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The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Huzzah for the Cubbies.
Odds are that you stayed up along with the rest of the world to watch the historic Game 7 that became one of the finest nights of baseball we've ever witnessed in our lifetime. I throw this word around a lot, but it is fitting for what we witnessed on November 2nd, 2016... Game 7 of the World Series was epic.
During the game, and its epicness, the thought hit me that this was a game we'll tell our grandchildren about. Seriously. If you watched all 10 miraculous innings you'll remember forever where you were when the Cubs broke their 108-year Championship drought.
There are a lot of plays that carry that same weight. The David Tyree catch, Ray Allen's Game 6 3-pointer, Malcolm Butler's interception, and LeBron James' block are all iconic moments that have happened over the last decade throughout sports. How many full games are there like this, though? Whole contests where you know throughout it how special it is? The only one I can think of is the 2006 Rose Bowl when Texas defeated USC in amazing fashion. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series had that type of feel.
What does all of this have to do with the Cowboys, though? Here at Inside The Star we bring you the goods on matters concerning America's Team, and the Cubs winning the World Series had me thinking about our 'Boys.
Cubs 1st Baseman Anthony Rizzo said in the middle of all the celebration that they were World Champions... for the rest of their lives. Now that is epic.
The Cubs hadn't won a World Championship in 108 years. A hundred and eight! ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT YEARS! Yet, the Cubbies have some of the most loyal fans across all sports. Why? What could possibly make 108 years of heartbreak worth it?
World Series Champions. #FlyTheW
Terry Francona, Manager of the Cleveland Indians, gave one of the classier interviews you'll ever see a losing team give. In the middle of it he said, "It hurts because we care so much."
We care so much. That's why we're willing to suffer 108 years of pain... because that one year when it's your time it's all worth it. The Chicago Cubs and their fans are living proof of that.
The past decade in Cowboys History hardly compares to a 108-year drought, but it's certainly been filled with plenty of heartbreak: Romo's fumble in Seattle, the Divisional loss against New York, trading for Roy Williams, the first broken collarbone, 8-8, 8-8, 8-8, the Broncos loss, when Dez caught it, the second broken collarbone, the third broken collarbone... some day it will all be worth it for us, too.
What about all the victory in the last decade? Romo beating the undefeated Colts in his first start at Texas Stadium, the whole 2007 season, the back-to-back wins over Philly in 2009 including in the Wild Card Round, the Colts win without Romo in 2010, when Dez took over the second half of 2012, Romo out-dueling Peyton in 2013, Seattle in 2014, Philadelphia in 2014, Detroit in 2014, the 2015 opener, and everything we've experienced this season including our most recent overtime victory with our future at the helm. Those small victories all make the weeks of agony and suffrage worth it.
Watching the Cubs win the World Series, seeing them Fly The W... it gives sports fans of all teams hope and inspiration. The literal truth is now that you can actually go 108 years with total and complete devastation, but at some point it will all be worth it.
Let's hope that day is soon for us. Go Cowboys. Huzzah.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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