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COWBOYS HAND-PICKED RAVENS FOR TEXAS STADIUM FINALE

We mentioned in this week’s SportingNews.com Ten-Pack the theory that the Dallas Cowboys had specifically asked the NFL to make their home game with the Ravens the final regular-season contest at Texas Stadium.
We’ve since learned that, indeed, Jones made such a request — and the league obliged.
We’re also told that the Ravens players were made acutely aware of this fact prior to Saturday night’s game.
In hindsight, Jones probably wishes he’d asked for the Bengals.  Because, at this point, no one wants to see the Ravens come to town.

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  1. wingnut says: Dec 22, 2008 10:08 PM

    The Lions.

  2. barellano says: Dec 22, 2008 10:10 PM

    Watching the Cowgirls get trashed in their stadium’s final game was the best Christmas present ever. Thank you Ed, Ray and Willis.

  3. TheTylerRose-BestEver says: Dec 22, 2008 10:11 PM

    What a jackass Jones is! Jerry…and Adam…

  4. teflonsean says: Dec 22, 2008 10:12 PM

    so u mean to tell me that in the spirit of competition a team or is it just the “cowboys” can pick their own opponent in order to make sure they get a win this is utterly ridiculous and the NFL should have to answer to someone for trying to fix the outcome of a sporting event.

  5. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:15 PM

    Personally I’d rather have seen them play any other NFCE team. Who are the Ravens? They shouldn’t have had the privilege of being the last team to play a road game in Texas Stadium.
    On the other hand, that’s good exposure for a team that otherwise doesn’t get much. Now the Ravens can say that they played in a regular season that was watched by a lot of people, even if they weren’t watching it to see the Ravens.
    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/sports-wrap-cowboys-star-in-primetime-ratings-nfl-network-builds-its-audience/

  6. delintz says: Dec 22, 2008 10:15 PM

    Was it that they picked WHO and not WHEN? Are the schedules of opponents pretty much set far in advance, just not the dates and times? I mean we “already” know that Tampa is going overseas to play New England. They were already slated to play a home game against the Pats, we just don’t know when.

  7. sport3411 says: Dec 22, 2008 10:17 PM

    This is unbelievable…since when do Pro teams get to pick who they play when. I think the NFL should get significant criticism for this.
    Glad the Ravens beat them. The Cowboys have shown a whole new level of arrogance.

  8. BrianK says: Dec 22, 2008 10:23 PM

    now every team playing its last game before movng to a new stadium should be allowed to pick its opponent.the giants open a new stadium in 2010 so next years last home game should be handpicked by them.

  9. hondo says: Dec 22, 2008 10:24 PM

    I’ll wait for confirmation from another source. Florio is such a Cowboy hater I won’t take his word on anything about them.
    Remember Psych 101 when we learned that many virulent homosexual haters were latent homosexuals themselves? I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you haters were latent Cowboys fans.

  10. hondo says: Dec 22, 2008 10:26 PM

    MIBucs1982 what about Ray Ray Lewis, the OJ Simpson of current NFL players?

  11. MIBucs1982 says: Dec 22, 2008 10:27 PM

    Jerry Jones is a football fanatic. Could it be that maybe he wanted a really good game to showcase how good his Cowboys are against a team that year in and year out is an outstanding defensive team? It’s not his fault he bought the Cowboys and they have more troublemakers than playmakers….
    …oh wait a minute….nevermind…

  12. vincelombardi says: Dec 22, 2008 10:31 PM

    the “privilege” of playing in that toilet bowl? huh, for the record i think the ravens have won a superbowl since dallas last one a playoff game. i think they have won NUMEROUS playoff games since the cowturds have won ONE? privilege, seriously? that’s laughable, cowturd fans, always living in either the 70s….or early 90s! keep dreaming box, going on 13 years now since last playoff win….

