Anybody Hate The Dallas Cowboys? (Besides Eagles And Redskins Fans)

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I hate Dallas. I mean hate. Ever since Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry back in the day, I’ve hated the Dallas Cowboys. I mean hate.  Landry WAS Dallas, and I loved Roger Staubach and Golden Richards and the “Doomsday” Defense. But Landry was unceremoniously released by the haughty and high minded, hubristic and  narcissistic, egocentric and egoistic owner Jerry “it’s all about me” Jones. But enough about him, even though “him” impacts and influences the entire team, I’d rather not focus on him. But to be sure a little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9).

So, if you hate Dallas and you know it, say AMEN!  All those of you out there that can’t stand and can’t stomach Dallas, join in tonight and wish Carson Wentz and my Philadelphia Eagles well. We’re going into Big “D” with nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s a big, mid-season matchup between NFC East Division rivals and it will have far reaching implication for the playoffs.

So, if you hate Dallas, hit me up and hit me back!

Seriously though, arrogance isn’t just found on this Dallas Cowboys team, it’s endemic and systemic across the board and throughout the span of sports. God hates a proud look. And “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).  So, I’m just saying that if you team or your favorite player is prideful and pompous and pretentious and ostentatious, pray for humility. Because they’re going to need it.

There are only seven things that God hates, and pride is at the top of the list.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19, KJV

Hats Off: In Thankful Memory

 

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Thanksgiving and football are like Tom Landry and his hat; they just go together.  Football on Thanksgiving Day is an annual tradition in America, and so are the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. America’s team has played on Thanksgiving 45 times since the 1966 season and has a combined record of 28-16-1 historically on the day.

Today we say “Hats Off” to legendary Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach, Tom Landry, who won his first Thanksgiving game with the Cowboys on November, 26, 1966 with a decisive 14-26 win over the Cleveland Browns. It was a memorable win because it was the first Cowboys’ game on Thanksgiving ever. Not surprisingly, Landry went 14-6-1 on Thanksgiving, which was common for Landry’s winning ways.

So today we salute my favorite football coach, Thomas Wade “Tom” Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) who was one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in National Football League (NFL) history, creating many new formations and methods. He invented the now popular 4–3 defense, and the “flex defense” system made famous by the “Doomsday Defense” squads he created during his 29 year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. His 29 years as the coach of one team are an NFL record, along with his 20 consecutive winning seasons.

Landry would go on to build the Cowboys from an undermanned expansion team into an NFL power, first with a stunning array of offensive formations and maneuvers, then with a solid organizational structure.  In 29 seasons under Landry, Dallas won two Super Bowls, played in three other title games and went 20 consecutive years with a winning record. He ranks third in career NFL victories, with 270. In his 40-year pro career Landry was vital in forging a brand of football that the NFL could hang its hat on.

So hats off to Tom Landry. He was a faithful, committed Christian whose faith and fortitude were a positive force behind making him a football icon. Landry became an endearing, beloved figure on the Cowboy’s sidelines, not just because of his wins, but because of his inner strength.  He told interviewers after his fifth and final Super Bowl appearance in 1979 that he believed his destiny always had been controlled by a power greater than the Cowboys’ ability to win football games. “As a Christian, I know my life is in God’s hands,” Landry said then. “He has a plan for me. Therefore, I never worry about tomorrow or never worry about winning or losing football games. That knowledge gives me a lot of composure in tough situations.”

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On this Thanksgiving, we say “Hats off” to the man who was victorious on and off the field because he depended on God and put his life in His hands.   

Impact Players

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I have a dear friend, confidant and brother who is an impact player. He loves the Lord and puts up with me. That, in my book, is enough to earn him a right to the tree of life.  He has made an impact on so many lives, and has made an indelible imprint on mine.  He continues to make a difference through his tears and sorrows, and his questions about tomorrow. He would kill me if I mentioned his name, but he knows who he is.

As an Eagles fan (that’s right, it’s pronounced “Iggles,”), I’ve come to the conclusion that if we are to have a chance at winning the NFC East and a Super Bowl in my lifetime, our impact players will have to “step up to ‘da plate.”  LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick must be “the big three” in Philly just as the Dallas Cowboys big three of Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin took control of games and won two Super Bowls in the ‘90’s.

I’m not a Dallas fan by any stretch of the imagination, or at least not anymore (I quit when Jimmy Jones fired Tom Landry; an unconscionable act), but I know sports, and these three were impact players of the first degree.  Aikman, Irvin and Smith; a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver; hmmmm. It sounds like Philly has the right pieces — we just need to put these pieces together.

The Bible is full of impact players who put it together. They trusted God and sacrificed themselves so that others would escape disaster and achieve triumph in this life, and the life to come. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:  

“For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets –  who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated –  of whom the world was not worthy . . . ”  (Hebrews 11:32-38, RSV)

Impact players. They make everyone around them better. They play at the highest level all of the time. They are hated by their enemies and loved by their fans. And they aren’t concerned about who gets the credit, just as long as victory is won. 

Are you an impact player?