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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

United Football League Takes Cowboys Leftovers

According to ESPN’s Matt Mosley the United Football League has taken interest in nearly a handful of ex-Cowboys. Ronnie Cruz, Tyson Thompson, Brooks Bollinger and Rob Petitti have been drafted by UFL teams.

So you may ask, what is the UFL?

This info was found on the UFL website.

The UFL will play in the fall, during traditional football season, to establish the league as a viable entity and will offer real, 11-on-11, outdoor professional football in NFL quality stadiums/venues. The UFL will play its regular season games on Thursday and Friday evenings in the fall, with the first regular season game kicking off in October and the Championship Game scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend. 

In its “Premiere” season, the UFL will have four teams playing in seven cities. The four teams selected for 2009 are Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and San Francisco. The additional cities where games may be played include Hartford, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

 The UFL will play a six game season, compared to the NFL’s 16 game season.

There have been other attempts of leagues trying to compete with the National Football League. Needless to say none of them succeeded.

Fans may have a lot of issues and concerns with some of the rules and regulations in the NFL but at the same time every fan will admit it is and always will be the best, nothing will ever come close.

Good luck in the UFL Tyson, and the rest of the guys! (Tyson’s the only one on that list that I really enjoyed watching.)

The Fall Of Owens

Understanding Owens strategy to ruling the receivers position in the National Football League.

By now, every human being is sick at hearing the name Owens. I will make this painless.

Terrell Owens was drafted by the 49ers a first class franchise with five titles. Owens was groomed by the master himself Jerry Rice. With training from Rice, Owens should go on to have a legendary career.

Would Owens be satisfied with the 49ers and Garcia as his QB?

No.

Terrell would demand a trade.

Owens would be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. This franchise has a tremendous history with several playoff and super bowl appearances. Donovan McNabb is the starting qb for the Eagles. McNabb is 5 time pro bowler.

Would Owens be satisfied with the Eagles and McNabb as his QB?

No.

This experiment would end in a disaster. Owens would chastise and harass McNabb for the brief two years stint.

Eagle fans and the franchise would send Owens to the unemployment department.

Terrell would find work. The Dallas Cowboys would sign Owens. The Cowboys are the greatest franchise in Professional Football. The Cowboys have been to more super bowls than any other franchise.

The Cowboys have more fans outside Dallas than in. This is America’s team. I would work as a Janitor for this franchise.

It doesn’t get any better or higher than the Dallas Cowboys. Would Terrell finally be appeased?

Nope. 

Terrell’s antics would force Bill Parcells to quit as the Cowboys Coach. Parcells would never get a chance to rebuild the Cowboys into champions.

After a three year tenure with the Cowboys would be released.

Every avenue and bridge has been torched.

One team decides to take a chance on Owens. The Mighty Buffalo Bills.

The Buffalo Bills are cursed. This teams legacy is tainted. OJ Simpson and the 4 super bowl loses in a row, have left this franchise hopeless.

The only excitement in Buffalo is changing the street lights. This city has a personality of John Doe.

Nobody moves to Buffalo. It’s population decreases each year. Economically it’s a snail.

The only way to revive this franchise is to move it to a first class city like Toronto. 

The Bills starting QB is Trent Edwards. Edwards has zero pro bowls.  Edwards may fall into the J.P. Losman realm. If Owens is not satisfied with Romo, Garcia or McNabb, how long will it take before he condemns Edwards?

Odds makers are reporting the Owens- Buffalo Bills relationship will last 90 days.

The Mighty have fallen…

Robert McGlinchey

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqoctSy25I

Terrell Owens To Be Featured On CNBC Documentary

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens, one of the most colorful and controversial players in the National Football League, will be among several celebrities featured in a CNBC documentary entitled “Newbos: The Rise of America’s New Black Overclass,” which premieres Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The one-hour show will profile young, multi-millionaire blacks and the challenges and opportunities that come with their first generation wealth.

Others profiled in the documentary include Lebron James, Torii Hunter, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Wyclef Jean, Lil’ Wayne, Williams Brothers of Cash Money Records, Kirk Franklin and Bob Johnson.

Cowboys – Redskins Rivalry: One of the Best of All Times

Good Morning Cowboy Fans:

When the Dallas Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team in 1960, they have enjoyed much success on and off the field and have enjoyed an avid following in the state of Texas, the United States at large, and internationally as well. Since their beginning the Dallas Cowboys have also enjoyed a great rivalry with the Washington Redskins. It is a rivalry that is considered one of the best in all of sports, that continues to this day and that is very much a part of Dallas Cowboys history.

