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An Offseason Letter From Kelly

Every offseason we go through the same drought. After five years you would think one would be used to it. Every now and again you will find a story the media has brewed up to stir some controversy. Nine times out of ten those stories are speculation and hype that never develops.

The most interesting subject this offseason will no doubt be the salary cap issue and how it affects free agency. The draft is always exciting as well. We don’t have a high pick but definitely have some needs, anything can happen when Jerry Jones is in the war room.

This summer will definitely be a memorable one for many Cowboys fans. The great Emmitt Smith will finally claim his place in the National Football League’s Hall of Fame. We received great news a few weeks back that the Cowboys have been selected to play in the Hall of Fame exhibition game the same weekend. It seems like the best thing next to a Super Bowl party if you ask me.

Speaking of Super Bowl, how exciting is it that the big game will be played in North Texas this time around? Of course every year we die-hard fans believe the Cowboys are going to the Bowl, well our haters really are going to squirm this season aren’t they? Our expectations will be at an all-time high and no we won’t back down.

On another note, during the offseason we are continuing to think of ways to improve the site. Everyday as technology advances there are new ideas and the world wide web is constantly changing. One thing that has made this site unique and popular is our graphics. Our site was created back in 2006 on Myspace. As everyone can tell, Myspace is dwindling and losing popularity fast. Facebook and Twitter are where it’s at now, and who knows how long that will last before the next big thing arrives.

I’m going to need some fan feedback here. With a show of hands (votes) how many Cowboys fans would like to continue to see our graphics grow? Do you still use the graphics? Should we keep our graphics section open?

I know we still have many fans and followers who use our graphics daily and we are very grateful for your continued support. As a graphic designer it brings me great joy to create Cowboys themed images and to share them with the world. I just want to know if I should be focusing my creative energy elsewhere. Please take a minute to vote in the following polls so I can get an idea on what the future has in store for LSS. Don’t be shy, if you have ideas or requests please leave a comment or contact us in an email.


This is not a resignation letter but more of a “how can I serve you better” letter. We love the Cowboys and we love Cowboys fans. And for the record, we aren’t going anywhere but up! 2009 was our biggest year in the five seasons we’ve been around, we grew by leaps and bounds. Our new layout design was a big hit and we gained some excellent staff members who continue to impress every time they post. All of this is thanks to you, our fellow Cowboys fans. So to show our appreciation I am reaching out to you in hopes of making the site even better! I am looking forward to your feedback.

How ’bout them Cowboys!

Sincerely,

Kelly Horn
Founder/Owner/Graphic Designer of lonestarstruck.com

Sunday Spot by Fredooch

Hey guys whats up? Sorry I didnt write on my Spot last week but I was busy attending to some personal things but I am back. I got many emails asking me what happened! Geez! I miss one Sunday and you guys freak! Chill out guys! I’m Back! So lets get started with some Tidbits & Notes.

The NFL Combine is going on as we speak. I really dont put too much into this aspect of Pre-NFL Draft workouts. There have been several high profile collegiate athletes who perform at the NFL Combine to stellar reviews only to become NFL Busts. I prefer to look at game situational film and overall performance from the 1st to 4rth quarter if Im in an NFL War room. I just dont get it but anything to parade these future Hall of Famers around is great by NFL standards I guess. Thats my 2 cents on that.

The Dallas Cowboys signed Zach Thomas to a 1 year 3 million dollar deal. Now I know many of you are groping and griping about this signing stating that we have more pressing needs than a has been, concussion prone linebacker. Personally, I think it’s a great signing for 3 reasons. First, It’s CHEAP! Thomas will make 1 million in base, got a 1 million dollar signing bonus and the other million is incentive laden. So that means, Thomas would have to beat out Ayodele for starting positon during training camp, start 16 NFL regular season games, have over 100 tackles, make the Pro Bowl, and be voted an All-Pro probably to make the other million count in his favor. So all this deal is costing us is 2 million dollars up front. Not bad for a 7 time Pro Bowler. Second, Thomas passed a medical evaluation by the Cowboys medical staff. He is at 100 % people. Dallas would not of signed him considering how severe the concussion he suffered last year was and if there were still any lingering effects. Thomas is a tackling machine. If he is anywhere near what he is capable of and performs at that level, we just might of signed the STEAL of free-agency this year. And Third, He is and grew up a HUGE COWBOY FAN. Thomas compared yesterday’s signing to that of how he felt on Draft Day. His family was so ecstatic by the signing as well. Thomas stated he felt so re-energized and ready to go. So you see folks, chill out on this signing. It might be a blessing in disguise.That my 2 cents on that!

I have a HUGE GRIPE to pick with the city of San Antonio. Due to scheduling problems at the Alamodome, the Dallas Cowboys will not hold training camp in San Antonio, Texas this year. I am PISSED people! If the Dallas Cowboys signed a 5 year contract to hold training camp in San Antonio last year wouldn’t that make the city of San Antonio in breach of contract? Or the Alamodome? What puzzles me is that someone with a college degree in the scheduling department at the Alamodome would schedule a Church convention during the time the Cowboys would be in San Antonio during training camp. I just don’t get it. I am sure that the city of San Antonio is going to lose millions of dollars in revenue and tourism because of this fiasco. It’s a shame, really a shame. I have tried repeatedly to get in contact with someone who makes decisions at the Alamodome to no avail. I have tried both emailing and calling them. Can never get a straight answer. Oh well, theres always next year right? That my 2 cents on that! 

