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.

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.

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.

Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys – December Edition

The Dallas Cowboys have gone through the month of December, winning every game. The latest game against the Washington Football Team was their most complete game of the season. In a dominate game from all 3 phases of the game, Cowboys ended December with a 56 -14 win over their long time rivals.

Currently the Team has the number two seed in the playoffs. If they can hang on to that seed, the will get a home playoff game and if they win that game, the 2nd round of the playoffs will be at Jerry World as well.

For the 2nd time ever, a QB threw a TD pass to a Running Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Offensive Lineman (?). that is a crazy stat. So is that 19 different players have scored a Touchdown this season.

The Cowboys had gone 31 days since playing at home and it looks like they missed the Death Star. They have at least 3 more home games this season. Playing Arizona and Philly to finish the season and then a home playoff game.

What’s next? We Cowboy fans can hope for the best!

Charlie and Grandpa watching game

Three out of Four – is bad!

The Dallas Cowboys are sitting at the top of the NFC East at 7 – 4. That is the good news but the bad news, they have lost 3 out of 4 games. All good teams go through poor stretches and I had picked the team to go 10 – 7 so my prediction is still in play.

My hope is that the team gets the head on straight and win 4 out of their next 6 and get on a roll. At this point, I’m predicting that they get into the playoffs and win 2 games to get into the NFC Championship Game. Then we will see what happens next.

Now that’s more like it!

Sunday the Atlanta Falcons headed to Jerry World aka The Death Star aka AT&T Stadium and it was not a good day for them. The Dallas Cowboys played like they were pissed at the world and themselves for the horrible game they played against the Broncos. The team scored 43 points including a team record of 29 points in the 2nd quarter. Dak looked like a man looking to prove something and went 24/31 for 2 TD’s in 3 quarters of play. Pollard & Zek combined for only 83 yards but Elliott scored twice. The only people unhappy with the receiving core are Fantasy Football owners who wish that one specific receiver would get more passes and scores. Lamb, Pollard, Cooper and Gallup all had multiple receptions. Micah Parsons continues to show that he should be in the discussion for Rookie of the Year, with 1 sack. Our defensive backs all got a pick!

It was just a wonderful game and we go into Kansas City next week. This will be a crucial test for the boys next week. Chris Jackson and I will be in front of the screen ready to cheer on the boys.

I’ve talked about game day on the podcast and how Chris sets up the house. Here is what the house looked like yesterday.

The Cowboy CD that is played before every game

You can’t win them all

As a Dallas Cowboy fan, Sunday was a rude awakening. In my heart and in my head, I knew that the team was not going to 16 – 1 for the season but talk about a disappointing game. The Denver Broncos beat up the team in all 3 phases. Nothing went right for the Cowboys, including the bounce of the ball (how do you block a punt and the other team gets a first down out of it).

All of our top players had rough games. Our coaches were out coached. I also question when you are losing 30 to nothing, why do you have your starting QB and RB out on the field with less than 6 minutes left to play.

It was an ugly game. Hopefully the team takes it to heart and bounces back next Sunday against Atlanta.

Halloween Magic

The Dallas Cowboys went to Minneapolis last night with a back up quarterback (that had never started a NFL game) and won.

What a great night. It was not a perfect game but everyone seemed to step up their game. This young defense played their best game even without having a turnover. Gregory, and Parsons were all over the field.

Our running back tandem were held to less than 100 yards but both Pollard and Zeke had critical gains at key moments in the game. The Cowboy receivers had a strong game with some great catches from Cooper, Lamb and Wilson. And the player of the game Cooper Rush. What a game from this young player. No one thought he would play this well but he showed that he could learn and improve as the game progressed.

The Cowboys are now 6 – 1 and the Denver Broncos come to Jerry World on Sunday. I don’t know how the season will turn out but I’m darn sure enjoying the ride.