Instant Trivia: Cowboys-Colts

Here is a new feature I am going to try out this year: Instant Trivia. In this feature we will explore the most recent games with 10 questions. This debut focuses on the Cowboys’ 23-10 win over Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Make your own Quiz!

[tags]Dallas Cowboys trivia[/tags]

10 Minutes of Amusement, Perhaps

Here is a site worth ten or twenty minutes of your time: Gizmoz. Or perhaps I am just easily amused. Either way, here is my creation of the day:

(Update– Had to do this over again, so hopefully it is working now)

I’ve now learned that I will never be able to do a Jerry Jones impression. Hence, you get text-to-speech…

Game Notes: Dallas 23, Indianapolis 10

The Cowboys had a solid effort in a 23-10 win over Indianapolis during their first preseason game this evening. Below are some notes about the game.

First Half

Dallas had two long drives in the first half, both resulting a field goals. [tag]Tony Romo[/tag] went 9 of 10 for 91 yards during those drives. [tag]Brad Johnson[/tag] led the Cowboys on a drive near the end of the first half, but the drive stalled after Johnson lost 13 yards on a botched play. Dallas led 6-3 at halftime.

Second Half

Keith Davis made a nice pick off of a tipped Jim Sorgi pass, returning it 41 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Rookie quarterback Matt Moore completed his first three passes of the preseason for 58 yards. Each of those passes were to second-year tight end [tag]Tony Curtis[/tag]. [tag]Tyson Thompson[/tag] had a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Dallas a 20-3 lead.

Cornerback [tag]Joey Thomas[/tag], who has been mentioned as solid player in training camp, made a nice pick in the end zone on a long pass by quarterback Josh Betts.

Misc. Notes

* Offensive coordinator [tag]Jason Garrett[/tag] was on the sideline instead of the pressbox. Maybe that means nothing, but it was good to see how he interacted with Romo prior to the game.

* Also good to see [tag]Tyson Thompson[/tag] returning kickoffs after he missed much of last season.

* The starters at tackle were rookie [tag]Doug Free[/tag] and [tag]Pat McQuistan[/tag].

* Most of the regulars touched the ball in the first two drives, including [tag]Julius Jones[/tag], [tag]Terrell Owens[/tag], [tag]Patrick Crayton[/tag], [tag]Sam Hurd[/tag], [tag]Jason Witten[/tag], [tag]Marion Barber[/tag], and [tag]Anthony Fasano[/tag].

* Leonard Davis looked versatile, getting off the ball while pulling on at least one of the plays.

* Fasano had three nice catches in the second Dallas drive that ran into the second quarter. He later dropped a pass that he shouldn’t have, trying to make a sliding catch at the end of the second quarter

* Romo continues to show good field vision.

* The defense showed different looks, but did not produce that much pressure.

* The secondary looked a bit shaky on a few plays. However, [tag]Anthony Henry[/tag] made a nice play near the goalline on the Colts’ first drive.

* The defense, led by Bradie James, had a nice play to stop the Colts on a fourth-and-one in the second quarter.

* Personally, I thought Jones looked a little better than Barber, at least at the start of the game. Jones got off the ball very well on several runs in the opening drive. Barber looked good on the last drive of the first half, but it was against backups for the most part.

* Minor point, but Akin Ayodele wore #51, which was Al Singleton’s number for the past several years. Ayodele’s website still shows #50, though.

Three items that had me scratching my head:

* Gatorade ran the commercial with Bill Parcells in a toll booth, asking whether Gatorade is in you. Wasn’t that great when Parcells was still the coach, and even worse since he isn’t.

* Although Leonard Davis looked pretty good, [tag]Troy Aikman[/tag] had no business comparing him to [tag]Larry Allen[/tag].

* Mat McBriar holds the ball with his left hand, even with a right-footed kicker

Noteworthy Stats:

Romo: 10-11, 93 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.
Moore: 7-9, 88 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.

Barber: 12 att., 48 yards.
Thompson: 11 att., 34 yards, 1 TD.
Jones: 6 att., 22 yards.

Fasano: 3 rec., 43 yards.
Owens: 1 rec., 8 yards.
Curtis: 3 rec., 58 yards.

Preseason Game 1: Cowboys-Colts Preview

Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys
7 p.m. CDT
Texas Stadium
Television: Fox
Radio: Dallas Cowboys Radio Network (click here to find a station)
Spread: Dallas favored by 4 1/2
Over/Under: 34

Key players out for Dallas: S Ken Hamlin, WR Terry Glenn, T Flozell Adams, T Marc Columbo.

