My colleague Peter Gorman erroneously predicted that the New York Giants would beat the Dallas Cowboys.
Sorry, Peter, but the Giants didn’t do squat. Tony Romo beat the Cowboys.
I’m always interested to see what my friend Jimbo has to say after a game. Jimbo is a Cowboys football fanatic friend of mine from East Texas and his heart and soul revolve around America’s Team. Here’s his reaction to the game, which is a tad more rose-colored than my own but pretty much in line with how I see this team:
“Well, I’m encouraged,” Jimbo said. “It was apparent to me Dallas is the better team than New York. Many have the Giants in the Super Bowl. Romo shouldn’t have too many games that bad.”
Things got off to a rocky start even before the opening kickoff. Jordin Sparks looked pretty dang sexy when she came out to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” but the audio system sucked. I’ve heard tons of complaints about poor sound during concerts at the Jerry Jones Roman Gladiator Coliseum, but you’d think Jones could hook up a basic PA system that could make one girl singing the national anthem sound decent on national TV.
Once the game started, I began wondering who would be the first athlete to score a touchdown at the new stadium during the inaugural Cowboys game. That’s bigtime bragging rights. Luckily it wasn’t a Giant.
What a thrill to see Marion Barber bust into the end zone for that historic first touchdown. And what an even bigger thrill to see Barber celebrate by throwing the ball in the air. I get so sick of seeing NFL players horde every football that they catch, intercept, or carry into the end zone so they can sell them later on eBay or wherever. I like players that score and then spike the ball into the ground or heave it into the stands.Emmitt Smith used to always take footballs to the sideline to be carefully documented and stored after every score. With 175 touchdowns to his credit, imagine the glory wall that guy’s got at home. It gets pretentious and self-obsessed after a while.
Speaking of Emmitt, the camera last night showed “The Triplets” standing together – Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin. And Smith, the youngest of them, looked the oldest by far. Aikman and Irvin looked like they could have suited up last night and won the game. Emmitt doesn’t even look like he could compete on Dancing With The Stars anymore.
Jones did a good job of choosing colors for the field. The forest green turf and the dark blue and silver end zones were perfectly color coordinated and looked great on my big screen high-def TV.
And one final feel-good thought – Roy Williams wasn’t very productive at catching the ball last night, but it seemed like every time I looked up he was enthusiastically blocking somebody downfield. The Cowboys were focused on running the ball and Williams was helping make the game plan work. Williams was shown near the end of the fourth quarter, smiling, waving his hands, and pumping up the crowd. At least he wasn’t self-obsessed, sulking, and throwing people under the bus because he didn’t get his catches on national TV.