Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, A Rivalry In Smack Talk

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In honor of the Dallas Cowboys facing the Washington Redskins next week for the NFC East Championship and the right to make the NFC Playoffs, I thought I might write a little about what was once the greatest fan rivalry of all time. It was Cowboys and Indians. It was Crazy Ray vs. Chief Zee. Way back in 1979, just like next week, the winner won the NFC East and the loser went home. For those that don’t know, Roger Staubach pulled off his greatest comeback to seal a Cowboys win. But this is about smack talk and a rivalry of two fanbases.
Over the years I have found that Washington Redskins fans like to talk smack about a couple of things. This has always cracked me up a little bit, because the things they choose to wax poetic about show an incredible lack of knowledge about the History of their own team. With the game this week being a winner take all scenario I thought a little smack back at them and destroying some of their favorite smack might be entertaining.

Okay, hopefully your interest is now piqued and you can enjoy some real facts. What are the weak attempts at smack that I speak of? Hey, I am glad you asked. The first one is about Michael Irvin and his arrest for cocaine possession. They call us the “Crack Boys” and I’ve even heard Irvin called the “Coke Machine.” I admit, that’s kind of funny. The other is about a movie called “Brokeback Mountain,” and they make references to an accusation that Troy Aikman is gay, and then they call our QB, “Tony Homo.”

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I am sure you’ve all heard these things. How about we expose the jabs for the weak little girl punches that they really are?

Let’s start with the notion that Michael Irvin is evidence that our whole team are cocaine addicts. Michael Irvin was arrested for cocaine possession in the 1996 off season. He pled nolo contendre, or no contest, to those charges. This plea means he did not plead guilty, but agrees that he knows there was enough evidence for a judge or jury to reach a guilty verdict. He never spent time in jail for it. He was fined $10,000, and was on probation for 4 years. He was also suspended for 5 games even though he never failed an NFL drug test. That’s right, he never failed one.

There have been other allegations that shadowed Irvin after this, but each time none of those allegations have materialized as being as bad as this incident. Now you can certainly disrespect Irvin’s actions, and you would be right to. He was wrong and he knows he was wrong. You heard him say so in his Hall of Fame speech.

How about we discuss a guy so addicted to cocaine that he interrupted a potential Hall of Fame career, and never got back on track? His name was Dexter Manley, and he without a doubt was one of the most disruptive Defensive Ends to ever play the game. If you like pure football talent, you liked watching Dexter Manley. Not only was he a great player, he was also engaging and fun. He also had a very dark companion; cocaine.

In 1986, a full 10 years before Michael Irvin was arrested Dexter Manley got hooked on cocaine. In fact he got hooked so bad that his drug use caused him to have a cyst on his brain that he had to have surgery on a year ago, and this has caused him to have some memory loss.

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  • Corey Butler

    This should end any Redskins trash talk before it even starts. So sorry.

  • kurumba

    Jason Garrett may have risen in stature recently but for mine there are several worrying trends that are associated with him. Firstly, I am sure all fans are stunned as to why the team FALLS BADLY BEHIND VIRTUALLY EVERY HOME GAME. Garrett has provided no explanation for this disturbing trend. If NFL games are always “so close” then constantly struggling at home means you are NOT a playoff team. Second, and closely related to this, is the continuous chant from BOTH Garrett & Romo that “games will come down to the 4th quarter”. Is this really true. Look at most of Brady’s games, Seattle of late, Green Bay of late, The Colts, The Redskins, et al they do NOT have this philosophy!!! Rather than this Garrett should guarantee wins here & there and state that some games will be dominated by the team. He never ever says this and so the chorus line spun by Garrett & Romo- every game to be close- appears to come true. Try doing 3 Hour exams and continually telling yourself that a bare pass grade will be very difficult to achieve. Well guess what this is how it will turn out – a struggle every time you enter the exam room. Third factor is the CONTINUAL SEASON ENDING INJURIES. From BOTH sides of the ball. Why does this team get so many terminating injuries??? Are the players brought in just too soft OR is the training & preparation incorrect or just bad??? Garrett has never ever satisfactorily explained this. Look at Sean Lee. Toe surgery and he’s gone forever. Look at Ray Lewis – much older and has torn chest pec muscles [a much more serious injury than a TOE!!!] Yet Lewis is set to return THIS SEASON!! What gives, is Lee too soft … is Garrett NOT HARD ENOUGH on these young players or what?? The toe is barely two inches, the chest region is over a metre. Why is Lee, a crucial player on the defense, done for 6 months or more???? The final factor is that with this “every game is close mentality” can Garrett ever be anything above a .500 coach??? I think the evidence suggests not and hence I conclude that keeping Garrett will only produce the next San Diego or Philadelphia i.e a weak mess of potato mash and scrambled eggs. If Sean Payton, who is good friends with Romo & Witten really wants to coach Dallas then I say GET HIM NOW before the train wreck happens.

  • Draft on Deck

    Demarcus Hunt DE/OLB for SMU is killing Fresno State QB tonight Str8 Beast Mode, DaDrick Rodgers & Dez Bryant n Big D coming soon ,look out Deangelo Fall!

  • Mark Goletto

    Man, you Cowboy fans are awful sensitive, are’nt you.