It's finally here! Cowboys and Texans! HELL WEEK!
Because of the very methodical, easily forecast manner in which the NFL formulates its schedule (we literally know whom the Texans are playing and where they're playing in 14 of their 16 games from now until the next time the league expands or realigns), combined with the fact that the Houston Texans are in the AFC and the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFC, the two teams only square off in games that count every four years.
Yes, that blows.
Potential for parking lot knife fights between fan bases notwithstanding, it would be so much more awesome if the two Texas teams played every year or at least every other year. It would be fun if the Cowboys came to Reliant once every two, three or four years, instead of once every eight years
even if it was allegedly a bunch of rabble-rousing Cowboys thugs who single-handedly caused the new "you must have a wristband or ticket" rules to tailgate outside NRG Stadium.
Indeed, NFL life would be more fun if our in-state rivals played the Texans enough to, y'know, feel like actual rivals.
If the Cowboys and Texans did play each other more often than once every four years (and the semi-occasional preseason game...yay), then we would get more anecdotal gold like we got from Jerry Jones earlier this week on 105.3 up in Dallas, sister station to my radio employer, Sports Radio 610.
On Tuesday on the CBS all-sports affiliate in Dallas, Jones recalled that there have been three times in his tenure as Dallas owner that he welled up with tears. Here is audio of his recollection....
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So there you have it! The first one was the NFC Championship game in 1995 that prevented the Cowboys from winning three straight Super Bowls (and resulted in Deion Sanders's becoming a Dallas Cowboy that offseason), he can't recall the second one (which means Jerry might've been hammered during the interview), and the third one?
19-10, BABY! Hell yeah!
Billy Miller made you cry, Jerry!! David Carr made you cry!! SETH PAYNE MADE YOU CRY!! CRY LIKE A LITTLE BEEYA!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!
(NOTE: The second time Jerry Jones cried as Dallas owner, as recounted in a 2012 interview, was actually five years after the 19-10 loss to the Texans, when a 13-3 Wade Phillips-coached Cowboys team lost in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.)
Okay, putting my maniacal Texans laugh back on the shelf, I'd like nothing more than for Jerry to be blubbering into his Jack and Coke by the end of the day on Sunday. I"m not sure that's going to happen, since the Cowboys rushing offense is basically steam-rolling opponents and making defenses look like the streets of America during the last 45 minutes of any of the Transformers movies. (Incidentally, I just realized I've seen all of the Transformers movies and now I hate myself.)
But if anybody can make that happen, it's this guy.....
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Honestly, how ridiculous is that clip? J.J. Watt tosses a 300-pound man and makes it look like a WWE hip toss. In fact, if that were a WWE move, Twitter would annihilate Erik Pears for over-selling the move. If that were the scene in a football-related movie, critics would destroy it for looking unrealistic.
But it was very real. It happened in an actual NFL game. I presume Erik Pears felt like crying after this. Hopefully, J.J. Watt can inflict weep session number four on Jerry Jones this Sunday.
If not, 2018 is a long way off.