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.
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]
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.
|Dupree, Billy Joe||2||2-0||100.00%|
[tags]Dallas Cowboys, receivers, trivia, statistics[/tags]
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.
Thirty-four players in the history of the [tag]Dallas Cowboys[/tag] have had at least three 100-yard receiving games in one season. Two of these individuals include [tag]Terrell Owens[/tag] (three times in 2006) and [tag]Terry Glenn[/tag] (four times in 2005). While the likes of Ray Alexander may surprise a few, most of these names are well known.
In this category, nobody comes close to [tag]Michael Irvin[/tag]. In 1995, “The Playmaker” not only set a team record, but also set an NFL record, with 11 100-yard games in the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl season.
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Trivia[/tags]
After completely messing up two questions on the last quiz, I’m a little bit nervous about this one. But here it goes. This one focuses on jersey numbers worn by ten former players. This one is a little bit easier than some of the quizzes in the past– perhaps a sign of things to come…?
arghh!!!!…Note: Already messed something up, but at least it wasn’t a question! The background was not supposed to be purple, but somewhere between the program and the upload, the background reverted to the default.
[tags]Dallas Cowboys blogs[/tags]
If you notice the links in my sidebar, I have made a pretty good effort to include every Dallas Cowboys blog that I have come across (whether said owner has asked or not). After eleven months of blogging, this list has become pretty substantial, though some the blogs have since ceased operation. I thought, however, that it may be worthwhile to provide a list of the active blogs for which I am aware. If anyone has a blog that I have missed, please comment here, and I will gladly add it.
Private Blogs: Top of the Heap
Without question, the top two private blogs are Blogging the Boys and The Boys Blog. The owners of both sites provide posts at least daily (usually more frequent) and are currently providing reports from training camp. Below are some recent headlines from those sites.
Blogging the Boys
The Boys Blog
Professional Blogs: Best of the Best
There are several blogs run by professional journalists, and I don’t think it is quite fair to try to compare these with private blogs being operated largely via labors of love. There are a few of these professional blogs, however, that are worth mentioning in this context:
The Cowboys blog from the Dallas Morning News is being updated numerous times per day with insight from writers on the scene.
The official site of the Dallas Cowboys has several blogs that are updated regularly. The comments sections of these blogs take on lives of their own.
Private Blogs: Those Returning
There are several private blogs that have been around since at least last season and that are still being updated. A few of these bloggers apparently took time off during the off-season, but I will include them here in case they return once the season begins.
These are listed in alphabetical order.
AOL Fanhouse – Dallas Cowboys: The AOL blogs cover every NFL team with multiple authors.
Cowboy Blog: Mostly news and commentary.
Cowboys Fan: This is an interesting blog/fan site. It has multiple authors, and most of the articles appear to be original to the site.
Cowboys Locker: Part of a network of NFL blogs; provides news and commentary.
The Cowboys Roundup: Part of the Most Valuable Network, which is a collection of sports blogs.
Dallas Cowboys Blogger: Provides news and commentary.
Dallas Cowboys–America’s Team: Provides news and commentary.
Gryphon on the Dallas Cowboys: Provides news and commentary.
Yakuza Rich Dallas Cowboys Blog: Provides news and commentary.
New Blogs for 2007
Several blogs have popped up during the past several months, mostly around draft time. Several of these are off to very good starts.
Cowboys Blitz: This has not been updated since May, but it had some very good posts a few months ago.
Cowboys Gab: Provides news and commentary.
Cowboys Hub: Provides news and commentary.
Dallas Cowboys 24/7: Focuses mostly on commentary, with some news posts.
Hail to the Deadskins: Best name of any of the new Cowboys sites.
Lone Star Struck: In addition to news and commentary, this site is a great source for graphics that can be used on MySpace, etc.
In addition to the blogs, there are at least 18 different private Cowboys forums. I’ll save those for a later post…
Only seven players in the history of the Dallas Cowboys have gained more than 200 yards in a single game. The last man to do it was Kevin Williams in the regular season finale against Arizona in 1995. Bob Hayes set the team record for most receiving yards in a game with 246 in 1966, in one of the games in which Don Meredith surpassed 400 passing yards.