  13. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:36 PM

    “Glad the Ravens beat them. The Cowboys have shown a whole new level of arrogance. ”
    Some of you monkeys really do believe everything you read, don’t you? Why in HELL would Jerry Jones pick the Ravens?
    1 – The Ravens are an unfamiliar opponent. That’s added risk of a spoiled homecoming. Smart money would have been to schedule a familiar and LIKELY inferior NFC opponent like the Eagirls, Cards or Redskins.
    2 – Jones is all about exposure. Why would he want to play a night game on NFLN against a JAG opponent like the Baltimore Modells? Nobody cares about the Ravens but Ravens fans and their presence probably hurt the ratings. Cowboys v. Redskins, Cowboys v. Giants, Eagles, Packers, any other NFC team the Cowboys played this year puts added pressure on cable companies to get the NFLN because more people would want to see that matchup.
    I’d rather have seen the Cowboys win but truth is the non-division loss didn’t hurt them a bit because two other NFC teams weren’t able to take care of their business.

  14. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:38 PM

    ” It’s not his fault he bought the Cowboys and they have more troublemakers than playmakers….…oh wait a minute….nevermind… ”
    Damn right you need to backpedal, what with all that “won three Super Bowls since he bought the team” stuff. I believe that’s three times the trophies the Bucs have in their entire existence.
    But what do Bucs fans know about real playmakers, anyway? Their top rusher EVER is James Freaking Wilder and they have the worst W-L percentage of all teams that have been around a decade or longer.

  15. barellano says: Dec 22, 2008 10:38 PM

    “Personally I’d rather have seen them play any other NFCE team. Who are the Ravens? They shouldn’t have had the privilege of being the last team to play a road game in Texas Stadium.”
    The privilege? Are you kidding? Maybe Jerry Jones should have had the ‘privilege’ of having Steve Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome in his sky box so they could tell him how to run a class organization and win a playoff game this decade.

  16. BrianK says: Dec 22, 2008 10:45 PM

    vox… put the crackpipe down the cowboys have irrelevant for over a decade.

  17. Bmore Styles says: Dec 22, 2008 10:50 PM

    No harm, no foul. Thanks for doubting us, Quazi Moto. Another team on the ‘Had List’ and another franchise to hate us. I love it.
    Also, I think Mason deserves more recognition for what he did Saturday after re-dislocating his shoulder. He had to be helped off the field after every play, and he ran his routes while shielding his arm close to his body. He went on to have a few clutch catches, a fumble recovery, and a crucial TD catch. Never have i been more proud to be a Ravens’ fan than i was watching him lay it all out on the line for his team. I’ll forever be a huuuge Mason fan after that amazing and unselfish effort.

  18. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:51 PM

    “the “privilege” of playing in that toilet bowl? huh, for the record i think the ravens have won a superbowl since dallas last one a playoff game.”
    Yeah, but nobody cares about the ravens. You should never ever question Emmitt Smith’s intelligence again, by the way. He may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but betcha he knows the difference between “won” and “one”, wince.
    “going on 13 years now since last playoff win”
    Going on 12 years, actually… last playoff win was on 12/28/1996… but don’t let facts get in the way of another bitter, overly simplistic and completely off-base rant by you, wince. It’s not about the Cowboys. It’s about Texas Stadium. Not surprised that you don’t get it, wince.

  19. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:53 PM

    “The privilege? Are you kidding? Maybe Jerry Jones should have had the ‘privilege’ of having Steve Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome in his sky box so they could tell him how to run a class organization and win a playoff game this decade. ”
    Yeah but they’re running the Ravens, and nobody cares about the Ravens but Ravens fans. Jones is running the flagship franchise of the entire NFL, the most marketable brand in the history of professional sports. What do Newsome and Bisciotti know about that? Will those guys even have a job if the Modells decide to move? Don’t tell me “nevermore”… ask the city of Cleveland about that. What can you say about a franchise that left it’s history behind to put a damn dollar in it’s pocket because it either couldn’t or wouldn’t figure out another way to make a buck? Ravens? Don’t make me laugh, nobody cares about the Ravens.

  20. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 10:55 PM

    “vox… put the crackpipe down the cowboys have irrelevant for over a decade. ”
    Don’t use big words if you don’t know what they mean. Of course the Cowboys are relevant.

