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Future Super Bowl Sites Bode Well For Cowboys

The Super Bowl has become the single biggest sporting, entertainment, and social event on planet Earth. Each year millions of people huddle around their televisions, or maybe just attend the party, to witness the grandest stage the NFL has to offer. Because of this, it comes with no surprise that cities and franchises bid inconceivable amounts of money for the right to host the Super Bowl in their own stadium. This past week, the league announced the three lucky (or unlucky if you live there and hate traffic) cities which will be hosting the Super Bowl through 2021. Houston and Minneapolis were confirmed for the next two seasons, while Atlanta, South Beach, and Los Angeles won the bidding war and the right to host a Super Bowl as well.

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The Super Bowl has become the single biggest sporting, entertainment, and social event on planet Earth.

Each year millions of people huddle around their televisions, or maybe just attend the party, to witness the grandest stage the NFL has to offer.

Because of this, it comes with no surprise that cities and franchises bid inconceivable amounts of money for the right to host the Super Bowl in their own stadium. This past week, the league announced the three lucky (or unlucky if you live there and hate traffic) cities which will be hosting the Super Bowl through 2021.

Houston and Minneapolis were confirmed for the next two seasons, while Atlanta, South Beach, and Los Angeles won the bidding war and the right to host a Super Bowl as well.

But, this is a Cowboys site and we are Cowboys fans, so what does this mean for our team?

Well first off, these locations are all either warm weather places or will have the game played in a dome. So weather should have little-to-no effect on the outcome if the Cowboys are to make it to one of these games.

If you have read anything written by me in the past, you know that I love historical trends. In this case, I was interested to see how the Cowboys have faired in past Super Bowls when the game was played in one of these cities.

Well of the five cities, the Cowboys have played in at least one Super Bowl at two of the locations; Atlanta and South Beach (Miami). If we extend the definition of "location" to mean the entire state instead of just the particular city, then you can add California to this list as well.

South Beach (Miami): 2020

  • Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13.
  • Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
  • Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31

All three of the Cowboys Super Bowl losses have occurred in Miami. The weather may be beautiful, but the outcomes for Dallas have been ugly and heartbreaking.

The first Super Bowl the Cowboys ever played in was played in Miami, Florida. That game, a loss to the Baltimore Colts, featured the first and only player to win Super Bowl MVP while playing on the losing team, Chuck Howley.

Howley wore number 54. Jaylon Smith will wear number 54. Just saying.

In Super Bowl X, we have the infamous Lynn Swann game as the Cowboys lost a close one to the Steelers.

Their third and, so far, final trip to Miami for a Super Bowl may have been the most heartbreaking of them all, however. They met the Steelers once again, but fell behind 35-17 with just under 7 minutes to play. The Cowboys battled back, only to miss out on an onside kick late and lose 35-31.

Oh, and also, the Jackie Smith drop happened in Miami. Ugh.

Atlanta: 2019Cowboys Blog - Cowboys CTK: The Legend of 22, From Bob Hayes To Emmitt Smith 12

  • Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13

While Miami featured some tough losses for the Cowboys, Atlanta Super Bowls have brought much more happiness to Cowboys Nation.

The Cowboys found their second of back to back Super Bowl victories over the Bills in Atlanta, and did so on the back of Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Emmitt won MVP, something which only one running back has done since.

Maybe Ezekiel Elliott will break this trend in Atlanta come 2019, and get himself a Super Bowl MVP.

Los Angeles (Well, California in general): 2021Cowboys Headlines - Troy Aikman: The Greatest First Overall Pick In NFL History 3

  • Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17

The NFL is back in LA, and this may mean good things for the Cowboys. The first of three Super Bowls in four years came in Pasadena for Dallas, as they dominated the Bills in all phases of the game.

Troy Aikman was awarded Super Bowl MVP, a feat which Tony Romo will certainly be looking to accomplish in the very near future.

So, of the Cowboys 8 Super Bowl appearances, five of them have come in one the next five locations. This may mean nothing, or it may mean that some Super Bowl voodoo is on our side.

One last tidbit, the Cowboys run of back to back Super Bowls began the year after a Super Bowl was hosted in Minneapolis, which is hosting once again in 2018.

Maybe 2019 in Atlanta is the year to watch for the Cowboys to put it all together, and to see Zeke Elliott do what Emmitt did in that same city years ago.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten’s Game?

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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten's Game?

Jason Witten is 37 years old, retired from the NFL after the completion of 2017 season to try his luck as an announcer in the booth, but has now decided to come out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys? It seems a little unrealistic to think he can come back after a year away from the game and pick up where he left off, but it sounds as if he's like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jason Witten has been the talk of Dallas Cowboys OTA practices so far. These practices are unpadded and basically just an opportunity to do install some of the offensive and defensive plays, but that doesn't make them any less important. One of the things that has been somewhat surprising though is how talked up the future Hall of Famer has become.

