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Madden Retires, Collinsworth to Fill His Shoes

After 3 decades John Madden has decided to retire from football broadcasting. His famous voice and flamboyant analysis will no longer be heard on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

“It’s time,” Madden said. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and their five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not.”

Madden began his football career in 1967 with the Oakland Raiders. He started off as the linebackers coach and 2 years later was promoted to head coach.

In 1979 John led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, retiring afterwards and went into broadcasting. After only ten years of coaching, he was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 career regular season victories. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones,  had this to say about John Madden:

“I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who loves the NFL, or cares about the NFL, more than John Madden. As a friend, I know that John’s respect and passion for the sport will be the two elements of his legacy that matter the most to him. His imprint and impact on our game were powerful and meaningful. His influence on the sport was felt by everyone — the guys in the equipment room, the players, the coaches, the owners, and most importantly, the fans.

“He’s going out on top — as the best we have — and the best we have ever had.”

NBC has named Chris Collinsworth to replace John Madden in the booth.

5 Possible Trades That Could Affect The NFC East

NFCI was browsing nfl.com and found this article on 5 possible trades that could happen and almost every one could affect the NFC East.

1. Braylon Edwards from Clevland to either the Giants or Eagles who have the highest need for a reciever at this point in the league.

2. Jason Peters from Buffalo to the Eagles who are currently having a huge hole at tackle and Peters could solve that issue for them, but there is the issue with him wanting to be the highest paid tackle in the league which caused a hold-out in Buffalo last year so there is no clear cut case on wether the Eagles will pay him the 11 million per year he wants or not.

3. Julius Peppers from Carolina to New England. I included this off the list because of all the rumors that he may end up in Dallas, which I highly doubt but if he did some how end up in Dallas he would be a perfect compliment to Olshanky on the other side.

4. Chad Ochocinco from Cincinnati to the Eagles or Giants, although with the drama these teams recieved from Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress neither of these two teams would be to inclined to go for him unless they cant get Edwards from Clevland or Boldin from Arizona.

5. Anquan Boldin from Arizona to the Eagles or Giants, who ever does not get Edwards will go for Boldin and if they dont like Arizonas asking price look for Ochocinco to end up with one of these two teams for 2009.

Haynesworth Indicted On Traffic Charges

I found this article on nfl.com, and according to what  the maximum sentence is the Redskins may not have Haynesworth for pre-season.

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges in Tennessee after being involved in an accident that seriously injured another driver.

District Attorney Kim Helper said Haynesworth faces charges of reckless driving and having expired registration.

Haynesworth, a former Tennessee Titan who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins last month, was released after surrendering Wednesday. Maximum punishment is six months in jail and a $500 fine on the reckless-driving charge and 30 days and a $50 fine for the other charge.

The charges come from a Dec. 13 incident in which police say Haynesworth was trying to pass another driver, who crashed into a concrete median.

Haynesworth’s agent didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.”

Well on the bright side for Haynesworth maybe he can share a cell with Plaxico and Vick.

Tampa Bay’s LB Stabbed In Head And Neck

Well I was browsing through the NFL’s website and espn’s website and I found this stunning article on espn.com.

Authorities say the girlfriend of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes stabbed him in the head and in the neck.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman says Hayes was taken to a hospital by a friend Saturday. The 21-year-old former Florida State player was treated and later released.

Deputies arrested 19-year-old Shevelle Bagley on Saturday afternoon. The sheriff’s spokeswoman says Hayes and Bagley got into an argument, which led to Bagley grabbing a pair of scissors and stabbing Hayes in the head. He managed to get the scissors away from her, but authorities say she then grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the neck.

Bagley was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jail records show she was released Sunday on $25,000 bail.

 

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?

 

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?

   

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…..

How Tony Romo Made My Day

Today started off just as every normal day does. Forcing myself out of bed at the wee hours of the morning, tanking down numerous cups of coffee, and rolling out into the metroplex for yet another day in paradise.  Seemed like a normal day…

Stuck in Traffic – Check

Get Cut Off – Check

Flip Off Jerk Drivers – Check

Start Stressing – Check

Yep…It’s a Normal day.

That was until my wife called me and basically demanded I go to the store to get the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She said, “I know your in a bad mood honey, but please go read the article Galloway wrote about Tony Romo.”

“It will instantly change your mood”!

So I did!

And she was right!  As always! Thanks babe!

So, now I want to share it with you all. It really made me reconsider the way I felt today.

Hope it does the same for you!

