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T.O. stands for Too Old?

All season long people have questioned and portrayed Terrell Owens as a cancer on this team. I have even read comments here on Star Struck where writers and commenters both stated that Terrell Owens was turning into the old T.O. again. Complaining, whinning and causing turmoil on the field and the locker room because he wasn’t getting the ball. A DMN ( Dallas Morning News ) writer as well questioned whether or not Terrell Owens had lost a step and wasn’t the same receiver we were all accustomed to seeing. Boy, did T.O. prove them wrong yesterday?

The guy was nothing short of dominating yesterday. He was causing seperation against a descent corner in Nate Clements and had his first 200 yard receiving game in over 8 years. I don’t know if you guys know this but having a 200 yard receiving game in NFL isn’t easy by any standards. You don’t hear about it every week. T.O. proved a very strong and season long point yesterday. Throw him the ball and good things happen. Amen T.O., Amen!!! Owens has been frustrated all year long. If any of you saw that Deion Sanders interview, Owens gets his point accross as a team guy. Sure he is complaining about not getting the ball but all the great ones do. Hint: Michael Irvin. Owens when questioned whether the catches or the championship is more important to him did not hesitate to say that the championship was more important. 

Owens has been nothing but a great teammate first and great player second since coming to Dallas. I still find it hard to believe that there are Cowboy fans out there who hate Owens even in his third year here. I know he desecrated the star back in 2001 I believe but the guy has really grown up. Owens reminds me of that high school bully that everyone feared. Then you see the guy at your 10 year high school reunion and he is a really nice guy. Some people grow up people and some people dont. Owens I believe has gone through a really great transformation while in Dallas. He has grown up. How many times have you guys seen a star reciever on another team protect his quarterback from ridicule like Owens did last year after the loss to the Giants in the playoffs? Did that seem like a self centered, egotistical cancer of a player?

I dont know about you guys but Owens has become one of my favriote players on this team. When we first got him a couple years ago, I was just like everyone else. WTF is Jerry Jones thinking? But, over the past couple of seasons I have seen nothing of the old T.O.. Many current players on this team have said repeatedly that he is the ultimate teammate. So give the guy a break already. He single handedly, with a little help from Romo and the O-line torched the 49er secondary. I was really expecting for Owens to run to midfield after his touchdown and stand on the star like he did back in 2001 but that didnt happen. Kind of  would of been ironic, wouldnt it?

   

Now Thats What I’m Talking About!

So, this is was how it was supposed to look like? 

The only question now: Is it a little too late?  Only two weeks after being left for dead at 5-4 and facing a Sunday nighter in Washington the Dallas Cowboys have righted the ship to win two in a row with a bad Seattle team on deck Thursday. 

So, whats the problem? 

Everyone else won Sunday afternoon.  The Giants win realistically closed any hope for the NFC East and are 10-1.  With Tampa and Carolina at 8-3 and Washington, Atlanta and Dallas at 7-4 a playoff birth is far from a given at this point.  I am usually not one to look ahead but for the sake of this post lets do so.  Here are the remaining schedules for the above mentioned teams:

Dallas: H Seattle, A Pitt, H Giants, H Baltimore, A Philly……Pred. Rec: 11-5

Wash: H Giants, A Balt, A Cincy, H Philly, A San Fran…….Pred Rec: 10-6

Atl: A S Diego, A New Orleans, H Tampa, A Minny, H St Louis..Pred Rec: 9-7

T Bay: H New Orl, A Car, A Atl, H S Diego, H Oak……Pred Rec: 11-5

Car: A G Bay, H Tampa, H Denv, A Giants, A New Orl..Pred Rec: 11-5

 

The loss I gave Dallas was at Pittsburgh..win our home games and at Philly.  The point is even with the win vs Tampa, lets give one of the wild cards to the second team in the South.  It is going to come down to us and Washington.  I dont think there is any arguement that 11-5 would get us in.  5 games left…need to win 4.  Time to play like we are capable of.  Remind anyone else of the Giants run last year?  Played well down the stretch, snuck in as wild card, won all their road games….hmm

A Win, is a win, is a win!!

I’ll take it!!! 

