Book Review – The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football

Last week, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the soon to be released “Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football” by Sports Illustrated.

Now I’ve read my fair share of books on the Dallas Cowboys over the years, but this is the first one that I immediately cherished as a collectors item. Believe me when I tell you, that once you get this fine book in your hands, you’ll find it very difficult to put down, and I’m not kidding you either.

The book is loaded with some of the most sensational anecdotes and articles about the Cowboys as brought to you be the some of the best sports writers in the country.

The photography is stunning and the book is loaded with a  vast collection of unforgettable shots that capture the entire history of this historic franchise.

Here is some additional information from the publisher:

Sports Illustrated will release ‘The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football’ on August 24th.

The rich heritage of the Cowboys is captured in this extraordinary collection of stories by the finest sports writers in the world, including Peter King, Tim Layden and Dan Jenkins, a spectacular selection of images from the best photo archive in sports, and a mind-boggling array of stats, anecdotes and memorabilia. It is the ultimate celebration of the Dallas Cowboys.

Sports Illustrated The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football gives fans an insider look from Sports Illustrated senior writer, Peter King, whose in depth access to “America’s Team” includes a three-city scouting trip with Jimmy Johnson to a training camp sit down interview with Tony Romo to discuss his personal life in the off-season.

From the teams humble beginnings to emerging in to a franchise for which winning, and winning it all was expected. Eight Super Bowl appearances, five Super Bowl victories and the glory and the glamour that has surrounded this team. Sports Illustrated The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football revisits the names that leap out of NFL history: Dandy Don Meredith, Bullet Bob Hayes, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, the lineage of head coaches is a Who’s Who list – Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Bill Parcells and the Hall of Famers who could fill their own wing – from Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman to Michael Irvin.

As you can see, this is an incredible book that any Cowboys fan would be proud to own.

Hopefully, all of you have already registered for our contest as we are giving away 25 free copies of these stunning hard covered books. You can still register by going here.

Hot Flashes: Tony Romo

After a game the field fills up with paparazzi and media snapping photos, video and begging for interviews. This new series of graphics, entitled Hot Flashes, reminds me of the rock star atmosphere that comes with being one of the biggest stars on the Dallas Cowboys.

First up none other than the leading star of the team, Mr. Tony Romo.

Injury Bug Bites Again

It saddens me to bring this news to all of you. Our defense has taken what I consider to be a pretty tough blow. Defensive End Marcus Spears is now out 4 – 6 weeks with a sprained MCL. It happened Thursday towards, ONCE AGAIN, the end of a day or practice. It was the last full practice at the Alamodome in San Antonio Tx.

Here is the full story:

On a better note, I was fortunate enough to attend the first practice of the season this year at the Alamodome in San Antonio. I took my 7yr old son who had never seen the Cowboys live before. Yes it was only a practice but to hear him scream when Tony Romo ran out onto the field cheering the Cowboys on, made me a VERY proud father.

I am so totally excited about the upcoming season. I have had a very tough offseason but things seem to be coming together for me. Sorry I have not had the chance to post much this off-season.  Looking forward to the game Sunday night against the Bengals when the Cowboys start their run to the Super Bowl.

An Early Look at the NFC

We have been waiting and waiting for months. Now the wait is just about over. The Cowboys report to training camp tomorrow and their first practice is Saturday. As the next week goes by all the other teams will also open up training camps and most will have their sights set on Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium next February. It’s the start of a new season with new hopes and dreams. So who are the favorites in 2010 and who will be the disappointments? Here is an early look at the NFC.

NFC Favorites

  1. New Orleans. The Saints need to be at the top of the list simply because they are the defending Champions. Someone needs to knock them off the top of the mountain. As far as talent and leadership the Saints are no different from last season. They are explosive on offense, which helps when it comes to their 25th ranked defense.
  2. Minnesota.They are rated above the Cowboys because of how easily they beat the Cowboys in the playoffs. Most people are tired of the so called “Favre Watch”, but if he comes back they will still have a potent offense. If Favre shocks everyone and retires, then the Vikings as a team fall a few spots in the rankings. Their defensive line is one of the best, if not the best in the league, but their secondary is suspect at times.
  3. Dallas. No major changes for the Cowboys during the off-season. They have the talent in place on offense and defense to go along with some playoff experience. Tony Romo had a great 2009 season, minus the Giants game early in the season. I think the offensive line will be fine with Doug Free taking over for Flozell Adams. The major question is how will Alan Ball be at safety?
  4. Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has become one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He has a lot of offensive weapons to choose from as long as his offensive line can protect him. The defense played very well last season as they went from a 4-3 to a 3-4. A few losses in 2010 on defense like Johnny Jolly and Aaron Kampman may hurt them.
  5. NY Giants.I tried my best to find another team in the NFC I could put at number five, but I kept coming back to the Giants. Eli Manning seems to always find the open receiver when he needs a big play and they Giants have a lot of weapons at receiver. Was Brandon Jacobs really hurt in 2009? That will be the big question for this offense in 2010. The defense just seemed to give up last season as they allowed over 40 points in three of the last four games. That prompted the Giants to hire new defensive coordinator in Perry Fewell.



