Stranger Things: The 2016 Dallas Cowboys Defense

    All last week I'd been planning on jumping on the 1s and 2s to mix up a little ditty here at concerning the 2016 .

    They're a rag-tag group of misfits, born and bred to wreak havoc on the . They deserve a nickname, and I'm in the business of handing them out. RJ is a nickname, shout out to my Auntie for coming up with it way back when, and this RJ in question suggested the “Space Cowboys” as a moniker for the Cowboys Offensive Line.

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    What to call the defense, I wondered. It needed to be something that fit, something that made sense, and something culturally relevant. I put off summoning the creativity day after day and night after night last week as I binged through my latest Netflix obsession… when suddenly it hit me.

    The 2016 iteration of defenders for is unlike anything we've ever seen, and we're hoping that they jump right off the screen to captivate our attention. They've taken the most unique path possible up to this point with several , and a paintball or two, derailing the intended makeup of this unit. Weird doesn't appropriately cover what we've seen from them, no we've seen Stranger Things.

    Stranger Things: The 2016 Dallas Cowboys Defense

    Warning: From this point on there are spoilers for the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Do not read on if you care about those things, except read on pretty please. If you care and decide to read then you're likely a masochist, which makes sense since you're a Cowboys fan.

    What makes the 2016 Cowboys Defense strange? Dude, a player got hit in the eye with a paintball! Seriously! Is that not proof enough?

    Their top two pass rushers are missing time to start the season. The team's starting Middle is supposedly addicted to purple drank and is absent from . The best on the team is coming off of a season-ending suffered a year ago. The recipe is undoubtedly a strange one.

    Who do these Cowboys measure up to from Stranger Things, though? If we're going to nickname the unit then we have to match up the personalities! You came to the right place, friend.

    Eleven: Byron Jones

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    It's appropriate that we begin with Eleven since, at all times unless things are going really really wrong, there are 11 defensive players on the field at once.

    Let's talk about Eleven. She's holy crap crazy awesome. SHE HAS TELEKINESIS AND CAN TRANSPORT HERSELF TO ALTERNATE DIMENSIONS OR WHATEVER. This girl is the scariest and most lethal weapon in the Stranger Things universe! If that's not then I don't know what is.

    Byron basically has telekinesis when it comes to his body because he can fly. Literally. He can fly all over the field. He's the most versatile and lethal person on the field for the Cowboys, and he does Eleven justice.

    Jim Hopper: Sean Lee

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    Did you wonder what kind of judicial system went on in this town? I mean little ‘ol Will goes missing and the town is in a state of panic, but Barbara does and it's no big deal. What?!

    The Sheriff in town is Hopper, Grade A badass. He's not afraid of anything and is the unquestioned leader on the show. He's got a bit of an emotional side to him, which can be his weakness, that reminds us of The General.

    is the heart and soul of the Cowboys Defense. Where he goes, they go.

    Mike Wheeler: Brandon Carr

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    Here's the thing about Mike in Stranger Things… he's there all the time and his annoying-ness never goes away. But he's there all the time.

    , who took a paycut this , is there all the time. The dude has never ever missed an NFL game in his career, so he can be counted on. Like Mike (that movie was weirdly awesome) took in Eleven, Carr has taken in Byron Jones in the .

    More important than anything here is that Mike is always trying to do the right thing, which can absolutely be said about Brandon Carr. For whatever faults he may have, he's always trying to help in whatever way he can. And exactly like Mike with his pals, Carr believes that his team can do things together.

    Jonathan Byers: Morris Claiborne

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    Did anybody else go through an emotional rollercoaster with Jonathan? I never fully figured out if I liked him or couldn't get over the photos at the party incident. Whatever.

    Jonathan Byers is an interesting cat. He's obviously got some self-confidence issues that exert themselves in the form of pretentiousness. A particular Dallas Cowboy, who's had a great Training Camp, that has struggled with confidence issues is none other than .

