I hate 100+ weather. I hate that it’s not fall. I hate that there’s no football to watch. I hate that I’ve already watched the DVR’d 2011 Cowboy games 100 times each. The 2012 NFL draft is over and the draftees have been discussed ad nauseum. Let’s have some fun and watch a few compilations of 10 greatest Dallas Cowboy moments over the past decade.
10. September 15, 2003: The much-hated New York Giants vs the Bill Parcell’s coached Dallas Cowboys in an 35-32 overtime extravaganza. The Cowboys would win the Monday night game on a Billy Cundiff field goal. Remember him? The Cowboys made the playoffs that season after a four year drought.
9. November 14, 2005: Not looking good in the final minutes against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys rallied off of a Terry Glenn touchdown pass, then followed up with a Roy Williams interception. The Cowboys won and swept Philly for the first time in seven years.
8. November 25, 2004: One of dozens of quarterbacks vying for another Cowboy super bowl win, Drew Henson, took on the Chicago Bears. After a no-show performance in the first half, Vinny Testaverde was inserted into the lineup. He and Julius Jones would lead the Cowboys to victory.
7. November 19, 2006 – Tony Romo’s Cowboy initiation began with a huge victory over the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. No less than eight quarterbacks had attempted to follow in Troy Aikman’s footsteps to no avail. Romo won this game and took on the name “Mr. November!” (technically not this game, but it would have been appropriate.)
6. December 19, 2009: Winning in New Orleans is never easy, for any team. The Saints were 13-0 and at home, they were not going to lose. But lose they did. On that day, the Cowboys would play one of the greatest games in team history.
5. November 22, 2010: I’m a fan of Jason Garrett and as long as he continues to put his foot down when it comes to Jerry Jones, own his decisions, and lead this team, I will support this hire. He came out a winner as interim head coach and beat the Detroit Lions decisively after the Wade Phillips firing. This is a turning point in Cowboy history.
4. October 11, 2009: Miles Austin debut in Kansas City started a positive series of events for the Cowboys. Stepping in for the injured Roy Williams, he made a name for himself with a two-touchdown, 246 yard spectacle. An overtime win, a four-game winning streak, and a fantastic season for Austin followed.
3. November 4, 2007: The toughest man alive, Jason Witten, took a hit by two Philadelphia Eagles defenders that knocked his helmet clear off his head. One would think he would go down. He did not and continued to run another 30 yards. The Cowboys dominated the game and Witten’s hard-headedness prevailed.
2. December 16, 2006: Wouldn’t be a top-10 countdown without a DeMarcus Ware highlight. In a game vs the Atlanta Falcons and the pre-prison days of Michael Vick, Ware highjacked a pass and ran it in for a touchdown. They beat the Falcons that day and clinched a playoff spot.
1. October 27, 2002: Despite losing to the Seattle Seahawks, history was written for Cowboy, Emmitt Smith. Breaking Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record is one of the best memories for all Cowboy fans. Smith, on that day, became the NFL all-time leading rusher.
I’m sure all of you Cowboy fans have great memories to share. Post them in the comments!