  1. Philadelphia.Franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb was traded in the off-season. No more Brian Westbrook in the backfield. I think the Eagles are going to take a step back in 2010. They are handing the offense to unproven quarterback Kevin Kolb. Their defense is not the force it once was as the Cowboys showed in beating them in back-to-back weeks, outscoring the Eagles 58-14.
  2. Arizona.The Cardinals lost their heart when Kurt Warner retired after last season. Matt Leinart has done nothing that says he can lead this team. They also lost dependable receiver Anquan Boldin to free agency. The defense lost a few pieces as well with the departures of linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Antrel Rolle.
  3. Chicago.I’ve read a lot of good things about the Bears this off-season. How Jay Cutler is going to be better now that new offensive coordinator Mark Martz is there. How the signing of Chester Taylor and Julius Peppers has improved the team. But head coach Lovie Smith likes to run the ball and Mike Martz likes to throw the ball. Could be an issue as the season moves along and the winter weather enters the picture. The question is also whether Peppers really wants to be in Chicago or was it the money that attracted him there?


  1. Detroit.I’m interested in seeing the Lions this season. I know they have combined for only two wins the last two seasons, but this team has some talent. Especially on offense with Matthew Stafford going into his second season and Calvin Johnson becoming one of the best receivers in the league. Stafford also has a quality tight end in Tony Scheffler to go to now. The Lions drafted speedy Jahvid Best to ignite the running game. On defense they added cornerback Chris Houston, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and defensive tackle Corey Williams through free agency. The Lions also added defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was the second overall pick in the draft.

Link: Winning Matters To Tony Romo

Rick Gosselin at the Dallas Morning News has an awesome article about Tony Romo being an elite quarterback today. Gosselin explains all of the accomplishments of the young star in his short career.

Being one of the best quarterbacks in the league doesn’t always equal a Lombardi trophy (just ask Dan Marino), but this statement from Romo proves that he realizes that. And when a leader understands that his team comes before his own ego, that’s when you have a winning team. That’s when you know he’s going to get the job done!

“At the end of the day, winning is what counts at my position,” Romo said Wednesday before a promotional appearance for Starter apparel at an Arlington Wal-Mart. “As I get older, it doesn’t matter to me if I throw for 100 yards a game or 400 if we win. You’re a far better quarterback when you throw for 150 yards and win than when you throw for 320 and lose. Stats are just stats.”

“For my perspective, [statistics] are something that kind of just happen in the process of winning or in an effort to be the best you can be.”

The DMN article also included this impressive chart. Romo will work his way up to the top, while on his journey to the Cowboys sixth Super Bowl victory. Believe that!

Link: Cowboys Have A Solid QB Situation

In a post to Fox Sports Southwest, they look at which teams have the best and worst quarterback situations. Basically, they are looking at which teams not only have a solid starter, but also look at who would step in if that starter got injured.

They rank the Dallas Cowboys as the second best quarterback situation behind Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a different way of looking at things.

It all begins with Tony Romo, who finally won a playoff game in his fourth year as the starter.  He’s quickly becoming one of the NFL’s truly elite passers with 107 touchdowns over the last four seasons, and his yards per attempt average has dipped below eight only once in a season.  His 63.4 career completion percentage is better than Tom Brady’s, Brett Favre’s, Ben Roethlisberger’s, and Philip Rivers’s.  He could be even better in 2010 with Dallas’s most impressive array of weapons since the Troy Aikman days.  

Then there’s backup Jon Kitna and his 115 career starts.  Kitna has topped 3000 passing yards six times in his NFL days, and 4000 twice.  You won’t find many teams with a second-teamer who owns more TD passes than the four-year starter, but Romo has a couple of seasons to go before besting Kitna’s mark of 152.  That’s 259 TD passes on this team if you’re counting.

