We’re inside of a month to August 11th which means that there is officially less than a month until we’re sitting down to watch the Dallas Cowboys play a football game. This is great news.
Of course, it’s “just” a preseason game that we’re talking about, but those are incredible. The exhibition part of the season is when roster spots are determined and on-the-bubble guys manage to earn roster spots. Plus, after making our way through the desert of the offseason, any football is welcome football.
I’ve been thinking about this lately as I’ve been in the desert... literally. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (shame on you, tsk tsk) then you likely haven’t seen that I’ve been in Israel for about a week with my family. There is an eight hour time difference from my home base in San Antonio so learning about things like Kawhi Leonard choosing to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and Russell Westbrook being traded to the Houston Rockets came at about six o’clock in the morning. It’s crazy.
There are a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans around the globe and honestly, I don’t know how you do it. I can’t imagine what it’s like having to put up with a time difference of this magnitude when it comes to watching games, streaming press conferences, or even just keeping tabs on things through the lens of Twitter. That’s some serious devotion.
What’s the greatest length you’ve gone in order to watch the Cowboys?
Chances are that we’ve all had to force a group of people whether at a wedding, family gathering, or something else of the sort to watch the Cowboys play. The realities of life are that it happens and sometimes in times out of our control. These times can include football season.
It’s often said that people in the south don’t get married during the fall so as to avoid the craziness of college football, but these are the Dallas Cowboys we’re talking about. What’s the farthest you personally have gone in order to watch them play a game?
Speaking for myself, I went to some pretty great lengths in order to watch the Cowboys host the St. Louis Rams way back in 2007. Yes, the game where Tony Romo recovered the snap that went a mile over his head and turned it into an incredible first down. What lengths did I go to, exactly? I’m so glad you asked!
2007 wasn’t exactly the stone age, but we didn’t have the technology that we did here in the super advanced and obviously unable-to-be-topped year of 2019. It was the fall of my senior year of high school and I had a part-time job at Office Depot. Guess what? Sometimes retail stores are open on Sundays. This isn’t good for a football fan.
That particular day (September 30th to be exact) I was scheduled to work from 8 am until 2 pm, this was an obvious conflict for the Cowboys game that kicked off at noon. No bueno.
Of course, I figured my best bet was to record the game and watch it later, but the thing about recording something at the time (with a VCR for those who are extremely young) was that you couldn’t just “start from the beginning” during the middle of it like you can with DVR systems now. If you wanted to watch something that was recorded it had to finish recording entirely.
Obviously, I got home from work before the game ended, so I had to have my Mom (shout out to my Mom, the real MVP) take precautionary measures. I remember that I had her drape a black towel over the TV screen so that I wouldn’t see any bit of what was happening while we finished letting the game record. About an hour later she confirmed for me that the game had ended, kindly didn’t reveal anything, and started it for me. Boom. That’s how you do it in 2007.
What about you, though? With Cowboys games starting up a month from now and rolling on throughout the rest of 2019 what are the lengths that you might have to go to? Or what are the ones that you’ve already explored?