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Farewell Texas Stadium

Hey Cowboy Fans!

I hope this finds you all well. Until a moment ago, my heart was heavy about the Farewell of Texas Stadium. A very dear friend sent a video to me tonight. It was Yogi Berra talking about the end of Yankee Stadium. Now, I’m no Yankee fan but I know who Yogi is and I was touched by his words. I found a great deal of inspiration and strength in this 2 minute video… and I shed a few more tears because he was right.

I realized that I won’t miss this place. It will live on forever through US… the fans. We have priceless memories inside of each of us that, if we think real hard, we can go back to that moment in time and live it over and over again. Soon, we will move into our new home… a home even more worthy of America’s Team; even though we never thought we would see the day that something could replace our beloved Texas Stadium.

During the three days at Farewell Fest, I met fans of all ages that were eager to share the most amazing stories of the Cowboys and Texas Stadium. Thankfully, I was with friends that kept me laughing or I might have spent the weekend in tears! I was having the hardest time with this because as long as I can remember, Texas Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys have been hand in hand. I heard stories of joy and celebration, heart-ache and disappointment… and everything in between. There was one common theme to these stories that was unspoken between us but understood: WE ARE FANS OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS and we will follow them where ever they may go.

The other unspoken theme that I did not realize until I watched this video of Yogi Berra was: Texas Stadium WILL live on forever. While this seems like the end, it is really only the beginning! This move opens doors to us that we had only experienced in our dreams: a Super Bowl in our house, for instance! The idea of this opens the doors to many more dreams like our Dallas Cowboys WINNING a Super Bowl at home and much MUCH more! Like the Dallas Cowboys, we can now enjoy these thoughts that are larger than life in a stadium that can be seen from space!

I am not old enough to remember Texas Stadiums first moments of glory. I have said many times, “Man, I wish I had been there then.” I AM GOING TO GET MY CHANCE!! My children will some day sit down with their grandchildren and say, “Your great-grandma and great-grandpa took me to Texas Stadium when I was your age. They were there the first time the Cowboys played in the stadium in Arlington.”

WOW! I get my chance and SO DO YOU!! Suddenly, I am no longer heart heavy. I am more excited than ever!! So, to my friend that send me the video of Yogi: THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my star-shaped heart! I will not soon forget that through the miles and miles that separate us, you understood what I was going through and knew exactly what I needed to see and hear. Which, of course, reminds me of how lucky I am… HOW LUCKY WE ALL ARE right here, right now… to be FANS OF THE GREATEST NFL TEAM IN THE WORLD!

And, I’m lucky to be friends with the GREATEST FANS of the GREATEST TEAM: America’s Team! For that, I want give each of you a personal THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to come into your lives each week. I suddenly feel like the luckiest fan in the world and I hope you do, too.

I’m going to close with two videos I made special for you… My LoneStarStruck family and friends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed having the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time.

COWBOYS FOR LIFE!!
Shelby

PS. The second video gives you information about where you can see MORE videos from Farewell Fest such as: player interviews, sights and sounds and much much more!

Turn Out the Lights… The Party Is Over

OR IS IT??

It’s different for everyone. For some, the party ended in Philly. For
others it ended at the farewell ceremony. For ME? The 2008 season may
be done but the 2009 season started before I could leave the Super Bowl
Party!

While we’re on the subject, how was your Super Bowl Party? Do you have
any interesting stories to share? My friends and I went to the House of
Blues in Dallas for the DFW Big Game Watch Party. Proceeds benefited
the CAN! Academies of DFW. Our hosts were: Randy White, Tony Casillas,
T. Choice and D.Ware.  They had a nice buffet, prizes and vendors. The
hosts were awesome with the fans; signing autographs, taking pictures
and chatting. I had my picture taken with everyone but Choice. I don’t
know how he managed to get away from me a second time! I did get each
of them to autograph my helmet and Ware signed my jersey. You know that
thing is getting framed!! :)

If you haven’t heard, check out the event at Texas Stadium the weekend
of the 20th. I think it would be neat if we could make a big showing! I
found it on the Dallas Cowboys website then received the newsletter. (Sign up for that! It’s great!) Check it out and
let me know if you can make it!

