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Rex Vs. Romo? You Make The Call!

Hello my name is David. But you can call me Rubini. Yes, I’m the new kid in town.

I would like to officially welcome you to the first installment of my thoughts and predictions on your favorite team.. rather "our" favorite team – "America’s Team", the beloved Dallas Cowboys. Please keep in mind that we all thrive off commentary. I enjoy, welcome and encourage passionate feedback. Positive or negative. Go for it! Voice your opinion and let’s have fun this year! Cool? Alright!!

When it comes to this Sundays match-up between the Cowboys and Bears, there are many uncanny similarities and many major differences between the two quarterbacks. We all must thank heaven and thank our lucky blue and silver stars concerning the latter!

Both QB’s are in their 5th season. Both play in the NFC Conference, and both are the captains driving the ship of a well oiled playoff team with realistic goals to win a Super Bowl this year after a disappointing and anticlimactic 2006-2007 season.

And that’s where the coincidences and similarities sharply appear to die.

Romo is simply a superior quarterback. From what we have seen thus far, Tony seems to have truly "learned" a bit  from last years remarkable (yet heartbreaking) rags to riches to rags melodrama. This year, Romo seems much more poised and in control as he isn’t forcing anything when the offensive line crumbles or when coverage is too tight. He may take a sack, or he may even run and scramble for a gain? But Romo isn’t throwing silly interceptions like his Chicago rival Rex or like Tony himself did towards the end of last season. 

I like the fact too that "Baby Bum" (term of endearment) and Garrett are willing to let Romo "loose" to improvise. Unfortunately, Big Bill last year was the one who felt it absolutely necessary to negate Tony the freedom to run and create. He was putting away the anointing oil when perhaps he should have put in an order for  some more? 

Romo’s a gifted scrambler ala the original Cowboys "Dodger" Roger Staubach. Romo doesn’t ever need to be caged up again as that would only kill his spirit and eventually his effectiveness. Wade and Garrett get Romo. They understand Romo better than I ever could have imagined! Along with Garrett’s new, fresh approach to handling Romo the new poised, "controlled" gunslinger, we should see plenty of all the cool, electrifying, fun stuff that comes so naturally to Tony.

And unlike Rex in either 06′ or now in 07′, Romo again has the command and the respect of his teammates. That’s huge! And once again, Romo has recaptured the rest of the NFL’s respect at large. Rex may have led his Chicago Bears team to the big enchilada last year, but this year there are even more questions than there are answers when it comes to Grossman. The stats speak for themselves.

In Dallas’ last two victories, Romo threw for 531 yds, with 6 TD’s and just one pick and a passing rating ranked 2nd in the league. Grossman on the other hand, has just barely over 300 yds with 3 picks, one lousy touchdown pass, and is sitting on a rating that ranks at nearly the very bottom of all QB’s both in the NFC and the AFC.

Romo should positively give last years NFC champs a major headache up in the Windy City at Soldier Field. 

With a big win against the Bears this Sunday, expect the Romomania bandwagon to get extremely crowded once again. I’ll save you a spot next to the window.
 
 
What’s your opinion? Does Rex have a 300 yard game in him to beat The Boys on his home turf? Will Romo shine once again on primetime television and live up to all the growing hype? Let us know your thoughts!
 

My Prediction:   Cowboys 31    Bears 24

Romo Named Offensive NFC Player of the Week

Quarterback Tony Romo was named NFC Offensive Player on Wednesday.

Romo threw for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-35 win over the rival New York Giants. He also scored his first career touchdown. The Cowboys scored 45 points, which were the most in a season opener since 1971 (the Cowboys went on to win the Super Bowl that year).

This is a great way to start the season, especially after they way last season ended. With talks all over the media asking if Tony Romo "is the real deal", I think he just confirmed that he’s as real as it gets. After week 1, Tony Romo leads the league is passing yards and touchdowns.

Great job Romo, keep it up!

 

Legends of the Star – Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin was the greatest wide receiver ever to don the uniform of the Dallas Cowboys. The "Playmaker" as he was sometimes called started out his career playing for the University of Miami, where he was heavily recruited. While he was with the Hurricanes, he set school record for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions. He was part of the Hurricane’s 1987 National Team.
 
In 1988 Irvin entered the NFL Draft and was selected 11th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. In his very first game, he started and caught his first touchdown pass, which was something that hadn’t been done by a Cowboy in 20 years. He immediately became one of the teams best players in his rookie year and he led all wide receivers with a 20.4 yards per catch average. He quickly became one of the most exciting receivers in the league and his ability to make the big plays made him one of the biggest stars in the game. His ability to push off a defender and surpass them with such ease, caused many opposing teams to employ new strategies to try and stop him from beating them.
 
From 1991 through 1998, he was the leagues best wide receiver, and racked up an impressive 10,265 yards in that span. He helped lead his team to four straight NFC Championship games and three Super Bowl titles. In Super Bowl XXVII, he caught 6 passes for 114 yards and 2 second quarter touchdowns that occurred in a span 18 seconds, the fastest pair of touchdowns ever scored in a Super Bowl. In 1995 he had one of the most remarkable seasons ever for a wide receiver when he set team records with 111 receptions, 1,603 yards, and 10 touchdown receptions.
 
