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
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.
Yesterday was a GLORIOUS day! You should know by now that He Said She Said FOOTBALL are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our NFL teams. It was only fitting that we be apart of the excitement to see our favorite teams live and in living color. It turned out to be a great day for football, but it was also great for tailgating, and seeing football enthusiasts like ourselves, enjoy a mild sunny day watching their favorite teams battle it out. Fans from everywhere were there to take in this game. We even met a mother and daughter who traveled from Virginia Beach . It was a graduation gift for the daughter, her wish was to see her favorite team (the Cowboys) play in person. We also had the good fortune to witness this rivalry in the most regal way possible: in the SKYBOX at FedEx Field. There is no other way to watch a professional football game. Now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t watch a game any other way. The accommodations were awesome: all you can eat buffet, in-seat wait service, plush leather seats with climate control. And the view was amazing!! It was the best football watching experience that I ever had.
I believe I had the same hopes as most Redskins fans yesterday: “Please don’t let us get blown out at FedEx Field to these BUM Cowgirls!” With that goal in mind, and excellent seats as an incentive, I suited up in my Burgundy and Gold best and trekked up to FedEx Field. Of course it would have been awesome to be on the winning side of a 27-24 victory in overtime. Anytime a fan pays money for a sporting event, they are expecting to be entertained. It doesn’t get much more entertaining than a divisional showdown that goes into OT. FedEx Field holds 91,000 fans. Yesterday I would say the crowd was 50/50 (way too many Dallas fans!). What that meant was 45,500 people were yelling on every play-regardless of what happened. It was THE MOST FUN I’ve ever had at a football game! Trust–I’ve been to many (including this rivalry game in DC and in TX). This was the best one so far. Continue reading
Oddly enough, Peyton Manning is not the Manning that boldly faces Tom Brady and pulls out a huge W…it’s Eli. I’ve been the first to criticize Eli in the past (heck, just this summer). I have to admit he’s playing better than he ever has before. If someone told me a QB in that game would come back with a game winning drive, I (like the rest of you) would have assumed that QB would be Tom Brady. Eli was great yesterday. Additionally, Tom Coughlin and that Giants DEF simply have Tom Brady’s number. Speaking of DEF, it didn’t hurt Eli was going against the worst Defense in the league. Who thought one could ever write that about a Bill Belichik Defense?
I cannot tell you the emotional rollercoaster that Philip Rivers put me through yesterday. I made a prediction earlier in the day that said Green Bay would get its first loss due to the hot hand of Rivers, resulting in a breakout performance. It started off pretty well too. He quickly hooked up with Vincent Jackson for a quick score, and things were looking great. But then Rivers happened again! He threw, not one, BUT two Pick 6s. I hadn’t seen anything like since the QB from my favorite team did it against the Lions, earlier this season. I yelled and screamed and vowed that this guy would never see my Fantasy lineups again. But things took a turn that I’ve been waiting for all season. He threw another TD, and another, and ANOTHER, totaling 4 TDs along with 385 yards. He did throw another pick to make it league leading 14 for the year, but I got 35 points from him yesterday. I AM NOT MAD AT THAT!
Let me tell you how yesterday was supposed to go: church, finishing touches on our fantasy lineups, and Sunday Pre-game shows on ESPN/NFL Network. She was “wishing” the Redskins would pull out a win and I was certain my Cowboys would pull out a win. Well…none of that happened. Continue reading
Once again, yesterday started off much the same as most Sundays during the NFL season do: mixed with nervous optimism and excitement all at once. We chose to hang out at Buffalo Wild Wings to take in the action. We knew there would be a good mix of Skins fans, Eagles fans, Cowboys fans. But also mixed in the crowd were Giants, Niners, Ravens, and Steelers fans. The NFL was well represented and it was GREAT. We love connecting and meeting new fans to share commonality and argue differences. It was FANtastic! What more could I ask for, wings, libation and football being the backdrop to a crowded sports bar. I kept a close eye on the Skins/Eagles, as well as the Giants/Bills game, but the game that intrigued me the most was the Lions/Niners contest. This was a great back and forth between the two surprise teams. Of course we know the outcome by now: the Niners edged the Lions, giving the Detroit team their first loss of the season. But after the game is what everyone can’t stop talking about: one coach going after the other because of a handshake and a pat on the back? C’mon Man (yeah, I stole that). But seriously, are you kidding me. Here’s my take on it. One coach was vexed by the loss and the manner in which his team lost and the winning coach was HYPED that his team pull out a win in such a competitive game. That’s it, case closed. You got to learn how to stay out your feelings in the NFL, Win or Lose! I was also happy to see the Bucs rebound from last week’s loss to take out the Saints. But the most bizarre thing about the game was the coach got injured? I saw Sean Payton getting carried off the field like he was playing. I heard of being a player’s coach, but I think he took it a bit too far. Anyway, we wish Coach Payton a speedy recovery. Regarding the Cowboys/Pats game, I think the photographic evidence says it all.
Note to Jason Garrett: If you are going to have Tony ROmo as your QB, you might as well let him be who he is. If you don’t trust him, get him off the field. Mr. Garrett, you should be ashamed of yourself calling a shuffle pass on 3rd down with over two minutes left in the game. YOU ARE PLAYING AGAINST TOM FREAKIN BRADY!
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