football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown or pull a sharpie out of our sock in the end zone and sign an autograph. Judge us because the Cowboys are the most successful franchise in all of professional sports history. So what if we have some “me-ism” on our team? We also have Jason Whit that is very involved in youth activities and the United Way. We also have a great owner, Jerry Jones that brings Hispanic youth to Valley Ranch to celebrate their culture, not to mention the 100’s of charities he is involved in, or a Roy Williams that builds playgrounds all over the Dallas metro-plex for kids to enjoy.

Hell, we have a 68 million dollar QB that stops in the middle of the night to help total strangers fix a flat tire and still finds time to hold football camps for kids that want to learn the game!! I could sit here and write all day of the great things this era of Cowboy players do off the field in their communities to help others. Unfortunately, to a lot of people all they see is what the Cowboys do on the field and that is just unfair.

The professional football player of today is not even close in comparison to the players of the Tom Landry era. It is big business now and fans have to change with the times. So Sunday night when the Cowboys and Packers take the field, don’t judge a Packer player if he does the “Lambeau leap” into a waiting fan’s arms and don’t judge the Cowboys because of who we are. 

Just remember this, “We are “America’s Team” and Yes, we have that “swagger” and Yes, we have that success”!!!

I LOVE HATERS

As the new season arrives each year, we as fans are inundated with previews and predictions from every and any sports magazine that is imaginable. When I was younger I would be waiting for them like I would wait for Santa Claus on Christmas. These days, with the internet and ESPNEWS and the overall coverage of pro football, I am usually nauseated by this experts predictions and that pundits crystal ball halfway through training camp. At the end of the day, who picked the Giants to win the Super Bowl last year? Not many, if anyone. That being said, there is one preview that I look forward to reading and that is Sports Illustrated’s NFL PREVIEW. For those of you in the same boat, be warned: do not read this if you want to read about it in the magazine for yourself. This year’s issue, with Tony Romo on the cover, does not seem to find the Cowboys in as favorable as light as some of us fans might expect.

For starters, let’s look at The King 50. This is the top 50 players regardless of position ranked by veteran SI writer Peter King. The Cowboys ranked 4 players among the top 50. The top ranked Cowboy is DeMarcus Ware (#15), ranked one spot ahead of Shawn Merriman, who was drafted by the Chargers ahead of Ware. D-Ware is the top ranked Linebacker and 4th highest ranked defensive player overall. This seems very accurate and fair, but then it get’s ugly for the Cowboys. Next for the Cowboys is Romo (#19), but he is the sixth ranked Quarterback behind Tom Brady (#1), Peyton Manning (#2), Drew Brees (#6), Carson Palmer (#7) and Ben Roethlisberger (#18). To me, this is a joke. I think Romo should be ranked higher overall, as well as ahead of Brees, Palmer and Big Ben. I would put him somewhere at #10, as the third ranked QB. Then you have to go all the way towards the bottom of the list to find the final 2 Cowboys. Jason Witten (#41) is ranked behind players such as Aaron Kampman (#32), Phillip Rivers (#31) and tight end Antonio Gates (#35). That is a joke. But you want funny? Just look at the hate that Terrell Owens is getting! T.O. (#43) is ranked behind receivers Randy Moss (#4), Larry Fitzgerald (#33), Reggie Wayne (#36), Braylon Edwards (#39) and yes, get this…..Wes Welker (#40)! We all know T.O. though, fuel to his fire. He probably already has the list posted in his locker!

Then we get to the magazine’s predictions. Following a 13-3 season and a division title as well as all of our starters returning, you would think it would be an easy selection to pick the Cowboys to defend the division crown, but instead SI has us finishing 10-6, and second to….the EAGLES! I about threw the magazine away at this point. And to add insult to injury they forecast us losing to the Eagles in the 2nd round of the playoffs, as Philadelphia advances to the NFC Championship and then to the Superbowl, where they are predicted to lose to the Patriots.

There is also a feature story about the Cowboys offensive line and the meltdown in the the 4th quarter of the playoff loss to the giants, as well as the team preview which includes a small story, with absoloutely no breaking news, about Pac Man.