Here is what Head Coach Jason Garrett had to say recently about Jason Witten's return:

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.”

The main thing that stands out from Garrett's quote to me is how Jason Witten looks just as good, if not better after not playing at all in 2018. To think that his testing numbers are possibly even better is unfathomable. We typically don't see NFL players in their mid-30s retire from the game and then return just as good, or maybe even better than they were before.

It's inhuman!

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten

Maybe that's just what Jason Witten is, a little inhuman. Maybe he's found the secret to turning the clock back just a little bit. Or, maybe he found the fountain the youth and didn't tell anybody. Regardless, there's no doubt Witten will be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys offense, especially if he's gained a step.

I don't know about all of you, but I'm hoping the year away from the game did him some good. I honestly thought he made the right decision to retire prior to the 2018 season. It just looked like father time was catching up to him in 2017. But, hopefully all he needed was a little time away from the grind he's been putting his body through for over a decade.

Whatever he's done hasn't gone unnoticed though. Even Quarterback Dak Prescott has noticed and said he's on to Witten's scheme.

“I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.”

I'm not afraid to admit I wasn't too excited to see Witten come out of retirement and rejoin the Cowboys at first. I was skeptical he could be the player he once was after a year away from the game. But, all of this talk about him looking as good as he once was, perhaps better, has me really looking forward to seeing him on the field once again.

Do you think a year away has rejuvenated Jason Witten's game?



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Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva

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Los Dallas Cowboys tuvieron un interesante 2018. La ofensiva dejo mucho que desear toda la primera mitad de la temporada cuando carecían de un receptor número uno. No fue hasta media temporada cuando consiguieron a Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, que la ofensiva comenzó a verse realmente amenazante. Siendo sinceros, el cuerpo de receptores de los Cowboys lucía muy débil al inicio y Michael Gallup aún no conseguía mucho tiempo de juego en el emparrillado. Incluso una vez en el equipo, a pesar de las grandes hazañas de Cooper en Dallas, la ofensiva no terminó de dar el siguiente paso.

Sí, con Amari en el equipo vimos un equipo de Cowboys que movía constantemente las cadenas e incluso se convirtió en una de las mejores unidades en tercera oportunidad en la liga, pero no fue suficiente. Los problemas en zona roja persistieron y continuamos viendo una selección de jugadas muy cuestionable semana tras semana.

Es por eso que al finalizar la temporada, la administración de los Cowboys finalmente tomó una decisión muy anticipada. El entonces coordinador ofensivo, Scott Linehan, fue despedido.

En cuanto a talento, los Dallas Cowboys no verán un cambio mayor en su ofensiva. Cole Beasley, uno de los mejores WR slot en la NFL, firmó con los Buffalo Bills durante la agencia libre. A pesar de la llegada de Randall Cobb, la ofensiva probablemente extrañará bastante a Beasley. Además está el regreso de Jason Witten al campo, quien se repartirá el balón mucho con los jóvenes del equipo, principalmente con Blake Jarwin. Por último, Travis Frederick podría estar de regreso como el centro titular. Fuera de eso, no se anticipan cambios de jugadores en la ofensiva.

Y a pesar de esto, la afición de los Cowboys espera ver un cambio grande entre la ofensiva del 2018 y la de 2019. Si las cosas salen bien, así será. Pero más que por el talento del equipo, que ya está ahí y es un muy buen talento, deberá ser por el hombre al mando.

Kellen Moore

Kellen Moore ha tomado las riendas como el nuevo coordinador ofensivo y finalmente podremos ver su potencial. Muchos han criticado a Moore, en gran parte por nunca haber sido un quarterback exitoso en la NFL. Sin embargo, hay muchas razones por las cuales deberíamos estar emocionados.

Desde que Moore salió de la universidad de Boise State, se le veía como un prospecto muy inteligente. Incluso analistas como Jon Gruden (en ese entonces conductor del programa de ESPN Gruden's QB Camp) mencionaban que Moore probablemente no sería un gran mariscal, pero que tenía la mente de un coach.

En Boise, Moore trabajaba con la ofensiva del actual coach de los Washington Huskies, Chris Petersen. Esta ofensiva es una muy complicada que le exige al mariscal saber casi tanto como un jugador profesional. Muchos han descrito a Moore como un genio ofensivo que será un gran coach en el futuro.

Para los Cowboys, Kellen Moore será una pieza clave en 2019. Si vemos una ofensiva realmente diferente, será gracias a su creatividad y filosofía que implementa a un grupo bastante talentoso en Dallas. Los jugadores están ahí, ¿sabrá el coordinador ofensivo de 30 años aprovecharlos?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?

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The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.

Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.

Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.

Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.

Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.

Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.

The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.

Tell me what you think about "NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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