OK, just for the record, I’m a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and have been for a long time. As such there is a unique opportunity in front of them this year. Since the Superbowl will be played in Dallas this year, they have the chance to be the first team to play a Superbowl in front of a home crowd. That would be cool, and would go a long way to helping pay for the fancy new stadium they have, however…
What the deuce? Letting the Raiders come back like this late in game and take the win? That is not the way to play it, and despite being pre-season, come on guys. I’m already in a bet about the Cowboys making the Superbowl, and I’d rather not get depressed this early in the season. Yep, I know, pre-season might as well be warm-ups and 3rd string ball, but a quote I like, which I think comes from Sun-Tzu‘s Art of War , says it best:
Train as you will fight, because you will fight as you have trained.
No slacking, no hijinx, no screwing up. Your defense is doing its job. Let’s get some offense going or make some moves on that side of the ball.
Dallas had snaps from Oakland’s 16, 13, 9 and 10 without getting into the end zone. One of those drives was stopped on downs, and the others were settled by David Buehler making kicks of 42, 27 and 28 yards, putting the Cowboys ahead 9-0.
You can’t win games on defense alone, but if anyone could the Cowboys D could. The offensive side is simply letting your hard work get wasted.
For the Cowboys’ defense, this marked the second straight game they pitched a shutout for three quarters, then their deep reserves let it get away.
” It’s all a growing process,” James said. ” Each game you just play to get in shape. You use the preseason to get in game shape for the regular season. This is really our second game so I wanted to come out and make some plays.”
Another of Sun-Tzu’s Quotes seems to fit here:
Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.