  21. BradyGazelle says: Dec 22, 2008 10:57 PM

    Serves those CSers right…

  22. Volkof52 says: Dec 22, 2008 10:57 PM

    I understand the fact that most fans are too ignorant to realize how important injuries are to NFL teams, but an owner? Come on. Every real fan konws the only reason BAL was 5-11 last year was injuries. When you have 15 of your starters out on injury, you’re pretty much a good college team at that point.
    I can’t believe Jerry Jones either overlooked that, or assumed BAL would be just as injured again. Now, they are missing 4 starters, but 4 is a far cry from what happened last year.
    What’s more confusing is why he didn’t pick an NFC West team. They have mostly stunk for years now.
    And Vox, you’re comments are stupid. BAL is 3-0 against the Cowgirls and millions of people are Ravens fans. The Cowgirls (and other teams) have bandwaggon fans who are simply disloyal to their home team, or their parents were and so they followed suit. Or they didn’t have a home team so they picked the best team at that time (also cheap). I’d rather have less, real, loyal fans than a bunch of cheap ones.

  23. frox says: Dec 22, 2008 11:01 PM

    Story is true according to NFL Network. Adam Schefter reported this after the game during an interview he did with Ray Lewis. The Ravens absolutely believe this as Derick Mason spoke about it on a local TV show tonight. You can see the Shefter interview by going to the link below and looking under the videos for the Ravens.
    http://www.nfl.com/videos?categoryId=teams
    For those that do not believe this, think about this for a second. Why else would the NFL put the Ravens on prime time in the second to last week of the season coming after a 5-11 season? The league wanted this to be all about closing out storied Cowboy Stadium and the Ravens, as Florio put it, took a dump on the stadium through the hole in the roof.

  24. stephenglee says: Dec 22, 2008 11:03 PM

    Great job skewing the facts to stir the pot; making a headline out of nothing… typical media. The reason Jerry Jones requested to Ravens on that DATE (teams played are already predetermined through a simple formula) is because they were the ONLY current team to never have played in Texas Stadium. It was purely for historical purposes because it was a historical night in NFL history.

  25. dlcreed says: Dec 22, 2008 11:06 PM

    “We’ve since learned that, indeed, Jones made such a request — and the league obliged.”
    If this is true then this is a scandal not seen in the NFL for ages and you owe the public more than this statement. Please come forward with facts immediately.

  26. PARavensJeff says: Dec 22, 2008 11:06 PM

    Vox is so bitter & stupid. Jerry Jones picked the Ravens because they had a shitty year last year, a rookie head coach, & a QB issue. He thought they would be a perfect sacrificial lamb for his team. The Ravens won & know he talks about they didn’t deserve the “privalege” to play the last game, blah, blah, blah. Get over it dumb ass. It was especially priceless to watch his daughters & fans crying after the game. Good stuff.
    Now Florio, how about some hard hitting information about this? This type of thing isn’t normal, except for the special treatment of the Rooney’s. Let’s hear all about it Mike.

  27. dlcreed says: Dec 22, 2008 11:15 PM

    Jones picked the Ravens when he could have picked the Giants or Eagles knowing that he wouldn’t have to face them on the road the last game? Didn’t pick the 49′er’s or Bucs? Doesn’t make sense.

  28. stephenglee says: Dec 22, 2008 11:33 PM

    He requested the Ravens because they were the ONLY to team to NEVER have played in Texas Stadium. It was an effort to add significance to a historical day for the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. That is why his request was met by the NFL. The media, including this site, hasn’t bothered to mention that important fact. Thats either due to lack of knowledge, bias or prejudice. Any of these ingredients are a great reason to be skeptical of their reporting.

  29. dallas1966 says: Dec 22, 2008 11:34 PM

    jery felt like since his team finished 13-3, that it would be a cakewalk with the ravens, because of the so-call talent he had acquired during the off season. once again, jerry gets egg on his face. the former players are very disgusted with the organization and the direction it is headed. most of the former players are very angry at the current cowboys coaches and players and feel that they don’t understand what it means to wear the star on the helmet. tuna had started a tradition, that was stopped once wade phillips became the coach. the rookies would have to earn wearing the start on the helmet during the tuna era. this policy stopped with wade who didn’t want to continue what tuna had started and wanted to implement his own policy, which is what the cowboys fans are witnessing, underacheiving players not meeting the goals and objective of winning the super bowl. also cowboy fans are disgusted with the suspect play calling of jason garrett. it took garrett 3 quarters to figure out what the ravens was doing to the cowboys offense by that time the cowboys offense was worn down causing the 2 long td runs by the ravens. also ray lewis had stated after the game on nfl network that the cowboys offense was sooo vanilla, this is not first time a opponent had took a shot a garrett, the steelers db florence who made the interception to win the game for the steelers stated that the defensive coordinator dick lebeau knew what formation the cowboys offense was going to be in prior to the snap. you can bet that jimmy johnson the defensive coordinator will be using the blue print of the ravens to bringing the heat to make romo look mortal.