So, which Super Bowl commercials were your favorites? Were there any
you could do without? I’m not going to give my opinion just yet. I will
put that in a comment later. I will say this: my favorite is
“Generations”.  Of course, I’m a big fan of all of Budweiser’s Super
Bowl commercials.

Before I go, I want to remind you that Valentine’s Day is around the corner!
Start planning for your sweetie now!

Next week, we will revisit Marty B TV, I will have pictures
to share and hopefully we are making progress on plans for the weekend
of the 20th! Plus, I should have information about an exciting
opportunity for ALL Cowboy Fans!

As our friend Roy says, “COWBOYS RULE!!”

See ya next week!
Shelby

Michael Irvin To Host Cowboys Reality Show

In the age of American Idol and Survivor it shouldn’t come as a great shock that the Dallas Cowboys are getting in on the action. According to reports Michael Irvin has pitched an idea for a football based reality show that will have the winner taking the last spot on the 80-man roster heading into training camp.

Irvin:”I don’t know if you can walk upon any group of guys that wouldn’t say they dreamed of playing in the NFL when they were playing in their front yard. So we’re going to take a group of guys from their front yard, dwindle them to one and give that guy the opportunity of a lifetime.”

I don’t like it.

Everyone loves a “rags to riches” story. We all find ourselves rooting for the underdog. Who doesn’t watch the movie Rudy and feel a welling deep inside and a desire to chant “RUDY, RUDY!” Stories like that sell. No doubt about it. And the fact that it will sell is the real reason Jerry Jones gave the go ahead.  The show will air on Spike TV this summer.

I see it as yet another side show carnival distraction.

“I don’t see how you can make this a negative for the Dallas Cowboys,” Irvin said. “We all talk of doing good things for the community, for people, giving people opportunities. Jerry has stepped up and said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ “

Of course he did. Jones loves money. The blue star we all revere so much has turned into a marketing logo. Like the golden arches of McDonalds or bold red logo of Coca Cola. This is more about the money and the exposure of the brand that is the Dallas Cowboys more than it will ever be about fulfilling some guy’s childhood dream of playing professional football.

Need more proof about Jones’ desire to generate revenue trumps his real desire to put a focused, disciplined championship caliber team on the field? The pimping out of Texas Stadium. From selling the endzones, swatches of the field’s turf and actual used stadium seats to selling Farewell to Texas Stadium t-shirts, hats and coffee mugs, Jones has proven it’s all about the money. Not to mention the utter and complete distraction that was the Farewell to Texas Stadium Extravaganza scheduled immediately after a very important late season game against a stout Baltimore Ravens team. This event could have easily been scheduled for the next day but that wouldn’t have given his Cowboys maximum exposure. All about the money. Show me the money.

The HBO series Hard Knocks was a distraction for this football team. The show was very entertaining but was not in the best interest of this football team. I was as excited as anyone when it was announced that the Cowboys were back on board with Hard Knocks. But now I regret that it ever happened.

Stories like this compel me to believe that we are so far away from where we need to be.  It’s a bleak reminder of the day and age in which we live.

I’ll tune in to the latest Cowboys show just like everyone else. That’s what Jones and Irvin are banking on. Pun intended.

Texas Stadium Farewell Season

I wanted to stop by and drop everyone a quick note. I can’t say enough about the season we all said farewell to Texas Stadium. I will let the video below tell my story from start to finish. I realize it is a long video but it does take us from the Open Practice in August through to the final season game at Texas Stadium…

I also wanted to wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

GO COWBOYS!!

Cowboys’ – Bengals’…. Where is That Killer Instinct?

Good Afternoon Cowboys’ Fans:

As we close the book on the game with the Cincinnati Bengals and a 31-22 victory yesterday, I can sum this game up by saying, “complacent, somewhat lethargic, and often just down right sloppy”. I don’t know if the Cowboys were still “hung over” from the loss to the Redskins or not, but this team is experiencing some mental issues right now that I am not sure a good “shrink” would have the answers. They have lost “that killer instinct”!!

