This is my very first post of any kind. I have been reading BTB for a couple of years and I finally decided to join a few weeks back. I'm taking the plunge here, so feel free to critique me. I'm sure to make some rookie mistakes. I very much admire and respect all of the front page writers and have learned a lot from them. I won't use a lot of numbers and charts like O.C.C., (Our Cerebral Contributor) whom I very much enjoy reading.
My own football playing experience ended forty-five years ago when I graduated high school and went on to college and a career as a telecommunications engineer. I played line backer on a team that only won three games my senior year, so my knowledge of modern football is limited to being a fan. I started following the Cowboys from their inception when I was eleven years old. They have always been, and will always be, my only team. I hardly even watch other teams except for the highlights. The Super Bowl isn't even very super to me if the Cowboys aren't in it. Enough about me. After the jump I'll get to what I really want to say.
I truly do not understand why so many so-called fans have to be so negative and hateful with their rhetoric. There are only few with BTB that strike me that way, but reading comments from the Mother Ship and other sites really perturb me. This is, after all, the United States and people are free to voice their opinions. But how can a person really be a fan and rant and rave about every thing Cowboys? I have to admit, I got a little put out with them the way they just seemed to give up last year. But if they give their maximum effort and still come up short, I'm just as proud of them as I am when they take home the Lombardi Trophy. Of all the grumbling and contentious things I read about the Cowboys, these are the ones that irk me the most:
1.) Tony Romo
He is certainly one of the very best players the Cowboys ever had at his position. A constant criticism of him is that he can't win big games. How in the %&*# is he supposed to do that on his back, or if receivers drop passes, or if the rest of the team just doesn't play up to his level. Playing golf, or dating Jessica Simpson certainly doesn't cause the Cowboys to lose games.
2.) Anthony Spencer
No, he doesn't get a lot of sacks. His position isn't geared to get a lot of sacks. How many big runs have you seen around his side? I don't even remember one. I dare to say if he did get a lot of sacks, there would be a lot of outside runs around his side.
3.) Draft Picks
Not by any means an exact science. A lot of players look good against inferior talent. As I've read here frequently, it's hard to give up "Pet Cats"
4.) Play Selection
All plays work with proper execution. Can't blame that one on the coaches.
5.) Jerry Jones
I too, was upset about the way the firing of Tom Landry was handled. But it was time for him to go. He had been around long enough for the rest of the league to figure him out. I noticed the same thing about Bill Parcells. That, to me, is the fallacy in hiring older, so-called proven coaches. Besides, Jerry has the gold so he makes the rules.
Now all the things listed above are far from perfect. That's life. Life is dynamic, not static. I am taken back to the movie, Kelly's Heroes, and the character Odd Job. "What's with all the negative waves?" So come on folks, this is the team we have, with the coaches we have, and the season we have. Let's get behind our team.