There is no such thing as a bad win in the NFL.  With the way things have been going around here ANY win is a good one.  This one was different.  Even the most die hard Cowboy fan (myself included) was waiting for Garcia to get a game winning TD on that last drive.  It didn’t happen.  Exhale now.  When we look back on the 2008 season yesterday may have very well been the turning point.  With visits to New York & Washington the next two games the Cowboys might not have recovered from another loss.  I know we can probably say the same thing in 3 weeks when we visit Washington.  This win was different.  There was no Tony Romo to bail the defense out.  The defense, and some Tampa penalites, saved the day and maybe the season.  We won’t know that for 8 more weeks but 5-3 sounds a whole lot better than 4-4!

From where I’m sitting:

  • Mike Jenkins- what a game!  The young CB’s really stepped up and showed they could play in this league.  If and when T New comes back  the CB position could be solidified for years to come
  • MB3 showed yesterday what a tough runner he is.  Unofficially 30 or so yards after contact.  Ran his heart out
  • I know it was only one catch but Roy Williams had the play of the game and maybe the season.  Just think if the ball was tipped in the air incomplete and the score is 6-3 instead of 10-6 at halftime.
  • Bradie James played like a man as well yesterday.  He is the leader on defense and he showed it yesterday
  • OK, not to throw cold water on a great win but the Brad Johnson tenure has to come to an end.  There is no downfield threat at all with him in the game.  Unofficially one pass deeper than 15 yards.  The Giants or any team is going to put 8 or even 9 guys up to stop Barber.  Can’t win like that.
  • Take a split in these next 2 and run.  But with the Giants at 6-1 and Wash at 6-2 and having already beat Dallas which win would you choose…..

A Loss For Words

The last four games has gotten my thought process out of whack.  I usually try to find the positives in all aspects of any Cowboy football game, but this past month has really taken a toll on my mind. 

I’m reaching and reaching for something good to take out of this past month, but there’s nothing there.

Sure the signing of Roy Williams was a plus, but after last Sundays game I felt horrible for the guy. After listening to all his interviews and how glad he was to be home, It sickened me to see how this team played to welcome him.

There… I got that out!

I am not going to vent or rant!  I’m sure everyone (including myself) has heard enough. 

 It has been sunny and clear here in Big D, but the dark cloud is hovering over EVERY Cowboy fan.  The look on a fan’s face tells it all.  It’s that ‘someone please say something wrong to me’ look.

I’ve tried to do the pep talk, saying things are gonna get better. I’ve tried the pat on the back, the sunshine and daffodils approach, but nothing. 

Literally A LOSS FOR WORDS from most everyone I have spoken to.

I myself have a few words:

Stunned, Embarrassed, Puzzled, Angry, and last but not least Ashamed.

Ashamed for the most part! Like Fred and Kelly both stated, the lack of leadership.

Soooo.. I went digging threw some vids and found some tape for the Boys to watch before they study Tampa Bay tapes! 

And also for all us loyal LoneStarStruck readers.

This video is is the creme de la creme of all things leadership should be!

The end segment of this video is the missing ingredient the Cowboys need for this team.

Bleed Blue and Silver Fans!

 We CAN turn this around!

LETS GO COWBOYS!!

 

Something is missing in Big D

The most unlikely way to finish a game may have altered the course of the whole season.  Overdramatic?  Maybe.  True…probably.  The difference between 5-1 and 4-2 may only be just one game but in the big picture this loss feels worse than just one game.  To come all the way back and have the game end on a blocked punt of all things just feels worse.  A BLOCKED PUNT!  While one loss in and of itself is not a big deal the psyche of the team is concerning.  No longer dominant at home going into this game the Boys have played much better on the road.  But now with all of the NFC East road games still to play and Pittsburgh, all of a sudden just getting into the playoffs is no longer a given. 

