Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Whoa, that was close.

I try hard not to let this "deteriorate" into a sports blog, but I have to throw a bone to the Cowboys.

They're 5-0 and won a game they had no business winning.

Tony Romo (never had his ribs, but I hear they're good) threw five (5) interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns, and lost a fumble.

Yet, through some very unlikely events, the Cowboys escaped with a victory.

They scored a touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game to trim the lead to 24-22, but they missed the 2-point conversion. They recovered the onside kick and moved the ball down the field with a few quick passes. Then the rookie kicker kicked a 53 yard field goal with 2 seconds left. But, it didn't count since Buffalo called a timeout just before the snap. So, he kicked it again, whereby the Cowboys scored 9 points in the final 20 seconds to win the game.

Whoa, that was close. They EASILY could have lost that game and I'm sure they would have, had they been using "the other guy's" break pads.

  • The defense only gave up 3 points. Last week, the defense gave up zero (0) points. The defense had a rough start to the season, but it's pretty good.
  • For the first time in a while, the Cowboys just may have a kicker.
  • Jason Witten is Tony Romo's bread & butter.


  • Tony Romo had a bad, bad Leroy Brown type game.
  • The running game is more than a bit anemic.
  • Terrell Owens continues to go hot & cold, dropping balls in important situations.
  • For the 2nd week in a row, the special teams have let a kick be returned against them for a touchdown.

In case you missed the game, watch a 5-minute video recap.

Next Sunday the Cowboys host the 5-0 New England Patriots. They just might get a pretty harsh wake up call this week and they're be doomed if they play anything like they did tonight. But ... that was a game for the ages and a very exciting one to watch.


At 09 October, 2007 09:51, Blogger Timothy said...

Hi Gunny,
Thanks for the Cowboys update. I don't mind the occasional sports blog. Especially about the Cowboys.

I thought about blogging about the Aggies again... but thought better of it. Just not sure what they are going to end up doing...

At 09 October, 2007 10:08, Blogger samurai said...

The Cowboys had no right to expect to win that game... five interceptions - are you kidding me!

I don't care if it's the Saints or the Dolphins... they should have lost that game!

But you have to hand it to them... they fought through it and really played hard. In the end they earned that win.

At 09 October, 2007 10:42, Blogger Lance said...

I stayed up and watched . . . and I don't think I fully appreciate yet just how exceptional the last minute (and esp. the last 20 seconds) was.

No one deserves to win a game with 6 turnovers, and I wonder how many times that has happened!

There's nothing like leaping off of the couch in joy at 11:00 pm, though.

At 09 October, 2007 11:00, Blogger GUNNY said...

I was in St. Louis for the weekend, so I didn't get in until late Monday night.

So ... I'm watching it via TiVo.

A little after 1AM I get a call from my buddy Oilcan who says, "You watching the game?"

His wife failed to TiVo extra time, so his recording stopped with about 4 minutes left in the game.

I wasn't quite there, but he came over and we watched the rest of the game and then some postgame.

It was a LATE night, but just imagine how late it would have been had the Cowboys lost?!

I called the TD & failed 2-point conversion and thought that's how it would end.

I thought the timeout to mess with the kicker bit was silly and that it would derail them as well.

What a shocker! But ... hey, we'll take it in what looks to be a tough NFC East.

P.S. Timothy, how 'bout them Aggies? STILL on top the Big XII South, all by their badselves.

At 09 October, 2007 12:48, Blogger AJF said...

Very Lucky Escape by the Cowgirls

At 09 October, 2007 15:31, Blogger Lance said...

Enjoy it while it lasts, Gunny.

The Ags come to Norman in a few weeks.

At 09 October, 2007 17:50, Blogger Jade said...

UGh! Why don't you just stab me in the back! The bills should have won that...although I'm not a bills fan. Personally I think Buffalo, NY should be part of Canada and not part of New York.

Speaking of prolong games, baseball has kept me up late nights...as late as 2am. The longest game was played between the BoSox and Yankees (no surprise there considering the hostility between those teams!). But I can't boast about my team just now...in morning after last night's lost. :o( I don't know if I can tolerate the BoSox winning the WS.