Michael Irvin had some scuffs with the law during his playing years and also after he retired as a player, but when he was on the field, there was nobody better. For you trivia buffs out there, Irvin is the only player to play for the first four coaches of the Dallas Cowboys.
 
Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions, 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, and was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on September 19, 2005. Two years later, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Legends of the Star – Darren Woodson

Darren Woodson was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as a converted linebacker in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University.

He played at safety for the Cowboys and was a five time Pro Bowl selection who developed a reputation as an effective run-stopper and was a feared and ferocious hitter. He was leader both on and off the field and was a mentor to many of the younger players, including Roy Williams.

Besides chasing and tackling ball carriers in the secondary, Woodson also was very relentless at chasing down and stopping kick returners on special teams. For many years, Woodson dominated at his position and was a threat to anyone carrying the ball within his range. Many of his tackles were so ferocious that he drew many fines from the NFL during his career.

However, doing all those things for all those years finally took a toll on Woodson’s body. After missing most of the season after having back surgery just before training camp, the hard-hitting safety announced his retirement in December of 2004. It was the end of an era for the Dallas Cowboys. Darren Woodson was the last player left from the 1992, 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl champions and he was also the last player drafted by Jimmy Johnson. His 1,350 tackles are the most-ever in Cowboys history. 

Just the mention of Woodson’s name can still make opposing wide receivers and kickoff returners cringe.

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium

 

 

 

On Tuesday morning the 32 football owners awarded North Texas the Super Bowl bid for 2011. The game will be played in the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington that is still under construction.

North Texas beat out bids by Indianapolis and Arizona. Former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach led the bid committee.

"This is a thrill of a lifetime," Staubach said. "We’re thrilled to bring the Super Bowl to North Texas and this magnificent stadium. There’s a lot of work to be done. But it will really get cooking here in the near future. We’re going to work real hard to live up to the responsibilities that go along with this bid."

Congratulations North Texas! Lets just pray that the Cowboys are the ones playing in their home stadium for Super Bowl XLV!

The Wait Continues…

 

 

Jerry Jones announced that the new head coach will not be named until after the Super Bowl. Its a great choice by Jones. I’m glad he’s not rushing into this but it certainly makes you wonder if Ron Rivera may be a candidate for a position. Rivera’s contract with the Bears expires after the Super Bowl. For those of you who are still rooting for Norv Turner as head coach, I hear he’s likes Ron Rivera for defense. So it would be logical for Jones to wait until Rivera’s job is done in Chicago before moving forward.

Boys Will Be Pros

 

 

I’m looking forward to seeing five Cowboys in the Pro Bowl this year. Since I really have no interest in this years Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl will give me my last football fix this season. Its a long way til August and pre-season. However, the offseason at the Ranch will be pretty interesting this time.

These ‘Boys are the five that most deserve this honor. Roy Williams and Jason Witten have been to the Pro Bowl before. Mat McBriar, Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware are all making thier first appearance.

Some people think it was a knock on T.O. when the NFL didn’t select him to the Pro Bowl. But I think the Pro Bowl should not only reflect the stats but the man behind them. I think it should be a all-around "professional". There were some things that he did this past year that would contradict that and I’m sure thats why he wasn’t selected.

Congratulations to the five Cowboys who will be heading to Hawaii on Feb. 10th.

Who’s Next?

Okay, he’s done. He coached his heart out and he’s tired. Its been two days and I think we have all accepted this, its time to move on and we are ready for the new guy. But who will it be? I’ve heard more rumors and speculation in the past 48 hours than in my entire life it seems! From Bob Stoops to now Lovie Smith? Bob Stoops, by the way, said ‘no way’ just so we are clear on that. Lovie Smith? Well I’m pretty sure right now his mind is on the Super Bowl not moving back to Texas. But ya just never know. One thing everyone agrees on, to become the coach of America’s Team is a dream for alot of guys in the league. Its also one of the most stressful jobs out there.

There is also alot of people saying that Terrell Owens was part of the reason Parcells decided to retire. I don’t doubt that. It wasn’t the only reason but it had to have a hand in it. T.O. seems to be a coach’s worst nightmare. This is what he had to say about Parcells decision:

"Sometimes change is good," T.O. said. "I think it was needed." Owens, currently preparing for a second round of finger surgery, said he hopes "the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level."

Yeah, I know… The guy who dropped the most passes in the league. But he also led the league in receiving touchdowns.

During an interview about his retirement, Parcells was asked over and over about Terrell Owens and he refused to comment. So maybe he was part of the reason, but I don’t think Parcells was going to give T.O. the satisfaction.

My opinion about T.O. is, if you don’t want to be a team player, then get off my team. I have tried and tried to accept him, but he keeps pulling these stunts and talking to the media. He is a great player, when he’s 100% and I won’t deny that. But is it worth the grief and drama he brings? I can think of many WR’s that could be good for us without the controversy. But that’s not for me to decide. So if Jerry says he stays then hes a Cowboy and I will have to accept that and support him on the field. Off the field… different story.

So now, we wait. That’s what offseason is about anyway. We wait to see who our leader will be, we wait to see who gets cut, who gets signed, who gets hurt, who gets well. Someone asked me, "What do you do now that football season is over?" I simply answered, "Football season may be over, but I’m a Dallas fan year round, there’s plenty to do!"