When the Cowboys jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, I felt the game was going just as planned against a Bengals team the boys were supposed to beat easily. Suddenly it seemed the Cowboys let their foot off the gas and began to coast. Before they could speed up again, it was 14 minutes to go in the game and the Cowboy’s lead had shrunk to 17-16. It was only then that Marcus Spears forced a Chris Perry fumble and the Cowboys’ came back to life. Romo connected with T.O. on a 57 yd touchdown pass and the game seemed to be in hand.

 I was happy to see the running game return with MB3 and Felix Jones, and the defense played very well. I was very disappointed we lacked intensity in other areas i.e. special teams and QB play.

I became extremely concerned in the third quarter with Tony Romo as I think everyone in Texas Stadium could sense he had gotten so down on himself that it really affected his play and mentally he had taken himself completely out of the game. I just think Tony is “beating himself up” over his turnover situation so far this season to the point it is actually affecting the way he releases the ball. I felt yesterday that at times he was almost unsure about throwing the ball in fear he will throw another interception. That was not the normal Romo that is usually all smiles and loving to play the game as he finished with a very uncharacteristic season low of 14-23 for 176 yds and three touchdowns.

Possibly we can look upon this victory and the lack of intensity by the Cowboys was due to playing the 0-4 Bengals? What concerns me though is if that is the case, the Cowboys have to get back to the basics again.

To play on words; “When you have a wounded animal backed into a corner like the Bengals were, you have to go in for the kill.” The Cowboys have a relatively difficult test Sunday on the road against the Cardinals and then two games that would seem to be easy tests against the Rams in St. Louis and Tampa Bay at home. These games are a chance to gain back that momentum. A momentum and they must have in 4 weeks when they travel to the Meadowlands for their first match up with the “G-men”.

I am in no way down our team or feel that this team is not still the best in the NFL. I think they just need to do some soul searching and come back to that determination and intensity that they had at the beginning of the season. They need to get back that “killer instinct”!!! 

Cowboys-Bengals… Oh yea and a guy named “Chad Ochocinco”

Good Afternoon Cowboy Fans…

Looking ahead to the Dallas Cowboys-Cincinnati Bengals game this Sunday, I look at this game as just another step on the Cowboy’s journey to Tampa and the Super Bowl. Over the next four weeks, the Cowboys host the Bengals, travel to Arizona, St. Louis, and back home to play the Buccaneers. I really feel the Cowboys even though not playing well this past Sunday against the Redskins’, have a great opportunity to be 7-1 when they make their annual stop to the beautiful confines of Giants Stadium for their game with the Super Bowl champs.

But first things first, The Cincinnati Bengals. On paper the Bengals are not a very good team. This team possesses a lot of talent, but year after year they seem to always find a way to hang around the cellar of their division. It would not be fair to the Bengals though without mentioning that even though there are in the cellar, they are not alone as they share the room with their cross state rivals the Browns.

The Bengals come into Dallas on Sunday ranked 30th in offense and 24th in defense. That is not good news for Cincinnati fans when they will be facing the # 1 offense, and the 9th best defense in the NFL. That can only be a recipe for disaster and an opportunity for a lot of fans to beat the traffic leaving Texas Stadium.

Now I will enjoy the game as I enjoy all the Cowboy’s games (well didn’t enjoy last Sunday much), but we can just keep on kicking that dog over and over. I will be paying very close attention to a guy named “Chad Ochocinco” formally an artist known as Chad Johnson. “Chad Ochocinco”…hmm… Kind of sounds familiar I guess. There used to be a guy called “Prince” that became an artist formally known as “Prince”, then just “Prince” again. Man this is getting confusing to say the least. Of course, we also had a sport’s icon named Cassius Marcellus Clay who later became Muhammad Ali, but never confuse Chad Johnson aka “Chad Ochocinco” with the great one Ali!! Johnson changed is surname to “Ochocinco” which is Spanish for eight five, which is the number he wears.

Chad Johnson or “Chad Ochocinco” (I love saying that name) is off to a very rocky start. Johnson has 11 catches for 116 yds and one touchdown in the first 4 games, and has one end zone celebration. A lot of Bengals fans believe that when Johnson changed his name it put some kind of curse on him. When I researched for this story, I noticed that he has been known to get off to slow starts, but nothing compared to this year. Johnson is a very talented receiver and has led the AFC in receiving the last 4 years. Not to mention he has been to 5 Pro-Bowls.

