Dallas Cowboys 2007: A Family Affair


Family Affair

Does anyone who might visit this blog remember the show A Family Affair? You could argue that I shouldn’t, given that it went off the air when I was seven months old, but alas, I do remember watching those reruns.

Here is a description of the show from Wikipedia:

Much of the show’s popularity came from its simple plots and the avoidance of any controversial or suggestive material, which made it particularly suitable for family viewing. The Buffy and Jody characters are relentlessly polite and well behaved early grade-school children, while Cissy is a high-school and later college student who is peripheral to most of the stories. The show avoids any verbal or plot theme reference to the changing social conditions of the late 1960s. Many early episodes dealt with the children’s fear of abandonment.

Please work with me on this analogy:

— Wade Phillips (hereinafter “Buffy”) has hired his son, Wesley Phillips, as an offensive assistant/quality control coach.

— The Cowboys also hired the brother of Jason Garrett (hereinafter “Jody,” forgetting about the age differences for a moment), John Garrett, as tight ends coach.

— The Cowboys also hired former linebacker Dat Nguyen (Cissy, the older sister? Let’s go with it) as assistant linebackers coach and defensive quality control coach.

— The team also signed Ray Sherman (Giles French, the butler!) as receivers coach.

So perhaps we’ll have a relentlessly polite and well behaved team, with simple plots and the avoidance of any controversy. Not sure where Mrs. Beasley fits in with this, but T.O. needs to pack for Oakland!

Family Affair

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We learned today that Jerry Jones was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which I drive by every single day for work and into which I have yet to set a foot. Assuming that my previous sentence was indeed grammatically correct, which I think it was, here’s a bit more to that story:

Not much about Jerry Jones says humble, but the thought of what the Cowboys owner will do Thursday night has him feeling modest. The former Arkansas Razorback football player will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

He joins former WNBA star Cynthia Cooper, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, former Olympian Rafer Johnson, former Texas running back Roosevelt Leaks, former Houston Oilers quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon, former Cowboys running back Don Perkins and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims in the Hall of Fame class.

“It’s humbling,” said Jones, who was raised in North Little Rock, Ark., “because when I look at who all is in the Hall of Fame, it reminds me what a great sports area we’re in: Texas.”

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Many thanks to CaliCowboy, SilverStar, OCF, DA FAN, and all the others at The Blue and Silver.com, who have asked me to be moderator there. If you prefer a little bit more mature crowd with quite a number of years of experience watching the Cowboys, then I highly suggest checking it out. While you are there, be sure to take a look at the pictures offered by CaliCowboy, who is a highly talented photographer.

And in my first act as a moderator there, I’m stealing one of their ideas… the SpringWidget RSS reader, complete with my own graphics. These are the Cowboys headlines from SportsSpyder, which is a very helpful tool for those of us trying to stay interested in February.

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