It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated this site, and a lot has happened since then, but… not much has really changed when it comes to our team, huh?
For me, I fell into a familiar rhythm of praying in the final week of the regular season that things would work out and we’d get into the playoffs — only to find myself having to decide what other team I was going to cheer the rest of the way to the Super Bowl.
Many will and have said that it’s unfair to assess the end of this season because of Tony’s injury that kept him out of the final game, but it should’ve never come to that sort of do-or-die situation.
So, I started my annual reflection on the problems of this team and didn’t
come up with anything new: Jerry Jones being GM, questionable play-calling and time management, squandered opportunities.
But then I thought of something new that is sorta counter-intuitive to what we always hear from Cowboys fans and media personalities since they’re all concerned with restoring the star to what it once represented.
It’s the most iconic of icons. The emblem of America’s Team. The logo of the most valuable NFL franchise. The brand at midfield of the most expensive stadium in pro sports.
The problem is the star. The problem is that we buy into an image we don’t deserve. We’re all iconicism and no substance. What would happen if the Cowboys radically rebranded? Thousands of Texans would have heart attacks. Why? “The Cowboy uniforms and the star are too recognizable and iconic to change!” You know who’s never said that? The 49ers. The Patriots. The Broncos. The Seahawks. The Ravens. The Giants. The last six conference champions.
When did we decide we’re too good to do something radical and different? Where’s our 12th man?
I’m not saying marketing, uniforms and fanaticism will fix some very real personnel and salary cap problems, but a change in philosophy from the top down is sorely needed — a change in what this organization is about.
Is it spectacle, or is it winning football games? Is it ticket sales or is it earning respect? Is it the fans or some sort of pretension.
The Cowboys make rookies earn their star. Maybe it’s time the organization as a whole started earning its star.
"I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said when asked about the Giants faking injuries, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I didn’t know everybody could. It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.
Bottom line — there’s not really an easy fix in a sport where players actually do often go down with cramps or miscellaneous minor injuries that sideline them for a play or two.
“I believe Tony’s got a good shot at being MVP because I think his mindset is to go out and get it,” Bryant said. “I honestly feel like if we do everything we’re supposed to do, he’ll get it, without a doubt. He’ll get it. If he gets it, I already know, hey, I was part of it, and that’s just as good to me.” — Dez Bryant
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth, one of the more surprising cuts by the Giants on Saturday, will get a chance to face his former team on Opening Night after he was claimed off waivers on Sunday by the Dallas Cowboys.
Bosworth, nephew of “The Boz” (Brian Bosworth), excelled on special teams for the Giants over the summer and was in a battle with veteran Aaron Curry for the sixth linebacker spot. In the end, though, the Giants elected to go with only five linebackers on their 53-man roster.
TONY ROMO vs JOE FLACCO - Lets take a look at the numbers between the two since 2009, when Joe Flacco was drafted by the Ravens.
Tony Romo (Since 2008)
Passing Yards: 18,623
Passing Touchdowns: 122
Pass Completions: 1,542
Pass Attempts: 2,383
Passes Intercepted: 59
Passes Over 20 Yards:…
By the numbers…
There was a point in this game where it seemed like the Cowboys would handle business.
Did I? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
There was also a point where all hope was lost. At that point, anyone who has paid attention to this team this year knew what would happen next. Moving with urgency, Tony Romo would orchestrate a comeback because this offense has the tools to put up points when it isn’t thinking too hard. But again, anyone who has paid close attention to this team knew that, once again, this team had allowed itself to fall into a hole that would make the margin for error razor thin and a victory unlikely.
Even after forcing overtime and winning the coin toss to get possession first against a defense that had to be gassed following the relentless comeback at the end of regulation, Dallas couldn’t seal the deal at home – this with Dez Bryant emerging as a reliable beast, posting his first career 200-yard receiving game.
That says a lot about what the 2012 Cowboys are. They’re a pretty good team that can kick it into gear when they’re desperate, but often times they come up short.
Despite everything, it’s win and get in. Beating the Redskins means the 2012 Cowboys will be NFC East champs. How insane is that?
No matter what happens, one thing that we’ve learned this season, however, is that Tony Romo is by no means the problem. In a season in which he surpassed Troy Aikman in TDs thrown as a Cowboy and set the franchise record for passing yardage in a single season, Romo has been the one thing consistently keeping this team in games. Maybe Romo still has another gear we haven’t seen yet that can lead this team of misfits into the playoffs and beyond.
Cowboys Stadium was half filled with terrible towels. Many in attendance described it as a bowl game atmosphere and the game certainly had major playoff implications for not just the two competing teams, but for about six other teams as well. Still, neither team seemed to want it.
Shit! (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
When the game dragged into an overtime period, sudden death seemed like nothing more than a foregone conclusion for two teams that have performed just above mediocrity all season. It became more about which teams was going to be the one to make the big mistake than which team would ascend to lay claim to being a playoff contender. But that assessment takes away from the big play that was Brandon Carr’s near-pick 6 at the start of the overtime period. Carr may have made the biggest play of the season when he read a lazy out route and nearly took it to the house, setting up Dan Bailey for yet another game-winning kick.
Other than Carr’s big play, there’s not much more to say about this team right now, as week after week they find themselves in games determined by the thinnest of margins. It’s a three-way tie for first in the NFC East, but there’s nothing to indicate that just as hard as this team has fought to stay in the hunt over the last couple weeks, they could just as easily drop the next two games against New Orleans and Washington.
We’ll only find out what the 2012 Cowboys are about when it’s win or go home.
The position that we are in, that makes me want to be out there… If there was anything less than what we got a chance of, I would have went ahead and got surgery.
If it weren’t for the whole beating his mom thing, I’d say, that’s one classy guy.