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Romo to Play One Quarter This Week, Sans Top Receivers and Tackles

Here’s the word on the street:

— Tony Romo will play one quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, though he will be without starting tackles Flozell Adams and Marc Columbo as well as receivers Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens. (Dallas Morning News).
— Owens had an MRI on his back, but it came back negative. He is listed as day-to-day. (Yahoo).
–Glenn will miss at least two weeks of practice after undergoing an MRI on his knee. (Sports Network).
–Priest Holmes has expressed interest in playing for the Cowboys if the Chiefs don’t want him. (Yahoo)

Video: Michael Irvin’s Hall of Fame Induction

Here is a video clip of Michael Irvin’s induction into the Hall of Fame, including Jerry Jones’ introduction and Irvin’s speech itself.


Michael Irvin HOF Ceremony

[tags]Michael Irvin, video, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones[/tags]

You Want Evidence of an Anti-Cowboy Bias?

Four members of the 1970s version of the St. Louis Cardinals were named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1970s. Certainly a talented bunch for their time– just never mind the fact that St. Louis only managed four winning seasons and two playoff appearances in the decade. With the induction of Roger Wehrli to the Hall of Fame this weekend, three of those four players are now in the Hall of Fame. The other player was kicker Jim Bakken.

How ’bout them Cowboys? This team had ten winning seasons, nine playoff appearances, five Super Bowl appearances, and two Super Bowl wins in the 1970s. Six members of the team were named to the All-Decade team. Only three have made it into the Hall of Fame. Here is a list of the All-Decade team of the 1970s, with the team(s) on which each player was a member and an indication of whether the player has made the Hall of Fame:


Offense
Quarterbacks
Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders No
Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys Yes
Running Backs
Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Yes
Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Walter Payton Chicago Bears Yes
O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills Yes
Wide Receivers
Harold Carmichael Philadelphia Eagles No
Drew Pearson Dallas Cowboys No
Lynn Swann Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Paul Warfield Miami Dolphins Yes
Tight Ends
Dave Casper Oakland Raiders Yes
Charlie Sanders Detroit Lions Yes
Tackles
Dan Dierdorf St. Louis Cardinals Yes
Art Shell Oakland Raiders Yes
Rayfield Wright Dallas Cowboys Yes
Ron Yary Minnesota Vikings Yes
Guards
Joe DeLamielleure Buffalo Bills Yes
John Hannah New England Patriots Yes
Larry Little Miami Dolphins Yes
Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders Yes
Centers
Jim Langer Miami Dolphins Yes
Mike Webster Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Defense
Defensive Ends
Carl Eller Minnesota Vikings Yes
Seattle Seahawks  
L.C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steelers No
Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys No
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams Yes
Defensive Tackles
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys Yes
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams Yes
Alan Page Minnesota Vikings Yes
Linebackers
Bobby Bell Kansas City Chiefs Yes
Robert Brazile Houston Oilers No
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Yes
Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Ted Hendricks Baltimore Colts Yes
Green Bay Packers
Oakland Raiders
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
Cornerbacks
Willie Brown Oakland Raiders Yes
Jimmy Johnson San Francisco 49ers Yes
Roger Wehrli St. Louis Cardinals Yes
Louis Wright Denver Broncos No
Safeties
Dick Anderson Miami Dolphins Yes
Cliff Harris Dallas Cowboys No
Ken Houston Houston Oilers Yes
Washington Redskins
Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals Yes
Special Teams
Kickers    
Jim Bakken St. Louis Cardinals No
Garo Yepremian Miami Dolphins No
Punter
Ray Guy Oakland Raiders No

 

Here is another table showing the percentage of All-Decade members who are also in the Hall of Fame, organized by team:

Team 70s Team Hall of Famers Pct.
Baltimore Colts 1 1 100.00%
Buffalo Bills 2 2 100.00%
Chicago Bears 2 2 100.00%
Detroit Lions 1 1 100.00%
Green Bay Packers 1 1 100.00%
Kansas City Chiefs 1 1 100.00%
Los Angeles Rams 2 2 100.00%
Minnesota Vikings 3 3 100.00%
New England Patriots 1 1 100.00%
San Francisco 49ers 1 1 100.00%
Seattle Seahawks 1 1 100.00%
Washington Redskins 1 1 100.00%
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 87.50%
Miami Dolphins 5 4 80.00%
St. Louis Cardinals 4 3 75.00%
Oakland Raiders 7 5 71.42%
Houston Oilers 3 2 66.67%
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 50.00%
Denver Broncos 1 0 0.00%
Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0.00%

 

I am more than a little bit happy that Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Rayfield Wright made it into the Hall of Fame, but those other three deserve to be there. Unfortunately, the voters’ love for those losers that were the Cardinals may give Bakken a better chance than the three who should be there. Shameful.

