I am expecting a lot of negative criticism to come on the Dallas Cowboys today, tomorrow, and the day after that. I will be the first to say that the Dallas Cowboys have gone down a huge notch after their loss to the St. Louis Rams.
I am tempted to say it is because Tony Romo, our quarterback, is hurt. I'm tempted to say Brad Johnson committed too many errors and cost the 'Boys the game. However, I will not say that. I will not make anyone a scapegoat. This team failed today, just like it did last week, and against the Washington Redskins. This team failed.
I feel confident in saying that I am probably one of the top three biggest Cowboy fans on this site, and definitely the biggest one in my hometown. My dream is to either be a sportswriter or in a major position in the Dallas Cowboys organization.
I am going to admit that this loss almost had me in tears. I'm not afraid to say it. I don't care if any person who reads this decides to write on my bulletin and tell me that the Cowboys are bad. In their case, they will use a more hostile vocabulary, but I don't care. In fact, there may be only a handful of people whose opinions I care about. They are what I call my fans or friends. In some cases, both.
Now, to get to the point. This article is addressed to you Cowboy fans. I was watching the Cowboys being torn about 'til the end, and I thought that it was hopeless. That all my waiting for the new season would be for nothing. That my Cowboys would again be ridiculed, mocked, and insulted.
It hurts me to see my team, which had so much hope and promise, lose a second straight game. The Cowboys have played horribly recently, and I don't know why.
I thought it was hopeless. They would never win another Super Bowl. Wade Phillips would not be able to show his father, one of the nicest men in the history of football, a Super Bowl ring, the ring that Bum Phillips never won.
Zach Thomas, Texas Tech's greatest player, would not win a Super Bowl, that all these great guys would become a team that was never good enough.
Then I heard a voice in my head. It was Michael Irvin's.
"Look up, get up, and don't ever give up. You tell everyone and anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up, or wanted to quit. You tell them to look up, get up, and don't ever give up."
That was the last part of Michael Irvin's emotional, teary, Hall of Fame induction speech. It hit me right in the heart, and I'm not afraid to say it. I don't care what anybody thinks, but it hit me, and I got up, and I went to my desk, and I'm writing this article right now to anyone, mainly Cowboy fans, to say, "Look up, get up, and don't ever give up."
That is what we must do. This season is not over. We, as fans, must not count this season done. It's not even halfway over.
I'm telling all of the Cowboys fans to believe in the Cowboys, to have faith in them, and not let them down. We, as fans, are supposed to watch every game from either a seat at the stadium, or a place on a couch. We must "never give up."
The Cowboys lost. We knew it would happen eventually. True, we didn't expect the Rams to do it, but it doesn't matter. What matters is whether the 'Boys beat the teams in the playoffs.
This is not over. I repeat, this is not over. We can comeback and triumph. We have done it before, and we can do it again.
The good thing is that DeMarcus Ware tied an NFL record today. He has recorded at least one sack in 10 consecutive games. He had three today.
The Cowboys are in trouble, yes, but they can overcome them and win it all. When that happens, those troubles will be a tribute to how strong the Dallas Cowboys really are.