Cowboy Fans Know No Offseason

Hey! This week has been a blast and it’s not over yet! I have one more thing up my sleeve! We’ll talk about that next week, okay? Cowboy Fans know no offseason! Fans came out by the dozens to rep the Star in a big way!

I will let these two videos tell the story. The first is pictures from the party. The music is provided with permission from my new friends Southern Steel. It’s called “Silver and Blue” and it rocks! Check your volume before hitting the play button. I like it loud!

The second video is me talking about the weekend which, for me, started Thursday night. I mentioned it briefly last week. You’re sure to get a kick out of that!

Our next party for Cowboy Fans in the Big D is the weekend of April 25th: Draft Weekend! We are also making plans for a fish fry and BBQ in June, among other things! I will keep you all posted so you can try to attend!

Enjoy the videos! If you have questions or would like more information about any of this: COMMENT ME!! I’ll comment back!!

Much love to all and




Exciting Weekend in Dallas!

Hey Cowboy Fans!

I hope this finds you all well. I am going to keep this short and sweet. Your LSS Staff is doing a fantastic job keeping you updated on the latest news on our favorite team and players, as always! Let’s give them a round of applause! Comments is a great way to show appreciation!

This weekend will be a fun weekend to be in Dallas. I’m throwing a party for Cowboy Fans! We are calling it the “We Don’t Need A Tailgate To Party”-Tailgate Party. How fun! When it all started, I was sure the RSVP list would max out at about 10 people. Imagine my surprise when I started helping fans with hotel information and arranging to pick up friends at the airport. Soon, the RSVP list hit 30… then 40… and beyond! WOW! I can hardly wait!


Next week, I will have plenty of pics and vids to share. If you’re in DFW or planning to be here Saturday night, let me know! I will find a way to share the information! We have kept the locations a secret to avoid party crashers! Just click on “staff” above for my link.

Also, tomorrow night (Thursday), I will be attending an awesome party! I’m beside myself at the moment and I can hardly wait to go! I don’t want to say much just yet but if you know me, you can imagine what has me so “WoooHoo!” Details on this to also come next week! You will want to stay tuned!

We are planning another party in April for the draft! Make plans now! If you can’t make it to DFW for that weekend, put together a party where you live and send us your pictures! Your Draft Party could appear on LoneStarStruck! Did you notice that LSS is hosting a Draft Chat? That should be fun! Maybe I can find a way to be there, too! Yes, these days people can be in two places at once! Haha!!

As you know, I am a major fan of the Dallas Cowboys. The only thing I love as much is YOU: Cowboy Fans! I have been busy putting fun events together for all of us! The 2009 Schedule comes out in a couple of weeks. Shortly after, we will be making plans for a few Tailgate Parties and spreading the word! We always get an early start on these plans so everyone has a chance to get here!

I will let you get back to your regularly schedule LSS programs now! Visit me here next week when I share details and photos from Thursday night and our 1st 2009 Tailgate Party… minus the tailgate!!

Much love to all!



Mum is the Word

“A Leader is someone who is building a light house while everyone else is building Ships. “

“It is not only what we do,
but also what we do not do,
for which we are accountable.”

I can’t remember to this day who said that 1st quote and I apologize for not knowing from the top of my head who said it, but I believe that those 2 simple quotes say volumes about the Dallas Cowboys 2008 season. Metaphorically speaking, well the 2008 season can be summed up in a million ways.

Over the past 14 years, I have always tried to kid myself into believing that this was the year that we had a chance to get back to the super bowl. Even with the Chan Gaily, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells and now Wade Phillips era, I always tried to make myself believe this team, one way or another had a shot at being Super Bowl champs. And maybe we did, oddly enough. I know many of you share this thought process with me, and me myself being the optimist, I just couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t help myself into believing into this year round passion I have for the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to write a negative piece about the dismal 2008 season because believe me, dismal is saying it lightly.  I am just trying to conjure up what I think is really wrong with America’s Team. For one, I don’t blame Jerry Jones although the majority disagrees probably.

