I grew up a Cowboys fan in a sea of Redskin lovers. As most of our readers know, although I was born in the southwest, 99% of my life has been spent in the Washington DC area and all of my sports fandom was developed while here. My interest in Dallas arose via Sports Illustrated covers that commemorated a great coach that had fallen on hard times.
I was a early teen baseball fan who became interested in and intrigued by the write-ups during the 1989 offseason that detailed the transition from Tom Landry to Jimmy Johnson. Suffice to say, my early indoctrination to Cowboys Nation was rewarded by the time I made it to high school. I had to suffer through a sophomore season of the Redskins winning a championship to get through Dallas going back-to-back during my junior and senior seasons.
During those years, though, I watched football by myself really. My dad was a Skins fan, but due to his job he was so worn out that we rarely watched games together. My first true moment of social Cowboys greatness didn't occur until January of 1996.
As a freshman at Hampton University, I had so suffer through the 95 championship game loss to San Francisco in a dormitory lobby and all of the smack talk that went with it. But as off-campus sophomores, we had a Super Bowl party for the ages and I got to celebrate what really wasn't an aesthetically pleasing game when I look back on it. But boy, was it awesome to live through. For my money, that was my greatest Cowboys moment, my first in a long life of being a trash-talking legend.
That moment, amongst many others of the Cowboys glorious games in the 1970's and 1990's will be featured on NFL Network during Dynasty Week, starting tomorrow evening. Here's a listing of their Cowboys-centric schedule over the next seven days.
|Monday 3/31||5pm ET||America's Game||"America's Game" - 1971 Dallas Cowboys - Re-live the story of the 1971 Dallas Cowboys through the eyes of Roger Staubach, Duane Thomas and Bob Lilly. Narrated by Martin Sheen.|
|6pm ET||SUPER BOWL HIGHLIGHTS||"Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs Miami Dolphins" - The Cowboys rushed for a record 252 yards and their defense limited the Dolphins to a low of 185 yards while not permitting a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history. Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was named MVP after passing for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns.|
|630pm ET||SOUND FX: BEST OF||"Sound FX: The Triplets" - On-field sights and sounds of the famous Dallas Cowboys "Triplets" - Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman.|
|9pm ET||A Football Life||''A Football Life'' - Tom Landry - A Football Life takes an in-depth look at the NFL's "Man in the Hat" Tom Landry who made a career of persevering and leaving a lasting legacy on the game.|
|10pm ET||NFLN SPECIAL - HOF||"Hall of Fame Documentary" - Deion Sanders: Canton Goes Primetime - An in-depth look at Deion Sanders incredible career, his legacy of winning with the Falcons, 49ers and Cowboys, the "Primetime" image and how he revolutionized the cornerback position. Featuring all new interviews with Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Andre Rison, Jerry Glanville, Ice Cube and MC Hammer.|
|Tuesday 4/1||3am ET||Top 10||"Top 10 Dallas Cowboys" - The bright lights of 'Big D' have been home to big talent like Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. NFL's Top 10 reveals the biggest star to don the star with a countdown of the Top 10 Dallas Cowboys.|
|4pm ET||Film Session||"Emmitt Smith: Run With History" - 16,727 yards - nearly a third of a marathon. For Emmitt Smith, this distance was not traversed mile by mile, but yard by yard, inch by inch in his quest to become the NFL's all-time leading rusher - a record held for 18 years by the legendary Walter Payton. An inside look at the story of Emmitt Smith's climb from Pensacola, Florida to the top of football's highest mountain.|
|5pm ET||America's Game||"America's Game" - 1977 Dallas Cowboys - Re-live the story of the 1977 Dallas Cowboys through the eyes of Charlie Waters, Tony Dorsett, Thomas Henderson and Drew Pearson. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne.|
|6pm ET||SUPER BOWL HIGHLIGHTS||"Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos" - The Cowboys defense forced 8 turnovers as they defeated the Broncos 27-10. Defensive lineman Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVP's.|
|9pm ET||A Football Life||"A Football Life" - Jimmy Johnson - A Football Life examines Jimmy Johnson, the coach who drove his teams to achieve immense success on the field, and the man who now spends his time with family, fishing in the Florida Keys and on television as a football analyst.|