It was the same time last year that a dramatic win in Buffalo, in roughly the same cercumstances, had Cowboy fans thinking big..real big.  But now, just one year later, this loss could be a sign of things to come.  Again, without being overdramtic they are still 4-2 and with games against the Rams and home vs Tampa in two weeks we could be 6-2 heading into a showdown with the Giants.  But the bigger picture remains that this current edition has weaknesses, lots of them, that we supposedly corrected and are not:

  • The offensive line, the same O-line that got abused by the Giants last year, got Romo beat up again yesterday.  Also, for a 3rd straight game could not open many holes for MB3. 
  • The secondary, supposedly bolstered by M Jenkins & A Jones, could not stop K Warner in the 2nd half. 
  • Romo.  When does he stop getting his a pass for his play?  For a guy that has never won a playoff game he sure does get plenty of leeway.  Should have at least 3 more turnovers yesterday.  I know you are going say that I am crazy and to look at his stats.  Thats fine.  The numbers are there & when he is hot he is very good.  All valid and I do agree.  But Eli Manning took that next step.  B Rothersberger has as well. P Rivers also.  Maybe he needs a playoff win to do so.  But the more I see Romo with his head down moping off the field instead of the fun loving, playful, winning QB the more I see the Cowboys season ending in the same heartbreaking fashion as it did yesterday …and last year.     

Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button?

Wow….I am with Joe D on this one. The 2008 Dallas Cowboys seem to be in a fiery tail spin after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Wade Phillips will say everything is fine, he sugar coats losses, and Tony Romo will simply say they were outplayed. The only thing that bothers me is that teams have been outplaying the Cowboys for the past 3 weeks now and there is no signs of impending improvment. Terrell Owens has been diminished into a 8 million dollar complimentary player to Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Jason Witten was close to non-existent today. So what’s going on in the heart of Cowboys land? I have no absolute clue. None whatsoever! And thats the scary part. No one seems to know why they can’t perform to thier level. Absolutely no one. Not Tony Romo, not Terrell Owens, not Marion Barber, not Bradie James, not Demarcus Ware, no one. So where are the leaders of this team? Who is getting in people’s faces for sub-par performances everywhere? Anybody, anyone?

Many players on this team are passive by nature. Many players on this team believe that they are men and don’t need to be yelled at or called out on their performances. Thats where they are wrong. The defense played great the first half holding Arizona. The second half came and they turned into swiss cheese. The secondary is horrid and Demarcus Ware always seems to be a step too late. Pacman Jones looked like a 12 year old boy trying to cover a man out there versus Fitzgerald and Brian Stewart would be better off calling a womens softball game than the Cowboys defensive scheme. Tony Romo at times has looked like a 1st year rookie over the past few weeks than the gun slinging burner we all know he is. Jason’s Garrett’s playing calling at times as well has looked overly conservative as well. This Dallas Cowboy team looks absolutely nothing like the team that beat both Cleveland and Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I am scraed to say that what would happen if we played someone actually good like the Broncos or the Chargers. We would get our butts kicked. Sorry to play the pessimist but you can’t blame me for watching 3 quarters of horrid football by a team that was supposed to be built to win now. Jerry Jones must be having many a sleepless nights nowadays.

The game of football is all about execution. Do your assignment and the play will work to perfection. Today Romo was running for his life. The Dallas Cowboys offensive line was completely dominated. I say DOMINATED. The were outplayed physically and emotionally. I think thats where the problem lies. Too many players on this team arent executing. They are not prepared. They are not motivated. So how do we fix this? Didn’t I already ask this question before……… Hey Mr. Phillips, you need to deliver a really good and long ass chewing. I know it isn’t your style. You prefer men to be men but come on Wade. 3 weeks of sloppy football in a row? You need to call out players on their missed assignments. You need to call out the whole offensive line for almost getting Romo killed today and you need to give another ass chewing to your defense and special teams for playing sub-par. Thats another thing, how many of you out there are now wishing Joe Avezanno was still our special teams coach, This Bruce Reed guy absolutley Sucks! The game started with a busted special teams play and ended with one. If I was Jerry Jones I would of fired the guy on the spot. No questions asked. That is unacceptable.

So overall there is alot of blame to go around for today’s loss. Don’t get me wrong people, I LOVE the Cowboys but their play is utterly unacceptable. This team has gone from the juggernauts of the NFL to it’s joke and I for one as a fan and as loyal follower have to stand up and say something. I know it’s harsh but if this team plays to it’s potential, there isn’t anyone in the league that can compare. And I am not saying that just because I love the Boys. Someone in this team has to stand up and demand accountability and no one does. Patrick Crayton tried to play this role after the loss today but he didn’t go into details. Just stating that people on this team need to start being held accountable and that they needed an ass chewing after the way they played. Good start, now follow through. Something you guys havent been doing lately. 