Key players out for Indianapolis: S Bob Sanders, LB Keith O’Neil, DB Brannon Condren, and DE Bo Schobel.

Rob Phillips of ran a piece about what to look for in Thursday’s preseason game between Dallas and Indianapolis.  These include:

(1) The battle for the kicking job between Martin Gramatica and rookie Nick Folk;
(2) The battle for playing time at running back between Julius Jones and Marion Barber;
(3) The performances of backups at both right and left tackle;
(4) The performances of backups at wide receiver;
(5) The performances of backups at nose tackle;
(6) The unveiling of Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.

See also: Cowboys’ New Coach To Debut vs. Super Bowl Champs in Preseason Game (Yahoo) GameDay


Know Your Opponent

For more on the Colts, check out:

Notes on the Colts’ Offense (Stampede Blue)

Notes on the Colts’ Defense (Stampede Blue)

Colts Couch Crew (MVN)

The Hail Mary, as You Probably Haven’t Seen It Before

This clip involves the question of who threw a whiskey bottle at a referee at the old Metropolitan Stadium in during the 1975 playoffs in a game between the Vikings and Cowboys. You might remember that game– some quarterback named Staubach threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to a receiver named Pearson.

This clip shows not only the debate among tailgaters, but also shows the original broadcast clip. Great stuff. NFC East Preview, which provides previews of the seasons for each of the major sports, has published its preview of the NFC East, including posts on each of the four teams. Various independent bloggers served as writers, including one who has this thing for trivia that interests almost nobody…

Three of the four writers (including your’s truly) have the teams finishing in this order:

1. Philadelphia (preview by the blogger at Inside the Iggles)
2. Dallas (preview by that blogger at Know Your Dallas Cowboys)
3. Washington (previewed by the blogger at Hogs Haven)
4. N.Y. Giants (previewed by the blogger at MVN-Giants).

The Giants’ writer had the G-Men winning the division, of course. As for my prediction, here is why I would not put Dallas on top:

2007 Projected Record: 10-6

2007 Season Projection Summary:

Although Dallas has enough talent on paper to do better than 10 wins, the team has had trouble with underachievement in the past several years. No Dallas team has won more than 10 games since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl team in 1995. Although this should be a team on the rise, and even though Dallas has a favorable schedule, the Cowboys will probably split games with division rivals. Dallas plays two of its first three on the road, including visits to Miami and Chicago. Home games against St. Louis and New England will probably be tough, as may another home game against Minnesota. Around Thanksgiving, Dallas plays three straight home games, which could be very beneficial. However, the Cowboys close the season with three of four on the road, including games at Carolina and Washington.

Although Romo shouldered some of the blame for the team’s performance down the stretch in 2006, he continually showed why he is the team’s future at quarterback. In the playoff loss to Seattle, he put his team in position to win (at least playing quarterback and not as a kick holder), and that is the best you can expect from a young quarterback in a pressure situation. The running game with both Jones and Barber is solid, and the offensive line should be in better shape than it has been in years. The receiving corps is talented, but having receivers in their mid-30s, with no other proven performers backing them up, is a bit of a gamble. Tight end Jason Witten is one of the best in the NFC, and the team’s second tight end, Anthony Fasano, has shown improvement.

Phillips is probably on a short leash, with the team expecting him to revive the defense. He has been a solid head coach in the past but has never won more than 11 games in a season and never won a playoff game in his stops at Denver and Buffalo. Much of his success may depend on how first-year offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, a former Dallas quarterback, runs the offense.

I am also trying to avoid getting burned as I did last season, when I was dead certain that Dallas would go 11-5 and make it to the NFC Championship game. I will say, though, that I think a playoff win is very possible. Or perhaps I am just hoping…?

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:

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
Dan Dierdorf St. Louis Cardinals Yes
Art Shell Oakland Raiders Yes
Rayfield Wright Dallas Cowboys Yes
Ron Yary Minnesota Vikings Yes
Joe DeLamielleure Buffalo Bills Yes
John Hannah New England Patriots Yes
Larry Little Miami Dolphins Yes
Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders Yes
Jim Langer Miami Dolphins Yes
Mike Webster Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
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
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
Willie Brown Oakland Raiders Yes
Jimmy Johnson San Francisco 49ers Yes
Roger Wehrli St. Louis Cardinals Yes
Louis Wright Denver Broncos No
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
Jim Bakken St. Louis Cardinals No
Garo Yepremian Miami Dolphins No
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.


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.


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 (
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]