  30. east96st says: Dec 22, 2008 11:36 PM

    I was actually shocked that it wasn’t a NFC East opponent. So much history there. So much bad blood. The NFL should have demanded that it be a divisional match up. That’s how Texas Stadium should have ended it’s run. Glad the Ravens won, but the last game should have been against either the Eagles, the Skins, or the Giants. When the day comes for Baltimore to get a new stadium many years from now, hope they have the common sense to close it out with the Steelers – not Dallas. Some fights need to stay in the “family”.

  31. WetHog says: Dec 22, 2008 11:44 PM

    Vox Veritas says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:36 pm
    “Glad the Ravens beat them. The Cowboys have shown a whole new level of arrogance. ”
    Some of you monkeys really do believe everything you read, don’t you? Why in HELL would Jerry Jones pick the Ravens?
    1 – The Ravens are an unfamiliar opponent. That’s added risk of a spoiled homecoming. Smart money would have been to schedule a familiar and LIKELY inferior NFC opponent like the Eagirls, Cards or Redskins.
    Ah the Redskins won in Crackboy land this year douche.

  32. Elaw6 says: Dec 22, 2008 11:45 PM

    i wish they would have picked SANTANA MOSS and the REDSKINS to burn em up. I HATE DALLAS……HAILTOTHEREDSKINS

  33. TheCommish says: Dec 22, 2008 11:47 PM

    The NFL Schedule is released in April. The matchups are known at the conclusion of the Regular Seasons.
    ALL NFL Teams are able to make schedule request with the league. As an example, the Patriots specifically requested more Sunday 1:00pm games this year (they have had max # of Primetime games the past few years and the team wanted the fans to have some 1:00pm games). They also requested the NFL to schedule their 4 West Coast Games in Back to Back weeks (the Jets did not request this, the Pats stayed in San Jose). There are certain pre determined dates on the schedule (The Pats & Bucs will have their bye week after the London game as an example). It takes the NFL three plus months to prepare the 17 week schedule. Teams making schedule requests is not “scandalous”. The Ravens not previously playing at Texas Stadium is a very good reason to schedule them for a week 16 NFL Network Game. The Networks would not want the NFL Network to have a key divisional game and as Lord Farve’s last home game in Green Bay last year, the NFL Network likes grabbing some of the end of season “Historical” games.
    This is an absolute non issue.

  34. Bmore Styles says: Dec 22, 2008 11:50 PM

    Vox Veritas:
    HAHAHA You’re whining is infectiously humorous. We shut down that dump right, baby. And yes, the only people that care about the Ravens are Ravens’ fans. DUHHH. You country-folk never cease to amaze me. The ONLY people who care about the Cowboys are Cowboys’ fans. That’s how it works, you FOOL. hahaha You’re so stupid. Nobody has cared about the Cowboys in over a decade. They’re irrelevant. Who cares about a losing franchise? On the other hand, discounting last year, the Ravens have been competitive winners for the last 8 seasons. But you don’t know nothing about that down in Dallas. Who’s your daddy!!!!

  35. bofarr says: Dec 22, 2008 11:52 PM

    If they had truly wanted it to bespecial and meaningful they would have picked the Skins, Jints or Iggles. A rivalry game would have been much more memorable than a new team (the name and unis, not the franchise) that didn’t exist when Texas Stadium was built. So there is a certain irony in the Boys getting spanked by the Nevermores.

