The music cues up and you see the city of Dallas from the view of a helicopter. You then see the beautiful Dallas skyline followed by the different panels showing the many facets of the city. One of those panels was a brief showing of Texas Stadium from the top view to show through the hole in the roof, usually about that time I disappeared as I didn’t care as a kid about the rest of the show. I just wanted to see Texas Stadium as the show, “Dallas”, began filming in 1978. The show lasted thirteen seasons, ending in 1991. In 1996, Dallas returned as series of made-for-tv-movie, starting with the debut of “Dallas: JR Returns.” On June 13, 2012 the series makes its return to television on TNT, giving Dallas fans everywhere a re-boot of a long, loved series.
What does this have to do with the Dallas Cowboys? As you noticed, I made sure to give you the years that the show began. Apparently, having the Dallas series does the Dallas Cowboys some good. Let’s check our Super Bowl history and compare the dates I mentioned, shall we?
1978- The series Dallas debuted as Larry Hagman debuts as JR Ewing
1978- The Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XII as Roger Staubach solidifies the teams claim as “America’s team”
1996- The series returns in made-for-tv-movies, led by Larry Hagman continuing his role as the one person everyone loves to hate, JR Ewing
1996- The Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX as the owner everyone loves to hate, Jerry Jones, announces to the world that he can win with any coach at the helm….even though it was with a team Jimmy Johnson built. That’s for another article though.
2012- The series returns, re-booted for a second series run as Larry Hagman leads the next generation of Ewings
2012- Perhaps a Super Bowl for the Cowboys as Jerry Jones leads the next generation of Jones’???
Coincidence, I am sure it is but being the rabid fan I am; I think our Cowboys are due for a Super Bowl just like the series deserved a return to television. Now I do realize that the Super Bowl will be in 2013, but as a fan, we can show that the series boosted the Cowboys. Perhaps it gave the players some other drama to watch rather than create their own, giving us a more disciplined team. Think about it, the Cowboys from 1978 had the most dramatic linebacker, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, the T.O. of his time on the roster. In 1996, you could write a long list of drama on the team. Starting most notably with the ring leader and owner, Jerry Jones; then of course we had Deion Sanders on the roster along with Michael Irvin. So those guys must have been tuning in or something to keep the drama levels down a little bit. Note to self: send Jerry Jones an email to put in tv monitors in each locker, locked onto the TNT channel with the new Dallas on repeat.
Joking aside, this should be a good season for all the fans of Dallas. We get to see JR Ewing on the screen once again, but also the hope of another Super Bowl from our Cowboys.