Aug 222015
Mike Gaechter, Dallas Cowboys great, dies at 75

I cut my teeth on Dallas Cowboys football. They were born in 1960 and I decided I just had to get into the world ASAP and did so in 1961. It was 1970 by the time my football consciousness began to really take shape. I have paid close attention to every team and every key […]

Aug 112015
Frank Gifford joins Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith in that broadcast booth in the sky

Frank Gifford, the last surviving member of the greatest broadcast team in the history of American television (and the world in general), died Sunday. He was 84 years old. Frank was preceded in death by former ABC Monday Night Football booth-mates Howard Cosell (1995) and “Dandy” Don Meredith (2010). (I wrote about Meredith’s passing here. It remains […]

Jul 292014
Of Bulldoggers and Bowling Balls: The Fullback Legacy of the Dallas Cowboys

With the recent passing of former Cowboys great Robert Newhouse, we were reminded once again about the underrated and less celebrated nature of the fullback position. History seems to prove that this overlooked job is earmarked for the less talented, non-athletic body types. Yet any perennial 1000 yard rusher will tell you these guys are indispensable to […]

Jan 272014
High Lonesome | The Dallas Cowboys are an important part of NFL history, but are they just...history?

The cowboy is perhaps the most romantic figure in American history. From gunfights at high noon to fighting off hostile Indians to cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail, the mystical cowboy with his rough-and-tumble persona, his indomitable spirit, and his simple, straightforward idea of justice, blazed the trail for westward expansion. But that was then. […]

Jan 102014
Dallas Cowboys Flashback Friday: Golden Richards

The Golden Years Golden Richards. He was the golden boy of the golden era of Dallas Cowboys football, when Cowboys were kings and America paid homage to her Team. He had the coolest name and the blondest hair. He was a blur on the football field, and the perfect complement to the great Drew Pearson. […]

Jan 032014
Jim Mora and the Top 10 Coach Rants of All Time

So, my Texas Longhorns have reportedly moved Jim Mora, Jr. to the head of the line in their search for Mack Brown’s replacement. That’s all cool and everything, especially if he promises to bring his Daddy, one of the all-time great sports ranters with him. I know Junior is his own man with his own […]

Feb 062012
For the Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XLVI is another mile marker along the Lost Highway

It has been 16 years since the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. In those sixteen years, the Cowboys have made the playoffs just seven times. In those seven playoff appearances, they have managed to win but two games. On January 1, 2012, the Cowboys needed to get one win at […]

Dec 072010
Don Meredith: The Original Dallas Cowboy Could Play

“Outlined against a gray November sky, The Four Horsemen rode again Sunday in the Cotton Bowl. You remember their names: Death, Famine, Pestilence and Meredith.” That opening line—penned by Gary Cartwright of The Dallas Times Herald some time in the 1960s, after the Dallas Cowboys and their irrepressible quarterback Don Meredith had failed to acquit […]

Dec 072010

Don Meredith was listed at 6’3″, 210 pounds, but to a growing nation of football fan, he was bigger than life. Because of him and his ABC booth partners, Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, the NFL experienced unprecedented growth during the 1970s. The game that had long labored under the giant shadow of Major League […]

Nov 172010
Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant and The Old 88s

I used to drive a fully-loaded Olds 88. (That’s insider talk for Oldsmobile 88. Wink.) I enjoy the musical stylings of the Old 97s (not to mention their nostalgic-sounding, cool-vibing name.) But for Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver and rookie of the year candidate Dez Bryant, any appreciation of team history begins with the Old 88s. […]