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Back To The Future

I was sitting at my house earlier in the week watching ESPN Classic featuring the 1991 Cowboys vs Falcons. Although Troy Aikman was not in the game due to an injury, I saw Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin and “MOOSE” Johnston and the way they moved up and down the field and the way the defense took over and controlled every aspect of the game.

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Sunday as I was sitting there watching the Cowboys DESTROY the Falcons on defense, I had to remind myself that I was not still watching that same game on ESPN Classic. This was the 2009 Cowboys playing a great game. We dominated on the line and got to the quarterback several times during the game. Yes, it was a rocky start giving them that first drive and touchdown, but when Phillips challenged the defense they stepped up and performed like we knew they could. It was all over but the crying for the Falcons at that point.

As for the offense, T. whO.??? Miles Austin is the name we are and SHOULD be talking about. Jerry Jones said himself, “He has the big play making abilities”. Well that has been proven 2 weeks in a row. Tony Romo is looking like he did last couple of years and seems to be having fun again. Yes once again they looked great, but that has happened before this season.

Don’t get me wrong, I am just as much of a die hard fan as all of us out there. Sitting next to my dad on the couch screaming together as the Cowboys scored. Or even better, when the Cowboys score you pick up your phone, call your dad and when he answers, you both just start screaming then hang up. NO WORDS NECESSARY!! Those are the great phone calls we all love to make. But just like Kelly said, we have to be truthful, and realize there are kinks that need to be worked out.

Penalties are obviously our biggest concern. One thing that needs to be brought to the field, locker room, practice field and everywhere else is discipline. Once that is established and they stop making all the mistakes, I really believe they will have a strong chance at making a very strong push this year. LETS GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!

Let’s Enjoy Austin Without All the Comparisons

StarStruck GraphicsMiles Austin definitely stole the spotlight on Sunday. He did more than his share, helping the Cowboys trounce the Falcons.

However, one thing is really bugging me. I’ve heard people say he’s the new Michael Irvin, I even read an article claiming he is T.O. with smile.

Give Miles Austin his credit for what he has worked hard to accomplish. There is not much about Miles that reminds me of Irvin or Owens. In fact, not to belittle either of those superstars, but Austin did something they never did… and he did it as a #2 receiver. He currently holds the franchise record for receiving yards in a single game. Of course Irvin and Owens hold their own franchise records. Which essentially proves my point even further.

I know people are just excited and happy about the win and the hope that Austin brings for the Cowboys and I love it! I love when the fans get pumped up and enthusiastic.

I’m sure Miles would feel honored to be compared to such great professional players, but I’d also bet he would be the first to tell you he is nothing like them.

Forget the three different personalities and egos, their playing styles are nothing alike. Not to mention, you may be getting a little bit ahead of yourselves.

There’s nothing wrong with being compared to the likeness of football greats, so maybe I am overreacting.

Either way great work Miles keep it up, we are very proud of you!

Oh yeah, and for the record I never got into the whole “The New Triplets” thing with Romo, Owens and Barber a few years ago. We need to make new memories and dynasties. Embrace the past and learn from it, but don’t try to recreate it, it never works out right.

Emmitt Smith: The Road to Canton 2010

Taken in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft, Emmitt Smith was grabbed by the Dallas Cowboys at pick 17. The Cowboys had to trade up to take Emmitt Smith who continued to fall down the draft order. In hindsight, those teams are probably still beating themselves up over passing him up.

Emmitt Smith, one of the most decorated players in NFL history, finally becomes eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot in 2010. The NFL’s all-time rushing leader is most definitely a lock to be inducted in Canton, Ohio following the footsteps of his teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.

Cowboy fans are so sure that Emmitt will be inducted, some have begun making their plans to head to Canton in support of Emmitt Smith next summer. A sea of #22 jerseys will fill the crowd as Smith takes the stage in what is surely to be an emotional moment for all.

Emmitt’s amazing list of credentials is topped with a prominent title that he holds alone, all time leading rusher with 18,355 career yards. He dons three Super Bowl rings, along with a Super Bowl MVP title. Smith is 2nd all time in touchdowns with 175, plus a record 11 straight 1,000 yard seasons and holds the record for most touchdowns in a single season with 25 in 1995 and most career rushing touchdowns with 164. The list goes on and on.

In this day and age when football news is covered with scandals and criminals its good to remember the men who lived for the game and did everything right. Every time Emmitt Smith put on his helmet and went on the field he gave it his all no matter the circumstances.

Emmitt SmithOne of the hardest things for Cowboys to ever watch came at the end of his career when Smith left Dallas and played in Arizona for a year.