[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame[/tags]

A Look at Michael Irvin’s Statistics

Michael Irvin will be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. It is a great day to be a Cowboys fan, for Irvin was the heart and soul of the team in the 1990s.

Others, including all of the newspapers, have posted stories on Irvin. Links to several of those appear at the bottom of this post. This piece focuses on Irvin’s career stats.

Profile

Height: 6’2
Weight: 207
College: Miami (FL)
Birth: March 5, 1966

Acquired by Dallas: Drafted in round 1 by the Cowboys in 1988.
Pro Bowl selections: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.
Member of the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Records

The website of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has a complete list of Irvin’s NFL and team records. The list below includes records that Irvin held at the time of his retirement.

NFL Records

Most Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 11 (1995)
Most Consecutive Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 7 (tied) (1995)

Team Regular Season Records

Most Seasons Leading Team, Receptions – 8
Most Consecutive Seasons Leading Team, Receptions – 8
Most Receptions, Career – 750
Most Receptions, Season – 111 (1995)
Most Consecutive Games With Reception – 117 (1990-1998)
Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions – 8
Most Yards Gained Receiving, Career – 11,904
Most Yards Gained Receiving, Season – 1,603 (1995)
Most Seasons 1,000 or More Yards Receiving – 7
Most Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 47
Most Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 11 (1995)
Most Consecutive Games 100 or More Yards Receiving – 7 (1995)
Most Seasons Leading Team Receiving Yards – 8 (tied)
Most Consecutive Seasons Leading Team Receiving Yards – 8 (tied)

Team Post-Season Records

Most Receptions, Career – 87
Most Receptions, Game – 12 (at San Francisco, Jan. 15, 1995)
Most Yards Receiving, Career – 1,315
Most Yards Receiving, Game – 192 (at San Francisco, Jan. 15, 1995)
Most Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 6
Most Touchdowns Receiving, Career – 8 (tied)
Most Consecutive Games, Touchdowns Receiving – 3 (tied)

Season-By-Season Statistics

Year Rec. Yards Ave. TD
1988 32 654 20.4 5
1989 26 378 14.5 2
1990 20 413 20.6 5
1991 93 1523 16.4 8
1992 78 1396 17.9 7
1993 88 1330 15.1 7
1994 79 1241 15.7 6
1995 111 1603 14.4 10
1996 64 962 15 2
1997 75 1180 15.7 9
1998 74 1057 14.3 1
1999 10 167 16.7 3
Career 750 11904 15.9 65

Post-Season Performances

Date Opponent Result Rec. Yards Ave. TD
12/29/1991 Chicago W 17-13 4 83 20.8 0
1/5/1992 Detroit L 6-38 5 84 16.8 0
1/10/1993 Philadelphia W 34-10 6 88 14.7 0
1/17/1993 San Francisco W 30-20 6 86 14.3 0
1/23/1993 Buffalo W 52-17 6 114 19.0 2
1/16/1994 Green Bay W 27-17 9 126 14.0 1
1/23/1994 San Francisco W 38-21 2 23 11.5 0
1/30/1994 Buffalo W 30-13 5 66 13.2 0
1/8/1995 Green Bay W 35-9 6 111 18.5 0
1/15/1995 San Francisco L 28-38 12 192 16.0 2
1/7/1996 Philadelphia W 30-11 1 9 9.0 1
1/14/1996 Green Bay W 38-27 7 100 14.3 2
1/28/1996 Pittsburgh W 27-17 5 75 15.0 0
12/28/1996 Minnesota W 40-15 8 103 12.9 0
1/5/1997 Carolina L 17-26 1 22 22.0 0
1/2/1999 Arizona L 7-20 4 32 8.0 0

100-Yard Receiving Performances, Regular Season

The table below includes all of the games in which Irvin surpassed 100 receiving yards.