  36. vincelombardi says: Dec 22, 2008 11:52 PM

    hey box, mr. english major, i suggest you go back and try to make sense out of your last “sentence” on your first post. wait, i am sure emmit smit’ helped you with it. and box, get back to me on 13 years when they a)don’t make the playoffs this year or b)they lose in the first round. keep the faith box!

  37. vincelombardi says: Dec 22, 2008 11:54 PM

    box, define “relevant”. btw jerry still send thank you notes to mike lynn…..

  38. Philtration says: Dec 23, 2008 12:06 AM

    Why the NFL did not have the Redskins playing in that final game is a joke

  39. bigblue59 says: Dec 23, 2008 12:08 AM

    Don’t use big words if you don’t know what they mean. Of course the Cowboys are relevant.
    Vox only in two places your warped mind and the Dallas police blotter
    The cops were hopeing for a loss so that all the scum would leave
    Town till next season
    Vox your team sucks

  40. sandy70 says: Dec 23, 2008 12:14 AM

    “Who are the Ravens? They shouldn’t have had the privilege of being the last team to play a road game in Texas Stadium.”
    ———————————————————————-
    TO–is that you?
    But the Ravens did deserve the privilege of being the last road team to win in Texas Stadium, hence your bitterness.
    Apparently everything is bigger in Texas, including the chokes, the meltdowns, and the overrated reputation of the defense that got run over by the team “didn’t deserve the privilege.”
    Its time to put your unwarranted arrogance in your back pocket…next to your thinking apparatus.

  41. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:22 AM

    “Story is true according to NFL Network. Adam Schefter reported this after the game during an interview he did with Ray Lewis.”
    Yes anbd after the game, Terrell Suggs also said “You know their coach, Jason Garrett, he turned the job down and said one of the reasons was we didn’t have men of character. We fed off that” in spite of their being no record of Garrett saying any such thing.

  42. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:23 AM

    “And Vox, you’re comments are stupid. BAL is 3-0 against the Cowgirls and millions of people are Ravens fans.”
    Yay for the Ravens. Nobody cares.

  43. wingnut says: Dec 23, 2008 12:23 AM

    Jerry has a broken picker.

  44. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:24 AM

    “The Cowgirls (and other teams) have bandwaggon fans who are simply disloyal to their home team, or their parents were and so they followed suit. Or they didn’t have a home team so they picked the best team at that time (also cheap). I’d rather have less, real, loyal fans than a bunch of cheap ones. ”
    Dude, the freaking Ravens have existed for like 20 minutes.

  45. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:31 AM

    “Jerry Jones picked the Ravens because they had a shitty year last year, a rookie head coach, & a QB issue.”
    There was nothing in the off-season that made the Ravens look any less inept than the 49ers, Rams, etc.

  46. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:33 AM

    “Ah the Redskins won in Crackboy land this year douche. ”
    We’re talking about decisions that were made before the season began, you incredible idiot. The Redskins are definitely inferior to the Cowboys, by virtue of being ELIMINATED from playoff contention already.

  47. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:37 AM

    “HAHAHA You’re whining is infectiously humorous.”
    “You’re” lack of education makes Emmitt laugh condescendingly at you.
    “You’re so stupid.”
    That’s irony for ya.
    “Who cares about a losing franchise?”
    At 9-6, the Cowboys are not a losing franchise, nor do they have an all-time losing record. Eat more fish, dude. They say it’s brain food.

  48. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:38 AM

    “hey box, mr. english major”
    I’m not an English major, wince. I just happen to be fluent in the language (unlike you, apparently).

  49. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:39 AM

    “box, define “relevant”.”
    Are you too stupid to look the word up yourself, wince?
    Don’t answer that.

  50. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:41 AM

    “Vox only in two places your warped mind and the Dallas police blotter ”
    I’m pretty sure the Giants know that the Cowboys are relevant, “bigblue”. They kicked the Giants’ asses a little over a week ago, as you know but are too bitter to remember.

  51. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:43 AM

    “Vox your team sucks ”
    So does your mom but you don’t see me making a post on the internet about it. Until now.

  52. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:44 AM

    “TO–is that you?
    Sandy, it’s not my fault that the Ravens have always been considered a second-class franchise.

