Rest in Peace, Steve Sabol

Steve Sabol died on Tuesday at the age of 69.

Once upon a time, watching ESPN SportsCenter was an absolute must. Every night.

During football season, NFL PrimeTime was an absolute must. Every Sunday night.

And after it was all said and done around midnight, ESPN would play NFL Films Presents. It was an an absolute must. Every Sunday night.

So it is was sad to hear hear that NFL President Steve Sabol died today of brain cancer at the age of 69 (incidentally, the same age as my father, who died in early August).

Here’s a blurb from a story today:

Sabol received 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing. No one else had ever earned that many Emmys in as many different categories.

He began his career as a cinematographer under his father. He was the perfect fit for the job: an all-Rocky Mountain Conference running back at Colorado College majoring in art history.

The Sabols treated sport as film and changed the way Americans watched and perceived games. Their advances included everything from reverse angle replays to setting highlights to pop music.

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Playing Cowboy Football

 

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dallas Cowboys Books Blog posted a link to a story in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about Jason Witten‘s comments after the Seattle game. In relevant part:

Jason Witten said the Cowboys didn’t play Cowboy football, and they can’t go on winning one, losing one.

“You’re looking .500 right in the face,” he said. “You can’t do that.”

I commend his honesty.

On the other hand, isn’t this precisely what Cowboy football has become all about? Mediocrity? Playing .500 football?

Actually, it’s a slight step above .500 and mediocrity. I’ll just go ahead and correct myself.

Witten arrived in 2003, which was the year that Bill Parcells came into town to restore the glory that some of us still remember. The Cowboys’ record since Witten’s arrival is 81-63. That includes, of course, two seasons in which the Cowboys went 13-3 and 11-5.

Since Jerry opened his $1.1 billion stadium, the team has posted a home record of 13-11 to go with a road record of 13-13.

What’s worse is that since beating the Eagles to win the only playoff win in recent memory, the Cowboys have gone 14-19, including the playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.

Yes, I know we should remain positive. It’s a long season. Anything can happen. Don’t get mad. Have a short memory. Don’t use four-letter words when you are about to type something sarcastic.

Anyway, here’s Shango’s response.

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