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.

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!


Kelly Horn
Founder/Owner/Graphic Designer of

Thank You Kelly For Star Struck!!!!

" In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. ………………………..On the 7th day God created the Dallas Cowboys and on the 8th, God created Kelly and for all Dallas Cowboy fans on Earth."

Ok maybe I am taking this way out of line and we all know Kelly isn’t over 2,000 years old, , but I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Kelly here with this article. It takes a really great person and FAN or FAN-atic to do what she does. She started this here website for the enjoyment of Dallas Cowboy fans everywhere, free of charge. Running a website of this magnitude isn’t easy folks. It’s alot of arduous work to do what she does, plus she makes the BEST graphics out there for Dallas Cowboy fans everywhere. I have seen her Graphics all over Myspace with those distinguishing S*S logos attached to them.

I am just amazed how Kelly has time to do all of this considering Kelly has a full-time job and is a single mom just trying to make ends meet. I just wish the Dallas Cowboys organization , (You listening Jerry Jones!!!) knew how much work, effort and dedication you truly put in and day out Kelly for the Dallas Cowboys and thier fans and would somehow awknowledge you in someway because you really deserve that at the very least. You have never asked for anything from us in return and again, and I know I speak for the rest of the StarStruck Writers and Staffers that we just want to say Thank You Kelly. You truly are and epitomize in every word of the sense what a TRUE Dallas Cowboys fan is and should be. I just hope I am still on the staff when this thing not only goes nationally but on a global scale as well cause it’s gonna happen.  So again Kelly, and I know I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU!!!!!  FREDOOCH 

Merry Christmas Starstruck

Hello Cowboys fans and Lonestarstruck lovers!

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish a very Merry Christmas to Kelly and her family. Kelly (Starstruck) is an amazing lady with talent like I’ve never seen. Her passion for The Dallas Cowboys shows in every thing she creates. She does so much for Cowboys fans and puts so many hours of work into this blog site and the graphics she creates. I am constantly in awe of Kelly.

We’ve been so fortunate lately to begin to really acquire some good writing on here. It’s a terrific group of people. I am so pleased for Kelly’s sake that this site is becoming so successful and attracting such awesome people. It’s Kelly’s standard of excellence that has set the bar and is bringing these great people her way.

I met Kelly on myspace just a little less than 2 years ago and I have grown to know her and love her as a very very close friend. I can’t express my affection for her in words. We have a deep love for our boys (we each have an only child) and we have a ridiculous love for The Dallas Cowboys. In having that in common, we had a foundation to build a beautiful friendship and mutual respect for each other. I feel incredibly blessed to be closing out 2007 with Kelly as a daily part of my life.

I know you all appreciate her as much as I do so if you would just shout out in the comments here and let her know, it will mean the world to her.


I can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with next. It just keeps getting better all the time.