At 09 October, 2007 22:12, Blogger AJF said...

As a Buffalo native, I found Jade's comment pretty laughable. I was thinking Texas should be part of Mexico...oh wait..it was...they stole it from Mexico!

At 10 October, 2007 11:07, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ajf, as you are a Buffalo native, can you please tell me what a "Bill" is, as in Buffalo Bills? I have been wondering about that. I mean, they have a Buffalo on the helmet, so shouldn't they be the Buffalo Buffalos or perhaps the Buffalo Bisons. Or better yet, they should change their mascot to Wings, so that they could be the Buffalo Wings. They could even keep the same logo, but just add a some wings to the buffalo shape.

I don't mean to give you a hard time. As a citizen of Wylie, Texas, I have to endure the stupid high school/community mascot of "The Pirates". Not to even mention the glorification of the evil doer Pirate behavior to our community's children, but we all know that are mascot should be the obvious choice of Wylie Coyotes. I mean, we actually have coyotes, but we have no real pirates pillaging our town or others and there is no swashbuckling on the high seas of Lake Lavon.

Does Buffalo actually have "Bills"?


At 10 October, 2007 17:17, Blogger Rev. said...

Was that wild, or what!?! They wouldn't have had to work so hard if TO hadn't dropped the ball those two times (*ahem*).

AJF, I'll be praying for you. ;)

At 11 October, 2007 10:13, Blogger Timothy said...

Hi Gunny,
Yes, I know. Shocking huh!

At 11 October, 2007 10:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the mascot supposed to be named after the Wild West cowboy "Buffalo" Bill Cody?

I had this thought last night after watching a segment from the movie The Silence of the Lambs, and the killer's nickname was Buffalo Bill. Surely, the team is not named after that fictional movie killer. Besides, the Buffalo Bills are already associated with another killer, OJ.


At 11 October, 2007 11:18, Blogger AJF said...

You got it..."Buffalo Bill" is after good ole' Mr. Cody. It was the winning entry at a local contest back in the 60's, no joke.

Regarding the game-Jason Whitlock has pointed out-The Cowboys stole Monday's game partially because the clock was run improperly in the final 20 seconds.

For some reason the clock never ran during Dallas' onside kick. Somehow the refs concluded only two seconds expired on the play. The play easily could've burned four or five seconds had the clock run the way it normally does when there's a scrap for the football.

The refs reset the clock to 13 seconds on T.O.'s dropped pass that was only ruled a drop after a replay review. This might have been appropriate and accurate, but had the refs ruled it an incompletion off the top and whistled the play dead, there could've easily been another second or two come off the clock.
Anyway, Dallas stopped the clock with a spike with two seconds to play and booted the game-winning field goal.

Cowgirls are lucky once again, Buffalo is cursed once again.

At 11 October, 2007 12:09, Blogger GUNNY said...

Then why don't they have a bearded guy with a rifle on their helmets?

Remember the old Patriot helmets? I'm thinking it should be more like that?

At 11 October, 2007 13:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if you are right, and I am not saying you are, I think the Cowboys had a few seconds coming to them after the officials failed to call the obvious face guarding defensive pass interference penalty on the Bills during the failed 2-point conversion.

Interesting that the Buffalo Bills are actually cowboys like the Cowboys.

Now, what are the Browns?


At 11 October, 2007 14:11, Blogger GUNNY said...

The Browns are named after Paul Brown, who later got slooged out of town and started the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tony wrote: "Cowgirls are lucky once again, Buffalo is cursed once again."

Sir, what kind of a Calvinist are you? To quote Obi Wan, "In my experience there's no such thing as luck."

At 11 October, 2007 15:00, Blogger AJF said...

True, no such thing as luck. There is such a thing as a curse.

Maybe it's for violating the Sabbath week in and week out?

At 11 October, 2007 15:24, Blogger GUNNY said...

That curse is bad mojo; just ask the Cubs!


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