Dallas Cowboys 2013 Season Is Officially Under Way

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The 2013 Dallas Cowboys are now ready for launch. The pre season is over. The roster has been trimmed to 53 players. 8 players are now on the Practice Squad where they contribute to the Scout teams each week before the coming games. The season kickoff against the New York Giants is now the horizon we sail towards tomorrow night. Hank Williams Jr. for years asked us, “Are you ready for some football?” The resounding echo around Cowboys fans today is, “Hell yes.”

We should understand some things right up front about this upcoming season. First of all the Cowboys are going to lose games. Since 1972 every team has. Get used to it. Be ready for it. Don’t let a loss make you lose your mind. A loss is not a portent of doom. For 53 previous seasons the Dallas Cowboys have lost football games, and still managed to put 5 Lombardi trophies on display for the world to see and admire.

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (left) talks with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett before the game at AT

Of course to do that you have to win more games than you lose. Going into the 2013 season that is the first goal, have a winning season. For most fans winning more than losing is not enough. In Cowboys Land we ought to know better than that. We’re quite proud of 20 straight winning seasons under Tom Landry from 1966 to 1985. Did every one of those seasons entail achieving every goal for glory? Of course not, but we were proud of that accomplishment, and rightfully so. Fans should always be proud of a winning team.

The next goal is to win the Division games. We begin and end this season with a Division game sandwich. I love the switch the NFL made to the last week of the season being Divisional games. It means more is on the line, and we’re more likely to see sustained efforts to close strong rather than teams coasting to the finish line. Intertwined with winning Division games is the goal to win the Division. The Cowboys have won more Division crowns than any team in NFL History. Back in 2009 they notched #21 overall and their 17th NFC East Crown.

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  • Marion Morrison

    Please, Mike. You’re embarrassing yourself.

    And Me.

  • Liar Liar

    You know, I think instead of providing your reading audience with little tidbits of useless trivia that can be found simply by using Google, I think you should give us the reader’s digest version of each of your tales of yore that you have built up over the years on CZ and expounding on the legend that is Mike Burke (Hostile). For instance, we would like to hear again about:
    1. The time you allowed yourself to be introduced as an Army Ranger on a flight taking off shortly after 9/11 and dared anyone to hijack said flight, to the cheers of all others onboard.
    2. The time you jumped your motorcycle over a police car.
    3. How you have now managed to get others to tell the sheep on CZ that you played FB at BYU yet your name does not appear on any all-time roster. You won’t even mention talking to Steve Young or Robbie Bosco yet we get to hear about Susan the cashier at K-Mart who relies on you to walk her mother across the street or whatever. And please explain why there is no record of a Mike Burke coaching
    4. How you rented an apartment to one of the 9/11 hijackers and were interviewed by the FBI because of it.
    5. Please tell us again how Karl Malone’s mother tole you personally how she would sit on the roof of her home and provide the hoop little Karl needed to practice by encircling her arms while he rained shots down on her. The icing on the cake? She never flinched.
    6. How you were able to so accurately predict to your momma that Tony Dorsett would break a 99 yard run, and how the fern ended up on your head.
    7. Any one of your 200+ fistfights. Names can be withheld to protect the innocent.
    8. Or how about please tell us again how the CO of a soldier who was renting an apartment that you managed and how you told the CO that the wife was committing adultery and how by just going off your word, somehow managed to overstep every boundary of his authority and removed her from said apartment. Oh yeah, and how MP’s came and delivered your rent check for months thereafter. Can you tell me if they were his personal check or a government check? Inquiring minds want to know.
    9. How you got in Jim Kelly’s face in an airport and put the okey-doke on him by telling him they would lose the Super Bowl to Dallas.
    10. How you confronted Jake Plummer in a Denny’s restaurant.
    11. How your mom managed to sharpen a knife with one arm while standing over her abuser.

    That would be a great start. I’ll provide more leads. Actually no, you have provided the leads with all the stories you’ve told.

    Again, folks… this is Mike Burke in all his glory.