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News & Blogs: Mickey Spagnola


FRISCO, Texas – Now for that lull in the action. Read

         The Super Bowl has been played. So have the Pro Bowl and Senior Bowl. Very little going on between now and the start of the NFL Scouting Combine, and that doesn’t take place until Feb. 27 in Indianapolis. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have just completed their 58th NFL season, having entered the league as an expansion franchise in 1960. Read

         As we know, they have played in eight Super Bowls, winning five, creating this perception out there of a fairly charmed existence, all beginning with the franchise’s first winning season in 1966, the start of that NFL-record string of 20 consecutive winning seasons. They also became the first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years during their re-emergence in the 1990s. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Dak Friendly. Read

         The term keeps coming up, time and time again. Read

         So I’ve been asked time and time again, what exactly is Dak Friendly? What do people mean when they use that term? Read

         Well, here we go, a primer on Dak Friendly, and exactly what I believe it to mean. Read

         First, Dak Friendly is not having the running back who wins the NFL rushing title the year before suspended for six games of the final eight games of the season. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Some things in this game of football are hard to understand. Things happen, and you go, say what? Read

         Like this past Sunday. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Empty NFL conference championship weekend. Read

         Jags at Pats. Read

         Vikes at Iggles. Read

         No Cowboys for the 22nd consecutive season, and everybody seems to be piling on, especially since the 25th anniversary of the Cowboys winning Super Bowl XXVII will arrive within two weeks (Jan. 31), yet another reminder of how long it’s been since winning three of four Super Bowls in the 1990s. Read


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