The Show, Episode 16: Gnome’s $89.95 Bailout Proposal

In this episode, Gnome pitches his proposal for an $89.95 bailout which would allow him to pay off a $59.95 charge on his Visa for new video software and would also allow him to purchase a new microphone.

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Here are the previews for tomorrow’s game:

Accuscore: Dallas 31, Washington 18

Dallas won 84% of the simulations on Accuscore by an average score of 30.7 for Dallas and 17.5 for Washington.

WhatIfSports: Dallas 28, Washington 15

The WhatIfSports simulations also heavily favored the Cowboys, as Dallas won 86.6% of those games.

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You can vote for the greatest game between the Redskins and Cowboys at Texas Stadium at the Dallas Morning News site.

A Real Challenge: Annotate This Cowboys-Redskins Video

Last year I saw the video clip I am featuring now. It provides a bunch of highlights from the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry, with clips from nearly every era except for the 1990s. It dawned on me that a real challenge would be to try to identify all of the games shown (by year, etc.) and as many of the players as possible. For some parts this wasn’t so tough, but for others, it has proven to be more of a challenge.

Here is the video:

History of the Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

My annotations so far are below. Please feel free to comment, and I will include any additions or corrections as I receive them.

Scene 1 (0:11-0:30): Opening sequence to the Monday Night Football game between Dallas and Washington in 1978. This one was pretty easy. Dallas lost 9-5.

Dallas vs. Washington, 1978

Dalals vs. Washington, 1978

There are a few shots that include stock footage from NFL Films.

Scene 2 (1:02-1:05): This shows a shot of Joe Theismann being sacked by Ed Jones. Other players in the scene were Bill Bates, Jim Jeffcoat, and Don Smerek. This one has given me trouble, but I think that this was a shot from the 1983 game that the Redskins won 31-10. I do not see the 25th Anniversary patch on the Cowboys uniforms that were worn during the 1984 season, and Bates and Jeffcoat were not around prior to 1983.

Scene 3 (1:06-1:08): Bob Lilly tackles Larry Brown in this shot, with Sonny Jurgensen handing off. The Redskins are wearing their yellow helmets with the “R” symbol rather than the crimson helmets, and the yellow helmets were only worn during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. I cannot determine which season this was, though, because all of the players I can identify (Larry Cole, George Andrie, Bob Lilly, Sonny Jurgensen, Larry Brown) played in both games.

Scene 3 of Cowboys-Redskins Video

Scene 3 of Cowboys-Redskins Video

Scene 4 (1:10-1:13): Drew Pearson apparently catches a touchdown pass in this shot. I believe this was a 53-yard score from the 1978 game at Texas Stadium. I am not sure who the defensive back is.

Scene 5 (1:14-1:21): This is a shot of Don Meredith’s 44-yard pass to Billy Howton in a 21-17 loss to Washington in 1963.

Meredith to Howton in 1963

Meredith to Howton in 1963

Scene 6 (1:24-1:27): Mel Renfro tackles #31 for the Redskins. I am not sure when this play occurred.

Scene 7 (1:27-1:30): This shot shows Roger Staubach being injured in a play where he tries to score on a run. I’ve always thought that this was from the 1974 Thanksgiving Day game, but perhaps I am wrong. The shots that follow are certainly from that game, though.

Scene 8 (1:30-1:45): There are two shots of Clint Longley hitting Billy Joe Dupree and Drew Pearson in the famous Thanksgiving Day game in 1974.

Scene 9 (1:46-1:56): This shot shows Ron Fellows picking off Joe Theismann in the opening day game in 1985 when Dallas won 44-14 (and led the Texas Stadium crowd to sing Happy Birthday to Theismann).

Scene 10 (1:57-2:00): This shot shows Theismann being blitzed by a number of Cowboys (Bill Bates, Dennis Thurman, Dexter Clinkscale). You can see the 25th Anniversary patch pretty clearly, so this must have been during the 1984 game that Washington won 30-28.

Cowboys Sack Theismann, 1984

Cowboys Sack Theismann, 1984

Scene 11 (2:00-2:01): This is a tough one. It shows #53 for the Cowboys tackling #29 for the Redskins. Given that the pants that the Cowboy player was wearing are grey instead of silver, I don’t think that this was Bob Breunig, who did not join the team until 1975 when the Cowboys had silver pants. This is more likely from the 1972 or 1973 season, and #53 at that time was a backup linebacker named John Babinecz. Anyone else think otherwise?

