Smell The Roses

At some point in the future, the Dallas Cowboys are going to bring home another Lombardi or two. Whether that happens with this generation of players or the next...well, that remains to be seen. And when it does happen, there will be riots in the streets, mass hysteria and all-around general chaos instigated by the legions of haters circling the globe.

That's OK. Let the degenerates spout their bile and fling their rhetoric. When we are sporting another ring, we can look them in the eye and smile. Smile at their pathetic attempts to quell our jubulation. Smile at the hatred and jealousy that seeps from their every pore. Smile at their downright silliness. Because in the end, when the shoulder pads are locked away...when the whirlpool goes still...when the weight room is dark, the only light that really matters, is the one illuminating the trophy case.

For a couple of months, anyway...

Then the process begins again and we're one of 32 teams striving to reach that one, seemingly uattainable, goal. That's what it boils down to. An entire year of struggle for a few minutes of glory. I've never viewed Super Bowl victories as much more than that---in the short term. When those wins are a mile back in the rearview mirror, we take a nostalgic trip every once in a while and dust them off. We do this to gloat at someone else's historical ineptitude or to just relive what we remembered as the "good times". Either way, counting trophies and re-examining the campaigns that led to them is how we relive the moments that shape our love for the Cowboys. But pining for the past and hoping for the future should not encompass who we are.

We are fans of the Dallas Cowboys. And right now, we're priviledged to be witness to the beginning of an exciting new era. Revel in it.

In football, as in life, we spend an exhuberant amount of time looking to the future and rehashing the past. 'Time' being the operative word. The most important 'time' in every aspect of our lives is right now. Today. This minute. It's the only part of this fleeting existence with which we have any control. Embrace it. Don't let the craziness of everyday life make you lose sight of why we are here. Family, friends and the complete and utter joy of football.

As I stated before, we could be seeing the start of something special. And that's what our focus should be on. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. Or next week. Or next year. And, quite frankly, I don't care. When tomorrow becomes today, then it's relevance will be made clear. Until that moment, I'm content to savor the juices of what the present has to offer. And what it has to offer in regards to Dallas Cowboys football, is an exciting team with a plethora of talented veterans and a stable of dynamic youngsters eager to make their mark. Add an energetic young coach whose reputation for innovation, coupled with a refreshingly tough approach to team organization and discipline, and we have the formula for what could be a long run of success. And we are lucky enough to experience it firsthand.

Knowing what we know now, imagine, just for a moment, what it would have been like to be around in the early 1960's. How much would it be worth to you to watch Tom Landry take a bunch of expansion scrubs, and with nothing more than a belief in himself and the systems he created, turn them into one of the most successful franchises in sports history? At that moment in time, whether they knew it or not---probably not---those fans of the young Cowboys had the best seat in the house. And the sad part of it is, all they probably remember is one losing season after another. How unfortunate. I can't find it in my heart to blame them, though. Hindsight and all.

That brings us to today. We are afforded the opportunity to, hopefully, become a part of the same process. Firsthand, we're watching Jason Garrett mold the tattered ruins of what Wade Phillips left behind, into what could be our next---dare I say---dynasty. Now, before I go any further, I know some of you are going to get wadded up about me comparing Garrett to Landry. Tough. Get over it. Because from my point of view, the similarities are remarkable. Intelligent. Disciplinarian. Goal-oriented. Annoyingly stoic. Creative. Confident. Who am I describing? Could be either one. Even the way Garrett stands on the sidelines reminds me of Landry. Arms folded across his chest, fingers resting on his cheek, deep in thought. It's scary.

Don't get me wrong. I am in no way suggesting that Garrett will have the same level of success as Landry. A twenty-nine year tenure and twenty consecutive winning seasons is simply not realistic in today's NFL. What I am saying is, Coach Garrett has the qualities and strengths to carve his own niche in team history. And we are, right now, in the perfect position to absorb every detail of that journey.

My point is really quite simple. Everyone of us is dying to see how this season unfolds. Where will the Dallas Cowboys be next February? Prancing around hoisting a Lombardi? Or back home trying to figure a way to hoist the thing in 2014? Doesn't matter. Believe it or not, next February will be here quicker than you think. A snap of the fingers and...Well, you understand. Obsessing over what'll happen in six months, will only make you lose sight of what's in front of you right now.

I'm not just talking about football. Trying real hard not to get sappy. But when I look around and see how fast the world is moving, it gives me pause. Like everyone, there are things I have taken for granted in the past. Experiences I've brushed off out of disinterest. Family and friends I've ignored because I just didn't have the time. Some too embaressing to mention. Others I'm too ashamed to admit. All because I couldn't see fit to stop and smell the roses.

Do me a favor...Do yourself a favor, and enjoy the moment. Once it's gone, you'll never get it back.

See you soon, brother

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