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A little self-congratulation – my decade-plus Cowboys prediction remains intact January 18, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, It's all about the $$$, non squitur, silliness, Society.

A brief descent into a non sequitur topic.

At least a decade ago, surveying the carnage Jerry Jones had wrought on my beloved, formerly high-class Dallas Cowboys organization, I made a prediction – so long as he owned the team, the Cowboys would never make another Super Bowl appearance, let alone win one.  I have been part of the anti-Cowboys faction since Jerry fired Jimmy and hired Switzer back in ’93.  That single decision almost certainly cost the franchise at least one Super Bowl win, if not two, and led directly to over a decade in the cellar.  Jerry’s principle sin is pride, he continues to assert that he is a “football guy” and knows talent as well as anyone.  The past 20 years-plus have proven that he’s wrong.

Nevertheless, in spite of being on the outs with the club for a very long time, I did get kind of sucked in this year with the charming stories surrounding Zeke Elliot and Dak Prescott.  But I should have known better.  So long as Jerry remains owner and GM, the Cowboys will be an also-ran.  One playoff win in the past 21 seasons.  Way to go champ!

I’ll never doubt again.



And it’s not being a fair-weather fan.  It’s having a fundamental hostility to a man who has taken a blowtorch to one of the classiest, best-run, most storied franchises in NFL history, and often behaved as a classless boor in the process.

On the plus side, I am convinced UT made the right move in firing Charlie Strong and bringing in Tom Hermann.  I think he’s going to be an ace.  I wouldn’t doubt if they go +5 or 6 next year compared to last.



1. Tim - January 18, 2017

As a born and bred Pittsburgher I have different reasons for being happy about Sunday’s game.

1. I did not want the Cowboys to tie the Pittsburgh record of 6 Super Bowl wins….(Now the Patriots must be stopped….a tall order but if the Steelers play their “A” game, I think they can do it) (San Franciso threatened but the Ravens beat them…..how often do Steeler fans root for the Ravens????)

2. It’s in a Pittsburgher’s blood to despise the Cowboys.

No offense to all you in Texas. Rivalries are indeed fun.

Steelers….only 3 head coaches since 1969(all 3 have Super Bowl victories with the Steelers) and owned by the Rooney’s from the start.

Pittsburgh—–The best sports town in the world, the best skyline and the most bridges of any city on earth.

2. c matt - January 18, 2017

Being from Houston, I cannot be happy about the team from the burg of the pits.

Tim - January 19, 2017

Jealousy I suspect. Always enjoyed Bradshaw and company smashing Pastorini and “Bum”. Super Bowls: Pittsburgh 6 Houston 0.

3. MFG - January 18, 2017

Never realized they never won a playoff game since 96. I completely agree Tantum but what could ever dislodge the Jones family from ownership? It’s too glamorous to give up. Still miss Landry.

Btw hope to see you at MD this weekend.

Tantumblogo - January 18, 2017

ALRIGHT! I look forward to that.

4. Baseballmom - January 18, 2017

I liked that Dak story too… the kid did a darn good job – cannot do it all.

5. Camper - January 18, 2017

I consider football an American version of the bread and circuses of ancient Rome. Sorry, but football is subsidized by the government and deserves such a description. (College ball, and therefore pro-ball.) Imagining anybody calling a franchise classy is hard. Considering, however, that the Cowboys have their famous and barbaric cheerleaders, maybe Jones did do something wrong. Tom Landry was known for wearing a fedora. Did he think of himself as a Christian? Ultimately, he was the beneficiary of government money. Why praise him then? He was a parasite.

Tantumblogo - January 18, 2017

Is there ever a time you’re not being a scold?

6. Camper - January 18, 2017

Catholics should be against bread and circuses. Sure, it might feel like purgatory sometimes, but God calls us to be slaves. Boycott the trash and strike a blow for God. Throwing a ball around one’s yard, or playing a game with friends, seems infinitely better to me. It’s healthier, and one would probably form deeper friendships. Do it if only to protest the cheerleaders. Really. Every minute one is on cable matters.
I didn’t mention high school football, which is a religion in Texas. We lose our dignity when we support such stuff. The rich (amongst whom I cannot possibly include myself) hate such stuff. It is a tax on workers for circuses, and is part of class warfare.

Judy - January 19, 2017

Bingo! My family’s favorite quote from a priest you’re probably familiar with: “Who wins the Super Bowl matters exactly as much as who wins the hopscotch game.” I wanted to stand up and cheer at that point of his homily.

Camper - January 19, 2017

I remember members of my Baptist congregation when I was a teenager crying because our high school football team lost the state football semi-finals in the playoffs. They never cried over fetuscide, pornography, or anything else I can think of. They weren’t bad people, just far too emotional about football. Judy, do you agree that gov’t funding of sports is bread and circuses? The state of Texas just spent $428 million on Kyle Field (Texas A&M’s main football stadium) when we are facing historic economic collapse within ten years. Democracy is horrendous, even in Texas.

7. Numbskull - January 18, 2017

Jerry Jones built a really big stadium for the Arlington Cowgirls. What have you done lately?


Tantumblogo - January 18, 2017

Are you asking me, or Jerry?

And the good people of Arlington, and all those who visit there, paid for about half that stadium.

Numbskull - January 18, 2017


8. Numbskull - January 18, 2017

Prediction: Tom Hermann will be another unproven Cougar bust, like Kevin Sumlin.

Tantumblogo - January 18, 2017

It depends on what you mean by a bust. Right now, 8-4 would be a great improvement. But I think Herman’s going to do better than Sumlin. The competition is a lot easier, for one, and I suspect Herman will be a better coach and especially tactician. We’ll see, but I am convinced he’ll be a big improvement over Strong. And I say that as someone who thought the whole Brown firing and Strong hiring was a fiasco. Saban played UT hard.

Numbskull - January 19, 2017

Agreed, he’ll be an improvement over Strong but not a high bar. UT also made major mistake in hiring Patterson as AD.
Saban left a lot of enemies in his wake.

Tantumblogo - January 20, 2017

Patterson is the gift that keeps on giving. Like Shaka Smart, head basketball coach. That is looking increasingly bad hire.

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