John Babinecz on the tackle in 1972 or 1973?

John Babinecz on the tackle in 1972 or 1973?

Scene 12 (2:01-2:06): This shot shows Charlie Waters celebrating a touchdown, which occurred in a 31-10 Dallas win in 1975. Other Cowboys in the shot: Cliff Harris (#43), Bill Gregory (#77), and Dave Edwards (#52).

Scene 13 (2:06-2:50): There are several plays from the Cowboys’ 34-16 win over the Redskins in 1977. Among the plays are Roger Staubach’s 50-yard TD pass to Golden Richards and a pass from Tony Dorsett to Drew Pearson. Both Billy Kilmer and Joe Theismann played quarterback for Washington that day.

Scene 14 (2:50-3:16): This sequence shows several plays from the Cowboys’ 31-30 come-from-behind win at Washington in the opening week of the 1983 season. Among the plays were the 75-yard and 51-yard touchdown passes from Danny White to Tony Hill.

Scene 15 (3:17-4:15): This sequence shows a series of plays from the 35-34 win at Texas Stadium in 1979, including the famous Larry Cole tackle of John Riggins and Staubach’s throw to Tony Hill to win the game.

Tony Hill vs. Washington, 1979

Tony Hill vs. Washington, 1979

Scene 16 (4:16-5:02): This part shows some out-of-sync highlights of the Cowboys’ 41-35 win over the Redskins on opening day in 1999.

Scene 17 (5:02-5:25): This scene shows highlights from the Cowboys’ 27-0 win at Washington in 2003. This game featured rookie Terence Newman picking off three passes.

Scene 18 (5:25-6:00): This sequence shows highlights from the Cowboys’ 27-20 win on Thanksgiving Day in 2002.

Scene 19 (6:01-6:34): This shows highlights from Dallas’ 21-18 win at Washington in 2004.

Scene 20 (6:35-7:13): This features a series of highlights from the Cowboys’ 21-14 home win over Washington in 2003.

Scene 21 (7:13-7:20): The final highlight shows Vinny Testaverde hitting Patrick Crayton on a 39-yard touchdown pass that gave Dallas an improbable 13-10 win in 2004.

Patrick Crayton vs. Washington, 2004

Patrick Crayton vs. Washington, 2004

When the Redskins Have Visited Dallas…


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The Cowboys historically have had success at home against the Redskins. The memorable games (even losses) jump out even to casual fans:

* Clint Longley leading Dallas to a come-from-behind 24-23 come-from-behind win on Thanksgiving in 1974.
* Roger Staubach leading Dallas to a 35-34 win in his last regular season game in 1979.
* The Texas Stadium crowd singing Happy Birthday to Joe Theismann during a 44-14 rout of the Redskins in 1985.
* The Redskin scabs coming to Texas Stadium in 1987 and beating the Cowboys, who started several regulars.
* The Monday Night Football matchup in 1991, featuring a long run by Emmitt Smith in an otherwise disappointing 33-31 loss.
* The Redskins scoring two late touchdowns to pull out a 14-13 win in 2005 and ruining the induction of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin in the Ring of Honor.

With these memories in mind, here are some other facts about the history of the rivalry games played in Dallas.

Cowboys vs. Redskins at the Cotton Bowl

* Dallas recorded a 6-3-2 record against the Redskins at the Cotton Bowl. Ironically, the Cowboys had more success when they were developing as a team (3-0-2 between 1961 and 1965) than when they were one of the better teams in the league (3-3 between 1966 and 1971).
* The first two games between Dallas and Washington resulted in ties: 28-28 in 1961 and 35-35 in 1962.
* The Redskins were the first team to beat the Cowboys during the 1971 season, winning 20-16. It was the final game played in the Cotton Bowl between the clubs.