  53. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:48 AM

    “i wish they would have picked SANTANA MOSS and the REDSKINS to burn em up.”
    What’s Moss gonna get done in week 16 in Texas Stadium that he couldn’t get done in week 11 in FedEx Field (5 for 29, check into that)

  54. spanky07 says: Dec 23, 2008 12:53 AM

    The Ravens are the ex-Browns who wouldn’t even exist if not for the coward Art Modell who decided to skip town. The most famous Raven is a murderer and most Raven fans are just bitter Colts fans anyway.
    Jerry Jones is another matter…he’s holding real Cowboys fans hostage and has since he fired the best coach on NFL history, Tom Landry. We can only hope he’s lured to the left coast someday and sets up shop in southern California.

  55. Vox Veritas says: Dec 23, 2008 12:56 AM

    “I was actually shocked that it wasn’t a NFC East opponent. So much history there. So much bad blood. The NFL should have demanded that it be a divisional match up.”
    That’s why the “Jones requested it” story is fishy to me. If nothing else, Jones is a master of hype and no game against any opponent from the AFC would approach the level of hype that could be generated by a divisional game. Jones is spearheading the effort to shove NFLN down cable’s throat, so he’s gonna pick the Ravens? Doesn’t make sense. Should have been a divisional game not only for the reasons that I’ve stated but just from a pure rivalry standpoint, Giants, Redskins or Eagirls should have been given the opportunity to close Texas Stadium out on a sour note. They’ve earned it. Same reason the Cowboys should have had the opportunity to get a win over one of those teams to close Texas Stadium.

  56. vincelombardi says: Dec 23, 2008 1:02 AM

    vox vaginas says “i’m not an english major….” yeah no kidding box i took your advice and looked up “anbd” , funny no entry, can i borrow your ebonics dictionary???

  57. Volkof52 says: Dec 23, 2008 1:10 AM

    The Ravens have NEVER been considered a second class franchise. Good try though.

  58. wingnut says: Dec 23, 2008 1:33 AM

    Hey Vox, PFT should be paying you.
    Are you their new writer.
    MDS quit.

  59. Bmore Styles says: Dec 23, 2008 2:08 AM

    Vox Veritas:
    First, i congragulate you… you are correct, 9-6 is not a “losing franchise”. Second, i retract my congragulation and point out that 52-66 since 2000, is a LOSING franchise. Thanks for playing, i’m sure we have some nice parting gifts for you. Idiot. Go rustle up your cattle and feed the chickens, you’re out of your league.

  60. Bmore Styles says: Dec 23, 2008 4:41 AM

    Vox Veritas:
    So if we’re a “second class franchise”, what’s that make you after we just Owned you on Prime Time, playoff spots riding on the line, last game at your not so proud looking stadium, to a team with a rookie head coach and quarterback, a slow and old linebacker, no legit #1 WR, new offensive coordinator, a secondary full of holes (besides Reed), coming off a physical and crushing loss at home, in a game in which nobody outside of Baltimore thought we had a chance in?
    I’ll give you a hint…. It makes us better than you.

  61. tuck51 says: Dec 23, 2008 7:28 AM

    Ravens 3-1 against the NFC Least. A ball off the helmet away from being 4-0. Dallas is so yeaterday. Take Romo and Simpson and enjoy the playoffs on TV from North Mexico.

  62. mrmagoo says: Dec 23, 2008 8:19 AM

    Bmore Styles says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 4:41 am
    Vox Veritas:
    So if we’re a “second class franchise”, what’s that make you after we just Owned you on Prime Time, playoff spots riding on the line, last game at your not so proud looking stadium, to a team with a rookie head coach and quarterback, a slow and old linebacker, no legit #1 WR, new offensive coordinator, a secondary full of holes (besides Reed), coming off a physical and crushing loss at home, in a game in which nobody outside of Baltimore thought we had a chance in?
    I’ll give you a hint…. It makes us better than you.
    ________________________
    It must be Christmas. I just saw Bmore own somebody.
    Bmore, I’m going bask in your glory here. And I’m being sincere.

  63. RaiderMight says: Dec 23, 2008 11:01 AM

    Ditto!
    ————–
    barellano says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:10 pm
    Watching the Cowgirls get trashed in their stadium’s final game was the best Christmas present ever. Thank you Ed, Ray and Willis.