Date Yards Opponent Result Score
12/11/1988 149 Washington Redskins W 24-17
9/17/1989 115 Atlanta Falcons L 21-27
9/1/1991 123 Cleveland Browns W 26-14
10/13/1991 148 Cincinnati Bengals W 20-17
10/27/1991 143 Detroit Lions L 10-34
11/24/1991 130 Washington Redskins W 24-21
11/28/1991 157 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20-10
12/8/1991 101 New Orleans Saints W 23-14
12/22/1991 169 Atlanta Falcons W 31-27
9/20/1992 210 Phoenix Cardinals W 31-20
10/5/1992 105 Philadelphia Eagles L 7-31
10/11/1992 113 Seattle Seahawks W 27-0
11/8/1992 114 Detroit Lions W 37-3
11/15/1992 168 L.A. Rams L 23-27
12/13/1992 105 Washington Redskins L 17-20
9/12/1993 115 Buffalo Bills L 10-13
10/3/1993 155 Green Bay Packers W 36-14
10/10/1993 112 Indianapolis Colts W 27-3
10/17/1993 168 San Francisco 49ers W 26-17
12/12/1993 125 Minnesota Vikings W 37-20
9/4/1994 139 Pittsburgh Steelers W 26-9
10/9/1994 136 Arizona Cardinals W 38-3
10/23/1994 115 Arizona Cardinals W 28-21
11/7/1994 118 New York Giants W 38-10
12/4/1994 117 Philadelphia Eagles W 31-19
9/4/1995 109 New York Giants W 35-0
9/17/1995 107 Minnesota Vikings W 23-17
9/24/1995 105 Arizona Cardinals W 34-20
10/1/1995 105 Washington Redskins L 23-27
10/8/1995 150 Green Bay Packers W 34-24
10/15/1995 103 San Diego Chargers W 23-9
10/29/1995 135 Atlanta Falcons W 28-13
11/6/1995 115 Philadelphia Eagles W 34-12
11/19/1995 109 Oakland Raiders W 34-21
11/23/1995 121 Kansas City Chiefs W 24-12
12/3/1995 101 Washington Redskins L 17-24
10/20/1996 119 Atlanta Falcons W 32-28
10/27/1996 186 Miami Dolphins W 29-10
12/8/1996 198 Arizona Cardinals W 10-6
8/31/1997 153 Pittsburgh Steelers W 37-7
9/28/1997 105 Chicago Bears W 27-3
11/27/1997 118 Tennessee Oilers L 14-27
12/14/1997 117 Cincinnati Bengals L 24-31
9/6/1998 119 Arizona Cardinals W 38-10
10/11/1998 146 Carolina Panthers W 27-20
11/26/1998 137 Minnesota Vikings L 36-46
9/12/1999 122 Washington Redskins W 41-35

 

Here are a few of the better stories:

Michael Irvin: Hall of Fame (Blogging the Boys)
Irvin Finally Receives His Due (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Irvin Had the Gift of Grab (Dallas Morning News)
Awe Struck (DallasCowboys.com)
Michael Irvin-The Lionhearted Gazelle (The Boys Blog)
The Greatest Wide Receiver Ever to Wear the Star (Lone Star Struck)

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Michael Irvin, Hall of Fame[/tags]

Chuck Howley Makes the Hall of Awesome!

The folks at Cold, Hard Football Facts have announced the formation of the Hall of Awesome, which features players who have not made the Hall of Fame but who should be in it. While Cowboys fans feel as if our players do not get the credit of, say, the 49ers or Steelers, at least we got one player from the CHFF Hall of Awesome: Chuck Howley.

Most casual fans who know Howley’s name remember that he is the only player in Super Bowl history to be named MVP while playing for a losing team (Super Bowl V). He also had a very memorable interception in the Cowboys’ win in Super Bowl VI the following year. He finished his career with 25 interceptions and also had 17 fumble recoveries. He was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 1976.

Here is more from CCFF:

Cold, Hard Football Facts: Played 13 seasons for the Cowboys. From 1964-1973, Howley and the Cowboys had scoring defenses in the top seven league-wide. Made six Pro Bowls during that run. Was MVP for losing Cowboys in Super Bowl V. Tom Landry called him the best linebacker he’d ever seen.

Why he’s in the Hall of Awesome: Look at that picture. He reeks of Awesomeness. With that chisled jaw, all of his success, all of those years in the league for a high-profile team, how can that guy not be in Canton? Oh, right. He played defense. There aren’t many stats to judge Howley by, but the ones we have are pretty remarkable. In two Super Bowls, he picked off three passes and recovered a fumble. He was the No. 2 man behind Bob Lilly on the Dallas defense and one of the great speed rushers of his era.

Reasons he’s not in the “real” Hall: He didn’t make the all-1960s team. Why, we’re not sure – he was consensus all-NFL in 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1970. Perhaps the problem was that OLBs didn’t get the respect that the great middle men did – Green Bay’s Dave Robinson, who made the all-decade team, is also not in the Hall. Also, he was out of the league as a first-round washout before the expansion Cowboys took a chance on him and made him into an All-Pro.

