Time to End the Drought

It’s probably been burned into your brain by now, but its hard to believe the last time the Cowboys won a playoff game was on December 28, 1996. Its really hard to imagine.

Someone asked me when the last time they won in the playoffs the other day and I said 1996, then all of a sudden it dawned on me, my son was born in 1996. My son is now a teenager and even though it seems like he was a baby only yesterday, it hurts to say that the Cowboys have not won a playoff game in his lifetime.

We’ve had some memorable moments and some incredible players who probably deserved to compete in the playoffs and even the Super Bowl. Some of them have, after they moved on to other teams.

This year may be the year. Its kind of a fairy tale story if you think about it. We lose our number one receiver, one of the best in the game, along with several defensive key players. There was also the tragic freak accident in Valley Ranch back in May when our practice facility collapsed. Mid-season we were having trouble both on offense and defense and many thought the team was falling apart. Just recently we had to replace a very important player because he just wasn’t getting the job done.

All of these things would usually lead to the downfall of any team in any sport. But not these Cowboys.

These Cowboys have heart. They want to win, and they are making it happen.

I don’t know about you but I’m really proud of these guys. They never gave up, even when the front pages reminded us of past Decembers, and now they have clinched a spot in the playoffs.

The season finale means a lot to us fans, and the players too I am sure, but no matter the outcome we will be playing beyond Week 17. We definitely seek payback for the shame they bestowed upon us. The numbers 44-6 will haunt us forever, but we need to show them how the Cowboys finish things in the grand o’ state of Texas. We can’t let them relive that game in any way shape or form.

With the Cowboys and Eagles both securing playoff spots, this game is personal. Yes, it can also give us the division championship title and home field advantage and those are important but I think above all its about evening the score. We have already beat the Eagles once this season, lets go for the sweep! There’s something about the last game of the season, you just want to go out on top… especially when its a hated division rival.

Its time to say goodbye to the playoff drought we’ve sadly become accustomed to, its time to take it to the next level. And come February hopefully my son can say he’s witnessed a Cowboys playoff victory!

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!!

Time To Piss Off The Californians

I know this next statement is going to make many people angry with me but it’s been bugging me for awhile now.

The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp should always be held in Texas. Period.

It’s true that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team. Just look at the Hard Knocks ratings. They were through the roof. It was one of the highest rated TV shows HBO has had in a while. Yet, what bothered me the most when watching Hard Knocks was that the Cowboys were in sunny California instead of the confines of the Alamodome in San Antonio. I know that it’s the City of San Antonio’s fault that the Cowboys are not there as well this year so I really shouldn’t be whining but it bothers me a whole bunch that I was not able to travel to San Antonio this year to see the Boys in Training Camp.

Believe me when I say this as well, I wrote the Alamodome director, scheduler, San Antonio mayor and city councilmen on the dissapointment and lost revenue the City of San Antonio lost due to scheduling a church convention at the Alamodome during the proposed Cowboys Training Camp this year which cause Jerry Jones to move Training Camp to Oxnard. I was pissed and still am about that. The Dallas Cowboys belong in Texas. Not in sunny and shaky California. You all in California already have 3 NFL franchises to go look at all you want. Now, we rented you a 4th? Shame on you California for being greedy. 

How about this Cali? We will send you Mickey Spagnola, beat writer, and a bucket of hot wings from Wing Stop for the next 20 years and you will let us keep the Cowboys where they belong? In Texas. Speaking of Micky Spagnola, I wrote him a nice little email on how I felt about his article on why the Cowboys should call Oxnard home forever during Training Camp. I don’t think he is going to be happy or laugh about it. I will just leave it at that. Sorry if you guys outside of the State of Texas don’t agree with me but many Texans do. MANY! Peace ’til next time!

Cowboy Bill’s Draft Rant

I’m sure this blog will be frowned on by some but I have to be honest. I was disappointed with this years draft class. I’m not saying these players aren’t talented by any means. I just feel Jerry Jones squandered the two picks he had in the first round.

This what I was hoping Jones would’ve done:

1. Trade up in order to be in position to draft Leodis McKelvin from Troy. He’s the best CB coming out this year. Plus he’s a good kick returner. Plus, he’s from Troy!

How would they manage to trade up you ask? Give up 22nd or 28th pick and maybe the 3rd round pick in order to get high enough to grab McKelvin. Simple. I’m also not putting down Michael Jenkins. Everyone had him ranked in the top 3 if not the top 2 corners coming out.

2. With the 22nd overall pick you’re still in position to grab Felix Jones IF you want him. Nothing against Jones but I think Chris Johnson from ECU would be a better fit. I know he played at Conference USA and is a bit small but he’s blazing fast and is another option as a kick returner.

Now of the first 2 picks that we got I think anyone would agree they’re both solid, "safe" picks. I’m of the belief that safe doesn’t always bring home the bacon. Think about it. Wouldn’t we all be a little more excited if the first 2 picks were McKelvin and Johnson? I know I would.

The 2nd round pick of a tight end that nobody outside the state of Texas has even heard of is beyond me. I read it was a move to replace Fasano. Well, Fasano should have never been traded to begin with. He was a solid backup tight end and was worth a 4th round pick all by himself. Adding Akin Ayodele to the trade made it ludicrous. Back to Martellus Bennett. Who knows. He has good size and is apparently athletic considering he played basketball. I have a theory though. Bare with me here. What if this kid is some kind of project? He played defensive end on a few occasions. Maybe he could be molded into a Julius Peppers kind of player? Maybe my theory is a bit of a stretch plus who gives up a 2nd round pick for a project? Anyway, I don’t honestly know enough about the guy to give an honest opinion.

I would say we should’ve gone after a receiver in the 2nd but by the time our pick came up, all the obvious options at receiver were gone.

Tashard Choice is one to keep an eye on in my opinion. He could be a sleeper at 4th round. He sure looks pretty good on film anyway. It does add depth at RB which is never a bad thing.

The rest of the draft is a crap shoot and I won’t pretend to know anything about these guys. I think what soured me the most was the week leading to the draft. I didn’t like the Pacman deal and I was furious over the trade with Miami. That being said, I didn’t go into draft day in the best of spirits anyway.

Fortunately the Cowboys didn’t really need that much going into the draft and I personally think this team could win the Super Bowl this year even without a single pick.

My grade for this year’s draft.