In all honesty, I think we have the best owner in pro sports. I have heard repeatedly from former players to former coaches that no one in the NFL wants to win as badly as Jerry Jones. Would you guys rather have an owner like the Clay family in Detroit who accepted mediocrity after going 0-16 this past season? Everyone from the GM to the bottom should of been fired including players. I believe that the reason many fans are so critical of Jerry Jones is due to the fact, and I say fact, that the Dallas Cowboys fans are probably the most passionate fans in all of sports.

Do you guys honestly believe that Jerry Jones doesn’t toss and turn in bed thinking of what went wrong this past season and what he can do better to improve the team? Come on guys seriously…. give the guy a break. Jerry Jones I believe wants to win as badly as you, me and every other die hard fan wants the Dallas Cowboys to win. So lay off Jerry, the guy gave you 3 super bowls. How teams in the NFL have even been to 3 super bowls?

The problem with the 2008 season in herein lies in 2 very powerful things: Accountability and Leadership. Thats why we went 9-7 this past year and couldn’t win a game to save our lives at the end of the season. Mum was the word. No one spoke and when they did, they were treated as a cancer.

ESPN did a wonderful job of bias journalism in the great way they exploited Terrell Owens relationship with Romo and Witten. Do I believe Terrell Owens was a cancer on this team? No, I honestly believe that when Owens spoke out against the offense and Romo’s & Witten’s relationship at the end of the season, he was just being T.O.. I don’t believe he didn’t say anything that wasn’t true and already stated. Do some research and see what I mean. And I do believe that Terrell Owens was made the scapegoat for the 2008 season. Thats why he isn’t here anymore. Do you guys believe that if Dallas would of beaten Philly or Baltimore at the end of the season and made the playoffs and made it to the NFC Championship game or Super Bowl and lost, Terrell Owens would of still been released?

I am trying to look at this past season as a realist instead of a dreamer. There are deeper and more troubling issues than Terrell Owens on this team. Terrell Owens is only one part of the equation and I really hope Roy Williams, the receiver, is what Jerry Jones touts him to be. Jerry Jones also believed at one time Quincy Carter was the next Donovan McNabb if you guys remember and we all remember how that experiment ended but then again Quincy Carter wasn’t a first round pick so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

In lamen terms, we needs leaders on this team and people who hold themselves accountable. Leaders as in Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins type leaders. Very respected by teammates and feared by opponents and always are the ones that take the blame in losses and always say that they couldn’t have won without their teammates when they win. We might have players like these on this team and I know Demarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Bradie James can be that type of player if they want to be or should I say, choose to be. Then again, Leaders aren’t raised, they are born so we will see. Here is finally saying goodbye to the 2008 season officially.

How Do We Replace T.O.’s Game?

So here we are three days after we let Owens go, a huge mistake in my opinion. How exactly are we going to replace his offense?

Roy Williams will assume the number one spot although he has yet to prove he deserves it. He is paid like a number one receiver, but I cannot see him commanding the same respect that defenses showed Terrell.

As of right now Miles Austin is slotted as the number two receiver, with Crayton still in the three slot. Miles has game, but a number two receiver? I’m not so sure about that. Crayton is where he needs to be. He has proven he can thrive in the slot position.

Then there is Sam Hurd and Isaiah Stanback. Hurd was showing some promise in 2007, but injuries kept him from playing all of last season. Stanback in my eyes is a bust, he has shown little promise as a receiver.

Which leads me wonder, is this who Tony will throw to in 2009?

Now some might think Witten will step up another notch, but I actually think losing T.O. is going to hurt him more than any other player on this team. I have a feeling defenses will be doubling Witten and leave Roy in one on one coverage. Now if Roy can run some decent routes and make some catches it will ease the pressure off of Witten, but that remains to be seen.

Martellus Bennett could be a wild-card in all of this. If he can take the next step, he may be able to make some big plays with all the attention focused on Witten. Lets hope his mind is on the game and that he has matured in the offseason, because he has big-time talent. 

Is Jerry going to  add a veteran to move into the two spot? There isn’t much out there in free agency to fill the spot, Marvin Harrison maybe? Other than that, the best available WR is Bobby Engram, yikes!

There are some rumors that Torry Holt will be released and that the Browns are shopping Braylon Edwards… either of these two would fit in nicely across from Roy.

How about the draft?

