Dallas Cowboys 2013 Season Is Officially Under Way

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For those who were not aware, prior to the 1970 AFL – NFL merger the Cowboys were in the NFL East from 1961 to 1966. They won the NFL East in 1966. In 1967 the NFL renamed the Divisions putting the Cowboys in the NFL Capital Division from 1967 to 1969. The Cowboys are the only Champion of that Historic Division, as they led that Division each of those 3 seasons it existed. Only the Browns can say they swept their NFL Division those 3 seasons when the names were unique. In the AFL the Oakland Raiders also swept their 4 team Conference during those years.

The NFC East began in 1970 after that merger. The Cowboys were the inaugural NFC East Champion, and in fact won the first 2 NFC East crowns, giving them 6 straight Division titles. This ties the record of the Cleveland Browns from 1964 to 1969. In recent years the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts have come close, but fallen short of Landry’s enviable record.

Aug 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) looks on from the sideline during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.Co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

A natural progression of goals after winning the NFC East should be to win in double digits. The Cowboys have accomplished double digit win seasons 26 times. The last time was in 2009. It is time to notch #27. Obviously accomplishing these goals means making the Playoffs as well. The Cowboys have done this 29 times, and at 33-25 all time in the post season are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most post season wins all time. One thing to remember about that tie is that the Cowboys got started in 1960 and the Steelers in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have a 28 year head start to accumulate their post season wins.

Of course the Steelers have absolute bragging rights by virtue of owning 6 Lombardi trophies to our 5, and the San Francisco 49ers 5. The 49ers were in the last Super Bowl, eventually losing to the Baltimore Ravens. I am glad we don’t have to look up to them again, and can still see eye to eye with them, but I’m sick of looking up at the Steelers again. I want to see eye to eye with them again. In truth, I want to look down on them all.

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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.