I think it’s important to have a solid backup like Kitna on the team, and though you hope you never have to use him, it’s nice to know he’s there.

You’re Damn Right I Take Offense To That

Can you imagine living the life of a football star? How about a football star who plays for the Dallas Cowboys? That would be like living a dream. Getting paid millions of dollars to play the game you love for the best team in the nation, yeah I would say that is definitely living the dream.

However, with the good comes the bad. Tabloid reporters, paparazzi stalkers and obsessed fans, oh my!

Honestly I could care less who Tony Romo is dating. I don’t care if Miles Austin was seen on a yacht with a famous reality star. Some call it a jinx, and now some are saying maybe a good luck charm. If they do their job and stay focused, does it really matter?

On the other hand, there are some things you just don’t do in public when you are a professional football player.

Our class clown, if you will, Martellus Bennett has made a horrible fool out of himself once again. In a video that has since been removed, Bennett dressed in a long beard at a tattoo parlor on Independence Day impersonates terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

“Y’all been looking for me? I’m making bombs!”

It’s not funny, and definitely offends me as an American especially on the day we celebrate our freedom. While thousands of men and women fight for us overseas, Mr. football player thinks its funny to disrespect them on a day he should be honoring the very thing they are fighting for.

I believe when players are given the honor calling themselves Dallas Cowboys they need to realize they represent something bigger than their oversized egos. Just like what Jerry Jones told Terrell Owens before releasing him, this is about something bigger than both of us, this is about the team.

How about you start thinking before you embarrass the organization? You are not a racy comedian who makes money by causing controversy, you are a professional football player. I think its time you start acting like one.

This And That As Training Camp Nears

Dez Bryant

It was asked on NFLN recently which rookies would have the biggest question mark going into the 2010 season. Jamie Dukes said it would be Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant.

“When it comes to fanfare and scrutiny no one is more scrutinized than Dallas Cowboy football players. Can he handle being a Cowboy? Can he stay out of the clubs? Can he handle the fame and fortune of being a Dallas Cowboy? That’s the big concern. The (No. 88 jersey) puts a target on your back as well. I question whether or not he can handle the success of being one of those Dallas Cowboys”

Warren Sapp also of the NFLN added…

“I think Dez Bryant is going to have growing pains in Dallas,”

It seems to me, and this is my opinion of course, that certain people on the NFLN love to hate the Cowboys no matter what is happening. Or maybe I’m just too sensitive to the subject. Why is Dez Bryant the biggest question mark when so many other players on other teams are getting into trouble?

Happy Birthday Miles

As reported by, Kim Kardashian threw new boyfriend Miles Austin a party to celebrate his 27thbirthday. Sister Kourtney Kardashian was also in attendance.

Isn’t it funny how nothing negative is reported with Miles Austin dating Kim Kardashian, but anyone that Tony Romo dates draws all kinds of negative headlines. Things should be exciting if these two are together on Thanksgiving when Reggie Bush and the Saints come to town.

Best Current Cowboys

As Kelly reported the other day, has put together a bracket to see who the best current Dallas Cowboy is. They matched certain current Cowboys together and let the fans vote on a different match-up every day. The first match-up was between Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Jones won easily over Barber 82.5% to 17.5%

I will admit I voted for Barber.

The second match-up had DeMarcus Ware beating Keith Brooking 94.09% to 5.91%

As much as fans love what Brooking brings to the team, there was no way he was beating Ware.

In today’s match-up it’s Jay Ratliff against Gerald Sensabaugh. As of this morning Ratliff leads Sensabaugh 96% to 4%.

No big surprise there.

Injury Update

Some injury news reported by as we are now three weeks away from training camp opening.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick who broke his index finger during the teams OTA’s says he will wear a splint on his broken finger once the regular season starts. Scandrick says he will be ready once training camp opens even with a splint on his finger.

Linebacker Stephen Hodge who had microfracture surgery says he is hopeful he can return for training camp. Hodge did do some light training on the side during the teams OTA’s.

Linebacker Keith Brooking who had off-season knee surgery will be ready for training camp. Brooking came back towards the end of the teams OTA’s and said he will be ready to go when training camp opens.

Air Coryell Connection

Cowboy’s offensive coordinator Jason Garrett actually uses a large portion of Don Coryell’s offense in the Cowboys attack. Garrett learned from former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner who coached Garrett as a player in the early 90’s. Turner learned the offense from Ernie Zampese when both were coaches with the LA Rams.