The list below includes each player who had more than 150 yards receiving in a game. The only current member of the team to make this list is Terry Glenn, who has twice topped that mark.
|11/13/1966||Hayes, Bob||246||Washington Redskins||W 31-30|
|9/16/1962||Clarke, Frank||241||Washington Redskins||T 35-35|
|11/19/1967||Rentzel, Lance||223||Washington Redskins||L 20-27|
|11/12/1979||Hill, Tony||213||Philadelphia Eagles||L 21-31|
|9/20/1992||Irvin, Michael||210||Phoenix Cardinals||W 31-20|
|11/12/1989||Dixon, James||203||Phoenix Cardinals||L 20-24|
|12/25/1995||Williams, Kevin||203||Arizona Cardinals||W 37-13|
|12/8/1996||Irvin, Michael||198||Arizona Cardinals||W 10-6|
|9/18/1966||Hayes, Bob||195||New York Giants||W 52-7|
|11/10/1963||Clarke, Frank||190||San Francisco 49ers||L 24-31|
|10/6/1975||Pearson, Drew||188||Detroit Lions||W 36-10|
|12/20/1970||Hayes, Bob||187||Houston Oilers||W 52-10|
|10/27/1996||Irvin, Michael||186||Miami Dolphins||W 29-10|
|12/13/1969||Hayes, Bob||181||Baltimore Colts||W 27-10|
|9/15/1985||Hill, Tony||181||Detroit Lions||L 21-26|
|10/10/1965||Hayes, Bob||177||Philadelphia Eagles||L 24-35|
|10/22/1967||Hayes, Bob||170||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 24-21|
|12/14/1986||Walker, Herschel||170||Philadelphia Eagles||L 21-23|
|12/29/2002||Bryant, Antonio||170||Washington Redskins||L 14-20|
|12/22/1991||Irvin, Michael||169||Atlanta Falcons||W 31-27|
|10/20/1963||Clarke, Frank||168||New York Giants||L 21-37|
|11/15/1992||Irvin, Michael||168||L.A. Rams||L 23-27|
|10/17/1993||Irvin, Michael||168||San Francisco 49ers||W 26-17|
|12/22/1985||Renfro, Mike||164||San Francisco 49ers||L 16-31|
|11/12/2000||McKnight, James||164||Cincinnati Bengals||W 23-6|
|9/23/1974||Pearson, Drew||161||Philadelphia Eagles||L 10-13|
|10/27/1985||Hill, Tony||161||Atlanta Falcons||W 24-10|
|12/17/1961||Clarke, Frank||159||Washington Redskins||L 24-34|
|9/15/1985||Cosbie, Doug||159||Detroit Lions||L 21-26|
|10/16/1977||Pearson, Drew||157||Washington Redskins||W 34-16|
|11/28/1991||Irvin, Michael||157||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 20-10|
|9/19/2005||Glenn, Terry||157||Washington Redskins||L 13-14|
|10/12/1986||Walker, Herschel||155||Washington Redskins||W 30-6|
|10/3/1993||Irvin, Michael||155||Green Bay Packers||W 36-14|
|9/24/1960||Doran, Jim||154||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 28-35|
|12/12/1971||Hayes, Bob||154||New York Giants||W 42-14|
|8/31/1997||Irvin, Michael||153||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 37-7|
|10/13/1968||Rentzel, Lance||152||Philadelphia Eagles||W 34-14|
|10/8/1995||Irvin, Michael||150||Green Bay Packers||W 34-24|
|12/10/2006||Glenn, Terry||150||New Orleans Saints||L 17-42|
Although Julius Jones has not quite measured up to the performances of Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett thus far, two of his single-game performances rank among the top four in team history. Here is a list of the best single-game rushing performances in team history (regular season only), including those who rushed for more than 170 yards in a game.
|10/31/1993||Smith, Emmitt||237||Philadelphia Eagles||W 23-10|
|12/4/1977||Dorsett, Tony||206||Philadelphia Eagles||W 24-14|
|12/6/2004||Jones, Julius||198||Seattle Seahawks||W 43-39|
|12/24/2005||Jones, Julius||194||Carolina Panthers||W 24-20|
|12/14/2003||Hambrink, Troy||189||Washington Redskins||W 27-0|
|11/9/1980||Dorsett, Tony||183||New York Giants||L 35-38|
|9/22/1991||Smith, Emmitt||182||Phoenix Cardinals||W 17-9|
|12/6/1981||Dorsett, Tony||175||Baltimore Colts||W 37-13|
|12/21/1992||Smith, Emmitt||174||Atlanta Falcons||W 41-17|
|11/15/1987||Walker, Herschel||173||New England Patriots||W 23-17|
|12/6/1993||Smith, Emmitt||172||Philadelphia Eagles||W 23-17|
|9/4/1994||Smith, Emmitt||171||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 26-9|
Haven’t seen much real news out of training camp (or least nothing unexpected), so here is a short quiz about some of the key figures for the Cowboys:
CORRECTION #1: I cannot correct these flash quizzes on the site that houses them (really need to buy the program so that I can). One question asks when the last time that the Cowboys opened against a division rival. The correct answer is 2000, but the quiz marks 2001 as the correct answer. I apologize for the mistake.
CORRECTION #2: No attention to detail on this one, apparently– thankfully Melonball still reads this site. Anthony Spencer had 10.5 sacks in 2006, but had 27 in his career. The question about him is wrong on this quiz.