The first time that I saw the Dallas Cowboys in person was in 2006. It was a very merry day as it was actually Christmas Day 2006. America's Team was playing host to a Jeff Garcia-led Eagles team as Tony Romo was in the middle of his break-out season.
My dad and I anxiously made way to our seats and snapped some photos. We took in the sights from the stadium and just let all of the magic wash over us. We were in heaven.
Pretty soon the team had run out of the tunnel and it was about time to get things started. As is tradition for any major sporting event in America, the National Anthem had to be sung. I was expecting Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, or someone like that to trot out... but low and behold it was three Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!
I was completely in awe of the whole experience. The pomp and circumstance was really getting to me. When they hit the line, "and the rockets' red glare," I knew I had to do something. I couldn't contain this energy any longer. I formulated a plan and prepared to execute it.
You know how in a usual National Anthem the singer(s) hold the last note after they sing, "O'er the land of the freeeeeeee"? That was my moment. Right when the cheerleaders held the note I just erupted this roar from deep within my soul: "YEAAAAA!!!!!!!"
My dad jumped as he, despite everything he told me growing up, can't read my mind and had no idea that I was going to do that. What was amazing though was the entire stadium erupted as well! I lit a match and threw it into an ocean of kerosene!
It was a really cool experience (despite the Cowboys loss that day) and it was something really bold I tried that worked. I started to make it a tradition at different sporting events that I went to after that. My booming "YEA!" became familiar at more Cowboys games and I even launched the initiative in Michigan when I did it during a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It was my "thing."
I'd had some success, if you'll call it that, with roaring during the National Anthem. Being bold was paying off. A few summers after the initial roar my dad, cousins, uncle, and I were headed to a Houston Astros game. Keep in mind that at this point I'd successfully roared and ignited different crowds so I was pretty excited for it. The Anthem got going and I was just counting down the measures of the song until my big moment. With the confidence from my previous experiences I had somehow gained volume and was about to break the sound barrier.
"O'er the land of the freeeeeeee"
Crickets. Complete and total silence. Not a single audible response from anyone in the crowd. Everyone turned around and stared at me like I said puppies were ugly. It was mortifying.
Lesson learned: baseball is not the environment to roar. Now I know better. I was bold and it didn't work out.
If you've read my Bold Predictions before you know that I take roar-type chances. In fact the last time that the Dallas Cowboys took on the Philadelphia Eagles I was pretty spot on.
This is no baseball game so I hope you're ready to roar with me as I give you my 5 Bold Predictions for Part Two of the 2015 Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles Rivalry. Let's roll.
1. Lucky Whitehead Rushes For A Touchdown
The Cowboys got really creative with Lucky Whitehead two weeks ago in New York. They didn't channel those play calls as much in last week's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but it's hard to ignore that Lucky is a very fast and shifty player.
#13 seems to have absorbed some of the looks that Lance Dunbar was seeing thanks to his ability to cut like him. Look for Lucky to show off his gridiron dance moves on a reverse as he gets in the endzone for the first time in his career.
2. Dez Bryant Goes Over 100 Yards And Catches 2 Touchdowns
This isn't exactly bold when you consider that Dez Bryant is arguably the best receiver on this entire planet (I'm in the middle of reading Andy Weir's The Martian so soon I'll be able to confirm that he's the best on Mars, too). Cowboys fans haven't really seen Dez Bryant this season as he was injured all the way back in Week 1 and didn't totally shine in his return last week against the Seahawks.
Dez is a very passionate player who has a certain, no pun intended here, X-Factor that others simply don't. He's capable of willing himself past the point of mere mortals and he's going to do that against the Eagles. He knows how important this game is and how much of it is riding on the hands that cradle Dallas Bryant. He's going to show up and take over this game in typical Throw Up The X fashion.
3. DeMarco Murray Doesn't Top 25 Yards
If you do it twice it's a tradition, right? I referenced my 5 Bold Predictions from when the Cowboys played the Eagles back in Week 2 earlier. One of the bad boys that came to fruition was this exact prediction... except I said he wouldn't break 50 yards. I figured I'd do the environment a favor and recycle whenever I can, you know? I just had to make some extra spice so I cut the yardage in half.
DeMarco will be making his return to Dallas for the first time since signing his long-term smoothie contract with Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. He had one of the worst games of his career against the Cowboys in Week 2 and that was against a defense that didn't feature the likes of Greg Hardy or Rolando McClain.
76 + 55 = 131 and 2+9 = 31 so the math says that Hardy and McClain are going to be 100 times better than DeMarco. You can't argue with math!
4. The Dallas Cowboys Will Not Trail At All
Amidst scrutiny from the outside world the Dallas Cowboys Defense is ballin', yo. They've allowed opposing offenses to 13 points in each of the last two weeks against the Giants and Seahawks and now they get to face the Eagles. That's like saying we hit a half court shot, then a three-pointer, and now we get a lay-up. Nothing but net, baby.