  64. Ozman says: Dec 23, 2008 11:02 AM

    It’s amazing to see the jealousy that non-Cowboy fans have. Irrelevant? Unlikely. Unpopular? Hardly. Unsuccessful. Not even close.
    The simple fact that we’re having this conversation proves that they are relevant. You don’t ever see such passion for or against a team for any other team. It’s not like you have an entire world discussing how great or how much you hate the Lions, or the Buc or the Ravens for that matter.
    For the moment, lets deal with facts:
    FACT: Forbes listed the top 3 teams WORLD WIDE in popularity.
    They were in order, The Yankees, The Cowboys and Manchester United.
    FACT: The Dallas Cowboys factor in 23% of Officially licensed product. the remaining 31 teams split the remaining 77%. ONE FOURTH of ALL product is Cowboys related!
    FACT: 7 of the 10 highest rated regular season games had the Cowboys. They occupy the top 4 spots.
    FACT: While the Cowboys have had a serious downturn in the last 12 years, they have still been to more Super Bowls than anyone. A-N-Y-O-N-E!
    FACT: The Cowboys have won 5. No Team has more.
    FACT: Even the “Anything New York” ESPN lists the Dallas Cowboys as the Cowboys team as the #1 overall greatest NFL team since the AFL-NFL merger based on among other things, overall success, playoff victories, overall wins, winning seasons and more. It’s pretty neat, you should see it.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=nflrankings/1-10/080917
    the overall rankings are here:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=nflrankings/stats/080917
    you’ll notice the Cowboys in the top 3 in every positive category.
    Again, you baby’s can whine your jealous whine but it’s undeniable….the Cowboys are one of the if not THE greatest football franchise of all-time.
    In case you are wondering, I am a Bears fan. I just have a healthy respect for the league, it’s history and cannot stand moronic people who let their feelings cloud the reality.
    also….to the dummy that THOUGHT he was cool and used “abnd” against Vox is a moron. You can’t use a typo to bash somebody about spelling/vocabulary.

  65. shuxion says: Dec 23, 2008 11:19 AM

    @ BrianK
    I have a feeling that the Lions, Bengals, and Chiefs will be in a lot of “stadium closing ceremony” games.

  66. shuxion says: Dec 23, 2008 11:22 AM

    @ TheCommish
    You will learn that around here that people aren’t smart enough to understand facts.
    Just sit back and enjoy the fun.
    I agree though, this is a non issue.

  67. BirdOnAMission says: Dec 23, 2008 12:17 PM

    Hey, Vox-Yeast Infection…
    Nov. 20, 2000, Hot Steaming Cow Pile – 0 (zero, zilch), BALTIMORE – 27
    Nov. 21, 2004, Hot Steaming Cow Pile – 10, BALTIMORE – 30
    Dec. 20, 2008, Baltimore 33, HOT STEAMING COW PILE – 24
    Shall we go on with your grade school rant?

