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Fun with Animated GIFs: Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots

Here’s an animated GIF from a game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. Some trivia question are below the image.

Here are the questions:

(1) What was the significance of this game?

(2) Who was the New England quarterback?

(3) True or false: The Cowboys did not lose another game during the season in question after beating the Patriots.

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Puzzle: Find the Dallas Cowboys Defensive Linemen

NS_20COWSEAGLES37_33843256Without significant effort, it was difficult in 2013 to keep track of who was playing defense for the Dallas Cowboys. The names are as obscure as some of those who played in the replacement games in 1987.

So let’s have fun with it. In the puzzle below, find the names of the players who played on the defensive line for the Cowboys in 2013.

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Linemen word search game ยป word search puzzle maker
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Remembering 2009: Dallas 24, Philadelphia 0

It has become easy to forget that the Dallas Cowboys were supposed to have turned a corner in 2009 when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back games. The first win clinched the NFC East title for Dallas. The second gave the Cowboys their only playoff win since 1996.

Here are the video highlights. Some faces are the same, but you will see quite a bit of Marion Barber and Patrick Crayton, along with big plays by Felix Jones, Doug Free (on Jones’ touchdown run), and Jay Ratliff.

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Friday Photo Trivia: Super Bowl XII

Here is today’s Friday Photo Trivia question:

Seven different players had at least one rushing attempt when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.

Tony Dorsett led the Cowboys in rushing with 66 yards on 15 carries.

The player in the picture below was second on the team in rushing with 55 yards on 14 carries.

The trivia question: did the player in the picture score a rushing touchdown?


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Story Line: Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers

The Dallas Cowboys (2-3) face off against the Carolina Panthers (1-4) on Sunday, October 21.

Below is a story line about the game. I am using the plugin for Storify. If you have trouble loading the links, try this link.

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Taking a Cowboys Stadium Tour

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Cowboys Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cowboys don’t return home until September 23, when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A friend visiting Dallas asked whether it was worth taking a look at Cowboys Stadium.

As a venue to watch a game, it certainly is. Some have written that the stadium ranks has high as second among NFL stadiums. Other have written about Cowboys Stadium compared to other stadiums around the world.

Anyway, during a week with an away game, consider visiting the stadium and taking a tour. Cost is about $30, which is a bit high, but you get to visit field, locker rooms, and so forth. Worth the trip, especially if you’re a Cowboys fans.

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The Cowboys rank pretty high in various power rankings, which Dallas Morning News reporter Scott Bell has summarized. The high-end ranking has the Cowboys at #6 (Pete Prisco, CBS), while the low-end ranking (Ashley Fox, ESPN) has the Cowboys at #13.

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1995 Review: Cowboys Employ Disasterous Draft Strategy

Tight end Eric Bjornson was the best player taken in the 1995 draft.

In 1994, the Cowboys found a future Hall of Famer in Larry Allen, so the fact that the rest of the draft was so poor was forgivable. In 1995, the Cowboys decided that instead of drafting potential future starters or even the best players available, the team would look for backups and special teams players. In 1998, the Cowboys were still regretting the decisions made in that draft.

Despite snickers from around the NFL, [Jerry] Jones and [Scouting Director Larry] Lacewell followed through with their unorthodox strategy that spring – with undeniably disastrous results:

Running back Sherman Williams – released earlier this month. Guard Shane Hannah – in training camp in Carolina. Tight end Kendell Watkins – cut last year and trying to stick in the NFL as a guard with Denver.

Hannah, a second-round pick, admitted to reporters on draft day that he didn’t expect to be taken until the fifth or sixth round – if at all. Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ third-round pick, safety Charlie Williams, was deemed free-agent material by most teams.

And so on, and so on . . .

Here’s a look at the result of this strategy:

2(46) Sherman Williams, RB, Alabama
2(59) Kendell Watkins, TE, Mississippi State
2(63) Shane Hannah, G, Michigan State
3(92) Charlie Williams, DB, Bowling Green
4(110) Eric Bjornson, TE, Washington
4(129) Alundis Brice, DB, Mississippi
4(130) Linc Harden, LB, Oklahoma State
5(166) Edward Hervey, WR, USC
5(168) Dana Howard, LB, Illinois
7(236) Oscar Sturgis, DE, North Carolina

The DMN provided more about the effects that these draft picks had on the team over the next several years:

[B]ecause Sherman Williams was fumble-prone and undedicated in his preparation as Emmitt Smith’s much-needed backup, the Cowboys gave up on him and signed former Seattle Seahawk Chris Warren to a three-year, $2 million contract that included a $600,000 signing bonus.

Because Hannah was such a bust as a second-round selection at guard, the Cowboys were forced to sign Everett McIver – formerly of their practice squad – away from the Miami Dolphins at a cost of $9.5 million over five years, including a $1.6 million bonus.

Because Bjornson hasn’t been able to stay healthy for any length of time, the Cowboys felt they had to trade up to take LSU tight end David LaFleur in the first round of the 1997 draft. The cost? $5.325 million over five years, including a $1.8 million bonus.

And because Charlie Williams showed no ability to be a starting free safety after incumbent Brock Marion left for Miami in free agency last spring, the Cowboys asked journeyman George Teague back at a cost of $1.3 million over two years.

The financial hit from those four moves alone: $18.125 million in commitments just to clean up the mistakes of ’95.

The Cowboys traded the 28th overall pick to Tampa Bay for two second-round picks. The Buccaneers took linebacker Derrick Brooks. The Cowboys used one of the second-round picks on Hannah, who was injured in training camp in 1995 and never played a down in the NFL. Running backs available when Dallas took Sherman Williams included Terrell Davis and Curtis Martin.

Free agency caused further erosion to the Cowboys’ talent base, as the team lost center Mark Stepnoski, receiver Alvin Harper, defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, backup quarterback Rodney Peete, defensive back Kenny Gant, and safety James Washington.

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