The Last MNF at Texas Stadium

I want to warn you in advance that I am likely to be all over the place during this blog. I have so much to say! I missed being here with you last week! I was working like crazy to get a 4 day weekend for the holiday!!
 
Eagles vs Cowboys at Texas Stadium for football on a Monday night – of course!!

I may need that extra day to recover, ya know? I hope to run into some awesome fans this weekend! By the way, did you see the article about NFL Fans. They said Cowboys fans were ranked 10th. You’re kidding me, right? It’s time we get LOUD AND PROUD my friends! Together, we’ll show them what 10th looks like, okay!

Remember DEFENSE!! We are part of the DEFENSE!!

Seriously, the fans play a big roll in a home game. I mean, it’s called “Home Field Advantage” for a reason, right? That refers partly to US – THE FANS!! Break out the horns and noise makers or some of the kids annoying toys. LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!

I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!

I’m excited about our Cowboys!! They looked good, huh? I can hardly wait for Monday Night! I hope to see you there! PLUCK THE EAGLES!! You’re going, right? It’s the last Monday Night game in Texas Stadium. It’s the last first game of the season in the stadium. It’s one of the first of many lasts for all of us. We should make the most of every moment!

Last and certainly not least, a personal note:

My heart and mind is on tomorrow. As you may already know, I am an optimist. I believe there is good in anything. Sometimes it is hard to find the good and sometimes it takes years to discover the positives… I have come to the conclusion that September 11th is a day that connects each of us on a human level. I am thankful. I will truly never forget.

Much love to you all
and
GO COWBOYS!

Shelby

Hard Knocks Episode 2: Trains, Planes and Lowber?

It seemed like forever, the wait from the premiere episode of Hard Knocks, to the second episode tonight. I watched the first episode at least 5 times! Where as the first installment was an overview and reflection, this episode was more of an in-depth look at training camp and preparations for a (preseason) game. I still thouroughly enjoyed it again!

One of my favorite parts of this episode was a look at Zach Thomas. I know that Felix Jones and Pac Man Jones are flashier additions to the team, but I think Zach may be the most important. He looks fresh, healthy and hungry. With him and Bradie James up the middle, I think you will see alot less of those 7 yard gains on 1st down that make it near impossible to get a 3 and out.

Another cool thing in this weeks show was the overwhelming respect the players have for Coach Phillips. I read alot of blogs, columns and other Cowboy related media, and no one seems to mention or give credit to Wade. All I hear is win the Superbowl or get fired. And this may be reality, but how many coaches would find a way to let there ego get in the way and not even put his team in a POSITION to win the Superbowl. I know one for sure, and he lives in Miami now. I give Coach Phillips alot of credit and I am hoping that he gets his ring, because I truly believe he deserves it.

As far as the undrafted rookies go, I understand that HBO is trying to put a little drama into the show. Will they make it, will they not? Short answer: NO. Maybe “Ray Lewis’ Little Brother”  has a chance at practice squad, but that’s it. As far as Lowber, the “80th man on the roster” goes, I got bad news for him, the season starts with 54 players.

This show continues to have my attention gripped and I can’t wait for next weeks episode already. As far as the San Diego game goes, anyone who is concerned or worried about that should take a step back of that ledge and remember what Coach Phillips said. “These games are for getting better.” That’s all they are.

I Don’t know if Hard Knocks has any room for improvement.

 

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD


Preseason Isn’t About Winning…

Since the Cowboy loss in their first outing against the Chargers on Saturday night, I have received some notes from other fans wondering what happened.  They were disappointed over the final score and are now concerned about the future for the Boys.  Likewise, I have seen many other fans express their disappointment in comments on other websites and articles as well.  And, of course, there are always the Cowboy haters who love gloating any time we lose.