  68. mrmagoo says: Dec 23, 2008 12:32 PM

    Ozman says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 11:02 am
    It’s amazing to see the jealousy that non-Cowboy fans have. Irrelevant? Unlikely. Unpopular? Hardly. Unsuccessful. Not even close.
    The simple fact that we’re having this conversation proves that they are relevant. You don’t ever see such passion for or against a team for any other team. It’s not like you have an entire world discussing how great or how much you hate the Lions, or the Buc or the Ravens for that matter.
    For the moment, lets deal with facts:
    FACT: Forbes listed the top 3 teams WORLD WIDE in popularity.
    They were in order, The Yankees, The Cowboys and Manchester United.
    FACT: The Dallas Cowboys factor in 23% of Officially licensed product. the remaining 31 teams split the remaining 77%. ONE FOURTH of ALL product is Cowboys related!
    FACT: 7 of the 10 highest rated regular season games had the Cowboys. They occupy the top 4 spots.
    FACT: While the Cowboys have had a serious downturn in the last 12 years, they have still been to more Super Bowls than anyone. A-N-Y-O-N-E!
    FACT: The Cowboys have won 5. No Team has more.
    FACT: Even the “Anything New York” ESPN lists the Dallas Cowboys as the Cowboys team as the #1 overall greatest NFL team since the AFL-NFL merger based on among other things, overall success, playoff victories, overall wins, winning seasons and more. It’s pretty neat, you should see it.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=nflrankings/1-10/080917
    the overall rankings are here:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=nflrankings/stats/080917
    you’ll notice the Cowboys in the top 3 in every positive category.
    Again, you baby’s can whine your jealous whine but it’s undeniable….the Cowboys are one of the if not THE greatest football franchise of all-time.
    In case you are wondering, I am a Bears fan. I just have a healthy respect for the league, it’s history and cannot stand moronic people who let their feelings cloud the reality.
    also….to the dummy that THOUGHT he was cool and used “abnd” against Vox is a moron. You can’t use a typo to bash somebody about spelling/vocabulary.
    ____________________________
    That was an illuminating history lesson. I didn’t see any of that on the scoreboard at the end of the Ravens game.
    Let’s look at another time frame, where the Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in over 10 years. Where their overall record since 2000 before the beginning of this year was exactly equal to the Saints (except for the 2 Saints playoff victories). Do you see anyone talking about the relevance or importance of the Raiders? There’s another proud franchise with a great fan base that’s struggled with owner-meddling induced issues. As a student of league history I’d think you’d shudder to consider a former expansion team with a little more than half of the history of the majority of their rivals the greatest franchise in league history. I don’t think they’re the greatest franchise in the history of their conference. The Giants had won 4 NFL Championships before the Dallas Cowboys ever existed.

  69. WeskerLogan says: Dec 23, 2008 3:13 PM

    let’s not forget the patriots ‘requested’ to play back to back games on the west coast…and got it…joke the nfl has become under roger ‘hyprocritical tough guy’ goodell

  70. Bmore Styles says: Dec 23, 2008 3:22 PM

    mrmagoo:
    It pains me to say it, but these Cowboy fans make Steelers’ fans look like scholars. Suddenly, i don’t hate Pittsburgh anymore. Well that’s a waaaay bit drastic, but i also hate the Cowboys as well. They’re the most delusional fans in the league.

  71. Rivet says: Dec 23, 2008 10:56 PM

    Bmore Styles says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 4:41 am
    Vox Veritas:
    So if we’re a “, in a game in which nobody outside of Baltimore thought we had a chance in?
    I’ll give you a hint…. It makes us better than you.
    ________________________
    mrmagoo says:
    It must be Christmas. I just saw Bmore own somebody.
    Bmore, I’m going bask in your glory here. And I’m being sincere.
    _______________
    I’m a Steelers fan with no love for the Ravens, but I have to agree with Magoo, the Ravens deserve big glory here. People still haven’t sufficiently lauded Derrick Mason for being the absolute biggest badass in the NFL last weekend, between saving that fumble, and running out that touchdown pass with one arm dangling like it had been shot off. Flacco being only the 2nd Rookie QB to ever win in Tx Stadium (and we all know the first was Big Ben in 04!). After sacking that town, triggering a violent botox apoplexy in JJ, and leaving the fans and their women in tears, I just hope none of the Ravens caught the clap off any Dallas cheerleaders.
    I’m starting to like them better now that Billick’s being more of a memory.
    -Rivet

  72. sandy70 says: Dec 24, 2008 12:10 AM

    “Sandy, it’s not my fault that the Ravens have always been considered a second-class franchise.”
    ———————————————————————-
    By whom? You?
    Reality check–your team of choice has never once been able to beat the Ravens.
    I’ll take a “second-class organization” if the alternative is a team with the most overrated defense in the league, is one negative media report away from another TO meltdown, which has a supposed superstar QB who gags every time he plays in a game that matters, with an owner who would replace the star on the helmets and/or field with his own image if he could, and that laid the biggest egg of their season against a “second-class orgniztion” on primetime TV with every living member of significance in the franchise’s history watching live and in person.
    Enjoy your dozen years (and counting) of playoff futility, and choke on the fact that a “second-class organization” that “didn’t deserve the privilege” exposed the Cowboys for the frauds they really are. But please, continue to entertain the rest of us with your delusions of grandeur.

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