Clint Murchison, a Texas oil tycoon wanted to bring an NFL team to the state of Texas but didn’t seem to be having much success. In 1958 he heard that the owner of the Washington Redskins, George Preston Marshall, was keen to sell his team. Murchison struck a deal for the team, however, just when the deal was about to be finalized Marshall changed the terms and a furious Murchison cancelled the deal outright. This was the precursor to what was soon to become a great sports rivalry. In the meantime, following a series of events, Murchison bought the rights to the Redskin’s fight song, Hail to the Redskins from the songs composer (and Redskins band leader) who himself had had a falling out with Marshall. The $2500 Murchison paid for the rights would prove to be worth so much more. As Murchison wasn’t having any luck buying a team he decided to start his own.

A proposition for an expansion team was presented to the National Football League owners. In order for the expansion team to become a reality it would have to meet unanimous approval from the owners. As it happened, all of the owners agreed to the expansion team except for one, George Preston Marshall. However, when Marshall discovered that Murchison had bought the rights to the Redskin’s fight song his opinion changed and a deal was struck. In return for Marshall approving the expansion team Murchison returned the song. Cowboy’s football became a reality and a rivalry was born.

When the Cowboys joined the league they were in a separate conference from the Redskins and played only once during the season. In 1961 they were placed in the same division and from that point on they have played each other twice every regular season. A rivalry that had its beginnings behind the scenes didn’t take long to present itself on the field and by 1972 the rivalry was in full swing. That year the two teams faced off in the NFC Championship game. The Redskins were victorious and went on to claim Super Bowl victory over the Miami Dolphins. Two other great games of note between the two rivals happened in more recent times.

In 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys dominating the play and leading the game 13-0 with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Washington Redskins made a comeback scoring two touchdowns to win the game. In 2006 the two rivals played one of the craziest games in their history that was called the “Hand of God” game. With the game tied, and only 31 seconds to go, the Redskins missed on a 49-yard field goal attempt. The Cowboys then worked their way into field goal range. With only seconds left on the clock the 35-yard field goal was blocked. The runback of the recovered block along with a facemask penalty assessed to the Cowboys provided the Redskins with another field goal attempt on the 47-yard line with no time left. On this attempt the Redskins were good and claimed the victory.

Between them, the Cowboys and Redskins have won thirty-one NFC Eastern Division championships and eight Super Bowls. The Cowboys edge out the Redskins in the latter category having claimed the title of Super Bowl Champions, five times. The overall record between these two rivalries consists of 55 Dallas wins, 36 Washington wins and two ties. The Redskins have beaten the Cowboys twice in post season play. Sports rivalries are a serious matter that once established take on a life of their own.

The Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins rivalry has spurned great competition and resulted in great success for both teams over a span of forty-seven years. It is a rivalry that is sure to continue for another forty years, and counting.

So this Sunday, when the “hated Redskins” come to “Big D” let’s take a moment, stare up at the “Ring of Honor” and remember all the great players that have made the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry what it is today.

Go Cowboys!!

Gene Upshaw the Ambassador of the Game

Like many, I awoke this morning to hear the sad news that Gene Upshaw had passed away. I did not know Upshaw personally or anything, but I watched him so much as a Raider, I feel like I lost a friend.  He was a legendary Raider that prevented would be tacklers from getting to the quarterback and consistently, with Art Shell, opened gaping holes for a running game that was nearly unstoppable.

Seven Pro Bowls, eleven all league or all conference selections, he was a pivotal cog on an offensive line that made it to the Super Bowl three times and won two while he held down the fort left of center.  It nearly seems appropriate that the Raiders’ and possibly the NFL’s greatest player to ever wear the number 63 also passed away at the age of 63.

Upshaw is part of the NFL’s 75 Year Anniversary All Time team, was the captain of the Raiders offensive unit for eight years.  During the fifteen years he spent as a Raider, the team went to the playoffs 11 times, won 8 divisional titles, one AFL Championship, two AFC titles, and two world championships.  He’s the only player in NFL history to participate in three different Super Bowls in three different decades.

This writer spent many Sundays watching Upshaw and the great Art Shell sweep right or sweep left and throwing lead blocks for Raider runners. It was sight for the football fan’s eyes.

Later after his playing days were over Upshaw was pivotal in getting many things done for the players in NFL as head of the (NFLPA) National Football League Players Association.

Player’s salaries have risen to unbelievable amounts while protected with pensions after three years of service. A rookie can now make a league minimum of $200,000.00 which was never the case when Upshaw came into the league. Over the years Upshaw worked behind the scenes and helped make the NFL one of the best systems in all of professional sports.

I think one of the greatest accomplishments Upshaw achieved as chief of the NFLPA is that the NFL marketing arm is both the owners and players walking hand in hand.

Gene Upshaw promoted all this unity between the players and the owners. He always worked on the belief that what was good for the players was good for the league and what was good for the league was good for the players. This was a tough act to balance, but if you grew up watching Gene Upshaw you knew he was a tough guy and could carry the load.

So tonight when we watch our heroes’ on the gridiron, take a moment to remember Gene Upshaw. The player, the pro-bowler, the NFL player executive and the man.
GO COWBOYS!!