Year after year, I and other Dallas Cowboys fans go into the NFL season asking the same questions: Will this be OUR year? Will we make it to the playoffs? Will Tony Romo jump over his many hurdles? Will the Cowboys break my heart once again? For America’s Team, 2012 is no different. As usual, we are loaded with talent. I say WE, because I’ve been a part of this team since I was 8 years old. I’m more than a fan, and there are many like me. We pour ourselves into this team every season, and we are waiting for some kind of payoff. The 2012 Dallas Cowboys had a very good offseason. We drafted very well, and we picked up some much-needed help on defense. Since there is no lockout, we are well rested and banged up players we lost are rehabilitated. Costly injuries last year made a huge impact on last season. In a year where other teams are dealing with contract disputes and troubles with the law, it’s been relatively quiet for the Cowboys. I’m not a big fan of Jerry Jones as a GM, or of his incessant need to be the face of my Cowboys. However, he has done a good job this off season adding the right pieces, and letting go of underused players. The NFC East will be difficult, but I’m confident that the Cowboys will be in the mix. Here is more on the 2012 Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Football Studs: Tony Romo is a Fantasy Football stud! That’s right, I said it. I’m not going to bore you with his stats, but he is top 10 in yards and touchdowns. People should not let their hatred of Romo or the Cowboys sway them from drafting him (or any other Cowboy for that matter). Another is TE Jason Witten. He has consistently been one of the best TEs in the league–definitely the best in this division. WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are capable of putting up great numbers for a fantasy team. The running game will be effective behind the running tandem of DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones, who have home run hitter ability. Like I said we are stacked with talent! Lastly, the Cowboys defense is a much improved unit that will shut down offenses and score points. Continue reading
The National Football Conference-Eastern Division (NFC East) will wrap up our Sunday in the Skybox team by team 2012 Preview. This division (composed of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins) is the division WE love the most! For our newer readers, I am a Redskins fan and D is a Cowboys fan. While we are often a house divided when it comes to football games on Sunday, we certainly both weren’t jumping up and down about our division foes, the NY Giants winning yet another Superbowl. Still-we must give credit where credit is due. The Giants went on an amazing run in 2011. Congrats to them and their fans. We highlight the Giants, their special 2011 run, and all they have in store for 2012 as our last team by team 2012 Preview. As of late, the Giants have been the most successful (Superbowls 2 in 4 years) of the division. However, overall the team with the most Lombardi Trophies is the Dallas Cowboys (that was tough to type!).
Bad Blood in this Division: The bad blood in this division is what makes it one of the most exciting in the NFL. None of the teams like or respect each other. Fans of the respective teams will not give any love on the talents of players on the other teams. Redskins fans hate Tony Romo, Cowboys fans hate Michael Vick. And the rivalries in this division are not a joke! Especially not to us. As a Cowboys fan, it seems as if every other team in the entire division claims us as a rival. Because of tradition, the city in which I live, and my lady–I hate the Washington Redskins. I consider the Cowboys vs Redskins rivalries the most significant. However nowadays, fans of other teams and around the league see this rivalry as a dying one. With the Mike Vick era and the Donovan McNabb era that preceded, the Eagles vs Cowboys rivalries have turned into true battles. The Giants have crushed the very real playoff hopes of Cowboys fans and Eagles fans plenty of times. Every year is a nail biter. Continue reading
I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since 1977. During that time, I was living in Portsmouth, VA. I was born and have spent most of my life in the Washington, DC area. It has been a tough ride being a Cowboys fan in a Redskins world. Since I am a proud fan, I rep my team. I always get challenged and questioned as to why I’m a Dallas fan: “Have you ever been to Dallas? Where are you from? Name a player other Tony Romo! Where do the Cowboys play?” It’s crazy to hear the same old mundane questions. I actually think Redskins fans know more about my team than they do about their own team based on the questions I get. I do have to admit that some bandwagon Cowboys fans misrepresent us with their lack of knowledge and unwillingness to support the team in hard times. But for tried and true fans like myself, it has been a pleasure to cheer on America’s Team week after week, win or lose. Continue reading
I think we can all agree the holiday season is a busy time of year for all of us! Well in addition to the holiday hoopla (shopping, parties, etc) we both joined some friends in a fitness challenge. Our fitness group (Having Fitness Is The New Sexy), started on December 5th. It challenges everyone to not wait for the New Year (again) to take their health and fitness seriously. Due to the decline of the college football season, we decided to walk a half marathon in DC prior to heading out to watch the Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Bucs Saturday Night. Continue reading
Seasons Greetings everyone! We hope you each had a great Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. Thanksgiving with our family was quite awesome! We planned with our families to arrive no later than noon to get the festivities started. While we didn’t have a typical tailgate, we did have a Packers/Lions pre-game set up.
I actually thought the Lions had a huge chance to win the game, and it started out pretty even. However, the Lions loss their momentum, and their cool, and ultimately the game. At least it was a good game for at least one half.
At halftime we had our version of a Turkey Bowl at the Morris house. This was a competitive matchup between me and J’s father against J’s brother in law and her two young nephews, aged 4 and 6. These little “ankle biters” were juking, and zig zagging, and head faking, and talking trash. It was truly a sight to see. The oldest one, AJ, had his own little touchdown dance. It was a lot of fun! I’m already looking forward to next year’s rematch.
Recently, I attended the game at FedEx Field when the Washington Redskins hosted the Dallas Cowboys. On the metro headed to the game, there was a young girl wearing a Brian Orakpo jersey. Another Redskins fan said to the girl “You look excited for the game!” The girl replied“YES! I love the Redskins! Me and my dad!” The fan replied back “Ahhh the old family curse. This is my dad (points). He got me too. Has he told you about the 80’s?” Everyone on the train burst out laughing and so did the girl…poor thing, she didn’t even get it.
I was all of 8 years old when I first heard my Dad sing “Hail to the Redskins”.We were riding in the car. My Dad has a great voice and I remember when he got to the part “Rah! Rah! Rah!” I laughed. At that point in my life, I already knew 2 things about football: 1. WE like the Redskins and 2. We DON’T like the Cowboys. Everyone in my family (except one cousin) roots for the Redskins.
One Thanksgiving we watched the Redskins play the Cowboys and I remember my grandfather, father, and uncle all being mad. I remember all the yelling and excitement. Oh, and that one cousin I mentioned? It was weird, she was clapping when the rest of US were mad. She boldly declared “I like the Dallas Cowboys!” Like she was coming out or something… I remember thinking she just wanted attention. WE don’t like them, remember? Continue reading