Chances that he’ll be “promoted” to Canton: 10 percent. Trusting the Veterans Committee is a mistake (hello, Charlie Sanders!), but we’d like to think they’ll see the light on Howley, one of the first inductees into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

The final word: Howley was a happy-go-lucky hick with incredible wheels and a knack for the big game. He’d have been a legend in baseball, but he came of age in an NFL that was still looking for exposure, and his crowd-pleasing plays were missed by most. He has everything a Hall of Famer is supposed to have: a long, decorated career, a key role on a great team, and shining moments on the game’s biggest stage.

Other players on the list include:

* QB Ken Anderson (Cincinnati)
* S Steve Atwater (Denver, N.Y. Jets)
* RB Roger Craig (San Francisco, L.A. Raiders, Minnesota)
* DE Richard Dent (Chicago, several others)
* DT Alex Karras (Detroit)
* G Jerry Kramer (Green Bay)
* DT Big Daddy Lipscomb (L.A. Rams, Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
* G Randall McDaniel (Minnesota, Tampa Bay)
* Ed and Steve Sabol (NFL Films)
* LB Derrick Thomas (Kansas City)
* LB Andre Tippet (New England)
* T Gary Zimmerman (Minnesota, Denver).

At least three players (and yes, there are even more, but first things first) from the Cowboys who merit consideration for this:

(1) Harvey Martin: He was the sack master before the NFL kept official statistics on sacks. In 1977, he recorded 23 sacks in just 14 games and was named the NFL’s defensive player of the year, as well as co-MVP of the Super Bowl. He was also named to the All-Decade team of the 1970s. He was never enshrined in either the Ring of Honor or the Hall of Fame.

(2) Cliff Harris: “Captain Crash” was another member of the All-Decade team of the 1970s. He was a six-time Pro Bowlers with 29 career interceptions. The Cowboys finally enshrined him in the Ring of Honor in 2004.

(3) Drew Pearson: Yet another member of the All-Decade team for the 1970s, Pearson is often overlooked by those outside of the Cowboys because his statistics do not compare well with those who played in a more pass-friendly league. Nevertheless, no highlight film from the 1970s is complete without at least one clip of Pearson (usually the Hail Mary, but there were many more). He finished his career with 489 receptions for 7822 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Team Record Against the Spread: A 15-Year Review

For those who participate in pick’em games, such as ESPN’s Pigskin Pick’em (my personal favorite), or for those who bet on Cowboys games, below is a look at the Cowboys’ record against the spread during the past fifteen years, including regular season and playoff games.

What you will most likely learn from this is that taking the Cowboys is about as much of a toss-up as anything on which you could place a bet. Between 1992 and 2006, the Cowboys’ overall record was 143-114, for a .556 winning percentage. The team’s record against the spread was nearly .500, at 124-124-9. During the past five years, where the Cowboys have been less competitive than they were in the 1990s, the team had an overall record of 39-43 (.476 winning percentage). The team still had nearly a .500 winning percentage against the spread during this time, going 39-39-4.

The information in this table is based on a several sources. The records against the spread sometimes differ from source to source, due to changes in the point spread that take place during the weeks of the games.

Year Games Straight vs. Spread
1992 19 16-3 14-5
1993 19 15-4 11-8
1994 18 13-5 9-9
1995 19 15-4 9-9-1
1996 18 11-7 8-10
1997 16 6-10 3-11-2
1998 17 10-7 8-8-1
1999 17 8-9 8-9
2000 16 5-11 7-8-1
2001 16 5-11 8-8
2002 16 5-11 7-8-1
2003 17 10-7 9-7-1
2004 16 6-10 7-9
2005 16 9-7 7-7-2
2006 17 9-8 9-8
Total 257 143-114 124-124-9

 

Later this week, I will have a more detailed summary of the Cowboys’ performance against the spread during the 2006 season.

Injuries at WR a Concern, but Potential Stars Are Emerging

One of the big concerns this season is the health of the Cowboys’ receivers, especially those named Owens, Glenn, and Witten. Now that Terry Glenn has had surgery on his knee, and Owens has missed a practice with a hamstring injury, that concern could grow. However, it appears that Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, and Miles Austin have stepped it up a notch in practice, which could eliminate some fears
heading into the season.

Those three are not the only ones who have drawn praise. Todd Archer today reported that TE Anthony Fasano, LB Bobby Carpenter, S Keith Davis, and CB Joey Thomas have all impressed coaches during training camp.