Goodbye Don Coryell

Don Coryell passed away yesterday at the age of 85. He coached the San Diego Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He brought the Chargers to the AFC Championship game in 1980 and 1981, but lost both times. He was involved in what many consider the best game ever played in 1981 when the Chargers beat the Dolphins in overtime 41-38 in the divisional round of the playoffs. The following week they would lose to the Bengals in minus 59 degree weather with the wind in Cincinnati.

“We’ve lost a man who has contributed to the game of pro football in a very lasting way with his innovations and with his style,” Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, the quarterback who made Air Coryell fly, said from Oregon. “They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery — look around, it’s there.”

Don Coryell coached some great offensive players in San Diego like Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joyner, Wes Chandler, John Jefferson and Chuck Muncie. Coryell compiled a 111-83-1 record in 14 seasons in the NFL.

LSS Extra Points: The Best and the Rest

The Dallas Morning News is putting 16 Cowboys head to head to find out who is the BEST Dallas Cowboys player according to fans.

Vote for the best Dallas Cowboys player here.


NFL Analyst Vic Carucci has the Cowboys winning the division:

The case for the Cowboys: They should be even stronger than the team that won the division in 2009. Tony Romo continues to make strides as a top-notch quarterback. He’s more mature and focused, and was able to blossom last season as the unquestioned leader of the team. Much of the offseason discussion has dealt with the expected game-breaking complement that first-round pick Dez Bryant will provide established receiving star Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten. But the Cowboys have much more than an explosive passing attack. Their running game is among the best in the league and they have a championship-caliber defense.


Ex- Cowboy Flozell Adams worked out with the Steelers yesterday. The Steelers lost their starting right tackle Willie Colon after he suffered an Achilles injury on Monday. However there is no deal and according to

The Steelers got the impression Adams is not ready to make a decision, and money could be an issue as well. Adams, who was scheduled to earn over $7 million with Dallas prior to his release, is looking to earn $4 million for 2010, according to the source. The Steelers were hesitant to go that high.

Umm, Flozell give it up buddy you aren’t worth the big bucks anymore.


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My Birthday Wish

My special day is June 29th and what I want for my birthday is to watch my Dallas Cowboys!  Okay I know that wish can’t come true, but I can go to Arlington and take a tour of Cowboy Stadium. This is a inexpensive gift, fans can check out the new home of our Cowboys as low as $17.50 per person.  That includes access to the field, the Cowboys and Cheerleaders locker room, the Miller Lite Club and the post-game interview room.

I realize most of our readers have done this, but alot of us that have been fans for years can’t afford game tickets or maybe can’t make the time to attend the game, this would be a fantasy come true. Just close your eyes and believe that you and the special people in your life are standing on the very field that your heroes play every Sunday – the very field that Tony Romo takes charge of the offense!  Miles Austin is making a touchdown! Stand in the end zone, catch a pass from a friend. Can you imagine the thrill when your heart is overcome with emotion? Well open your eyes because it can come true!

I know times are tough for everyone now. Life is short, find a way to take the time to do this.  Make special memories with your family and friends.

There are restrictions so go to the Cowboy official website and click TOUR and check it out and make the time to make a dream come true.

That is all I want for my birthday. I can’t this year but I am going on a road trip and I will stand on the star that has been such a huge symbol in my life. I will make memories for my kids and grandkids. I can’t wait. I will continue this article as soon as I return from my dream trip.

What is your Cowboy fantasy?

I would love to hear all about your Cowboy Dream!

Enough Already Tony Romo!

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been under the microscope since he became the starter during the 2006 season. It seems as though he has been in the news almost every week for something he is doing or has done. The media loves to report everything about Romo and then they say how it makes him an incomplete quarterback in the NFL. They criticize everything that he does on and off the field. So I’ve decided to do the same thing and do a report on Tony Romo and all the bad things he is involved with, along with some other current and former NFL players.

News Flash….

Former NY Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on rape charges, as well as sexual abuse and criminal sexual act with a minor. He faces four years in prison if convicted.

News Flash…

Tony Romo likes to play golf.

News Flash…

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberber has been suspended for the first six games of the 2010 NFL season after being accused of rape.

News Flash…

Tony Romo enjoys his social life, which includes dating.

News Flash…

After acquiring Santonio Holmes in a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NY Jets learned that Holmes will be suspended the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

News Flash…

Tony Romo likes to play basketball.