I just often think the real problem with Johnson is that he spends more time worrying about himself than winning football games. In the past he has changed his teeth (or his grill he likes to call it), “mohawked” and colored his hair (blonde I might add) and has had his share of gilded earrings. In 2006 he was voted by Fox Sports as one of the top ten showboats in professional sports. Lastly, I remember one of his most memorable moments in 2007 during a Monday Night game against the Ravens. Johnson caught the first touchdown of the night, proceeded to grab a jacket resembling a Hall of Fame inductee and pranced up and down the Bengal’s sideline to the cheers of all his adoring fans.

The Bengals will come into “Big D” ready to play and with the new insurgence of Chris Perry at tailback, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Carson Palmer and “Chad Ochocinco”; they will not be a team to look past. I just think at the end of the day, the Cowboys will add another victory notch to their belt and continue their journey to reach that pinnacle of being the first team in NFL history to win 6 Super Bowls.

Oh by the way Chad… in case you did not know, the real spelling is actually “Ochenta Y Cinco”, but I guess that is not easy to spell when you write a check. So whether you like “Chad Ochocinco” or not it should be interesting to see if he can out-do our showman, T.O..

Lack Of Discipline Is A Concern

I  may get flack for telling it like it is but that’s OK. We’ve had way too much “sunshine and lollipops” the last few weeks anyway. Bottom line is winning is great. But just because you win doesn’t mean you played well. And it will catch up with you.

This team lacks discipline.

Nothing makes a coach any crazier than stupid mistakes. Some times you can escape with a win after bumbling through a game. The Eagles game is a good example of that. You give up 37 points you deserve to lose. No, the Cowboys didn’t lose that game but they sure tried their best to.

Opening day against the Browns was another example of lack of discipline. Way too many penalties to consider the game a success. Luckily for us fans the Cowboys were so much better than Cleveland that those miscues didn’t cost them the game.

The Green Bay game was the exception. This team had a solid performance at every phase of the game. This was a game that could have easily gotten out of hand. Romo’s interception in the red zone was probably the one thing that kept the game from being blown wide open.

Now to the Washington game. There are times when you know early on in a game your team is just “flat”. That was very apparent throughout this game. Poor tackling and lack of enthusiasm was so obvious even the most casual viewer could see it. I was livid during this game. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone either. Nobody, not even the Redskins themselves thought they could go into Texas Stadium and dominate the Cowboys the way they did. Yes, I said dominate. They moved the ball at will and their defense held this explosive offense to 4 three and out drives as well as the 3 and INT drive.

Twelve men on the field on 3rd and 2 is the epitome of lack of discipline. Wade can’t keep taking the blame for bone-head plays by professional football players. That play cost the Cowboys 3 full minutes at the end of the game.

The bright side is now we can stop with this NONSENSE of going undefeated and concentrate on the task at hand. WIN THIS WEEK. Everyone was thinking 8-0 going into the Giants game. I even thought.. “All we have to do is get past the ‘Skins and the schedule gets soft for 4 weeks”. I think most of forgot this is the NFC EAST we’re talking about. Nothing is guaranteed.

I’m as much of a believer in this team as anyone you’ll meet. When they lose I take it personally. I bleed silver and blue and have for over 30 years. This team has more depth than any team in its long, glorious history. The talent is close to that of the 90’s Cowboys. The only thing that glares at me is the discipline issue. Address that and NOBODY in the NFL can beat them.

Luckless in Lambeau?

This Sunday, the Packers will host the Cowboys at Lambeau Field for just the sixth time in the history of the two clubs.  At Lambeau, the Cowboys have never tasted success.  Our record against the Packers has been great when we play them at Texas Stadium and we have had wins against them at Milwaukee (where the Cheeseheads have occasionally played some home games).

