Life mantra: Live in the present, not the past.
That's exactly what the Dallas Cowboys did in their season opener when they defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17. People should bear in mind this is only Week 1 and it still remains to be seen what this win actually means for America's Team.
Nevertheless, after a win like that, Cowboy fanatics have the right to be excited about their season.
In the past, the Cowboys franchise has had numerous season-opening wins that have foreshadowed success. In fact, from 1970-1981, the Cowboys didn't lose a single season opener. Out of that era came two Super Bowl championships and numerous playoff appearances. The Cowboys have had five Super Bowl champion seasons and four started with a win. Two of those wins were against division rivals.
There is a long season ahead and speculation can be brutal but I give Cowboy fans this top 10 list for one reason and one reason only: Hope.
This season, when things aren't going Tony Romo's way, you can look back at this list and reminisce to Week 1 when things were great. For it's hope that will allow you to persevere through the emotional roller coaster that is the Dallas Cowboys.
Preface: With so many outstanding seasons and great season opening wins, one might wonder what the criteria is for my top 10. Obviously, Super Bowl wins trump all but I also considered historical shifts in the Cowboys franchise along with wins against division rivals.