December Doldrums for the Cowboys

Back a few weeks ago I wrote a piece about the Cowboys turning a corner. At that time, they were finishing up the November part of their schedule and they were looking at playing the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers with backup quarterbacks, plus finishing up their season with a weak Washington squad and a semi-hot Eagles team. But I was worried the December curse would once again fall upon the Cowboys and doom any chance at breaking out of mediocrity. Continue reading

Have the Cowboys turned a corner?

CowboysThey say “an ugly win, is still a win”, while this may hold true, Cowboys fans have become accustomed to the “ugly win”. While it seems to be more common to see the Cowboys win a game they are supposed to in ugly fashion, a win is still a win. And take into account the Cowboys have won back-to-back games for the second time this season. The last time this happened was back in October with wins over Philadelphia and Washington.

With four games to go and sole possession of first place in the division, The Cowboys control their own destiny heading into the home stretch of the season. Each of the last four games look winnable, but most fans will have some reservations about being excited for the final games. Because whenever the cowboys look like they should win a game, they find a way to lose.

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Can Green Bay go undefeated?

The Green Bay Packers are now 13-0 on the season and have not suffered a loss for almost an entire year. Their last loss came on December 19, 2010, against the New England Patriots. By the time they take the field next week, they will be one day shy of a full year since their last loss. It is an amazing feat anytime a team goes undefeated this far into the season, however it is starting to become a little more normal because more teams have done it in the last 10 years than previously. What ever happened to parity?

Not to take anything away from this Packers team, they are by far the best looking team out there right now. The Packers pretty much control their own destiny and can decide if the perfect season is something they really want to chase or not. It just depends on what the bigger prize is for this team and coaching staff. Do they want to follow suit of the Patriots and go undefeated and lose in the Super Bowl? Tough decisions are made by tough people.

This team is as good top to bottom as there is in the league, and barring any injuries to a key piece, they could easily win out and roll through the playoffs. I am not ready to sit here and say this team will win it all, but I don’t see anyone on the horizon that can stop them. One thing I have noticed about the Packers that didn’t happen with the Patriots of 2007. This team isn’t falling prey to its own hype. They are still grounded and happy to win every game. And one final thought; the fans aren’t berating this team. Well, that is if they haven’t beaten your team…

This team is full of personalities and all of them are likeable to the average fan, unlike the previous Patriots team – nobody will be upset if this team wins out. Can Green Bay finish the season undefeated and win another Super Bowl? There is no way to answer the question, because anything can happen on any given Sunday in the NFL. But if I had to answer…I would say this team has more control of their own destiny than any team since the 1972 Dolphins. As an NFL fan, I am just going to sit back and watch what plays out. Should be a lot of fun.

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The Cursed Super Bowl: North Texas’ embarrassment to the world

When it was announced that North Texas would host a Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, the excitement couldn’t be contained. This was the first chance the metroplex would get to show off its shiny new toy to the world and show some good old Texas Hospitality to boot. As the event got closer, it became more and more important to get the message across to be hospitable and make a great impression. Of course nobody thought anything would happen to hurt the areas image and it was a foregone conclusion that there would be more Super Bowl’s to come.

While the question of more games coming to the area won’t be answered any time soon, it has become media fodder to bash Dallas/Fort Worth and Jerry Jones for everything that happened during Super Bowl week. While there were some mess ups that could be blamed on people, one complaint that can’t be put on anyone else is the weather. Yes this is Texas and this weather is very rare here. For those out of Towner’s who complained about not using salt, I am sorry that you think we use that, but normally we use sand here and it works just fine. Our ice storms last less than 24hrs usually, you were just fortunate enough to see a 4 day event that happens only every 20 years or so.

The other complaint that was overheard throughout the week was that everything was too spread out, I hate to break it to you Yankees, but in Texas things are generally spread out and bigger. If you don’t like it then feel free not to return. But all this was just small potatoes compared to what would happen on the big day at hand.