In the five previous meetings at Lambeau, here’s how things turned out:

Nov. 13, 1960 – Cowboys 8, Packers 41

Dec. 31, 1967 – Cowboys 17, Packers 21  (the Ice Bowl)

Oct. 8, 1989 – Cowboys 13, Packers 31

Nov. 23, 1997 – Cowboys 17 – Packers 45

Oct. 24, 2004 – Cowboys 20, Packers 41

As you can see, the Boys have been pretty luckless in Lambeau so far.  Will Sunday be different?  I think so.  It seems as if last season and this one have both been seasons of “firsts” and “lasts” for the Cowboys and our young leader, Mr. Romo.  Personally, I think the key to victory in Green Bay this Sunday will be the arm of our young Wisconsin native.  Perhaps it will take a young man who grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin to break the jinx of Titletown, U.S.A. and warm up the “Frozen Tundra” for a first Cowboy victory.  So – no pressure Tony – but we’re countin’ on ya.

The Packers don’t have Brett Favre anymore.  We all know that.  To paraphrase the Packers management, “The Favre Train has left the building.”  He now plays for the New York Bretts, leaving the reigns of the Packer season in the hands of Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers has looked good thus far, but the season is early, and the Packers haven’t played a team with the kind of talent the Cowboys have. 

Also, Rodgers did look good when he replaced Favre last year against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium – just not good enough.  Many in the media are singing the praises of the new Packer starting QB – calling Lambeau field “Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.”  However, like Bill Parcells once said, “Let’s put away the anointing oil.”  It’s early.  Romo may have something to say about who the real sheriff in town is.

Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood?  I don’t think so.  Perhaps we, as Cowboy fans should sing the song together and add a new twist.   Hopefully, you are old enough to remember the original show on PBS.  If not, here’s how it goes with a final change to the ending:

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Won’t you by my…

Won’t you be my…

VICTIM!!!!!

Fair warning to our dear “neighbors” in the north – you’re going down.  Go ahead and nail up the sign “Cowboys Owned” over the Lambeau label.  The “Favre Train” has left the station and the current “Rodgers Trolley” just doesn’t have the “umpf” to pull the hill.

WE ARE “AMERICA’S TEAM” AND YES, WE HAVE THAT SWAGGER AND YES, WE HAVE THAT SUCCESS

Good afternoon Cowboy fans,

I was going to write about the upcoming matchup this week between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but after further thinking I decided that I needed to get something off my chest. I decided to write an article regarding all the Dallas Cowboy “haters” and the beliefs they have.

Many, Many Dallas Cowboy fans like me grew up calling the Cowboys “America’s Team” but some fans say that calling your-self something does not make it so. I heard a fan compare the Cowboys to an old Smith-Barney commercial in which John Houseman said, “We make money the old-fashioned way…we earn it”? Then he followed that up by saying that the Cowboys need to earn that title and wear it with the respect and dignity it rightfully deserves.  

Some people say that being a professional football is something very special. Hall of Fame guard, Jerry Kramer, of the Green Bay Packers was quoted as saying in 1958 when I first began playing, a lot of players in the league chewed tobacco and, to tell you the truth, they were not very professional, either in appearance or attitude. As a matter of fact, professional football was not really all that professional then, either”.

There is a perception that is drawn by many NFL fans that the Dallas Cowboys of the last 20 years have lost that professionalism and gave way to the glitz and glitter of big business and the “show-time persona”. It has been said that the ideals of Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi that were taught on the fields of Texas Stadium and Lambeau Field no longer exist. Those two famous coaches believed that you had to bring a degree of class and a degree of professionalism to the game. They would hold America’s great corporations-IBM, General Motors, etc.-up as example to their respective teams, telling their players they had to perform like them. So much so those, in the end, the great corporations were holding them up as an example – in preparation, commitment, and discipline.

The Cowboy players of yesteryear – the Tom Landry Cowboy’s of Don Meredith, Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Roger Staubach and etc., were a wonderful group, one possessing quality and dignity. And as such, they represented the true virtues of the cowboy in our culture, the ones we became familiar with every time we saw John Wayne up there on the silver screen portraying one with his quiet strength, honesty, integrity, pride, selflessness and all the other attributes of the hardworking cowboy.

Many people hate the Cowboys of today because they say they put off an image on the field of acting like fools and reinforcing the image so many of the earlier players has tried so hard to change. All those years of working hard to re-make an image they say is being destroyed in a few taunting seconds. And every time they are seen dancing and prancing around, and conducting themselves in that manner, they are an embarrassment to themselves and to what a professional football player should represent.

