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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.

Morning Radio and the Joy of a Quiet Offseason

Driving into work this morning I was flipping between Fox Sports Radio and ESPN Radio on XM. Most of the talk was about baseball and March Madness, but for a few minutes I heard some ranting regarding the new Jets/Giants stadium and their dilemma about who will open the season in the new home. After a coin toss by the commissioner it was decided that the Giants will open the stadium on Sunday September 12th and the Jets will open on the following Monday night to the huge MNF crowd.

First of all, can you imagine your team sharing a stadium with another team, even if they were in the other conference? I still find it ridiculous that they aren’t even in the state of New York. I guess some could argue that the Dallas Cowboys don’t play in Dallas but Arlington is a hell of a lot closer than say Louisiana or Oklahoma.

Another topic discussed on my morning drive radio programming also featured the Jets and their newly acquired running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The poor guy has gone from being the best in the biz to being a 3rd string back that fans hope they never see on the field. I’ve always liked LT, and I find it really sad how the world of sports works sometimes.

It seems the Jets really are trying to make some noise this offseason, but none of their moves have impressed me yet. In case you missed it they grabbed former Cowboy Nick Folk to a one year deal back in February. Their veteran kicker Jay Feely isn’t worried at all and expects a new deal despite the signing.

As for the Cowboys, everything is really quiet right now. Next month comes the draft and the release of the 2010 schedule.

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For now you can relax and enjoy Spring Break, only five or so months until Preseason football… ;)

Drafting in Fantasy Football

Hello Cowboys fans! This is my first of, hopefully, many articles for Lone Star Struck. I will be doing the Fantasy Sports article from here on out. My intention is to write an entertaining column about a game most of us now play. I have been playing since 1999, and I have also, for the last 6 years, been the commissioner for the league that I play in as well. Fantasy Football has come a long way in the last few years. You can now get your Fantasy scoring while watching games and they have entire shows dedicated to it during the week and early Sunday mornings. To say that Fantasy Football is a huge part of being a fan of NFL football is an understatement. Playing Fantasy Football is a great way to immerse yourself in the game, plus it also can help you learn about the sport in ways you previously may have looked over. I know, that for me, Fantasy Football has made me a better fan and it also has helped me learn about how teams/players other than the Cowboys are doing. Knowledge is always a good thing. Being as we are all Dallas Cowboys Fans, I will always include information and my opinions on Cowboys. As awesome as it would be to have a team of all Cowboys (I did that in 2002, and won more than I thought I would) sometimes isn’t at all feasible.

     

That being said, The first thing I’d like to discuss is how you should rank your picks by position. Some of you that have been playing for awhile may already know this, and this may be a good time to start planning out your team. For those of you that have never played before and intend on this season being your first, I hope this information is helpful to you. Just because this might be your first foray into Fantasy Football, it sure doesn’t have to LOOK like it.

  1. Running Back – Think of the running back as the main workhorse for your team. There is a reason why, in past years, Ladainian Tomlinson and guys like Adrian Peterson go first. Your main running back should be a guy who either A) gets ALL the touches on running plays or B)at least 75%. Depending on your league rules, Your main running back will most likely supply you with 30-40% of the points you will get on Sunday.

     

  2. Quarterback – Your Quarterback is high up on your list due to the fact, that like your main RB, he will likely put up a majority of the points on a good day. For maximum effect, try to match him up with his #1 receiver. This will double your points. For example, if your QB throws a 50 yard TD pass to to your receiver, they will both score the points for the 50 yards and the touchdown. A good quarter back is someone who will average over 250 yards a game and 2 touchdowns.

     

  3. 2nd Running Back – A good choice for your second running back is the type of back that gets the ball on 4th and 1. He might not get the touches like your #1 RB, but he puts up a good amount of points. A lot of teams have backs like this in this day and age of the multiple RB system

     

  4. Wide Receiver – Try to match your number one receiver with your QB’s #1 Receiver on his team. Like I said previously, this doubles your points, If you cannot, try to pick a premier WR. WR’s are tricky in Fantasy football, a guy like T.O. Can catch 4 touchdowns in one game and do nothing the next. It is usually wise not to count on your WR’s in Fantasy as they can be fickle. Think of anything they get you, as a bonus.

     

  5. Defense – In most leagues you will pick a teams entire defense. In past years teams like Baltimore, Tennessee and Pittsburgh have been strong picks. Any defense that holds other teams to 14 points or less are good choices. Look for teams that have lots of sacks and interceptions. Your Special Teams unit will also be your Defensive pick. So teams like the Bears might be a good choice due to players like Devin Hester and the like.

     

  6. Tight Ends- Make sure you get a receiving TE, because in most leagues, you don’t get points for blocking. Guys like Jason Witten and Kevin Boss are usually good picks.

Well, that about wraps it up for this article. I just want to add, that this is a very general and very basic guideline for how your draft should go. WR’s and your Second RB are interchangeable depending on what is available. In coming articles I will be ranking the top 12 guys at each position so that you can have your list ready for Draft Day. Thanks for reading and I hope that this comes in handy for you beginners and even for some of you veterans out there.