Finally, I will be conducting the 1st ever LoneStarStruck NFL Mock Draft next week. Be sure to look out for that one. I will be creative as well folks. I will throw in some draft day trades in there. It’s really not going to be anything like any of the other NFL Mock Drafts the other guys have, so be sure to check it out. Also if any of you guys want to hit me up on myspace, here is the link! Send me a friend invite! Cowboys Alliance . Thats my 2 cents on that! So thats all for now kiddies! See ya next time! Same Cowboys Time! Same Cowboys Place! Same Cowboys Channel! 

Whoooopeee!!! Jump On The Romomania Nutty A-Go-Go Bandwagon!!!

Howdy Cowboy Country! Hi Mom!

Okay, my crystal ball and I are going to take a nap soon… But, I would be remiss if I forgot to spread some major Romo Love to all the legions of Romomaniacs flocking to join us here at America’s Team cult-hero headquarters of all things Romomagical.

In case you were still unsure, the answer is yes. Yes, he really really is the new messiah who will be majestically leading us all to the silver gates of the New Jerusalem being built down the road off Tom Landry Highway in good ol’ Arlington. And, if Jerry forks over the cash soon.. we’ll go ahead and order a Papa John’s Pizza, switch back to Ma’ Bell or AT&T, throw back a few ice cold Diet Pepsi’s, AND call Jerry a prophet simply to make him feel real good. I sure hope Jerry chooses to wait until after the Romo Super Bowl Victory Party in a few months to give him that whopping 99 Million dollars a year he’s gonna obviously deserve. Luv ya Jerry!

Anyways, perhaps Big Bill should get all the credit for bein’ the honey and locust eatin’ type wilderness dude for making "the change" against the Giants last year? No way.

Should that be Saint Sean’s moniker? Nah, he’s sort of a Judas-type so we will go-ahead and write him out of the Romo mythology for now. We can always throw him back in there somewhere later on.

Want to know a big secret? The credit for all things Romo is …. shhhhhhhh! Gil Brandt.

All I can say is "alien spacecraft" and "Mexico City". You do the math.

Okay, I’ll tell you more. You see, Gil did all this kinda weird, cool stuff on a government issued MAC pc in October of 1977, then again in February of 1980 with Schramm and Landry attending in the old Valley Ranch "War Room", and then again earlier this year from some remote wireless laptop location outside "The Ranch" in Las Colinas, adjacent to a declassified canal zone "area" somewhere near that funky monorail off 114 between Texas Stadium and DFW Airport. Look, I don’t ask questions okay? I’m just glad he’s alive to see it all come to fruition. Amazing!

Oh well, before the Exodus from Irving to Arlington begins, we do get to see a lot more Romomagic for 2 more seasons at ol’ Texas Stadium. Tony is officially now – a lock for the future.

It is written…

Romomania
Romofever
Romomojo
Romomagic

Romo – Superman? Did you catch that? (Madden works at the Daily Planet as a ghostwriter part-time) He KNOWS Superman.

Glad Superman wears #9 and a cool star on his helmet when he’s just goofin’ around with the football.

Hey! Somebody put back up that funny pseudo- " 9 TONY ROMO " Ring Of Honor banner thingy in Texas Stadium!

I’m NOT joking. Whomever that ballsy, creative, luxury box- pimpin’ visionary is … whoever you are, I sincerely request you put it right back up!

Don’t worry cause I talked to Jerry, he’s all cool with it. Hurry.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Owens.
That’s right. Mister.
Way to go T.O. !!!
Hey, fellow DFW media dorks. I’m calling YOU dweebs out.
Recognize.
T.O. is a Cowboy. A productive, exciting Cowboy.

Owens has proven to me he is passionate and sincere about his involvement and role.

He has heart, superstar skill, style and may I dare say class?

Ever heard his interviews? Lately? Has T.O. just been misunderstood all this time?

Or is he happy and wiser? Well, for whatever reason, he has been as controversial as a mute monk

sleeping, while receiving nothing but a very bad rap ever since the moment he got here.

He isn’t going anywhere anymore. Nuff said.

Thanks Jerry for not "listening" to all the local media brainiacs who demanded Owens departure this off season.

I never quite got all that?
Regardless, T.O. is for real okay? Back off. Breathe. Applaud.

Write something positive about the player for a change.

I guess nobody has any choice as the stats are now simply way too revealing for anyone to dare challenge T.O.’s worthiness to wear the star.

(BTW check out T.O.’s "personal" column/blog online at the startle~gram after EVERY game- really good stuff! Trust me.)

And, guess what? The legendary Doomsday Defense is baaack!

Also, Baby Bum and Garrett get the "Game Ball" for superb, gutsy play calling.
Going for it like they did on 4th proves they trust, respect, and now believe in Tony.

Hey Hester. You know um Hes, I know Deion Sanders personally. And um Hester, you’re NO Neon Deion! So Romo’s over-hyped huh? Gee Whiz.

The Boys SHUT him down and hopefully up for at least a little while.

Hey, for a real good quality laugh, (hahahaha!!!) – check this out from my ding-dong Chicago Tribune archrival: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-newdowney23sep23,1,448458.story send him a few comments for me PLEASE! Ha! Good Times.

Hey Downey, how about us Cowpokes settle for just being perhaps a lil’ overly content? :-)

Yeah, it’s still so very early. But, this potentially glorious season promises to be memorable at the very least.

Admit it Downey, joyrides with everyone here on the new and improved- Super Duper Romomania Bandwagon is Cowboy bliss!

Romo! Romo! Romo!

All Aboard !!!!!!!