Cowboys vs. Redskins at Texas Stadium

* The Cowboys have dominated the series at Texas Stadium, winning 26 of 35 games.
* Dallas won the first game at Texas Stadium in 1972 in a 34-24 thriller.
* Here is the Sports Illustrated story covering the Mad Bomber game of 1974. Below are a couple of pictures from the article:

Clint Longley

Clint Longley

Drew Pearson

Drew Pearson

* In July, I posted a story about and a clip showing Larry Cole’s tackle on John Riggins in the Cowboys’ 35-34 win in the final game of 1979.
* As we face turbulent economic times, let us remember that the Cowboys lost to the Redskins’ replacement players on the evening of Monday, October 20, 1987, which was the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22.6%. Not a good day either way.
* One of Emmitt Smith’s first big moments came on Monday Night Football vs. Washington in 1991 when he raced 75 yards for a touchdown. He missed most of the rest of the game with flu, however, and Dallas gave up a 21-10 first half lead in a 33-31 loss.
* Since 1991, the Redskins have only won twice at Texas Stadium: a 24-17 win in an otherwise forgettable 6-10 season in 1995; and the surreal 14-13 win achieved in 2005 through the heroics of Mark Brunell and Santana Moss.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #92


[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Tony Tolbert[/tags]

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #92

Four Cowboys have worn #92. All were defensive linemen.

[Note: This list does not include Marcus Dixon, who is currently on the practice squad and has never played in a regular season game]

Jermaine Brooks, DT, Arkansas, 2003

Statistics: Brooks recorded a total of five regular season tackles, all in one game.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for the final game of the 2003 season as well as the playoff loss to Carolina in January 2004.

Intangibles: Brooks was on the practice squad for a couple of years and saw action only during the end of the 2003 season.

Demetric Evans, DE, Georgia, 2001-02

Statistics: Evans recorded one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Evans was a backup for the Cowboys before moving on to play in Washington, where he has been for the past five seasons.

Ray Perkins, DE, Virginia, 1987

Statistics: Perkins recorded two sacks for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two replacement games in 1987.

Intangibles: n/a

Tony Tolbert, DL, Texas-El Paso, 1989-97

Statistics: Tolbert recorded 59 sacks with the Cowboys along with 531 tackles.

Accolades: He was named to one Pro Bowl.

Longevity: Tolbert played nine seasons for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas drafted Tolbert as a 226-pound outside linebacker, but after bulking up to more than 260, became a standout defensive end. He was the key to the Cowboys defense becoming so tough against the run during the early 1990s.


Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #92.

Greatest #92

  • Tony Tolbert (93%, 63 Votes)
  • Demetric Evans (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Perkins (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Jermaine Brooks (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

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My Vote: Tolbert

Tony Tolbert

Tony Tolbert

This one wasn’t much of a contest. Tolbert was one of the best draft picks (4th round, 1989) in franchise history. He was the key to the run defense, and he was also quite effective as a pass rusher. Knee injuries slowed him down towards the ends of his career, though he still had five sacks and 30 tackles during the 1997 season, his last.

Trivia: Cowboys vs. Packers


[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers[/tags]

Here are ten trivia questions about the game between the Cowboys and Packers.

Rate the Cowboys: Week 3 vs. Packers

[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers[/tags]

Here are this week’s ratings for the Cowboys’ 27-16 win over Green Bay on Sunday:

My votes:

Tony Romo – 4 Stars: Romo managed the game well and made the big plays when he had to. Two intentional grounding penalties and an interception in the end zone brings this down a star.

Marion Barber – 5 Stars: Barber ran tough and made the big runs in the second half when the offensive line was beginning to dominate the Packers’ defensive line.

Terrell Owens – 3 Stars: Owens did not have a productive night, but he was also drawing attention that allowed others to shine. He missed a couple of opportunities, so he gets three stars.

Patrick Crayton – 2 Stars: Romo attempted four passes to Crayton, who caught none. I am not sure Crayton did anything poorly, but he should have been more productive with the Packers giving Owens so much attention.

Jason Witten – 5 Stars: Once again, Witten made the plays that put the Cowboys in position to score. He currently ranks third in the NFL with 20 receptions.

Pass Blocking – 3 Stars: Romo felt pressure in the first half and was sacked three times. The line did a better job in the second half, though the Cowboys were running quite a bit.

Run Blocking – 5 Stars: The line did a great job with run blocking, especially in the second half. The game offered some reminders of the 1990s Cowboys, especially when Barber was picking up eight yards, eight yards, eight yards, and so forth.