Well, take heart Cowboy fans… Here’s my response to our first loss:  The final score doesn’t matter.  You see, preseason isn’t about winning.  Sure, we always want to win every time we take the field, but in preseason, the final score really isn’t the important thing. 

What is the important thing?  It’s seeing who’s going to fit into our team and where they’re going to fit.  Who’s going to move up the roster and who will move down.  Who will stay and who will go home.  What areas need more work and what areas are we satisfied with.  Sure, you always want to win, and I am not suggesting that we weren’t trying.  However, the point of any preseason game is to find out how your second and third team players are doing.  You don’t risk your first team players just for a win that is meaningless in the long term scheme of things.

Our first team looked good in my opinion.  Romo, Witten, Barber, and the rest of the first team got a series, proved they were up to the task by marching down the field and scoring.  Then we took them out to save them and keep them healthy for the regular season.  Same thing with the first team defense:  they proved that they are game ready.  Things look pretty good for the starters and for the Cowboys overall.

Now, when our second and third team players were in there, we had both bright spots and some troubling areas, but this is what preseason is all about.  It’s about getting your team in order.  Don’t push the panic button just yet.  The Boys are fine.  Yes, we have some work to do, but overall, at this point, there is no reason to be anything but confident in the play of the Cowboys during the upcoming season.

So, if you’re a new fan or you’re just not sure what to make of preseason – don’t lose heart.  Just remember, it’s not about the final score.  It’s not about winning – at least not now.   It’s about getting your team in order so you can win later – and hopefully, win the whole shebang.

THE HEAT IS ON!!!

 

….Also home of triple digit heat, overheated vehicles, and insane construction workers that get payed bukcooo bucks to brave these elements!

I am one of those insane workers! Minus the overheated vehicle. But here lately though, that’s all you tend to see on the highways here. I feel so bad for these people. One minute you’re cruising down the road,  AC on full blast, jamming your favorite tunes…  and BLAM!!  You’re having to pull off to the side of the road and sweat your tail off in one hundred and ten degree heat.

Ha Ha! Better you then me suckas!  As I fly on by!

Naw, just kidding!  I feel for them. I really do.

I’m in this heat everyday, so I can relate to them. Those of you that live here too know what I’m talking about!  The Heat Is Definitely On! 

Thanks to Glenn Frey for making that song back in the 80’s.  He has had the privilege of keeping that song stuck in my head all day long!

OOHH Wuu UTT Ohh..OOHH Wuu UTT Ohh!!

Stuck in your head now, huh? 

I was singing it on my way through Arlington today for my bi-monthly progress photo of the new stadium. Since they first broke ground I have been periodically snapping photos every couple of months to record the progress. When its all finished I plan on making a collage to pass on to my family. It will be cool to show my children, their children, and their children’s children’s… etc. how the new stadium came together.

As I’m driving down Collins St. right beside the stadium, I noticed they tore the fence down that was running parallel with Collins. I caught my first glimpse of how incredibly awesome this place is. It didn’t seem like a closed up beast waiting to break lose anymore. It was free to roam! My eyes would not look away to watch the road! I was in a trance, but still in the back of my mind I kept hearing that dang song (The Heat Is On)! 

Now my mind is just going crazy with visions of this monster being finished, and the anticipation of seeing the ‘Boys take the field for the first time in this place. I had to find a spot to pull over before I ended up on the side of the road waiting for road side assistance or worse yet, getting back out in the heat.

I pull over to a place that once used to be a bank, but now is converted into a Dallas Cowboys Stadium Preview Center. I’m thinking – I’m in there man! Bet they got cold AC in there!

As I’m turning in, the heat was on again!  I’m greeted by a security guard that was drenched with sweat, and very pissed off!  I’m thinking,…Am I supposed to be here? Rut Roo!

I ask him kindly if I could go in and check out the Preview Center.  To my surprise only season ticket holders and those that were wanting to purchase season tickets could go in.  He seemed very hush hush. I tell the guy I’m a general contractor and was wanting to talk to someone about getting in on the fun those guys were having up top on the dome! He laughed and he made it a point to let me know I’m Nuckin Futts!  So I try and use my other credentials and tell him I write for LoneStarStruck.com and I’m here to take a few pics!  He laughed again and told me media is not allowed anywhere near the stadium.