At the end of the 2005 season just before the Super Bowl, Emmitt Smith announced his retirement. He left the Cardinals and signed a one day contract with the Dallas Cowboys so that he could retire a Cowboy.

The retirement press conference video will still bring a tear to your eyes.

“It’s been a tremendous ride,” said Smith. “My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up.”
“You don’t know how much this star really means to me.”
“I’m moving on to another chapter in my life,” he said. “That’s a chapter I’m looking forward to.”

“It’s been a tremendous ride,” said Smith. “My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up.”

“You don’t know how much this star really means to me.”

“I’m moving on to another chapter in my life. That’s a chapter I’m looking forward to.”

The great Emmitt Smith will always hold a special place in the heart of Cowboys fans.

These days while the Cowboys are running an effective three-back attack with three different styles, it really makes you realize how amazing #22 was to do it all alone.

His legacy will live on forever and there is no debate that it will be permanently enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Saturday August 7th, 2010.

Cowboys Extra Points: Starters, Backups and Poison Ivy?

extrapts2Duke Preston is on his way to Dallas, and pending a physical could be the team’s new backup center behind Andre Gurode as reported by Nick Eatman on the Cowboys’ official site.

Preston was released by Green Bay on Tuesday after being with the team since March. The veteran could provide depth to the O-line as he can play center, tackle and guard. Preston spent the last four years with Buffalo.

Possibly one of the biggest battles this preseason has been (as expected) between Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick at cornerback. Wade Phillips said both are doing so well and it’s a tough decision, one that he probably won’t make until the season opener. Scandrick is expected to start this Saturday and Jenkins in the final preseason game.

Now here’s a doozy… Bobby Carpenter did not participate in practice today. According to Tim MacMahon at DMN Carpenter got poison ivy in his eye and it was swelled shut.

Roy Williams continues to receive criticism from the media, including former Cowboy greats, but he isn’t letting it get to him.

“It doesn’t fuel me. Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Darren Woodson — I love it, I appreciate it.

“I appreciate it because if you sit around and have to hear how good you are all the dang time, you have to have that Jerry Rice mind-set of, ‘I’m not good enough.

“When I have guys, especially NFL greats and the greatest that played here in Dallas, saying that I can’t get the job done, and I’m not a No. 1, it makes me feel good.

“It makes me want to go out there and prove to them and everybody else across the world who listens to those guys because, obviously, everybody thinks they know it all, that I can do my job.”

Another Star to Dance With the Stars

The great Michael Irvin has decided to take on yet another project. He wants to follow Emmitt Smith’s fancy footsteps on Dancing with the Stars television competition.

AP reports:

NEW YORK – Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin will join 15 celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sports in kicking up their heels on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Other hopefuls include entertainer Donny Osmond; singers Mya, Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; actors Melissa Joan Hart, Debi Mazar and Ashley Hamilton (son of George); models Joanna Krupa and Kathy Ireland; reality stars Kelly Osbourne and Mark Dacascos (“the Chairman” on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”); mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell; professional snowboarder Louie Vito; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and 62-year-old former congressman from Texas Tom DeLay.

The contestants were announced on Monday’s “Good Morning America” by “Dancing” host Tom Bergeron.

He also unveiled a new competitive twist.

“In the middle of our season, over three weeks, we’re going to have double eliminations,” said Bergeron. “We’ll lose about half of our cast within that period. It will be a ballroom bloodbath.”

Samantha Harris returns as co-host, with the panel of judges including ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer-choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

The ninth season of the hit ABC show premieres Sept. 21.

DoughboyCowboy’s Cowboy Round-Up

First off, Michael Irvin is on Dancing with the Stars. I was very excited about this. With his popularity and his moves from the football field, I think he is the man to beat. If he wins, next up is Troy. Go Playmaker of the Stars!

OK, now for the Cowboys… I don’t take too much into pre-season but it is nice to see the players get off the rust in a live game. Tony Romo looked good. His first series was off. But the way he moved the offense in his second series was great. Showing a little bit of what could be a great season, he spread the ball around and utilized all the weapons available to him.

Felix JonesAs soon as I seen Felix Jones run a few yards. I admit I said this out loud, “Felix I missed you”. The offensive will be awesome. This year I am really focusing on Witten and hoping he has a spectacular year. There is a hidden agenda with that one, more of that later.

The defense looked OK. While the 2nd and 3rd strings gave up a lot of points, the first team looked good. I am excited about Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware. The opposition wont know where DeMarcus will be coming from. Look out for a top 5 defense.

