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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.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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