Matt Cassel hasn't lit the world on fire, I know, but he's playing with a lot of passion. At a certain point that's got to start working in our favor or at the very least luck does. Cassel has had a chance to practice more with Dez and the offense as a whole has had one less distraction after the release of Joseph Randle. They're going to do their job as the defense continues to do theirs and the Cowboys will not trail for a single second throughout this game.
5. Mark Sanchez Will Replace Sam Bradford
It doesn't take the most keen football eye to know that Sam Bradford might need to do something else for a living. He's good at football the same way that Krispy Kreme donuts are good at not being delicious.
Bradford's been a rollercoaster ride all season long for the Chip Kelly loyalists, I mean Philadelphia Eagle fans, and the ride is coming to an end on Sunday Night. At some point the Eagles will see what the rest of the world sees and turn, sadly, to Mark Sanchez.
Urban Meyer Says He’d “Absolutely” Take Cowboys’ Head Coaching Job
Typically, when a coach is asked about a potential future coaching job that is currently occupied, he'd never openly admit to eyeing that position. He'd dodge the question, lie, and say he's enjoying his time away from the game at the moment.
Former college coach Urban Meyer, however, was extremely clear in how he feels about the potential opening at head coach in Dallas with the Cowboys.
Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd asked Urban Meyer outright if he would take the job if offered, and Meyer made no mistake about it.
While it feels to me like Meyer is breaking some sort of unspoken code between coaches with these comments, it wouldn't be the first time he operated in shady waters.
But I digress.
Of course, Urban Meyer had incredible success at the collegiate level. He won multiple national championships and did a lot of winning at multiple programs. In addition, he was the college coach of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who the team just extended with a monster contract. Meyer also won with quarterbacks who can utilize similar skill-sets to Cowboys starter Dak Prescott, something Jerry Jones and company would want to see in any potential head coaching candidate.
With all that being said, though, it's important to mention the Cowboys head coaching job is not open. At least not yet.
Jason Garrett's contract expires at the end of this season, and unless he can make sure that he continues coaching this team through January, it's seeming increasingly likely that this will be his final contract with the team.
Garrett's Cowboys face their biggest test of the season on Sunday night, with the Philadelphia Eagles coming to Arlington and looking to take first place from their grasps.
This will be the first step of many that Garrett will need to take if he wants to keep the Urban Meyers of the world from coming for his job.
QB Dak Prescott Confident Cowboys Can Right The Ship Sunday
Dak Prescott is a warrior.
The Cowboys starting quarterback has spent his entire NFL career proving doubters wrong. From fourth round compensatory pick to Pro Bowl quarterback and the leader of America's Team, Prescott has come a long way in just four years. And he hasn't gotten here by giving up nor giving in.
This week, to put it lightly, Prescott's Cowboys are in a tough spot. Having lost three straight games the Cowboys have fallen back to earth quickly, and now sit tied for first place in their division with this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. They're also only a game up of the 2-4 New York Giants, who are favored at home against the Cardinals this very Sunday.
Dallas has to have this one at home. And despite the team's recent struggles, Dak Prescott remains confident that his bunch can get it done.
"We're right there," Prescott told the Dallas media Thursday, "We’re a good team that hasn’t been getting it done."
Prescott certainly isn't incorrect in his evaluation. He and this offense were flying high the first three weeks, and although they've taken a step back in recent games they still sit 2nd in offensive DVOA this season.
They have gotten off to slow starts in each of their last two losses, however, scoring just 9 points over their last 4 first half quarters. This first half output is unacceptable, but Prescott remains confident that the Cowboys are going to get things right on Sunday.
The biggest factor holding the Cowboys back? According to Prescott, it's themselves. Dak also told the media that the offense just needs to "get out of our own way," referring to the penalties, sacks, and general mistakes this team has made in seemingly every key moment during this losing streak.
Luckily for Dak Prescott, he should be getting some reinforcements to protect him from the Eagles fearsome front. Both La'el Collins and Tryon Smith have been active at practice this week, and even wide receiver Amari Cooper remains optimistic despite not practicing yet since his quad injury.
It feels like Cooper will likely be out on Sunday, but increasing their help across the offensive line will be a massive boost for this offense.
Still, in the end, it's the Cowboys defense which needs to step up and play better than they have on Sunday. Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense have been strong in recent weeks, and they are looking to take over first place in the NFC East in primetime.
Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Status de Jason Garrett
Estamos aquí de nuevo. Con los Dallas Cowboys y un récord de 3-3 después de seis semanas y tres derrotas consecutivas, el Head Coach Jason Garrett es la conversación principal entre aficionados de los Cowboys. Tras iniciar con el pie derecho esta temporada, las cosas han tomado un giro muy desafortunado para el equipo.