I guess Jerry must have some secret things he doesn’t want out just yet!

So I rolled up my window, cranked the AC to high, and got up outta there before he makes an attempt to make me sit out there in the heat with him.

No Way Dude!

I’m Die-Hard, but I’m not insane!

I hope that guy is getting paid well!

The stadium is looking great guys and gals!  They are making wonderful progress! I can’t wait to see my paver stone sitting in the ground at such an amazing spectacle!  

Have a excellent week everyone! 

GO COWBOYS!!

OH yeah….

For those that care, I will be outta pocket next Tuesday. Me and the fam will be traveling to Tampa Bay next week to visit my daughter, and chill at the beach for five or six days!

I’m getting outta this heat for a bit!

Yeah… I know… I’m gonna be in Buc country!  Should be fun tho’! 

I’ll be sporting my Blue and Silver swim trunks with the Star on the Backside!

I wonder how many Buc’s fans I can get to Kiss My <BLEEP>!!!


Something Still Missing………..

The 2008 season is finally here… 

However, it feels like something is missing…

Flashes of Romo to Owens on a 45-yard post pattern is something that I cannot wait for, yet something is missing. Barber bulldozing the Giants defense for a 10-yard scamper, when it should of been a 2-yard loss is something to see, yet something is still missing. So what is missing?

It’s the guy opposite Owens, someone that can instill fear into the hearts of opposing secondaries… that is what’s missing.

Last year, the ‘Boys offense broke all kinds of records. (Cowboys records that is.) No quarterback in Cowboys history has ever had the year that Tony Romo had last year. The Cowboys’ offense at times looked unstoppable and scary. So why am I complaining?

Because the reason why the Cowboys lost to the Giants last year was arguably the missing piece… a top tier second receiver.

Yes, I know we had Terry Glenn back at the end, but he looked more like Aaron Glenn. Terry Glenn was at best at 60 % last year. He never had a chance. Patrick Crayton tried to step into his place, but when it mattered most, he messed up on a route in which Romo had him targeted for the go ahead touchdown late in the game. This is not a knock on Crayton, personally I like the kid ,but lets face it… he is not the solid second receiver this team needs if they plan to go all the way this season. He is, by all accounts a solid third receiver.

I really hope either Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, Isaiah Stanback or Danny Amendola blossom this year. I hope that one of them lights it up and can compliment Owens and give the opposition another weapon to worry about. I like all our receivers, but if one of them doesn’t step up in a big way, we are in serious trouble. Imagine for some reason Owens goes down… who’ will be your number one receiver now? Crayton? Hurd? Lets get real…

This years offense is the same as last. Jerry Jones didn’t go out of his way to try and land a another starting receiver through free agency or the draft. And that is the missing ingredient that would transform the Cowboys into the best team in the NFL.

Personally, I am not comfortable with fielding the same team we had last year at the wide receiver position. Jerry Jones should have acquired a solid wide receiver whether by trade or free agency. I know that Jones would like nothing more than to leave Texas Stadium as Super Bowl Champions and go into the new stadium as defending champs. How awesome would that be? New stadium… same great tradition.

So what do you think about our receiving corps? Are you satisfied or would you like to see the Cowboys try and land another top receiver?

Gearing up for 2008 “The Sunday Spot”

Well it’s almost that time of the year kiddies. Sundays and Dallas Cowboys Football. We are about a month away from serious Dallas Cowboys coverage and ramblings. I would like to thank Kelly for inviting back to 2008 for my usual "Sunday Spot" feature here on LoneStarStruck and everyone else associated with this website who reads, contributes and gives their two cents. I will also still be contributing some graphics to the site again as well as on my myspace page at www.myspace.com/fredooch .   I have already made a Dallas Cowboys graphic schedule for the upcoming season but it needs a little re-work done. I made it really fast and think It can be better. I will be attending at least maybe 2 Dallas Cowboys home games this year and just bought a very expensive digital camera just for the occasion, so be sure to look for my pictures during the season. Anyways guys, I hope you all check out the site weekly and hope to hear from all of you. Are you guys ready for Dallas Cowboys football? Did I even have to ask?