News Flash…

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

News Flash…

Tony Romo likes speak with young adults about the importance of making the right decisions.

News Flash…

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Shawn Rogers arrested for carrying a loaded gun in an airport.

News Flash…

Tony Romo likes to play soccer.

News Flash…

Miami Dolphins players Ronnie Brown and Will Allen arrested for DUI.

News Flash…

Tony Romo enjoys vacation time with family and friends.

News Flash…

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill arrested for domestic violence and marijuana possession.

News Flash…

Tony Romo loves to smile (Which is some people’s world means he is not dedicated to football)

News Flash…

Donte Stallworth is making a return to the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 after serving a one year suspension after killing a person while driving drunk. He served 24 days in jail and will be under house arrest for two years and cannot drive for four years.

News Flash…

Tony Romo likes to be involved in different charity events.

Tony Romo loves the game of football. He loves being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and has become a leader for them. He is dedicated to getting better every season and is dedicated to his teammates. He never puts anything ahead of football. In his first three full seasons as the starter he has a 33-15 record and has led the Cowboys to two division championships. He loves life and enjoys everything about it. He likes to be with family and friends. He doesn’t concern himself with the media. He goes about his business and controls only what he can like his attitude, work ethic and faith. He has become a role model for many young children.

What is my point with this post? Get off of Tony Romo’s back and give him the credit he deserves for everything he has accomplished in a short time. And stop worrying about what he does on a daily basis when the focus should be on the people that are doing the wrong things in life and getting themselves into trouble.

Quincy On My Mind

I was out with a few friends talking sports like we do. The subject matter mind you was about basketball with the Lakers vs. Celtics going on. One of my friends outta the blue yells out, “I hate Romo man! He playing golf, what kinda of QB play golf?” All six of us stood there staring at my “assuming” highly inebriated friend. I said, “Tony is good. Why is you talking about this man? (Yes I speak using incorrect grammar, sue me!)” He points at the TV screen showing Romo hitting a golf ball. “He need to be practicing on his throwing, he ain’t no Quincy Carter.”

Yes, let me repeat that. Tony Romo ain’t no Quincy Carter. Then my friend goes on a 4 minute tirade on how Romo is killing the Cowboys and how great Carter was and that Jerry Jones didn’t want him there being a black quarterback. Now other then me there is only one other Cowboys fan, the others are, get this, JOINING IN! I mean damn, what did I miss? I know for every 20 Cowboy fans you get 2 who are complete idiots who think they are better GM then Jerry, but damn. Stevie Wonder blindfolded closing his eyes locked in a pitch black room can see the crap that oozed off of Quincy.

Now that’s not to say I wasn’t a fan of Quincy. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t half bad. His rookie season wasn’t A+ but he had room to grow in which he ended up losing to Chad Hutchinson. You remember the pitcher with a heart of gold. Yea, well all this happen when him and Jerry got in a argument on the bench. When Parcells got here he did well, I mean really well for a guy who got sacked 37 and fumbled 10 times. The next year Jones and Parcells got rid of him for Drew Henson (Another damn pitcher!) Vinny “I need to retire” Testaverde and Tony Romo…AHHHHHHH! Irony! Horrible, Horrible Irony! He basically left due to a failed drug test. Well this is America. The greatest country in the world, everyone is allowed to have a second chance. So he went to the Jets. Sadly I have no joke for that.

During the 2004 playoffs unfortunately Quincy had a drug relapse and was found to have bipolar disorder. Well damn, that’s messed up. You got to feel for the guy. So he went to Canada and played for Montreal. Only to be released. Really? Carter said “This is a joke…an insult!”. I’m with you on that Quincy. It’s the CFL where do they get off? In response to that epic and truthful statement, Montreal said “Carter has a serious marijuana problem.” Wait Q, WHERE DO YOU GET OFF!? Let me put it to you this way. Ricky Williams played in the CFL two years and was lighting up like hell, but Quincy not even playing a game did it more then Ricky. That is some s***! I mean wow!

From that time until now he bounced from the AFL to the af2 to semi-pro football. During this time he was in and out of jail and court. Quincy Carter seems to be one of those guy who stuck inside a vortex of bad decisions. A part of me feels bad for him as a man. But as a person who loves football and who would kill to have a tenth of his skill, I could careless about him.

Oddly enough, back to the subject. I called my drunk friend an idiot and cussed him out for it. He said I was right and he took it back. Good. But then he says Troy Hambrick was underrated. Yeah, it was a long night.

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