It was nice to see Keon Lattimore get a few reps too. I think he is a sleeper for this team if he makes the full roster. Jesse Holley was also playing in a few plays too. It was nice to see number 16 running down the field. Sometimes players who are trying for a spot on the team don’t play that much. We’ll see if he completes the dream. I still think Hawkins should of made the team instead.

I am looking forward to this Friday’s game. I wont be able to see it here in Illinois, but it will be on NFL Network on Saturday. I want to see the inside of the new stadium. Look for a great season to come!

Each Monday I will talk about the Cowboys and what I think about the team. If anyone can think of a better title let me know. I am looking forward to a great Cowboys season! – DoughboyCowboy

Young Receivers Showing Something In Camp

Training camp is well underway and there have been a lot great things happening in San Antonio. From what I have been reading one of the biggest surprises in training camp has been the play of our young receivers Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, and the other receivers.

Sam Hurd and Miles Austin have been vying for the third receiver slot. They both have been making some acrobatic catches. This is great news, however this is training camp and we will have to wait to see what happens in a real game.

One low spot was Isaiah Stanback tweaking his hamstring and was out of practice, this is not a good sign for him. He has really been injury plagued since he has been with the Cowboys.

Not sure if Jesse Holley can make the team after winning Michael Irvin’s reality show “4th and Long”, but he has been making some plays as well.

Right now, Patrick Crayton is the second wide receiver behind Roy Williams, but we will have to wait and see if the keeps it.

We all know that the receivers would be a big question mark this year, but lets hope they can make their mark.

And The Winner Is…

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Well, don’t worry guys. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but if you have been following Michael Irvin’s reality TV show, “4th and Long”, we are down to the final four and a winner has been selected.

The grand finale has been taped and tomorrow night we will know which contestant has earned the privilege to come to training camp and compete for a starting job with the Dallas Cowboys.

Barry Horn of the DMN, had an excerpt from Jerry Jones who will be front and center during the season finale which will air tomorrow night at 10:00 PM on Spike.

The following is what Jones said to the contestants:

“I am reminded with you when I first became part of the Dallas Cowboys it took people back. They kind of looked at me a little funny because I didn’t get there the traditional way, But during the period of time we’ve been involved we got to be part of three Super Bowl champions.”And one thing I did find out, that when you do something unconventional that will get people to stop looking at you funny. You guys have gotten here in a very similar way. This isn’t the normal way to come in and get an opportunity to play in the NFL.”

“If one of you is the ballplayer that Michael and Joe and Bill say, you’ve got a chance be here. Clear your Sunday afternoon calendar cause you are going to be spending it out here with a big star on your helmet.”

The show will feature two more cuts before selecting the winner from the remaining two players.

The four finalists are:

Wide receivers

Andrew “Matchbox” Hawkins
Age: 22
Ht: 5-7
Wt: 175
College: Toledo
40-yard dash time: 4.34
Note: Was a two-way player in college and has been the standout of the series.

Jesse “Hollywood” Holley
Age: 25
Ht: 6-3
Wt: 216
College: North Carolina
40-yard dash time: 4.52
Note: Also played basketball for the Tar Heels and has done everything well.

Defensive Backs

Eddie “Emo” Moten
Age: 27
Ht: 5-10
Wt: 185
College: Texas A&M – Kingsville
40-yard dash time: 4.46
Note: Lancaster High grad who played four seasons in the Arena League but does not appear to be an Irvin favorite.

Ahmaad “Silent Assasin” Smith
Age: 25
Ht: 6-0
Wt: 196
College: Tennessee State
40-yard dash time: 4.48
Note: Played most recently for semi-pro Mississippi Mudcats and has emerged as the best DB on the of the original six.

For the record, I chose Jesse Holley as my favorite to win this thing way back when.

Michael Irvin’s Star Search

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Have you guys checked out 4th and Long yet?

I have been watching and recording 4th and Long all season and I absolutely love it.

Watching these young players trying to make the cut and playing their hearts out is really something. Michael Irvin has to be one of the hardest coaches I have ever seen.

Of course I have never really witnessed what it’s like behind the scenes of a training camp, or thought about what it takes to be a pro football player, so to me this all new and fascinating.

Last night’s episode displayed what the remaining players are made of and how badly they want to wear the silver and blue. These young players have to not only deal with the pain of playing the game and learning all the plays in such a limited amount of time, but just about everything that comes with making the Dallas Cowboys!

I thought it was a good move for the coaches to give them a little taste of some of the perks of being a Cowboy by taking them to Coach Joe’s Bar and Grill. They got to see and hear the benefits of being a success in the NFL, but that was just a prelude for the onslaught that was to come the next morning.