On Super Bowl Sunday it started being reported that there were going to be a section of seats that would have to be re-situated because of some safety issues that prevented them from being complete. Then the story grew to multiple sections, and it just kept getting worse throughout the day and even into the game. Now the number of people has grown from around 400 to over 1,000. Even after the fact there have been lawsuits being started and this whole mess is just getting worse and worse.

Following the game, I was ready to put the sole blame on the NFL, especially since they took over the stadium on January 8th and were responsible for every person and piece of equipment that was built and used within the stadium aside from original construction. Now that we have gotten past the whole fiasco and are hearing more stories coming out, I am starting to shift more blame on Jerry Jones. Because the latest development I have heard, Jerry waited until a couple weeks till the game to get the seating arrangement approved. If this situation comes true, then Jerry Jones needs to take at least half the blame, it is small details like this that could have been the difference in preventing this whole ordeal from the beginning.

While Jerry was not to blame for a lot of the precautions and things the NFL put into place, he is to blame for trying to force more people into this stadium than should be deemed safe. I don’t know what the final verdict will be on who is fully to blame for this problem, I am sure it will wind up being costly to the NFL and to Jerry Jones. The thing that hurts North Texas the most is that the Super Bowl may never return because of an oversight and greed. This has been an embarrassment to everyone who lives here and most people are hoping for another chance at the Super Bowl.

While the blame can be passed to multiple people, the bottom line is that Jerry got greedy and wanted the attendance record. Had he just been happy with seating 80-85 thousand inside and the 10 thousand or so outside, then this could have been a very successful Super Bowl. Hopefully lessons have been learned here with everyone and in the event there is a return Super Bowl, this stuff can be avoided and make the next one a special one to be remembered.

Super Bowl XLV: The Lombardi Trophy is going home

The Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl champions, now let that sink in for a minute. Title Town has now regained it’s true name, I am sure the people are still celebrating in Wisconsin today after the victory from last night. While the team spent a long time post game around the field celebrating with fans and just basking in the glory of winning the Super Bowl. Fans in Wisconsin were taking to streets and celebrating in their own fashion. While it is still unknown if cars got over turned or any couches burned, it was jubilation in the streets last night in Wisconsin.

The Packers started off the game with a calm and ease that seemed un-heard of from a first time team in their situation. While most fans thought this game was going to get ugly and be another Super Bowl blowout, there were a lot of people who kept saying that Pittsburgh will come back and make a game off it. Being a team with experience always is an advantage when it comes to crunch time during the game. The game could have easily been more lopsided if it weren’t for some untimely drops by receivers for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers was on target last night, and it is unfortunate that the drops kept him from having one of the best Super Bowl performances ever seen. Going in with a size-able lead at the half, most would think that this game would be iced in the 2nd half and there would be an early celebration in the stands.

But Pittsburgh came out in the 2nd half with an extra boost, and was able to make it a close game again through strong defense. But as with most people outside of Pittsburgh, everyone wanted to see Ben Roethlisberger fail, and he did at the most important time of the game. Green Bay did what has previously been undone by a 6th seed in the NFL playoffs, and that is win a championship. With 5 consecutive weeks of what were playoff football, the Packers kept winning and winning. All the experts wanted to say that the week off would benefit Pittsburgh and break Green Bay’s momentum. But that wasn’t the case, Green Bay played as good as they have played in the playoffs and won the game in the trenches. Aaron Rodgers did one thing last night that will cement his legacy in Green Bay forever, he won the game and locked down an MVP award on top of it. I am sure Packers fans everywhere are now saying that Aaron Rodgers is the best thing to happen to Green Bay since Bart Starr.

So while this Super Bowl was marred with bad weather, and the seating fiasco at the stadium, everyone who watched the game can say one thing. The game was every bit as good as anyone hoped it would be, and kept you interested for the whole time. Hopefully North Texas will have another chance to redeem itself with another Super Bowl, because other than the uncontrollable weather and a seating mishap, everything went well and most events went on as scheduled. Now every NFL fan has to look forward to see what will happen in this labor dispute. But if this is the last NFL game we see for a while, what a way to end it.