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A Great Time To Be A Fan!

Hi Everyone!
I have been sitting on this excitement for a week! I have so much to share! Let’s start at the beginning: Open Practice!

We heard that the first 1000 fans to enter the stadium would have an opportunity to go on the field to get autographs so we got there early! 2pm early! We stood in line for hours and had a ball doing it! Eventually, they moved us from the big parking lot to a gate. That’s where Blondie found me and my son. HI BLONDIE! If you haven’t met Blondie yet, you will need cavity protection! *wink* She’s so sweet!

They opened the gates for us at 4:30 and the race was on to get in one of the many lines for autographs. We grabbed a line and parked it! My son (15) was beside himself being on the field like that. It was so neat to share that experience with him. The autograph session started at 5:30… and so did the rain! It poured on us. Within a few minutes, we were soaked from head to toe but that didn’t stop the fans! We waited in the heat and humidity to get that chance. We were determined to see it through!

The autograph session was called off before 6pm due to the weather. The second leg of the race was on then! We had to get decent seats! By this time, the stands were filling up quick! We made a mad dash for a drink, found a seat and that’s when Cowboy Fan Philip located us! What a treat!! I heard through the grapevine that almost 25,000 people attended the open practice! For a fan like me, it was an awesome experience that I won’t soon forget!

Thursday night around 10:30, my husbands cell phone rang. It was our friend and co-worker. She said to him, “Did you know your wife is on TV?” I imagine I looked stunned and confused! As it turns out, News 8 was at the Open Practice and they put me on their clip of the event! Whoa!! How cool is that!?

By this time, I also discovered that I was selected to play in the Dallas Cowboys Fantasy League! There are two divisions. My division is “Blue”. The last players standing have a chance at some cool stuff! I have been so excited about playing with them that I no longer remember the goodies! HA! I’ll keep you posted on that! We drafted Friday morning and I’m pleased with my team.

Friday afternoon, the friend that called us the night before shared the pictures she took of her TV with my husband and me. From that moment on, you couldn’t have peeled me off the ceiling with a crow-bar! I flew around the office with the speed of Super Man trying to reverse time – I had to get stuff done and get BACK TO THE STADIUM!!

I rushed home, changed, grabbed my son and we left for the game! Cowboys were playing Houston for the Governor’s Cup! We arrived about 3 hours early to find tailgate parties galore! We parked and started our walk to the stadium when we found Blondie again! We were introduced to some of her super cool friends! It was a great game! I won’t go into that part of it because I’m sure you have seen it by now! *smile* We had a lot of fun!

This slide show is from both events last week. I hope you enjoy it as much as my son and I enjoyed being there to take the pictures.

Tomorrow night, my son and I will visit Texas Stadium again for the last preseason game at Texas Stadium. I wouldn’t miss this for the world! I hear they have fantastic things plans for the Farewell to Texas Stadium. You can count on me to share every bit of it so stay tuned!

In closing, I would like to wish my wonderful husband a Happy Birthday! He’s 21 (again). *grin*

I hope to see YOU at a game this season! You can’t miss my crazy hat!
GO COWBOYS!!
Shelby

ps – Hard Knocks was at the Open Practice! Look for us tonight!


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Draft Day Trades Have The Boys’ Sitting Pretty

I’ve never been one to spend an entire day watching the NFL Draft, but I’ve been under the weather and so I found myself staying home and watching ESPN intently.

Let me first say how much the draft coverage of ESPN sucks. Pick after pick they have 5 different so-called experts on their panel who continually speculate and predict who each team will take, and they are wrong 90% of the time.

I mean they aren’t even getting the position right, let alone the player. And everytime they got it wrong they would say something like "another shocker here at the NFL Draft in New York" or "what a surprising move by the (insert team name) …", gimme a freaking break!

Led by Chris Berman, who I like to refer to as the mouth that swallowed New York, these guys are a big joke. (with apologies to Steve Young who actually knows what he’s talking about but is constantly drowned out by the other 4 guys)

Secondly, does the commissioner have to say "with the ___ pick of the 2007 NFL Draft" every single time? I mean come on, we know it’s the 2007 NFL Draft, we dont need to hear it 250 times.

Despite those two complaints I have to say I actually enjoyed watching and waiting until the Dallas Cowboys made their selection with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft).

So who did they take with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft), you ask?

Well, as it turned out, our Cowboys traded the pick to the Cleveland Browns who finally took Brady Quinn with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft).

See what I mean, lol. Admit it, you are sick of hearing it too aren’t you?

I actuall felt bad for Brady Quinn who was projected to go in the top 3 picks by our notable panel of experts. NOT! The poor guy had a hundred cameras on him watching his every emotion as pick after pick transpired. By the time he was finally chosen, his pinstriped jacket was gone, his collar was unbuttoned, his tie was hanging loosely, and his well kept hair was a mess. What a drag… Now he will only make 5 million per season instead of 8 million.

Anyhow, I digress…

The fact is that the Cowboys played their cards perfectly!

There was no doubt that Brady Quinn was the guy to take for the Cowboys who were set to take the best available athlete.

The Cowboys had no real needs as they addressed those needs by signing Leonard Davis and Ken Hamlin in the off-season.

As a matter of fact, after pick number 6 I had already told my girlfriend that the Cowboys could be looking at Brady Quinn they way I figured it.

I actually looked at all the teams that had yet to draft and I didn’t see any team with a huge need at quarterback except the Jaguars (sorry Jacksonville but Leftwich sucks).

When the Jags decided to draft a safety instead of Brady Quinn, I jumped up and said "we just got Brady Quinn or we are about to make a big trade." 

Of course the Cowboys were caught between a rock and a hard place. Could you imagine the stir that taking Quinn would have created? Imagine the quarterback controversy this would have created!

Believe me when I say the Cowboys made the right call by trading their 1st Round Pick (#22 overall) to Cleveland for the Brown’s 2nd Round Pick (#36 overall) and their 1st Round Pick in 2008!

Truth be told, there is no real difference between picking #22 and #36 in the NFL Draft. Now the Cowboys can now use the extra second round pick to fill a hole or add depth to another position.

Regardless, having two 1st Round Picks in next year’s draft is huge and will pay big dividends for the Boys down the road!

This was an absolute steal for the Cowboys and let me just say, way to go for the Silver and Blue!

UPDATE:

Right as I was about to post this bulletin the Cowboys just traded to get back into the 1st Round! Wow!

They just made a trade with the Eagles (ugh) for the #26 selection and took Defensive End Anthony Spencer of Purdue! This guy is a fierce tackler with explosive speed and a ferocious hitter. You can pencil him in fro starting along side DeMarcus Ware!

Here is the net result of both trades…
We trade a #22 overall plus a third and a fifth round pick for #26 overall (Anthony Spencer) and a 1st Round Pick in 2008!

How Bout’ Them Cowboys!