Role Players and Backups – 5 Stars: Felix Jones is amazing. He has had several runs where he nearly broke it for a long gain, and on his 60-yard run, he finally did. Miles Austin showed his speed on the two long receptions and gave opponents more reasons to be nervous about the Dallas attack.

Penalties – Offense – 5 Stars: The only two offensive penalties were intentional grounding on Tony Romo. Since I marked Romo down, I’ll give the offense as a whole full credit (though, to be fair, Andre Gurode was called for holding on a play where Romo was called for grounding).

Run Support – 5 Stars: Ryan Grant was really never a factor. The Packers’ longest run was nine yards. Brandon Jackson seemed to give Dallas more trouble, but he was not in the game very often.

Pass Rush – 5 Stars: Dallas recorded five sacks, including two by Anthony Henry. The defensive line along with DeMarcus Ware often generated pressure without additional blitzing, which is a good sign.

Tackling – 3 Stars: This is more of an impression vote, but there were too many instances were Packer runners were able to spin out of Dallas tackles.

Coverage – 4 Stars: Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 37, but many of those passes were underneath the coverage. The only play where the Dallas coverage was completely blown was the 50-yard pass to Donald Driver in the third quarter. Mickey Spagnola blamed Pacman Jones. Josh Ellis (also employed by the Cowboys…) said it was Ken Hamlin’s fault. The cost? One star on an obscure blog.

Penalties – Defense – 5 Stars: Two defensive penalties, neither of which were costly, means that this was a five-star effort.

Nick Folk – 5 Stars: Folk remain perfect on the season. He has yet to record a touchback on a kickoff, but that is okay for now.

Mat McBriar – 4 Stars: McBriar had a beauty of a 65-yard punt, but he also shanked one.

Coverage Units – 5 Stars: The Packers only managed 16.2 yards per kickoff return, along with 6.0 yards per punt return.

Return Game – 3 Stars: Nothing bad happened in the return game, but there was nothing noteworthy. The Cowboys only managed 11 yards per kickoff return.

Penalties – 3 Stars: Three special teams penalties were avoidable. Every team has trouble with the illegal block in the back, etc., but these penalties should be minimized.

Cowboys 27, Packers 16: The Lambeau Curse is Over


[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Green Bay Packers[/tags]

Terrell Owens had two receptions for 17 yards. Tony Romo threw an interception in the end zone, thus killing a drive. Romo was also flagged twice for intentional grounding. And the offensive line gave up three sacks in the first half.

But thanks to some huge plays by a couple of reserves named Miles and Felix, along with hard running by the starter named Marion, the Cowboys pulled away from Green Bay to improve to 3-0 on the season. Since the other three NFC East teams also won today, tonight’s victory was even more important.

Pacman Jones still doesn’t have an interception, but he recovered a Ryan Grant fumble early and returned the ball to the Green Bay 14. The Cowboys couldn’t manage a first down and settled for a field goal.

Green Bay responded with a long drive that set up a field goal to tie the game. In response, the Cowboys moved deep into Packer territory and faced a 3rd-and-13. Romo made a bad pass over the middle, and it was picked off by Nick Collins, who returned it from the end zone all the way to the Dallas 43. The play led to another field goal.

Dallas struggled on its next possession, but the defense held the Packers. The Cowboys got the ball back with 7:53 left in the half and quickly moved the ball to the 40 thanks to two Barber runs and a pass to Owens. From the Dallas 40, Felix Jones found an opening on the left sideline and outran the Packer secondary for a 60-yard touchdown run. Dallas took a 10-6 lead with the play, and the Cowboys did not trail for the rest of the game. Another field goal before the half gave Dallas a 13-6 lead.

Green Bay cut the lead to 13-9 on the Packers’ first drive of the second half. On the next drive, the Cowboys had a 1st-and-10 from the Cowboy 34. Romo found Miles Austin on a post pattern that resulted in a 63-yard gain down to the Packer 3. The Cowboys scored two plays later to take a 20-9 lead.

Austin scored again a 52-yard touchdown pass with just over nine minutes left to blow the game open. The Cowboys’ offensive line wore down the Packer line, allowing Barber to eat up yards in the second half.