|10 pm ET||NFLN Special - HOF||"My Road to Canton: Michael Irvin" - Michael Irvin virtually created the modern day persona of the NFL receiver and left a lasting legacy on the game. My Road to Canton looks at the celebrated and controversial career of the man who will always be known as the "Playmaker."|
|Wednesday 4/2||3am ET||NFL Classic Games||"NFL Classics" - 1975 NFC Divisional: Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings (12/28/1975) - The memorable Hail Mary pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson in the waning seconds capped off the Dallas Cowboys' thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Vikings in this 1975 NFC Divisional matchup|
|2pm ET||Super Bowl Classics||"Super Bowl XXVII" - Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys - Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman earned MVP honors by passing for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns leading the Cowboys to a 52-17 victory over the Bills.|
|5pm ET||America's Game||"America's Game" - 1992 Dallas Cowboys - Re-live the story of the 1992 Cowboys through the eyes of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Ken Norton Jr. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.|
|6pm ET||SUPER BOWL HIGHLIGHTS||"Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills" - Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman earned MVP honors by passing for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns leading Dallas to a 52-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills.|
|9pm ET||NFL's Greatest Games||"NFL's Greatest Games" - 1992 NFC Championship: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers - This win in the NFC Championship Game led Dallas to their first Super Bowl win of the Jimmy Johnson era. The Cowboys defeated the San Francisco 49ers.|
|Thursday 4/3||3am ET||NFL's Classic Games||"NFL Classic Games" - 1992 NFC Championship: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers (1/17/93) - Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith lead Cowboys past Steve Young, Jerry Rice and the 49ers in a changing of the guard in the NFC|
|2pm ET||NFL Classic Games||"NFL Classic Games" - Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants (1/2/94) - Cowboys overcome Emmitt Smith's separated shoulder to seize critical OT victory vs. Giants and claim NFC East title.|
|5pm ET||America's Game||"America's Game" - 1993 Dallas Cowboys - Re-live the story of the 1993 Dallas Cowboys through the eyes of Emmitt Smith, Bill Bates and Jimmy Johnson. Narrated by Ed Harris.|
|9pm ET||A Football Life||''A Football Life" - The Great Wall of Dallas - A Football Life honors perhaps the most dominant offensive line in NFL history, who paved the way for Emmitt Smith and a Dallas dynasty but suffered the pitfalls of fame and fortune along the way.|
|Friday 4/4||3am ET||NFL Classic Games||"NFL Classic Games" - Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (11/24/94) - The Cowboys score 36 points in the second half to push past the Packers despite Brett Favre's 4 TDs on 257 yards. All of Green Bay's TDs landed in the hands of WR Sterling Sharpe who had 122 yards on the day.|
|2pm ET||Super Bowl Classics||"Super Bowl Classics" - Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dallas cornerback Larry Brown intercepted 2 passes that led to 14 second-half points as the Cowboys recorded their third Super Bowl victory in four years defeating the Steelers 27-17.|
|5pm ET||America's Game||"America's Game" - 1995 Dallas Cowboys - Re-live the story of the 1995 Cowboys through the eyes of Darren Woodson, Rich Dalrymple, Daryl Johnston and Larry Brown. Narrated by Ed Harris.|
|6pm ET||SUPER BOWL HIGHLIGHTS||"Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers" - Dallas cornerback Larry Brown intercepted 2 passes that led to 14 second-half points as the Cowboys recorded their third Super Bowl victory in four years defeating the Steelers 27-17. The Cowboys are the team of the 90's decade.|
|630pm ET||SOUND FX: BEST OF||"Sound FX: Tony Romo" - On-field sights and sounds of Tony Romo's memorable NFL career.|
|Saturday 4/5||3am ET||NFL Classic Games||"NFL Classic Games" - 1995 NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (1/14/1996) - Emmitt Smith carries the Cowboys to a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Packers as Dallas scores 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points to secure a trip to Super Bowl XXX.|
Go ahead, get that DVR cranking. In the meantime, take a minute, share with us your favorite Cowboys memory in the comments section.