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.”
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.