Another year, another disappointment

When the Dallas Cowboys were starting the season off with a six game winning streak, we fans dared to think that “this year is different.” Turns out it is the same ole song, SSDD. Better Days reminds us to enjoy the journey. So I will be happy that for 17 weeks, Chris, Linda & I enjoyed watching the Boys play a fun game. We got to cheer some great plays and curse at some lousy plays. We had some good food and lots of laughter.

Now we turn to the off season where Dallas has lots of challenges. The good news is that we will be back this summer when training camp starts. Remember it’s Jerry’s fault!

My Favorite 90’s Cowboys Game

It’s playoff week here in Dallas and on Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will host the San Francisco 49’ers.

For fun, I’m going to share a few memories of Cowboys/49’ers games. 

On January 15, 1995 the Dallas Cowboys went to Candlestick Park to pay the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.  Dallas had a tough year, with Jerry and Jimmy parting ways, Barry Switzer had been hired to coach the two time Superbowl Champs.  The ‘boys were going for a 3rd Superbowl appearance. 

The field was a mess and due to mistakes by the triplets (Troy, Emmitt and Michael) the Cowboys were down 21 points in the first quarter.  Chris was going to be 4 years old in February that year so he was very young.  After the Cowboys were down by 3 touchdowns, he started crying.  In his young life, he had only seen the Cowboys paying great.  Linda looked at me and said (with a lot of anger) “This your fault!”  I hugged my young son and explained to him that it was going to be OK.  I shared him the 1 – 15 season that Jimmy Johnson had his first year of coaching.  That we still had a chance to win but even if we didn’t it was OK because the Cowboys were our team.   Little did we know that over 20 years later, that young boy would become a young man that still emotionally lives and dies each Sunday with the Cowboys.   It’s all great when they win, all is horrible when they lose.  

On a side note, I always say that my favorite game of the 90’s Cowboys was that game.  Troy Aikman says the same thing.  To watch that team get behind by 3 touchdowns and to continue to try and fight back was inspiring and Deon did interfere with Michael on that 4th quarter play.  I also blame the Double star jerseys

Sunday the rivalry returns.  Dallas – San Francisco, it should be special.

Troy McFadden

Troy McFadden’s mother says his first words were “see the light?Luckily he wasn’t blinded by the light instead he has spent his life with the philosophy of shine brightly so that other may brightly shine.  He joins Jesse to talk about his travels, his passion for helping others and of course his love of Bruce’s music.

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Danny Boy and The Catch?

It’s playoff week here in Dallas and on Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will host the San Francisco 49’ers.

For fun, I’m going to share a few memories of Cowboys/49’ers games this week.

When Chris was about 12, we were visiting New Orleans and we had gone to Danny O’Flaherty Irish Pub.  The concert room was open to all ages, so we were able to bring him in.  Linda got to drink a dark Guinness on Draft, Chris and I sodas and we got to hear some amazing music. We visited O’Flaherty ever time we went to New Orleans.   One night someone in the crowd asked Danny to play Danny Boy.  Danny explained clamly but with passion that Danny Boy is not a true Irish Ballad.  It is a ballad written by an English Songwriter Frederic Weatherly and set to the traditional Irish melody of “Londonderry Air.”   Danny didn’t mind English songwriters (me specifically mentioned Lennon and McCartney) but he said what bothered him was people saying it was an Irish song.   He said that that the untruth had been told so often that most people believe it was the truth, that Danny Boy was an old school Irish ballad.

Chris reached over to me and whispered “That is like all the people who say that Joe Montana wasn’t just trying to throw the ball away on ‘the catch.’   We all know that Dwight Clark just got lucky and caught that ball, when Joe was trying to just throw it out of bounds.”   I started laughing which lead to Linda giving both of us a dirty look.  

That’s my boy.

Playoffs Baby!

Dallas Cowboys Baby!

The Dallas Cowboys ended up the season with a 12 – 5 record. I had predicted a 10 – 7 record so the guys surprised me. It was a season filled with several ups and downs. The Cowboys beat several bad teams, did not win a lot of games against good teams so what do we think they are going to do in the playoffs.

My prediction (and coming up on the How Many Podcast, we will discuss this in detail) is that the Cowboys will beat the 49’ers, then play the LA Rams and beat them and then lose the NFC Championship game at Green Bay. This is just a pick from my heart not my head.

On the AFC side, Kansas City will go back to the Superbowl and they will lose to Green Bay.

Here is hoping that Dallas figure out a way to capture lighting in a bottle and gets to the Superbowl but we will see.

Carlo Motta

Carlo Motta @cmotta84 is a Springsteen fan from Italy and he joins Jesse to discuss his Springsteen fandom.  He shares how the Ghost of Tom Joad was the album that first hooked him on Bruce and from his young perspective, he thought Bruce was a Country singer.  The connection between Italy and Dallas Texas was a little rough so please excuse the sound quality.

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Ill Wind?

The Dallas Cowboys hosted the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Jerry World and they did not do a great deal to make us fans feel confident about a deep playoff run.

While only losing by 3 points (Greg the non-leg did miss a field goal) the Cowboys did not look good. The defense wasn’t as intense and after a great game against a horrible WFT, the offense looked lifeless and uninspired again.

One more game against the dreaded and feared Philadelphia Eagles. Win or lose, I don’t think our playoff position will change. In all likeliness we will be the 4th seed and will host a playoff game. If we win that one, we go on the road. I’m still hoping for a trip to the NFC Championship game but I’m nervous.