Picking 51st in the draft, makes it unlikely that we will grab a receiver that can jump right into the starting lineup like a Michael Crabtree would. I have seen the name Juaquin Iglesias show up a lot in mock drafts for the Cowboys. He is a 6’0″ 205 lb. senior from Oklahoma, and has decent speed, running a 4.45 40, but jumping right in as a starter is a long shot at best .

I don’t know about you, but this Cowboys fan is extremely concerned about our receiving corps. I am hoping that Jerry Jones has something up his sleeve or it could be a very ugly season.

Texas Stadium Turf Plaque

Hey Cowboy nation!

I received an email from Steiner Sports today who is selling Texas Stadium turf plaques.

I know everyone could not get to the Fan Fest to get a piece of history. I was lucky enough to get a turnstile from the stadium. 

So below is the link to Steiner Sports so you can get your piece of Texas Stadium history!

Trading for Kitna Was Just a Bad Move

I am hearing alot of people excited about the Cowboys trading for John Kitna, my question is why?

Kitna who will be 37 a month into the season is only a year younger than Brad Johnson was when he signed in Dallas back in 2006. Yes he has put up gawdy passing numbers in Detroit, but lets take a look at that.

In ’06 and ’07 he threw for more than 4,000 yards, pretty good numbers right? Well lets dig a little deeper, in 2006 the Lions were ranked 32nd in the league in rushing and in 2007 they were 31st. In 2006 only 2 other teams had attempted more passes than the Lions, and in 2007 only one other team had more attemps than the Lions. Do you see where I am going with this? Any average NFL quarterback can throw for 4,000 yards when your team’s running game is terrible and all you’re doing is chucking the ball up to guys like Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, and Mike Furrey. When your team is down that’s all you do is throw the ball and thats all Kitna did.

Not convinced yet? Ok how bout this, in 2006 Kitna was sacked 63 times, and in 2007 51 times. Just to give you a little comparison in 1990 Troy Aikman’s first 15 plus start season he was only sacked 39 times. In 2005 Drew Bledsoe seemed like he was being sacked at least once every series, and has always been known to take too many sacks, was sacked only 49 times. Kitna is not very mobile and more importantly not a smart quarterback with pressure heading his way.

Not convinced yet?? Well here is my final stat for you. Kitna has played 14 or more games in seven seasons, how many times do you think he has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions? Give up? That would be two! Only in 1999 in Seattle and 2003 with the Bengals has he done this.

What would be the reason we traded a starting defensive back for Kitna is beyond me. To save cap money? It was only a little over two million saved, so we would not get into a bidding war WHEN he was released? There are many back up quarterbacks out there that are just as good and a whole lot younger.

Pushing Tony for his position? Kitna has no prayer to start over Romo, if we wanted someone to push him we should have gone with Garcia.

We lost a starting defensive back (which we will have to replace with another veteran) for a late thirties average quarterback who was going to be released by the worst team in football.

Kitna is a Cowboy and I will root and love him just as I have for every player who has worn the star on his helmet, but god Tony please stay healthy!  


Free agency started overnight and for a lot of us fans the new season has just begun.

The bad taste that has been in my mouth since the Cowboys lost in Philadelphia is slowly disappearing. Even though the Cowboys are not projected to make any big signings, this is what being a Cowboys fan is all about. You know what I mean don’t you?

Debating who should back up Tony, or  looking for a veteran safety, corner, or inside linebacker… Cowboys talk is just great!  

Then we have the draft.

The draft is probably my favorite weekend of the year. Mock drafts followed by mock drafts, and even more mock drafts, I just cant get enough!

Then OTA’s, mini-camps, and talking about how players are looking, and  what our chances are in 09. 

I just cannot get enough Cowboy chatter. Then before you know it its July and we are talking training camp which I will be attending for the first time in my life! And just like that we are breaking down our first matchup in week one. 

Isn’t this is what being a die hard Cowboys fan is all about.

Keepin’ the Faith


  • Led the NFL in touchdown passes over the past 2 seasons with 62.
  • Led the NFL in 4th quarter passing efficiency in 2008.
  • 2nd in NFL history with a 300 yard passing game every 2.44 starts.
  • 27-12 career record as a starter (.692 winning percentage).