Michael Irvin, Bill Bates and Coach Joe ramped up what was already a tough test of endurance and perseverance and literally put the remaining players through hell. I really thought at least one of them would give up, but every one of them gutted it out like true warriors.

I also enjoy seeing the former Cowboys appear as guest coaches and sharing their wisdom and their own experiences. Watching Tony Dorsett (TD himself!) spending time with that kid could be the one thing that could change his life. Or, like he said, it is something he can one day tell his great grandchildren about.

All I know is that I sure would not want to be in Irvin’s shoes right now.

Do you have a favorite competing player?

Who do you want to be a Cowboy?

Here is a short video promotion of 4th and Long.

For more information and broadcast times visit Spike TV.

Edited by Joe D.

Michael Irvin Being Sued For Allegedly Stealing Reality Show Idea

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that three men are claiming interference against Michael Irvin in a lawsuit, saying the former Cowboys star stole their football reality show concept and turned it into a cable TV program.

The men say they approached Irvin in 2007 to pitch their show titled “Guts to Glory,” featuring contestants competing for a spot on a professional football team, according to a lawsuit filed in Dallas County District Court last week.

In May, Irvin’s program, “4th and Long,” debuted on Spike TV. Irvin oversees 12 football amateurs who hope to make a spot on the Cowboys roster.

Irvin’s Dallas-based attorney, Larry Friedman, said his client had thought of the concept several years earlier after he watched the first episode of the reality TV series “American Idol.” Irvin met with dozens of people regarding a reality football program, Friedman said.

Irvin’s attorney went into full damage control mode and have said that Irvin thought of the concept many years before he met with the three men who have filed the suit.

Irvin’s lawyers have said the three men are too young and have very little producing experience. They also said they liken the suit to somebody suing because they invented tic-tac-toe.

The men presented their concept to Irvin and his agent and representative in August 2007, according to the lawsuit, obtained by Courthouse News Service. In the following months, they negotiated an agreement regarding how much money each side would receive.

The agreement first proposed that Irvin and his agent receive 25 percent of a producing fee in connection with the show. In March 2008, Irvin’s representatives told the plaintiffs he wanted 95 percent of the fee, the lawsuit states.

Fourteen months later, “4th and Long” appeared on TV.

There’s always something going on in Cowboys Nation.

I am curious though… How many of you tune in and watch “4th and Long” on a regular basis?

Don’t Forget, Turn to Spike Tonight!

Press Release

Tonight on Spike, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is on a quest to give a football hopeful a shot at making the Dallas Cowboys roster! Premiering at 10pm ET/PT on Spike TV, 4th and Long features twelve amateur hopefuls who will move to Dallas and compete against one another to earn a shot at a coveted spot in the Dallas Cowboy training camp next summer and potentially a spot on the team.

The10-episode series shot at the famed Cotton Bowl in Dallas includes twelve football amateurs (6 wide receivers and 6 defensive backs) who must endure rigorous competition overseen by Irvin. The legendary receiver will serve as Host/Executive Producer, keeping a watchful eye over the contestants and helping to mold them into champions. Former All-Pro Cowboy Bill Bates and former coach Joe Avezzano serve as coaches and additional former players, coaches, media personalities will guest star.

Michael Irvin Everywhere

image_irv_125Michael Irvin seems to be making his rounds promoting his new show “4th and Long”. He has done radio interviews across the nation, chances are you’ve heard how excited the Playmaker is about his upcoming reality show that premieres on Monday, May 18th on SPIKE.

I heard that he told listeners on WFAN in New York that he guarantees he has several Pro-Bowl caliber players on his show. Now how much truth that holds, who knows, I guess we will have to watch and see!

 

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is on a quest to give a football hopeful a shot at making the Dallas Cowboys roster! The 10-episode series shot at the famed Cotton Bowl in Dallas includes twelve football amateurs (6 wide receivers and 6 defensive backs) who must endure rigorous competition overseen by Irvin. The legendary receiver will serve as Host/Executive Producer, keeping a watchful eye over the contestants and helping to mold them into champions. Former All-Pro Cowboy Bill Bates and former coach Joe Avezzano serve as coaches and additional former players, coaches, media personalities will guest star.

 

Here is a preview for the show, posted on SPIKE’s website.

Also on the ESPN website for the Michael Irvin Show on ESPN Radio, they have posted:

Win a DVD of the History of the Dallas Cowboys!
Listen all this week (5/11 thru 5/18) during the Michael Irvin Show for your chance to win a DVD of the History of the Dallas Cowboys from Warner Home Video in stores now. One lucky winner of a DVD will win an autographed Michael Irvin jersey!