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The Cowboys Finally Won a Game!

Wade Phillips had to go.

Recently, I published a post here about the Chilean Miners–
“When Good Things Happen to Good People.”
Something like that.  I can’t remember.
After I write something, I’m done – can’t even remember it.
ADD sucks sometimes.

But today’s post is more about when bad (or sad) things happen
to good people.  Wade Phillips is one of the good people.
A few days ago, he got fired as head coach of my favorite football team,
The Dallas Cowboys.

Yes, it was sad.  I feel for the guy.  He tried his best.

But when you have a professional football team as loaded with talent
as the Dallas Cowboys this year, and when your expectations are set
so high as to think you’ll be able to play in the SuperBowl in
your own stadium, AND YOU START THE SEASON AT 1-7,
you’ve GOT to get fired.  I’m sorry.  That’s just the way it is.
It’s just business.

And how did the Cowboys respond to new (interim) Coach
Jason Garrett, who had been waiting for this opportunity for 2 years?

By laying the SMACK down on the freakin’ New York Giants, 33-20!
Yes, the Giants, who were being considered to be the best
in the NFC!

The truth is, Wade Phillips had overstayed his welcome.
You could argue that he should have been fired a few weeks ago,
like when the Cowboys were 1-4… or maybe 0-2…
You could even say he should have been canned 2 years ago.
Or never hired at all!  Whatever.

In any case, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it clear
that he expects to see things moving in a “positive direction” from this point on.

And IF Jason Garrett can get the ‘Boys to continue to play this way
in what could possibly be a meaningless season (or not! It depends on
how the other teams in the division & conference play the rest of the way),
you’d have to argue that he should get that ‘interim’ moniker removed
from his title & be the head coach.

We’ll see.

But so far, he’s off to a great start!

Next up, the feisty Lions.
Despite their record, you can never count them out!
After all, they beat the Redskins… again!!  (YES!)

I just wish that their division opponents
(NFC North Bears, Vikings & Packers)
had been able to do the same thing…but NO!
Those bastards had to BEAT the Cowboys
and LOSE to the ‘Skins.  WTF?

Ok.  I feel better now.
Thanks for letting me rant.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled day.

Now go have some more coffee & read the Job Openings,
Wade Phillips.

Until next Sunday,

Tony

A Cowboy Living Behind Enemy Lines

I’ve lived all over the place.

I’ve traveled to Europe, South & Central America, and the Caribbean.

But for some strange reason, I keep coming back to the East Coast.
The Washington, D.C. Metro area, specifically.

In 2009, I sold my house of 12 years in University Park, MD (near College Park-Go Terps!)
took my sons & moved in with my girlfriend in Reston, VA.

I love it here!  We get the 4 seasons (HATE the winter, though),
the schools are the best in the country, and the people are nice.
Oh, and there’s lots of cool stuff to do here.

There’s Just ONE Slight Problem…

It’s REDSKINS territory!

Why should that matter?
UUuhhhhhhh… because I’m a die-hard DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!!
The DEADskins are our sworn enemy.
That’s why.

Before we moved here, my girl lived in Ashburn, VA.
And if you know anything about the stinkin’ Skins,
you’d know that that’s where their training facility is!

Around December 2008, I think it was, we were driving by the facility,
known as Redskins Park, and saw that the gate was open.

My girlfriend & I each had our sons with us, so we thought it would be cool
to at least drive in & check it out.
Even though it was the ‘Skins compound, it was still a Professional Football Facility.
…Although the ‘Skins were coached by Jim Zorn at the time & wound up finishing
the season 4-12, so one might argue about the “professional” part.   hahaha.

As we drove in to the compound, we were surprised to notice the lack of cars
in the parking lot.  This encouraged us, so I parked & got everyone to get out so that we could take a look around.

Except for a couple of assistant coaches terribly kicking punts to each other, the practice fields were empty.

It was freezing cold outside, so we started running around a little bit to keep us warm…
And to get a feel of the artificial turf we were standing on.

I hadn’t been on a football field in a few years, and as I began moving around to stay warm, I started to feel a little bit of the rush I used to get back in my playing days.

And then I noticed the Redskins Emblem in the middle of the field.

In an instant, a thought & a feeling hit me at the same time.
I knew what I had to do.

Everyone else was far away from me, doing their own thing.
I casually walked over to this despised emblem – the symbol of my enemy.
I squatted to one knee… Not to pray, but to make what I was about to do not so obvious.

I peed right there in the middle of the field – right on the ‘helmet’
colored in to the turf that represented my team’s archenemy.

I know it was wrong.  And I don’t think I’d do it again.
But for 30 glorious (and relaxing) seconds, I felt happy there in the freezing cold.

I had successfully gone behind enemy lines & marked my territory!

Shortly after that, an old guy who was the security guard for the compound politely came over and reminded us that this was private property, and we’d have to go now.
I noticed that the assistant coaches on the other field were staring at us.

I told him that it was no problem, and thanks for letting us look around a little while.
And then we get back in to the car, turned on the heater full blast & left.

So now, as a new season begins, and my Cowboys are starting it off by sucking
at a lousy 0-2, including an opening-day loss to the afore-mentioned ‘Skins,
I can at least take some small satisfaction that one day, a couple years ago,
I pissed on the Redskins Practice Field in Ashburn, VA.  Right on the emblem.

And somehow, that makes me feel a little bit better about things.

Go Cowboys!!