-CHUCK-

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A Fine Sunday Indeed For Tony Romo

by Randy Galloway

Tony Romo had been somewhat of an NFL opening-week quarterbacking exception, enjoying a great Sunday in Cleveland, except, of course, for that bloody chin thing.

The weekend had also gone very well for Bill and Sharon White of Irving, who were returning late in the evening after an out-of-town trip.

Click here to read more…

 

The Secondary Is A Primary Concern

With the draft just around the corner, some feel it’s time to start thinking about a corner. It certainly seems that the deal for Tennessee Titan Adam Jones is inevitable but, considering his past antics, that brings little security at the position.

The Dallas secondary isn’t nearly as inept as some "experts" would have you believe. Pro Bowl CB Terence Newman is coming in healthy this year which is huge. Anthony Henry holds his own most of the time. Henry had 6 interceptions in 13 games last season. While not stellar, that is still more than the two previous seasons(28 starts) combined. Newman had 4 INT’s in as many games.

This "lacking secondary" had 19 INT’s last year. Tied for 4th in the NFL in INT’s doesn’t seem lacking or inept to me. The secondary was and is above average in every category. Things have a tendency to get skewed because of the occasional big play given up by the secondary. Just keep in mind the injuries suffered by Newman and Henry throughout the season. Newman fought through foot and knee injuries throughout the 2007 campaign. Henry had a nasty ankle late last season. So the alarm about the Dallas secondary- at least the CB’s- is much ado about nothing.

We all know Roy Williams isn’t a traditional safety. I’ve been a huge critic of Williams over the last 2 seasons. Williams is a great run defender. He had 30 more tackles in 2007 than in the previous season. But I’m sure everyone will agree that if there is a hole in the secondary. That hole wears the number 31. He can’t cover TE’s like Shockey or Cooley consistently.

A 2/28/2008 report in the Star-Telegram brings up concerns about Williams’ behavior in relations to the players and staff. The Star- Telegram reports: " He has become a bit of enigma in the locker room; the defense normally goes out to eat as a unit on Thursdays during game weeks, but Williams seldom attends. He has displayed a tendency to blame others for pass coverage breakdowns, something his teammates have noticed… Coaches, former coaches, teammates and ex-teammates have tried to talk to Williams, but they often receive the same defiant and defensive posturing he takes with his "friends" in the media."

Why not trade Williams? Nobody is going to take the salary cap hit that Williams would bring to the table. He signed a 4 year, $25 million extension in 2006. Trade him? Not gonna happen.

So as we approach the April 26 2008 draft, do we need go to after a corner? Maybe we consider a safety instead? Maybe use Williams in short-yardage and goal line situations in 2008? I don’t pretend to know all the answers to these questions. What I do know is this team is so so close to that illusive 6th trophy. It’s there for the taking. Right around the corner.

Check This Patriots Fan Outcry Out!!! WARNING EXPLICIT AND VULGUR LANGUAGE

I ran accross this video from a friend on youtube. I think it’s hilarious. Warning, there is explicit and vulagar language so open it up at your own risk. There is also an online petition going around by Patriots fans that are calling for the NFL to investigate the final 1:40 of SB 42. Talk about your SORE LOSERS!!!!

 

Heres the video……you’ve been warned!!!

 Patriot’s fan DISMAY!!!

Campo Most Likely Headed Back to Dallas

As the Super Bowl approaches the rumors are flying around Valley Ranch, but nothing will be announced until after Sunday’s NFL finale. Amongst the trade rumors and draft suggestions, there is really only one rumor that is likely to become reality, the return on Dave Campo.

Former head coach Dave Campo visited Valley Ranch yesterday. He could become the next secondary coach, replacing Todd Bowles who departed for Miami. Campo has been coaching in Jacksonville for the last three years.

To refresh your memories, Dave Campo started out with the Cowboys in 1989 when Jerry Jones took over the team. Campo took on many positions over the years such as defensive assistant, secondary coach and defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator from 95-99, his defense finished within the top 10 overall in the NFL in four of those five years.

He was promoted head coach after Chan Gailey was fired in 2000. As head coach Campo went 15-33. Yes that’s right, three straight seasons ending at 5-11. Those were tough times for the Cowboys when salary caps and injuries really damaged the team. At the end of 2002 Campo was released and Bill Parcells took over.

Dave Campo is ready to return to Dallas and most likely it’s going to happen. We just have to wait a few more days for the announcement.

**UPDATE** Albert Breer of The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys have hired Dave Campo to be their new secondary coach.