    Mo needs to feel like everything is going great for him to be great. When Jonathan was holding hands with Nancy, like when Mo is dominating, everything was cool. When his camera was smashed to smithereens he lost it, just like Mo has done occasionally.

    Nancy Wheeler: DeMarcus Lawrence

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    This show brought back such great memories of Freaks and Geeks, and I think Nancy Wheeler was a big reason why.

    Little Miss Perfect went through the classic 80s rebellion phases, and got called out on it by the way, before ultimately becoming someone useful at the very end. It was obvious from the jump that she was going to be a main character, but she certainly went through a lot of tribulations (that part inside the tree of death or whatever still haunts me).

    has suffered some setbacks like Nancy. His rebellion has cost him four games this season, but there's no denying his enormous potential. He just wants to be cool and has ditched his own version of Barbara in .

    Steve Harrington: Justin Durant

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    Anybody else shocked that Nancy and Steve ended up together? Anybody? Bueller?

    Steve the wonder boy was a weird character for the glorious eight episodes that Stranger Things afforded us. He went from jerk to not really a jerk to WHOA JERK to wow get beat up much to hey he's kind of nice to YEA BEAT UP THE MONSTER to I'm cool with him.

    The important thing here is that Steve left and suffered for it, like did. Durant defected to the about 15 months ago in , and now he's back to save us from the bad monsters. Hooray!

    Lucas Sinclair: Barry Church

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    I'm not going to lie to you guys. I sort of hated Lucas for a long time.

    He was obnoxious and despised Eleven for no specific reason other than he was, apparently?, jealous. How stupid is that?

    Either way Lucas was someone who could be counted on in the end, which makes him great. He's an essential part of the gang and brings a little bit of swagger to it. The same can be said about as he's one of the leaders of the defense.

    Oh and Church can knock people as far as Eleven knocked Lucas so that's cool.

    Dustin Henderson: Jack Crawford

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    Jumpin' is one of the coolest Dallas Cowboys there is, so you know his character had to be fitting. Say hello to the enigma that is Dustin Henderson!

    Dustin is the ultimate peacemaker. He's arguably the smartest of the bunch. What's most important here is that he's the most unique character on Stranger Things and that's evident in everything that he does.

    Jack Crawford hails all the way from the UK and brings a ferocity to the Cowboys that certainly helps him stand out. Get that pudding, Jack.

    Joyce Byers: Tyrone Crawford

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    The main character for a show in 2016 is played by Winona Ryder. That's the strangest thing overall, but I'll move on.

    Joyce Byers is the motivation for everything. She refuses to ever give up as she searches for her missing son. She does not know how to quit.

    The Cowboys are very fortunate to have a like . This is a guy who works (WorkK as he'd have you say on all the time. He will not rest. He cannot rest. He'll line up an alphabet on his wall if he has to.

    The Demogorgon: Rod Marinelli

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    The whole inspiration for Stranger Things revolves around this insane monster called a Demogorgon. This is a thing that can destroy, eat, ruin all things in the world or something very similar. The point is it's not something you want to pet.

    is the shot-caller of all these ballers. This is his universe and his toys to play with. Like the Demogorgon, he destroys everything in his path.

    Stranger Things‘s Demogorgon was unstoppable for eight episodes. Rod Marinelli's version is going to last 19 games. Huzzah!

    Who would you compare the 2016 to from Netflix's Stranger Things? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

    RJ Ochoa
    RJ Ochoa
    I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!


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    Nice article, though there is no such thing as "most unique". The word "unique" means one-of-a-kind, and, as such, cannot be modified by words like "most" or "really" or "very". Something is either unique or it is not… there are no shades of uniqueness. TIA for using proper English in future articles.

    Bryson T

    That's typically true. But when comparing the quantity of uniqueness across multiple factors, such as the accumulated paths of multiple players ("they have taken"), it can be comparatively more or less unique than the accumulated path of another set of players. So yes, there is such a thing as "most unique." Context. It matters. Thanks for visiting.