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FRISCO, Texas – Do you remember . . . . Read

         How ‘bout dem Cowboys! Read

         Wednesday, Jan. 17, marks the 25th anniversary of Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson uttering those infamous words following the Cowboys’ 30-20 beating of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game that 1992 season at a muddy Candlestick Park to send the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl in 15 years. Read


FIRSCO, Texas – This needs to be shouted from the highest mountain. Read

         Heck, write your congressperson. Read

         Do what you can to spread the word: Read

         Everson Walls deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and that decision by the selection committee will take place Feb. 3, in Minneapolis, Minn., the Saturday before Super Bowl LII is played on Sunday. Read


FIRSCO, Texas – That time of year, with the Cowboys already “gone fishing,” we sit back to watch the rest of the playoffs. That is, if you can stomach watching all these games. Read

         So from the first round of the postseason this past weekend, here is what stood out to me as of utmost importance if you are going to win in the playoffs. Read

         First, better score. With the exception of the Jags beatings the Bills, the other three first-round winners scored at least 22 points, with the Saints and Falcons a high of 31 and 26, respectively. Read


FRISCO, Texas – This is pretty elementary, really. Not nearly as hard as those might think trying to figure out … Read

         Why did the Dallas Cowboys offense malfunction in 2017? Read


FRISCO, Texas – OK, that’s that. Read

         Locker room is basically empty, save some of the rehab guys. Read

         The practice fields, indoors and out, are empty, too. Read

         Yep, the Cowboys’ 2017 season has come to a screeching halt, and within three days of their 6-0 victory in Philadelphia on Sunday, the offseason has begun with everyone on the outside in a rush-hour hurry to fix everything that went wrong in a 9-7 season. Read


PHILADELPHIA – Those of you old enough might remember this: Read

         Back in the early days of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, the two teams losing in the semifinal games would play each other on Saturday afternoon before the championship game for third place. Read

         Was called the Consolation Game. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Let me out myself from the start. Read

         Grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago, South Chicago Heights to be exact, nearly the furthest southern suburb of Chicago before the country began, like 35 miles from The City. Read

         Grew up a White Sox fan, not Cubs. Read

         Staunch Blackhawks and Bulls fan. Read

         But not Bears. Uh, Packers. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Not sure what is worse, seasons coming to a screeching halt when a team loses the last game of the season, being either Game 16 or a playoff game, or being eliminated from the playoffs and having to still play games to finish out a season. Read

         To me, I think this: The Cowboys eliminated from playoff contention and still having to travel all the way to Philadelphia to play what amounts to a game with no tangible playoff ramifications, sort of a role reversal to last year’s season finale against the Eagles. Read


ARLINGTON, Texas – This is not how this was supposed to go down. Not on Christmas Eve. Not when so much had gone right for the Cowboys in the early games. Detroit, losing. Atlanta, losing. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Win two straight keeps your nose in the playoff hunt, no matter how precarious the Cowboys’ situation might be, and all seems right out here at The Star. Read

         Zeke is back. Looks good. Read


OAKLAND, Calif. – Half expected late Sunday night for Al Michaels to take us back 37 years with 31 seconds remaining in Cowboys-Raiders here at the aging Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, with voodoo bouncing all around this place, to break out his signature call few will ever forget: Read

         Do you believe in miracles? Read

         You know Al, not sure if I did before Sunday night, but YES! I sure do now. Read

         Maybe even in Santa Claus. Read

         Come on, seriously, no other earthly way to explain Cowboys 20, Raiders 17. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Narratives around here with the Dallas Cowboys change like the Texas weather. Read

         You know, one morning you wake up these days and it’s 37 degrees. By time you come home after work in the evening it’s like 70 degrees. Read

         Go figure. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Nice change in atmosphere out here at The Star so far this week. Win two in a row and there are fewer questions being asked the head coach and the star quarterback. There seemed to be more players hanging out in the locker room during media availability. Read

         And heck, down in The Training Table, folks, including players and coaches alike, gladly made time to listen to the annual Christmas Carols being sung by the Happy Hill Farm Youth Choir. Read


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sean Lee hit the nail right on the head. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Let me see if we’ve got this straight. Read

         Rookie Chidobe Awuzie is starting at left cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday to become his third NFL start. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Now, the Dallas Cowboys certainly don’t think this way. But we do, don’t we: Read

         One down, four to go for the Cowboys to run the table during this final five-game stretch of the season, knowing they must get to 10-6 if they are to have any chance of slipping into the NFC playoffs as a wild-card team. Read


FRISCO, Texas – And now for the home stretch. Read

         The Cowboys have four games left: Read


ARLINGTON, Texas – Lose three consecutive games after winning three straight and scoring at least 28 points in six consecutive games. Read

         Get beat by a combined score of 92-22. Read

         Fail to score at least 10 points in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. Read

         Flounder in three consecutive second halves. Read

         Let your quarterback get sacked 14 times over those three games. Read

         Get yourself just one sack in those three games. Read

         Then it’s: Read

The coach has to go. Read


FRISCO, Texas – These games sure seem to be coming fast and furious, the Cowboys set to play their third game in the past 12 days, knowing they must stop this three-game slide, otherwise mathematically, and more so logically, losing touch with the ability to qualify for the playoffs. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Can someone just please make a play? Read

         Any play? Read

         Something catalytic. Something to cause a spark. Read

         Anything, just to get these Dallas Cowboys out of this rut. Read