Yep, you guessed it. Your Dallas Cowboys’ own Tony Romo. Your prize for the correct answer?? A n
ewwwwwwww car!! Well, not really, but it seems as if there should be some type of award given for anyone to have optimism or solid faith in Tony. I know that is probably unfair, because there are many, many fans who still are in Romo’s corner, unwavering in their faith to #9. I am one of those fans.

I guess the only point of this short piece is not to start a war of words or to crucify those with their own opinions, but to try and poke a few holes in the Romo is a celebrity quarterback who can’t play and is not a competitor or a leader conspiracy that seems to abound these days. It’s easy to jump on the pile right now, especially with our last memories being from that terrible TEAM effort in Philly (I shudder just to think of it).

The bottom line: there are teams in the NFL trotting out such spares as Kyle Orton, JaMarcus Russell, Tarvaris Jackson and J.T. O’ Sullivan, etc. We should be thanking the NFL gods everyday for blessing us with a talent like Romo. Do I need to even go through the tried and  true list of Cowboys QB’s after Aikman and before Romo? I didn’t think so.

Okay, he is 0-2 in the playoffs and has struggled at times in December. There, I admitted that he is not perfect and has room to improve. Sounds alot like me in my job, and my life for that matter. 

Let’s all just take a deep breath, try and forget the past (because we certainly can’t change it) and take time to be thankful that we have a winning team, a competitve team led by one of the top 5 starting QB’s in the league. We need to make some changes, Romo included, but this team is not far away…….

Trust me.

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD


P.S. For the interview that I watched and was inspired by this evening, click on the following link: 


Jerry Jones Finally Has No Comment

December 26, 2008

“The coaches are in place. I’ve said that. How can I be any clearer?” Jones said. “Look, I’ve said that our coaching staff, as far as I’m concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions, because your questions imply certain things that I don’t want to imply.

“I’m saying that when I look at where we are coaching staff-wise and when I look at where we are personnel-wise, I see a team that is in place to compete for several years.”

Wow. That was my initial reaction to the statement by Jerry Jones the day after Christmas.  Maybe Jerry Jones has such confidence in his staff that, regardless of the outcome against Philadelphia in the regular season finale, that he will stick his neck out and proclaim “no changes”. How many of us cringed when we saw that footage? But hey, if Jerry says it’s so we have to go along with it. After all, he’s brought 3 Lombardi Trophies to Dallas in the last 19 years. Who are we to question Mr. Jones? He obviously knows what he’s talking about. Right?

December 30, 2008

Dallas fires Special Teams coach Bruce Read. Any Cowboys fan I’ve talked to said this was the right move after Read’s disastrous season in 2008.  Now this wasn’t a shock. Let me rephrase that. It wouldn’t have been a shock had Jones’ vehement proclamation just 4 days earlier not been uttered. Surely that will be the only change. Right?

January 16, 2009

Dallas fires defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. Now this one is a tough call in my opinion. It was reported that late in the season Wade Phillips took over the reigns of the defense and, as a result, the defense began playing at a much higher level. No doubt the defense came alive late in the season. Apparently Stewart was just standing on the sidelines with his headset turned off? Maybe he was listening to Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg calling the games each week? Sorry, I got sidetracked.

My point is if the staff is in place why was Stewart fired? Why was Read fired? Why is Jerry Jones’ favorite phrase as of late “no comment” in regards to the newly unemployed staff that is now “in place” at the employment office. The personnel  is also in place. But when asked about the future of Terrell Owens again we get a big fat “no comment”. 

In early December, after the loss to Pittsburgh, Jerry Jones questioned the toughness of Marion Barber. That was just stupid. Period.

What really happened this season is Jerry Jones continually put his foot in his mouth. He made comments that bit him on the ass so now he’s making no comment at all. It is a fresh approach I’ll give him that much. The guy hasn’t been this quiet since he bought the team back in 1989. I find it very refreshing. My dream is that someday soon  Mr. Jones will wake up one morning and realize his team needs a new GM. But until then, at least as far as JJ is concerned, no news is definitely good news.

Michael Irvin is OK

Today I was on the Cowboys website and could not belive this when I seen it and I thank god Irvin is ok.

Former Cowboys great Michael Irvin apparently avoided a dangerous situation at a redlight in North Dallas Monday night.

