I used to preach this on the air a few years ago, and while I was watching the Cowboys take a victory knee last night that mantra popped back in my head:
“In the NFL, it’s not “how?” it’s “how many?””
Here is the point of that little saying. In nearly every game in this league, both teams could claim that they had the right to victory. That is why on Monday you hear people say that they weren’t beat, they beat themselves. Take the Cowboys first 3 games: They could have lost both games they won, and they should have won the game that they lost. Therefore, it is all about closing out the games. With all of the stats in this league that we all discuss and analyze, only one stat matters: Wins versus Losses.
Did you deserve to win yesterday? Yes and No. But, do you get to post another number on your “win total”? Then mission accomplished in San Francisco. Now, on to Oakland.
On to a few random thoughts:
Bledsoe through 3 games is better than anyone could have ever imagined. On the final and the most important drive of yesterday’s game, Bledsoe led the Cowboys right down the field and his stats for just that drive looked like this: 5 for 6, 72 yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 2-pt conversion. I am amazed at his performance, and he is being helped by receivers who are ready to play.
On September 21st, I wrote:
Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson demonstrated how important and crucial they really are. Glenn is a legit deep threat (as long as he stays healthy) and I swear Keyshawn catches anything thrown in his area. He is really, really money. I think the league’s hypesters are ignoring Keyshawn since his falling out with Gruden, but he is as close to Michael Irvin as you can get when it comes to fighting for a ball and demonstrating great hands.
I think I stand behind that.
Larry Allen, after squaring off against a Jose Cortez, is now being excused as this fiery competitor that just hates to lose? Since when? I remember less than 2 years ago his owner scolding him back onto the field when he took himself out and I also seem to remember the annual “I am too fat” sessions in training camp where they have to poke and prod him back into shape. Wow, what a competitor. That was a goofy decision, regardless of what Cortez said to the deep snapper, to assault him on national tv. But, Moose and Jerry were happy to stand up for him...
Bledsoe leads the offense …So much for the “bus driver” label…
"I've never seen us do so many things you'd like to take back and win in spite of ourselves," Jones said. "If you can manage to win a game like we did today, then you have to look at the positives. One of the big positives was No. 11 – I'll draw a big circle around him – because we don't win without him."
The Cowboys needed Bledsoe's 363 passing yards and three touchdowns because the game started poorly for Dallas, which didn't lead until Johnson's touchdown catch. For the second time this season, an opponent scored a touchdown on its first possession.
Dallas pulled within a point on Jason Witten's 6-yard touchdown catch, but Cortez missed the extra point attempt – the first miss of his career – after a low snap.
Allen yelled at him as he stalked back to the sideline, then shoved the kicker in the face after he responded to the criticism. Witten separated the players.
"I didn't have a problem with it. If the ball is placed on someone's helmet, you're supposed to make an extra point," Jones said. "I understand Larry's frustration. That just showed how much he cares. I wish everyone cared that much."
Winning while walking the tightrope …
For much of the last week, the Cowboys have been mad at themselves about losing a game they thought they should have won.
Well, consider the Cowboys "even" after Sunday's 34-31 comeback win against San Francisco at Monster Park.
For roughly three quarters Sunday, the Cowboys, seemingly on continual meltdown mode from last Monday's 14-13 loss to Washington, did everything they could to lose.
2 road games; 2 cities that complain about Cowboys fans …
At the end of the game there was another debacle, though not of Rattay's making. In his own stadium, operating out of the shotgun, Rattay could not hear. His team was called for a false start. The huge number of Cowboys fans in attendance were making a deafening roar to help the defense.
``I'd like the 49er fans to keep their tickets,'' Nolan said. ``That would be nice.''
Heika’s account of life on NHL benches …and yes, I don’t mind admitting I am jealous…
Dumb and Dumber rises again …
Little Rascal passes away …Butch, who we have a wacky liner from…
Fun with Uniforms …
This set of standings also checks playoff probabilities: Cool Standings.com …
RotoAuthority with 2 columns of note to Rangers fans (remember the Rangers?) Mench for Zito? …and,
Time to trade Tex? …
Packers Summary, Week 3: Loss at home to Tampa Bay. The Pack has now been reduced to having to play perfect at home to beat a team that sucked in 2004. They cannot play perfect with Favre rolling the dice way too often and turning the ball over. Yes, for the first time, I look forward to the future after:
-the firing of Mike Sherman (who should have been fired after 4th and 26 in Philly)
-the retirement of Favre (he can stay as long as he wants, but Green Day is unloading their equipment as we speak)
-the allowing of Ahman Green to sign elsewhere this off-season (he is too old to give a big contract to)
Everything works in cycles in the NFL (unless you like the Cardinals) and there is little doubt that the cycle that began in 1992 is done. Time to start another one.
Great Picture in Picture football tonight:
Tennessee at LSU, 6:30
Kansas City at Denver, 8:00