Memories From Eight Dallas Cowboys Super Bowls

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The Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl. It is the goal of every season for the football team and its fans. It is where my time as a fan began, and one day where I hope it ends. I’d like nothing more than when it is time to draw my last breath on earth to have enjoyed another Super Bowl win before I go. I hope it is our 15th or better by that time, far ahead of the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots. I also hope the Philadelphia Eagles are still looking for their first.

The first football game I ever remember watching was Super Bowl V. The Dallas Cowboys were in blue, the Baltimore Colts were in white. I was six at the time and I had already decided the color blue was my favorite color. That was important to a six year old’s mind. So I was sitting on the floor in my grandpa’s living room and I was transfixed by how good the team in blue looked on his old Sylvania television. I liked the silver helmets with the blue star too. I wasn’t exactly a talkative kid back then. That changed later, now I never shut up.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys rhead coach Jason Garrett during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

My grandfather was really involved in football. For a time he played and scouted for the Green Bay Packers. Back then most of my family were Packers fans. I think I was expected to follow the family tradition and become a Packers fan myself, but that wasn’t meant to be at all. I was watching the game with my Grandpa, my Dad, and my Uncle Conrad. I remember that Johnny Unitas was not starting for the Colts. Instead it was Earl Morrall. My Grandpa said something about it that was rather negative, and I chimed in, “Well, then I am rooting for the Cowboys.”

Everyone was happy for that news, and in my six year old mind I remember thinking, “This is a good thing.” I do not remember much of the game, but I do remember at the end of it seeing Bob Lilly launch his helmet into the air out of frustration. I also remember a fumble recovered by Dallas being awarded to Baltimore. Of course I remember the controversy over whether John Mackey’s Touchdown for Baltimore should have counted or not. Mel Renfro swears he did not touch the ball. I don’t see it change trajectory, therefore I believe they got the call wrong. Mostly I remember, that was the day I became a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. It changed my life, mostly for the better, but as we all know when things go badly for our team, sometimes for the worse.

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  • Renny Mason

    Wonderful piece as always Mike. You are one of the luckiest guys I know to have experienced all 8 of our Super Bowl appearances. Every single time I meet a Steelers fan, I claim the Swann/Barnes call in the 1978 Super Bowl was bogus and the flag should have not been thrown on Barnes! To which MOST reply, “What are you talking about?” Pfft, bandwagon filth! I enjoyed this Mike!

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I experienced not only all of the Super Bowls but also the two NFL
      championship games between Dallas and Green Bay. The coaching was great in all of those games and management was also tops during the Landry days. It is sad to see what has become of the Cowboys and
      Jerry Jones is to blame for their mediocrity. After Jimmy Johnson
      left the Cowboys demise began and will never return to its glory days as
      long as Jerry Jones is the general manager. Yes, the penalty on Barnes should not have been called and it made a huge difference in the game.

  • TooHostile

    We did it Grandma! “Don’t give a shit MIkey, I’m burning in hell right now.”