Desde que se convirtió en el head coach del equipo en 2010 (cuando se volvió el head coach coach "interino"), los Cowboys de Jason Garrett tienen un récord de 80-62 (56.3%) en temporada regular y un triste desempeño de 2-3 en postemporada. Tiene un premio de Coach del Año en 2016. No hay manera de negarlo... Algunas cosas han sido buenas durante la era de Garrett.
Sin embargo, no ha sido lo suficiente. Los Dallas Cowboys siguen buscando su ansiado regreso al NFC Championship Game y por supuesto, al Super Bowl. Año tras año, el equipo "se ha quedado corto." De todas las estadísticas que pueden definir lo que ha sido Jason Garrett en Dallas, mi favorita es la siguiente: En la era de Garrett, los Cowboys no han estado en los playoffs en años consecutivos. Insisto, buenos, pero no lo suficiente.
Este 2019, los Cowboys están en riesgo de perderse los playoffs esta temporada. Este domingo pelearán por el liderato de la división contra los Philadelphia Eagles en lo que debe de ser uno de los duelos del año. Ambos equipos tienen talento y han decepcionado tras sus primeros seis partidos. Los dos tienen una oportunidad de remediar sus defectos. A pesar de que empezaron con una marca de 3-0, Cowboys se encuentra en modo de pánico rumbo a la semana 7.
Tras perder contra los New York Jets - quienes no habían probado la victoria antes de enfrentar a Cowboys - la afición vaquera llegó a conclusiones a las que ya ha llegado anteriormente. "¡Jason Garrett se tiene que ir!" "Ahora si no terminará esta temporada en Dallas." Y más.
Pero, ¿en qué riesgo está realmente Jason Garrett? Los Cowboys han estado en situaciones similares antes, solo para mantener a Garrett a la cabeza del equipo. El año pasado, Dallas llegó a tener un récord de 3-5 antes de terminar la temporada con diez victorias y un pase a playoffs. Una y otra vez, la directiva ha confiado en Garrett.
Pero ahora la diferencia es fácil de identificar. Este año, los Cowboys tomaron una decisión a consciencia de no extender a su head coach. El simple hecho de estar bajo contrato de un año significa que está en el denominado "asiento caliente." No importa lo que los Jones digan en la radio. Las acciones dicen más. Si Jerry Jones dijera la verdad cuando dice que ni siquiera ha pensado en ello, Garrett tendría un contrato más amplio.
No hay que cuestionar la culpa que tiene Jason Garrett de la situación actual del equipo. La planeación de juego ha sido claramente un problema, con un plan ofensivo que cambió drásticamente tras las primeras tres semanas, renunciando a la agresividad y al play-action que tanto les había funcionado. El equipo una vez más ha demostrado no estar preparado para cada partido, iniciando lento en cada uno de ellos esta temporada. Y por supuesto, no han sido capaces de superar la ausencia de jugadores clave como Amari Cooper, Tyron Smith y La'el Collins. El coacheo ha sido incapaz de compensar la falta de estos jugadores.
De que hay un problema en la cabeza del equipo, la hay.
Pero en caso de que Jason Garrett fuera a ser despedido, ¿cuándo llegaría la noticia? Sería una sorpresa que ocurriera como muchos lo han sugerido: a media temporada tras una derrota ante Eagles. Por supuesto que aún no sabemos quien se llevará la victoria este domingo por la noche, pero asumamos lo peor por un momento.
Si bien caer a un récord de 3-4 sería difícil de superar, los Cowboys aún tendrían esperanza. Si la tuvieron hace un año con tres victorias y cinco derrotas, también la tendrían esta temporada. Más aún si consideramos que sus jugadores terminarán por sanar y regresar a la alineación. En tal caso, el talento será mucho como para quedarse sin victorias.
Mientras los Cowboys tengan vida esta temporada, muy probablemente Jason Garrett continuará con el control. A pesar de las frustraciones de muchos respecto al head coach de Dallas, no veo al equipo renunciando a Garrett a media temporada. Menos aún considerando que no hay una opción para reemplazarlo en seguida.
Y finalmente, aún queda otra alternativa. ¿Qué si los Cowboys terminan jugando en enero? Al final de cuentas, no es nada descabellado. Este equipo podría darle la vuelta a su temporada rápidamente y llevarse la división, incluso si no ganan contra Philadelphia. Pero digamos que terminan en playoffs, ¿cuánto es suficiente para que Jason Garrett se gane el derecho de quedarse al mando? Sin duda alguna, su trabajo esta en riesgo. Pero contar con que lo perderá si los Cowboys caen en la semana 7 parece prematuro.
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