Well, as much as I loved the Tom Landry days and all the famous players that carved the Cowboy franchise, I have to now stand up and say “ALL THAT TALK IS A BUNCH OF CRAP”!!

This is big business and to a large extent it is entertainment. If T.O. wants to fly like and Eagle after scoring a touchdown so be it. It fills the grandstands week after week and if I am not mistaken, the Cowboys-Eagles game last Monday night was the highest rated Monday night game in NFL history with an astounding 18.5 million viewers.

Yes, we are “America’s Team” and damn proud of it!!

So, I say to all the Cowboy “haters”, don’t judge us because we slam dunk a football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown or pull a sharpie out of our sock in the end zone and sign an autograph. Judge us because the Cowboys are the most successful franchise in all of professional sports history. So what if we have some “me-ism” on our team? We also have Jason Whit that is very involved in youth activities and the United Way. We also have a great owner, Jerry Jones that brings Hispanic youth to Valley Ranch to celebrate their culture, not to mention the 100’s of charities he is involved in, or a Roy Williams that builds playgrounds all over the Dallas metro-plex for kids to enjoy.

Hell, we have a 68 million dollar QB that stops in the middle of the night to help total strangers fix a flat tire and still finds time to hold football camps for kids that want to learn the game!! I could sit here and write all day of the great things this era of Cowboy players do off the field in their communities to help others. Unfortunately, to a lot of people all they see is what the Cowboys do on the field and that is just unfair.

The professional football player of today is not even close in comparison to the players of the Tom Landry era. It is big business now and fans have to change with the times. So Sunday night when the Cowboys and Packers take the field, don’t judge a Packer player if he does the “Lambeau leap” into a waiting fan’s arms and don’t judge the Cowboys because of who we are. 

Just remember this, “We are “America’s Team” and Yes, we have that “swagger” and Yes, we have that success”!!!

Big Wheels Keep on Turning……

Well, where to begin?

There is the obvious, the accolades and astonishment of the instant-classic win over the Eagles, 41-37. It was the one of the toughest games to watch in terms of pure joy, fear, anger, joy, sadness…..HALFTIME…..anger, joy, sadness, excitement, and then……relief. A win is a win, and they are hard to come by in the NFL. This one was extra sweet due to the great Texas Stadium environment, the largest TV audience in the history of cable television (18.6 million viewers) and the fact that it came at the expense of the hated Eagles. Well, how bout them Cowboys? 2-0…..the reward: the next “Game of the Year”….another showdown for NFC supremacy against the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau.

Where are we now?

Two weeks into the season and it feels like we are already in week 8 with Hard Knocks and the wait between the first 2 games. We are just starting on our “journey” and we have along way to go to the finish. Here are a few humble observations, from yours truly:

Playmakers: They are like good friends, either you have them or you don’t, and the Boys have plenty. There is no question that we are the most explosive team in the NFL, and any play has the chance for a TD, no matter where we are on the field. It all starts with the quarterback and there is no question that with Tom Brady out and Peyton Manning struggling to regain his form following knee surgery, Tony Romo has established himself as the top QB in the league right now. When you add TO, Witten, Barber, Crayton and Felix, it is downright scary.

Penalties: This is becoming a major concern. Coach Phillips says the penalties are on him, but that is clearly “coach-speak”. It is up to the players to not grab the facemask, or not commit a false start. I can’t get to worked up about a holding penalty or pass interference calls because both seem to happen on every play, and it is just a matter of whether the official decides to throw the flag. The mental mistakes need to be kept to a minimum and hopefully that will begin to happen as the season wears on and the players settle into the routine. 

Zone Defense: Am I the only one that doesn’t think this works that great? This is, of course, a type of pass coverage. The DB’s play an area of the field as compared to getting on a man and covering him wherever he goes. I understand that man-to-man has great risks as well, but against Philadelphia and a veteran QB, the receivers had no troubles sitting down in the open spots and just waiting for the ball to arrive, and McNabb was putting it on the money. On the flip side, it worked pretty well against Cleveland. Personally, I am not a fan of the zone defense for the whole game. I am no defensive coordinator, but I think with Pac Man and Newman, we should give them a chance to man up at times and at least have a chance at an interception. You have to bet big to win big. Through 2 games: 0 interceptions.