Stats and Such

* Barber had his first 100-yard game of the season, gaining 142 yards on 28 carries.
* Austin entered the game with 7 receptions for 88 yards during his career. He had two receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.
* Before Patrick Crayton attempted a pass on an end-around in the first quarter of tonight’s game, the last non-quarterback to attempt a pass was Keyshawn Johnson in 2005.
* The last non-quarterback to complete a pass was Richie Anderson in 2004.
* Felix Jones’ 60-yard touchdown run was the team’s longest since 2006, when Julius Jones broke a 77-yarder against New Orleans.
* Barber’s longest career run: 54 yards vs. Chicago in 2007. It was not a touchdown.
* Patrick Crayton was shut out tonight and now has fewer yards this season (108) than Austin.

Cowboys vs. Packers: Preview and Live Blog

I am starting this live blog pretty early and will update it periodically. The game begins at 7:15 p.m. central time.

1967’s “Appointment with Destiny” and the Ice Bowl


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The title of the 1967 team highlight film for the Cowboys was “Appointment with Destiny,” even though the team’s destiny turned out to be a loss to the Packers in the Ice Bowl. Here is the final segment showing the highlights from the 1967 NFL Championship Game:

Below are some facts about the game, many of them borrowed from Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth About Football’s Most Unforgettable Game by Ed Gruver.


By 1967, the NFL had 16 teams, including expansion teams in Dallas (1960), Minnesota (1961), Atlanta (1966), and New Orleans (1967). This led the league to add divisions to the Eastern and Western Conferences. Dallas fell in the Capitol Division along with New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington. The Packers were placed in the Central Division with Chicago, Detroit, and Minnesota.

Struggles During 1967

Both the Packers and the Cowboys struggled in 1967. Dallas jumped out to a 5-1 record but finished 4-4 to end with a 9-5 record. It was enough to qualify for the playoffs, along with the Rams, Packers, and Browns. Green Bay finished 9-4-1, which was a sharp drop-off from the 12-2 finish in 1966.


Realignment meant that the NFL would feature two divisional playoff games prior to the championship game. Many observers believed that this format would hurt the aging Packers because the team that would win it all had to play six preseason games, fourteen regular season games, and three playoff games. Dallas won its first ever playoff game by beating Cleveland in a 52-14 rout. The Packers were also dominant in a 28-7 win over Los Angeles

Green Bay Jumps Out to a Lead

Green Bay took a 14-0 lead on two touchdown passes from Bart Starr to Boyd Dowler. Dowler caught only five total touchdown passes during playoff games in his career, and three of those came against Dallas in 1966 and 1967. He had a total of four touchdown receptions during the regular season in 1967.

Andrie’s Fumble Recovery

Dallas found itself right back in the game when George Andrie recovered a Bart Starr fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Although Dallas had three defensive touchdowns in 1967, it was the first time all season that the Cowboys had returned a fumble for a score. Andrie had two previous defensive touchdowns, and the score against the Packers turned out to be the last of his career.

Danny Villanueva

Dallas cut the lead to 14-10 when Danny Villanueva kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter. Villanueva had been less than impressive in 1967, making only 8 of 19 field goal attempts.

Dan Reeves to Lance Rentzel

The Cowboys took the lead in the fourth quarter thanks to a 50-yard pass from halfback Dan Reeves to Lance Rentzel. A few points about this:

* Until this play, Dallas had never led the Packers in any of the previous four meetings between the teams.
* This was Rentzel’s first playoff touchdown. He scored one other, though it came late in a blowout loss to Cleveland in 1969.
* Rentzel was second on the team with eight touchdown catches in 1967. Bob Hayes led the team with 10.
* Dan Reeves threw three career touchdown passes. All came in 1967. All were to Lance Rentzel.

Here is a diagram of the touchdown pass from Reeves to Rentzel:

Diagram: Reeves to Rentzel, 1967 NFL Championship Game

Diagram: Reeves to Rentzel, 1967 NFL Championship Game

Listen to the Ice Bowl

I’d rather watch the 1995 NFC Championship Game, but the original radio broadcast of the Ice Bowl is available through WTMJ in Wisconsin.

Episode 15 of Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show

In this episode of Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show, Gnome gets a bit emotional discussing the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia. He sends his cousin, Dome, up to Green Bay to report about what people do for fun in Green Bay. As Dome discovers, people there just flock to Lambeau Field to look at it, even though they live four or five blocks away.