A Look Back: Timmy Newsome in 1982 (with Video)

It is not often that you see a Timmy Newsome highlight clip, but a poster named OSUISCOOL put up this one from the 1982 season. It shows a 43-yard touchdown reception from Danny White in the second quarter of a Monday Night Football game on December 13, 1982. Dallas won the game 37-7 to improve its record to 5-1 in the strike-shortened season. Newsome played more than normal in this game because of a shoulder injury that Tony Dorsett suffered in the first half.

A few more interesting tidbits:

This was the fourth of five consecutive wins for Dallas that took place after the strike ended. Dallas beat New Orleans 21-7 in the following week, but then lost back-to-back games to Philadelphia and Minnesota to finish 6-3. More tidbids from the Dallas Morning News article:

• Danny White was near perfect, hitting 21 of 27 for 279 yards and three touchdowns (he has 13 for the season). At one point. White hit 10 passes in a row. Over the last two weeks White is 42 for 56 for 495 yards.

• [Butch] Johnson had two touchdown catches for the first time in his career – his first two of this season – and with it got to debut the new improved version of the California Quake.

• [Rafael] Septien had three field goals, doubling his output of the first five games, and his 53-yarder with 3:34 remaining in the game was the longest of his 6-year career.

• Backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom, in his third year, completed the first pass of his career when he connected with Doug Donley (it was his first catch of the season) with 11:15 left.

• The defense limited Earl Campbell to 17 yards on seven carries … and the Oilers to 44 yards on the ground. Archie Manning hit only 12 of 33 passes.

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, videos, highlights [/tags]

100-Yard Receiving Games in a Career

This is the last of my lists of 100-yard receiving games. This one shows the total number of 100-yard receiving games that each player has had in team history, along with the team’s record in those games. As was the case with 100-yard games in a season, Michael Irvin dominates this category with a total of 47 games in which he passed the century mark.

A total of 41 players have achieved this accomplishment in team history. This includes six tight ends (Lee Folkins, Doug Cosbie, Jay Novacek, Billy Joe Dupree, and Jason Witten, as well as Frank Clarke, who played both tight end and flanker) and fight running backs (Dan Reeves, Herschel Walker, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, and Ron Springs). No real surprises, though you might note that Clarke and Lance Rentzel are pretty high on the list.


Name No. Team Record %
Irvin, Michael 47 36-11 76.60%
Hill, Tony 26 17-9 65.38%
Hayes, Bob 23 18-5 78.26%
Pearson, Drew 21 13-8 61.90%
Clarke, Frank 12 4-6-2 33.33%
Rentzel, Lance 12 10-2 83.33%
Glenn, Terry 9 5-4 55.56%
Galloway, Joey 6 4-2 66.67%
Harper, Alvin 6 4-2 66.67%
Howton, Billy 5 1-4 20.00%
Ismail, Rocket 5 4-1 80.00%
Cosbie, Doug 4 2-2 50.00%
Novacek, Jay 4 1-3 25.00%
Renfro, Mike 4 2-2 50.00%
Alexander, Ray 3 1-2 33.30%
Johnson, Keyshawn 3 2-1 66.67%
McKnight, James 3 1-2 33.33%
Owens, Terrell 3 2-1 66.67%
Walker, Herschel 3 1-2 33.00%
Bryant, Antonio 2 0-2 0.00%
Donley, Doug 2 2-0 100.00%
Doran, Jim 2 0-2 0.00%
Dupree, Billy Joe 2 2-0 100.00%
Edwards, Kelvin 2 1-1 50.00%
Folkins, Lee 2 1-1 50.00%
Reeves, Dan 2 2-0 100.00%
Sellers, Ron 2 2-0 100.00%
Sherrard, Mike 2 2-0 100.00%
Smith, Emmitt 2 2-0 100.00%
Tucker, Jason 2 1-1 50.00%
Witten, Jason 2 0-2 0.00%
Mills, Ernie 1 1-0 100.00%
Burbage, Cornell 1 0-1 0.00%
Crayton, Patrick 1 1-0 100.00%
Dial, Buddy 1 1-0 100.00%
Dixon, James 1 0-1 0.00%
Dorsett, Tony 1 1-0 100.00%
Johnson, Butch 1 0-1 0.00%
Powe, Karl 1 0-1 0.00%
Springs, Ron 1 1-0 100.00%
Williams, Kevin 1 1-0 100.00%

 

[tags]Dallas Cowboys, receivers, trivia, statistics[/tags]

Congratulations to The Blue and Silver.com

Taking a short break this evening to congratulate The Blue and Silver.com for its one-year anniversary today. I am still very thankful to continue this site’s association with the forum and to be a moderator there. If you have a minute and haven’t done so, check it out.

The Blue and Silver