My Cowboys

After Sunday’s game to the Giants all I could do was sit there and cry. I wasn’t crying because they lost. I was crying because I already knew what was coming. The media would have a field day with bashing the Cowboys and Tony Romo once again. They would blame Jessica Simpson and the weekend getaway to Mexico for the loss instead of blaming the team as a whole.

Marion Barber did an awesome of job of moving the ball around to allow T.O to score the first touchdown, but we cannot forget the catch that Crayton failed to catch that would have earned the Cowboys a touchdown. Needless to say my tears were shed for the disrespect that the Cowboys will continue to endure after this disheartening loss. Once again those Cowboy haters will do nothing but talk about how Romo has been hyped up by many as being one of the best quarterbacks around the league, but he has not yet won a playoff game as his record stands at 0-2.

I moved to Michigan 7 years ago but my heart will always be in Texas and with the Dallas Cowboys. After all, I was born and raised in that beautiful state that everyone calls “the friendly state” and everything is bigger in Texas, including the fans. Ya know ya can’t mess with Cowboys fans, like ya can’t mess with Texas. After moving to Michigan, many thought that my team would change and pretty soon I would be cheering for the Detroit Lions, but that has not been the case. I have been made fun of, laughed at, and even mocked for supporting my team. Never before in my life had I come across so many Dallas Cowboys haters.

In Texas all you saw were Dallas Cowboys fans, but this wasn’t the only reason I grew up loving the Cowboys. It was because they stood for something and they were not afraid to show it. A good example is Bill Bates who joined the Dallas Cowboys as a undrafted free agent and spent his 15 NFL Pro-football career there. He was a one-time Pro Bowler in 1984 as a special teams player, a spot that was basically created for him and he was also elected All-Pro that season. While with the Cowboys, he played in Super Bowls XXVIII and XXX. Who can forget that he was injured when the Cowboys played in Super Bowl XXVII. His autobiography entitled Shoot for the Star is a very inspiring and motivating story that proves that anything is possible. He had one dream and one dream only…to play for the Dallas Cowboys. He could have chosen any other team, but he chose the Cowboys. I recommend this book to all of you. Once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down.

Needless to say, I’ve been a Cowboy fan for as long as I can remember and I will continue to be, win or lose. When you are a true fan, you stick behind your team no matter what. All the negative and disrespectful comments I hear only fuel my fire for the Cowboys even more. Are we forgetting what an incredible season they had? Apparently so, because all everyone talks about is the Cowboys losses but not their wins. I am waiting patiently for the day that the Cowboys are ready to head to the Super bowl and win. I believe things happen for a reason and I do think that the Cowboys could have made their way to the Super bowl, but they were just not ready. In due time though they will be and then only then will they regain the respect they so truly deserve. After all aren’t they the only team worthy to be called “America’s Team?”

When I saw T.O. crying in his interview I cried right along with him. He proved that a grown man can cry to stand up for what he believes in, “his team.” He not only defended Tony Romo but he also defended the team. T.O. I think you’ve found your team. No other team has had this type of impact on it’s players. There’s just something about being a Dallas Cowboy.

Many ask what can be credited to the transformation of T.O? One simple answer…he is now a Dallas Cowboy. You take everything that comes with it…the love, the hate, the pride, but most of all the fans. We are the reason that the Cowboys are who they are. No other team has fans like the Dallas Cowboys. We are an elite group of people and I am so proud to be a part of it. For all those who are not Cowboys fans, it’s a shame that they cannot experince and will never have the priviledge of being a part of such an awesome group. We are all over the world supporting our team and this makes us all a part of such a wonderful family. Even though some of us will never meet, we know what lies deep in each others hearts…..Dallas Cowboys!!!

After all the crying was done I took a few moments to look back at the accomplishments that the Cowboys had this season. I was able to witness the victory over the Lions in Detroit that proved to me that they were capable of winning a game when it came down to the last seconds and play of the game. It was a close call but the Cowboys were victorious in the end. Now why couldn’t they do that Sunday against the Giants so they could advance for the rematch against the Packers?

My heart goes out to all those Cowboys fans who felt this tremendous loss. This will only make us stronger because when you are a Cowboys fan you don’t stray away from your team just because they lost. You feel their loss and it affects you emotionally also, but you pick yourself up and continue on to the next challenge. We have plenty to be thankful for and I can say that the Boys will be back next season ready to play football once again. As for me I will be where I’ve always been…cheering for my Dallas Cowboys, loud and proud. Go Cowboys!!!!!

Contributed by Mayra Amaro