We have officially made it through another off-season boys and girls! Even though the start of training camp happened back on July 23, I never really feel like football is back until Hall of Fame weekend and the kickoff of the preseason. This year’s crop of inductees into football’s most exclusive club had no Cowboys, but the week, both in Canton and around the league gave Cowboys Nation plenty to talk about. Here are a few random ramblings from The Ranch and beyond…
Just because no gold jackets came the Cowboys way didn’t mean Dallas was entirely forgotten in Canton. During his induction speech, former Cardinals corner Aeneas Williams made mention of how his besting of fellow Hall of Famer Michael Irvin might have had an impact on the Cowboys change of address. His comments about how his slowing down Irvin might have made Mr. Jones and Company think that God had stopped watching His team through Texas Stadium’s vaunted hole in the roof brought a belly laugh from Irvin. It was a lighthearted jab at #88 that provided a nice moment between the two former combatants.
Yet another year has gone by without the induction of the original #88, Drew Pearson, into the Hall of Fame. After Pearson was finally recognized with inclusion into Dallas’ Ring of Honor, this Cowboys fan was hoping that the NFL would take notice and give Pearson the props he deserves. Not only was he on the receiving end of one of the most famous plays in league history, the Hail Mary, but his ability to perform best in crucial situations throughout his career should make him a sure bet for induction…what gives?
Training camp wasn’t even a week old before the first shot at the Cowboys was fired from the city with a cracked bell and a bad attitude when NFC East foe LeSean McCoy proclaimed “I own Dallas.” It didn’t take long for the quote to make it to The Ranch and probably onto the Cowboys bulletin board. Hopefully it will provide some incentive to make turkeys out of McCoy and the rest of the Eagles when they visit AT&T Stadium for a Thanksgiving Day match up.
In keeping with his policy of creating a little bulletin board material of his own, our illustrious owner saw fit to include vouchers for playoff tickets in the Cowboys season ticket holder package. Although the move was quickly downplayed as something that will be more commonplace for NFL teams out of convenience for ticket buyers, it was seen by some as getting the proverbial cart before the horse.
A tussle broke out at the Cowboys blue/white scrimmage between wide receiver Dez Bryant and safety J.J. Wilcox Sunday. On closer inspection the alternation more closely resembled a hissy fit but anything that will light a fire under the Dallas defense is okay by me. The defense was more successful in stopping the Cowboys vaunted offense, which is good news for everyone who is holding their breath after the 2013 defensive debacle of a season.
As we head into Thursday’s first preseason game against San Diego a good deal of attention will be on the Cowboys ground attack, the defensive front and, of course, the secondary. For those who are playing for a spot on this year’s roster it will be a nail biter, but for the rest of us it will be the first chance to say, with no pressure and no pillow throwing, Go Cowboys!