One small highlight is Felix Jones ranked as the #3 player with breakout potential and says he enters the NFL as “one of the best cutback runners in the game.”

So, overall, it is not a very good read for Cowboys fans, but at least something to get fired up about. The preseason is over, and now it is time to go defend our division title and get that playoff win that we have been searching for, and when we do, I am going to be reading a new Sports Illustrated talking about how great we are, and that is when we will get the last laugh!

 

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD  


Preseason Isn’t About Winning…

Since the Cowboy loss in their first outing against the Chargers on Saturday night, I have received some notes from other fans wondering what happened.  They were disappointed over the final score and are now concerned about the future for the Boys.  Likewise, I have seen many other fans express their disappointment in comments on other websites and articles as well.  And, of course, there are always the Cowboy haters who love gloating any time we lose.

Well, take heart Cowboy fans… Here’s my response to our first loss:  The final score doesn’t matter.  You see, preseason isn’t about winning.  Sure, we always want to win every time we take the field, but in preseason, the final score really isn’t the important thing. 

What is the important thing?  It’s seeing who’s going to fit into our team and where they’re going to fit.  Who’s going to move up the roster and who will move down.  Who will stay and who will go home.  What areas need more work and what areas are we satisfied with.  Sure, you always want to win, and I am not suggesting that we weren’t trying.  However, the point of any preseason game is to find out how your second and third team players are doing.  You don’t risk your first team players just for a win that is meaningless in the long term scheme of things.

Our first team looked good in my opinion.  Romo, Witten, Barber, and the rest of the first team got a series, proved they were up to the task by marching down the field and scoring.  Then we took them out to save them and keep them healthy for the regular season.  Same thing with the first team defense:  they proved that they are game ready.  Things look pretty good for the starters and for the Cowboys overall.

Now, when our second and third team players were in there, we had both bright spots and some troubling areas, but this is what preseason is all about.  It’s about getting your team in order.  Don’t push the panic button just yet.  The Boys are fine.  Yes, we have some work to do, but overall, at this point, there is no reason to be anything but confident in the play of the Cowboys during the upcoming season.

So, if you’re a new fan or you’re just not sure what to make of preseason – don’t lose heart.  Just remember, it’s not about the final score.  It’s not about winning – at least not now.   It’s about getting your team in order so you can win later – and hopefully, win the whole shebang.

T-Minus 24 hours til Draft Day…….

Hey guys, whats up? Yes I am alive and I did not join the peace corps or the convent and become a priest or anything like that. Sorry I havent been keeping up with lonestarstruck as of lately, but I just started a new job a few weeks ago and being in retail management is hectic if you dont know. Anyways, back to the reason Im here.

 The 2008 NFL Draft is a day away! WOOHOO! I dont know about you guys but I have been looking forward to this day since that ugly day back in January. I can’t help but think that Jerry is gonna pull a fast one on us and hopefully shock us in a good way. I keep getting the feeling that Jerry has already pulled off a draft day trade with someone (Detroit or Arizona) just by the vibe he has been expelling lately. Jerry keeps stating he is still looking for that WOW factor on offense and I dont think he means Pacman Jones.

Speaking of Pacman, I for one am happy he is a Cowboy. if he gets on the field this year, I think he will contribute immediatley. He might be a little rusty at first but the guy is only 24 or 25 I think so he will pick it up. Ofcourse, as of this article, the Cowboys and Pacman’s agent are still hammering out the details of the trade and contract but it is all essentially done. For all you Pacman haters, it will all go away when he returns a punt or INT for a TD.

Back to the draft, I am really hoping that Dallas picks up a WR and RB in the 1st round if they dont make a trade. I really like Darren McFadden but we wont get him unless he falls to 7th or lower. Imagine McFadden and Barber as a one two punch? Being the realist that I am, I am gonna go out on a limb here and venture to say that if the Cowboys dont trade any of their two 1st round picks they will draft, Felix Jones and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Those are my two picks. I will interchange Limas Sweed in there depending on several factors. So there you go guys. Tune it in at 2 PM tomorrow and watch the Draft. I know I will. See you next time kiddies! Same Cowboys Time! Same Cowboys Place! Same Cowboys Channel!