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Who dat is sick of hearing who dat?

Predictions for the game today:It should be a fun game to watch and there should be plenty of offense.  But not enough scoring to go beyond the 58.5 point threshold, which is the over/under that Vegas set, so take the under.

When the line was first set it was Colts-3.5, but within an hour was changed to 4.5, because no one was betting the Saints.  It ballooned to 7 before settling at 5 towards the end of the week.  If you were able get in on that 3.5 action, congratulations my friend. At that point, I would have most certainly bet Colts too.  If you got in on that 7.0 action, congratulations my friend.  At that point, I would have most certainly bet Saints too…

With the line at five it makes things a heck of a lot more interesting.  My pick:  Saints +5.   I still like the Colts to win, but by less than 5.  Peyton and his boys won a ton of close games this year and there is no reason to think this one will be a runaway.

Final score: Colts 31 Saints 27

Then again, there’s is always the chance that one of the teams comes out with that dear in the headlights thing going on, and it could be a blow out.  I sure hope not, because these really are a pair of great teams.

By the way, a fun prop bet is whether or not both kickers will have a field goal of more than 34 yards.  I say yes, even though it has never happened in a Super Bowl before.  Who dat gonna kick a long field goal from the left hash-mark?

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What about Wade?

Well, everyone thought Wade’s future in Dallas was cemented with a solid December and a playoff victory over division rival Philadelphia.  But by completely dismantling the Cowboys,  the Vikings may have put Phillip’s future in jeopardy… again…

Even though Brett and the Vikes completely torched the pokes, they may have exposed the Eagles more than they exposed Dallas.

While the DFW folks were getting all spun up about how this team was different because they had pummeled the vaunted Eagles twice in a row and for a third time in the 2009 season, no one was going back and looking at the facts:

The only team that Philadelphia beat this season that had a winning record was the Atlanta Falcons, and that came in a game in which the Dirty Birds were without their starting quarterback, Matt Ryan.  Even though the Falcons were able to finish with a record of 9-7, which marked the first time the franchise had ever strung together back-to-back winning seasons, they failed to make the playoffs.

Point is, maybe the boys weren’t quite as good as we thought, and maybe Wade is in more trouble than we thought.

Many said that Bum’s kid needed to win at least one playoff game, and needed to be competitive in each game.  Well I don’t think Jerry will consider 34-3 competitive…

Personally, I pull for Wade because I grew up watching his dad on NFL Films productions and I loved the fact that he was more than a coach; he was a persona.

Bum was bigger than the Astrodome and he was the Oilers and no one could confuse the cowboy hat wearing coach with anyone else.  His players loved him and he came across as a real human being.

That last sentence pretty well describes his son as well, but in this day and age, it just might cost Wade his job.

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That’s all she wrote

That pic at the end of the 3rd quarter should wrap it up for the Cowboys.  Romo will ultimately shoulder the blame for this loss, but he was a victim of a bad circumstance.

The Cowboys came out hot and were able to move the ball up and down the field, but were unable to turn that movement into points.

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young used to say that every time you kick a field goal you bring yourself that much closer to a loss.  Well if all you can do is drive down and miss field goals, you are pretty much guaranteeing your fate.

You have to finish drives in the NFL, and if you can’t, you go home.  It looks like the Cowboys will need a miracle finish to avoid going home for good.

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Wide everywhere

As much as I would love to blame our idiot kicker for that last missed kick, I am going to have to blame Jason Garret for running a misdirection pitch to Marion Barber on first and 10 after the boys had been pounding the rock between the tackles with Felix Jones and Barber on a solid drive.

The play lost seven yards and ultimately cost the Cowboys a chance to continue the drive.

That being said, Jerry has no excuse for pretending that he had no idea that our kicker, who doesn’t deserve mentioning, is no good.  He cut the guy and then watched first-hand as the guy performed so poorly that it cost him his job!

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Missed Opportunities

What a regretful first half for the Cowboys. On the first drive the boys fumbled, but they would have been in a position to go for it on fourth anyways (because we can’t kick a field goal), which wasn’t a sure thing.

