How very Halloween: Worried about Tony Romo and the long-term plans of the franchise at the quarterback position, I looked up Chad Hutchinson's Wikipedia page on a whim. This is what I found:
He became part of a succession of short-tenured quarterbacks following the retirement of Aikman, that included Carter, Randall Cunningham, Vinnie Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Drew Henson and Clint Stoerner.
After Romo retires, will we have to face another five-year gallery of horrors before the team finds the next quarterback?
How global is the NFL? I think the NFL is deaf, dumb and blind to what is going on overseas. Sure, playing games and looking to perhaps establish a team in London is convenient because they speak the same language, but that city with a population of 13.6 million people was the first to fold its NFL Europe team.
I think the NFL will eventually have to get away from its narrow Anglo-Saxon focus. Instead of trying to establish a team in London, why not try a more international series: One game per year in Berlin, one game per year in London, one game per year in Tokyo, or Mexico City, or Rio, or somewhere. That would be a much bigger draw and would also help popularize the game globally much more than narrowly focusing on London.
Ahoooooooo. Hands down, my Song of the Week has got to be Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London." What's yours?
Who's you're favorite player? Shared this anecdote with rabblerousr the other day when we met in New York. Thought it'd be worth sharing here:
Two years ago, I attended a couple of weeks of training camp in Oxnard. At the end of one of the afternoon practice sessions, I got into a conversation with one of the Dallas Cowboys equipment guys. We talked for a while, and before long he offered to bring any player out for a short meet-and-greet with me. So he asked me, "Who's you favorite Cowboys player?"
I was stumped and couldn't come up with a name. I had never once thought about who my one single favorite player might be. To my eternal shame I eventually mumbled "Alex Tanney." The equipment guy looked at me funny, and before I could say anything else, some other fan joined the conversation and started talking about how he was "the biggest DeMarcus Ware fan ever." I quietly took my leave.
I don't know whether this is a result of being a fan so far removed (at least physically) from the game, or whether writing about the Cowboy for the last five years has put a damper on my unabashed fandom. Whatever it is, I don't think I have a single favorite player, though I do like a lot of them, but not in the I'm-your-greatest-fan, posters-in-the-bedroom kind of way. But I do know that the next time somebody asks me about my favorite player, I'll say "Jason Witten" faster than you can blink.
I promise you, I have no such qualms about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Hope springs eternal: As I was putting together today's Power Rankings post, I noticed that a lot of the rankings had the Cardinals as the number one team. I initially thought about writing something along the lines of "There's no shame in losing to the No. 1 ranked team," but then discarded that thought. Because the way the Cowboys lost was just pitiful. Yet even with that pitiful play, the Cowboys kept the game close through three quarters. Against the no. 1 ranked team. That's gotta be worth something, right?
Another Week, Another Linebacker: Sean Lee, DeVonte Holloman, Justin Durant. All out for the year, in Holloman's case, out for good. Is the linebacker corps this year's version of last year's defensive line?
Pet Cats. I keep scanning the newswires for a mention of Matt Johnson, and I secretly harbor the hope that he'll be back with the Cowboys in 2015. Pet Catism. It's real.
2,500. Sometime in the next week, I'll write my 2,500th post for Blogging the Boys since I joined the front page in February 2010. At the time, I made a list of about sixty topics that I thought I had something to write about. I was pretty sure that my stint as a writer here on BTB would come to an end once I reached the end of that list. Two and a half thousand posts later and I still haven't covered all of my original sixty story ideas. When I was called up, I wrote that I'd try to make the stuff I post here "entertaining or enlightening - and ideally a combination of both." I hope you've enjoyed at least some of the stuff I've put up over time - I know I have enjoyed writing most of it.
Fear The Star.