 Irvin filed a police report stating a passenger in an adjacent vehicle flashed a gun after he rolled down his window. Recognizing the Hall of Fame recevier, the men instead began talking about the cowboys with Irvin and eventually drove away peacefully.

 On his radio show Wednesday (ESPN 103.3 FM) Irvin shrugged off speculation that the police report was merely a publicity stunt.

 “I was a little bit worried – I was a lot bit worried – about what else was going to happen with those guys, what else they were doing,” Irvin said. “The way they got back on the highway said to me, ‘Maybe we’ll find somebody else since we couldn’t do that there.’ So yeah, I went ahead with it (the report).

 “I don’t have another strike to give. So trust me, I wouldn’t fill out a false police report.”

 Who could have ever guessed that Irvin’s ball play on the field would eventually save him from some dangerous car-jackers who just happened to be Cowboys fans. I myself am very pleased that Irvin is ok and was able to come away from this situation unharmed.

One Down….. Two To Go!!

Going into last weeks game vs Pittsburgh you would have thought that winning 3 out of the last 4 games to go 11-5 would be enough to get in the playoffs.  After a HUGE 20-8 win over the Giants it doesn’t look like much has changed.  In fact, it looks like the only way to get in is to win the last two games! 

Now I know that we responded last night with a big effort in a must win game. But the reality of the NFL is that we now have only six days to do it again versus one of the best defenses in the league. That being said you have to like to way things are going right now. The way the defense has played over the last 6 weeks, and the last 2 specifically, have made me a believer. 

All we have to do is get in. I laugh at those who have picked apart the Cowboys December record, last year in particular. The Cowboys had everything wrapped up going down the stretch and didnt really need to win any of those games.

IF we get in (and it still is really an IF) this team will be the most prepared to make a run than any Cowboy team over the past 4 years. Our playoffs started last night. No weeks off, no time for the media to ask questions about the Super Bowl.

I think the 3-4 road record is a bit decieving. Two of those games came with Brad Johnson at QB. Look at Romo’s road record. Look at the way the defense is playing. Look at T. Choice running the ball. If we get in we will be a VERY tough out …IF we get in.


From where I’m sitting:

  • MB3 is tough as nails. He adds toughness to the team. BUT both F. Jones and T. Choice are better runners. We will see if they become better running backs, but either way the Dallas running game is in good hands for years to come.
  • Patrick Crayton 1 catch, T.O 3 catches, Roy Williams 1 catch… how did Romo have 20 completions again?
  • BTW, Roy Williams is a hell of a blocker.
  • The defense certainly looks a little different with a healthy T Newman, huh?
  • When is the last time a Cowboy LB has had as good a year as Bradie James?


Is the bad Romo starting to outweigh the good??

I wanted to give myself some time to recover before I typed anything I would regret.  I needed to sleep on it to make sure I really felt this way.  The problem was I couldn’t sleep.  The thought that kept going in and out of my mind was: Has the bad Tony Romo started to outshine the good? 

Another game, another turnover.  In this case it was turnovers.  Make no doubt about it, this one hurt.  I will not say that the last INT was entirely Romo’s fault.  But as he said it came out of his hand so he will put that one on him.  It goes without saying: Tony is the best cowboy QB since Aikman.  That we know.  The question is can he lead this team to the Super Bowl?  Hey, 13-3 regular seasons, home playoff games and potential playoff runs don’t happen every year..just ask the Patriots.  An 0-2 post season record and at least one turnover in 15 of the last 16 games will not get it done.  It was after the first INT that I yelled out my first, “every game”.  After the third I starting to get the scary vision that Tony Romo may end up being a new version of Jake Plummer.  He can make plays with his feet, he will be exciting as hell, but he will have at least one turnover every game.  The way the defense played yesterday, and for the past month, they deserved better.  Look what Big Ben did.  I know he was at home but he made the plays to win. Before this year I would have given you two QB’s that I would rather have than Romo(Brady & P Manning).  Now, I can think of 5…with at least 8 more that are very debatable. 

Hey, the season is not over and Tony’s career can not be defined by one bad game.  He will have the next 3 weeks and hopefully more to prove he can lead the Cowboys to the big game.  But make no mistake about it.  The bloom is off the Romo rose.  A disapointing finish to this year will do nothing but make these rumblings a whole lot louder.