What Will It Take To Get Over the Hurdle?

Let’s list a few names, shall we?

  • Barry Switzer (“We did it!  We did it!  We did it” … no Jimmy Johnson did it Barry!)
  • Chan Gailey
  • Dave Campo (as head coach)
  • Norv Turner (we let him go!)
  • Bill Parcells (also let him go!)
  • Terrell Owens (needed to go!)
  • Mike Vanderjagt (couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn!)
  • Martín Gramática (don’t ask!)
  • Roy Williams (the receiver – sticker shock!)
  • Zach Thomas (is this where old men come to die?)
  • Pac-Man Jones (enough said!)
  • Ryan Leaf (I should be shot for mentioning his name!)
  • Vinny Testaverde (another Social Security player!)
  • Drew (my grandmother could move in the pocket better) Bledsoe
  • Sean Payton (only went on to win a Super Bowl with the Saints!  Under who’s mentoring?  Yes, Bill Parcells!)
  • Bobby Carpenter (how dare he wear number 54!)
  • etc., etc., etc., (yes, we could all go on!)

Two of the best coaches, we let go (Parcells and Payton).  Payton later went on to win a Super Bowl in New Orleans, while Jason Garrett relives his glorious payday and his Thanksgiving game against the Packers.  “Just throw it high to Harper,” he exclaimed after the game.

I am glad that we are not as piecemeal as we used to be!  Those years between ’96 and ’06 reminded us the die-hards that the Cowboys are an every two-decade team.

In this writer’s opinion, the team that takes the field in 2010 will be the best team since the ’92 – ’95 teams, IF, they can play as a team like the dynasty of the 90’s did!  We need one man to step up on offense (Romo, Austin, Barber?) and another to step up on defense (Ware, Newman, Ratliff, Brooking?)  It needs to be someone to keep this team [as] a team – the coach sure can’t do it!  Let’s see less of Jerry on the sidelines this year.

The time to win is now!  Start 88!  Draft him so high and then don’t start him?  Let Dez live up to that number!  The pieces are there, let’s just not hope for an end of season collapse that so many Dallas Cowboys fans have become accustomed to!

Next blog – Left side of the line, and secondary …

Wish Upon The Cowboy’s Star

Star light, star bright, the Cowboy’s Star I see tonight, wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. On the eve of another NFL season, I sit and stare at the most beautiful star known to man. This star however is not shining brightly in the sky above, but rather on the sleeve of a #16 Vinny Testaverde (quit laughing) practice jersey I have as part of my Cowboys memorabilia collection. As I send the wish off on it’s way, (I can’t tell you exactly what it was or it wont come true, but every Dallas Cowboys fan probably has a similar one as the new season approaches) I can feel the excitement continue to build, not just for the Cowboys but for football in general.

I need something fresh, something new to help cleanse the memory and sting of last season, especially how it ended so painfully to one of our most hated rivals, the Eagles. This year I am trying to keep my expectations to a minimum, unlike last year where I pretty much handed Dallas the Superbowl trophy before the season even started.

This season already has a different feeling to it, I think most of you know what I am talking about. Not sure what it is yet, but it is different, and I think for the better. T.O. is gone, Roy Williams the receiver is the number one man now in his place, while Roy Williams the safety is now a Bengal. Its not the lineup differences that fuel the feelings of change necessarily, but there is certainly something I feel I cant quite put my finger on.

Maybe its the quiet urgency that surrounds the Dallas Cowboys, still “Americas Team” for sure, but with such disappointments the last few years I think everyone is a bit stymied on their feelings. So I sit and reminisce about the glory days, hurt about the ones that got away and look forward to the ones still to come.

Now for all you Die Hard fans of the Dallas Cowboys, take this quick moment to Wish Upon the Cowboys Star. Make it a good one, and lets hope it brings success to our boys, and a trophy back to where it belongs.