Injuries: So far, there have been big scares: Romo laying on the field in Cleveland looking like he just got hit by a bus, Barber’s ribs banged up and Witten immediately grabbing his shoulder after an awkward landing. We have been fortunate that these guys are tough enough to fight thru these “minor” injuries. It’s like the old saying: “Are you hurt, or are you injured?”. These offensive stars were only hurt and not injured, thankfully. The news from the Philly game is that Roy Williams suffered a fractured forearm and is out about a month. And you add Kyle Kosier, who has been out for the whole season thus far as well as Terrence Newman and his gimpy groin, and it starts to add up. What can you do though? It’s just a part of the game.

So, overall, things are good here in Cowboys Country, we are right on schedule, 2 wins, 14 more to go! It’s good to be a Cowboys fan and I am looking forward to this very tough schedule we have. Fear no one, Respect everyone. I truly believe that the only team that can beat us is ourselves. We have the talent and the heart of a champion, now it’s time to keep working towards getting a championship. I know one thing, were gonna need alot of popcorn.

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD

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

A Rivalry Worth Taking Serious

Good Afternoon Cowboy fans,

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, there’s nothing worse and nothing better than the Dallas Cowboys’ being good. When Philadelphia and Dallas meet it is usually a very hard contest full of drama, excitement and some fun along the way. This rivalry has been dating back several years and has had its share of unusual cast of characters.

In the late 1980s, legendary coach Buddy Ryan was very successful in what Ryan liked to call “wiping the smirk off Tom Landry’s face”, when the Eagles sort of dominated the series in Landry’s last few seasons. Then there was the first half of this decade when the Eagles won 9 out 10 games against our Cowboys and made the Eagles a hated rival in the NFC East. All it really proved though was that “bandwagon” fans ran out to buy Eagle jerseys and that Andy Reid may have been a little better head coach than Dave Campo was.

For a rivalry to truly be a rivalry worth the name, it requires an opponent worthy of respect and maybe a little fear. Well let me tell you, the “boys” are there once again. As I look back over the decades between these two teams, I remind myself of some good times, some bad times, and rather funny times. Like the time Buddy Ryan was accused of putting out a “on the field hit” on certain Cowboy stars to gain an unfair advantage. Of course let us not forget our beloved T.O. (Terrell Owens) when he was an Eagle and performed some of the best
end zone celebration antics ever witnessed in Texas Stadium. This was indeed not pleasing or delightful to the Cowboy’s faithful. Who would have ever thought a few short years later, T.O. would become an elite member of “America’s team”. 

Over the years the regular season has brought some unforgettable matchups, but few have shaped up any bigger in advance than Monday nights’ showdown at the soon to be doomed Texas Stadium. After week 1 of the 2008-2009 campaign has come and gone, both the Cowboy’s and Eagle’s first games seemed to be a Sunday walk in the park. So, Cowboys fans get ready because the hated Eagles are coming to “Big D” this Monday ready to play and for both teams the real season and division kicks into high gear. For the fans, the drama has already begun. The on-going, sometimes called soap opera that takes place at Valley Ranch with all its compelling characters like Tony Romo, T.O., and let us not forget a guy
named “Pacman”. Not to mention our hero Jerry Jones, I think we carry into this game a little extra edge. Even though it’s early in this young season, in this writer’s opinion, I think this will be a statement game to the Eagles that the Cowboys are defending NFC East champs.

The Eagles, if they can pick up where they left off before McNabb’s run of injuries, have a chance to see the championship light, but to do that, they must first get past the Cowboys. The Cowboys are a confident bunch and a very experienced bunch. After all, there is a reason why they won 13 games last year.

Now I will say, McNabb certainly looked like his best self in Sunday’s dismantling of the St. Louis Rams, but after all it was the Rams which we all know have not been to the Super Bowl since Moses went up the mountain with his 13 inch color T.V. to get better reception. We will know a lot more in a few days when McNabb and company come to town. They should not come in brimming with confidence and “cockiness”, because they will leave Texas giving their soul to God and their asses’ to the Cowboys! This Cowboy’s team is no joking matter and is once again the kind of rival worth taking serious.