The missed kick (see…) on another drive really killed any semblance of momentum. John Carney, a really reliable kicker who remains unsigned, had a good chuckle over that I’m sure…

And can anyone explain to me how Gerald Sensabaugh had no idea that he had just given up a ridiculous bomb to Sidney Rice? All he had to do was recall that he was actually involved in an NFL divisional round playoff game, turn his head around and put his hands up to knock that pass down.

At this point all we can do is hope for Favre to get over confident and make a terrible pass, or Adrian Peterson to fumble.

Long story short, we may have lost this game before we gave ourselves a chance to win it.

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Bowling for Forces

While most people were planning how exactly they would make things better in 2010, I was covering the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 31.The game was a rematch of last year’s game featuring the Houston Cougars versus the Air Force Academy Fighting Falcons.

Last year Houston dominated, but this year the Falcons torched the Coug’s 47-20.

The game was interesting, but all of the surrounding events overshadowed it for me.

For instance, during the Armed Forces Bowl Luncheon at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth Lt.j.g Warren Fair had the opportunity to meet Sgt. 1st. Class Dana Bowman (ret.), who lost both of his legs in a tragic sky diving accident.

On February 6, 1994, Bowman gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training.

Aguillon died in the collision, but nine months later, Bowman became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army.

During the luncheon Bowman gave an inspirational speech and asked guests to remember all of the men and women who battle for our freedom each and every day.

While Bowman provided a great speech, he wasn’t the only person in the audience who has helped to make a difference.

Normally I try to avoid inserting myself into these posts, but there is no way I can avoid it this time.

Another attendee of the luncheon, which was attended by nearly 1,000 people, was an original Tuskegee Airman named Calvin Spann.

Now I’ve been fortunate enough to have met quite a few influential people from Gen. David Petraeus to Adm. Thad Allen, but it would be hard to argue that Lt. Calvin Spann is not the most historically significant person I have come across.

I could try and articulate just how significant Spann’s and the other airmen’s efforts were, but I would most certainly fall short.  So with that said, it was truly an honor to have been able to shake the hand of such a legend.

The next day, more than 25 recruits were sworn into the Coast Guard by Capt. Marcus Woodring, commander of Sector Houston-Galveston, during half-time.

While those who took the oath have only begun to serve, the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary have been at it for quite some time.

Several members of the North Texas Auxiliary helped to put together the static display for the Armed Forces Insurance Armed Forces Adventure, which included a 25-foot Response Boat-Medium, a recruiting tent, and Coastie the Robot.

The display was so impressive that Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Sunni Cranfill and Ally Traylor stopped by to get acquainted with Coastie.

All in all, it was a great event for everyone involved, even the poor over-worked photographer…..

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Thanks for the Cowboys

On Thanksgiving we went to the Cowboys versus Raiders game at the Jerry Dome in Arlington, Texas, and had a really good time for only $29.99 per standing room ticket.

The first holiday game I went to was back in 1998 when Randy Moss absolutely annihilated the Cowboys at Texas Stadium during his first visit to Dallas after the boys didn’t draft him because of character flaws…  Micheal Irvin, Mark Tuinei, and crazy ass Charles Haley agree that character flaws are not in the best interest of the organization.

Anyhow, that game was also the first Cowboy game that I attended in person, and even though we got torched, at least I got to see Emmitt Smith rip off a long run on the faded green turf that was so recognizable.

The next Thanksgiving Day game I went to was a pounding of the Seattle Seahawks in 2008, which happened to be the last Thursday game ever at Texas Stadium.

So since I went to the last at the old, I figured it would only be fitting that I go to the first at the new.  It turned out to be the second consecutive trouncing of an opponent during the boys annual holiday event, and I found that the $30 Party Passes are worth the price.

We were confined to the end zones, but there are so many giant screens in the stadium that you get to hear and feel the energy of the crowd and see the game in crystal clear high definition.

Final review:  Party Passes are worth the money but Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell is not…

A Raiders fan contemplates how he will carry on, even though Al Davis continues to run the team from beyond the grave.

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