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As the season opens for Washington tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles, I (a life long Cowboy fan) thought it appropriate to share this little palate cleansing tidbit with you all.

“I’m not really much of a football fan. To the extent I am, I hate the Redskins. In fact, I always root for Dallas” – Justice Antonin Scalia

Smart man. :)

For Dallas fans, this season has been about men becoming boys. You remember learning about “metamorphosis” in grade school? Well this is the same thing, only backwards.

On that note, I think I know a way to make a silk purse out of this mess and at the same time do some good.

Following is my letter to Rick Hill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Dear Rick,

It has recently come to my attention that the Dallas Cowboys are under no management whatsoever. Therefore, as a 39-year fan of the team, I believe I can legally present myself as official spokesman and chief executive officer.

I have followed with interest your continuing coverage of the lead up to the bowl selection process. On behalf of the Cowboys, I request that you bring the Laredo Alamo Bowl Selection Committee the following proposal:

Have the Dallas Cowboys fill the Big 12 slot and play in the December 29, 2010 Laredo Alamo Bowl against your PAC-10 selection.

Bringing Dallas to play in a college bowl game is appropriate on a number of levels, but for starters please ask the Committee to consider simply the novelty factor and the resulting huge revenues for your stakeholders, including ESPN.

A Dallas Cowboys – Pac-10 Alamo Bowl would be one of the most-watched sporting events of all time, likely bringing a 100% increase in net revenue over last year – and on behalf of the Cowboys I can assure you we will agree to perform for absolutely no compensation whatsoever. We want no share in the take, because we obviously have money to burn and the last thing we need is any more.

Go ahead and split the money as you usually would between the PAC-10 and Big 12. The merchandise sales alone should be worth $50 million, at least.

At 1-7, the Cowboys are not a good football team by NFL standards. But they are not chopped liver, either. For comparison, look at the poor Buffalo Bills, who have fought and scrapped their way in heartbreaking losses to an 0-8 record. Dallas has joshed and sleepwalked through much of the season – many Cowboys barely breaking a sweat in recent games – and they are still one game better than the Bills.

It’s called latent talent, my friend, the elusive asset in all teenage athletes, requiring only decent coaching to tease it out. The Cowboys are awash in it.

In any case, one thing I can assure you after watching almost every minute of the Dallas Cowboys’ 2010 season so far: If you line up these Cowboys against the PAC-10′s (after BCS picks) #1 team, you WILL have a competitive game.

Dallas will be in need of coaches, of course, but it is a vacation week and I will bet that Alamo Heights Mules’ Don Byrd and his staff could make themselves available. Give the high school a 3% portion of net revenues and you will still come out way ahead and you might see a Dallas Cowboys team playing somewhere near their true potential.

Just tell Coach Byrd and his staff they can use their normal disciplinary tactics, that there are no “untouchable” players, and that Jerry Jones will stay completely out of the picture.

Knowing they have to show their faces in San Antonio again next July, just out of self-respect the Cowboys could actually play like they care. But one thing you can take to the bank is that it will be a spectacle. The Dallas Cowboys are all about the sizzle and the cash; let’s take some of that and invest it where it might make a difference, in the next generation of professional football players.

My money will be on the PAC-10, of course.

Thanks for your consideration, and please feel free to contact me at joe (at) if you want me to help set this up.

Joe Budzinski

[If you can say a very condescending "awwww" sound I want you to say one right now. Helpful hints: Begin with a mild "g" and include a very slight audible Darth Vader exhale. "g'hawwwww!!" Good, this will come in handly shortly.]

The Dallas Cowboys just announced that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has decided to turn down the Baltimore Ravens head coaching job and return to Dallas next year. But not only that:

But Garrett also received more than a title, getting a reported salary raise in the $3 million per year neighborhood.

That was the reported price range the Ravens and Falcons were offering Garrett to become head coach. Instead, Garrett is now making the same as Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, although a pay raise of his own could be in order, especially after a 13-3 regular-season record in his first season as head coach.

While Garrett received quite a bump in salary, he didn’t say he was offered anything more from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, like a handshake deal or promise that he would some day replace Phillips as the Cowboys’ coach.

The world we live in is complex and multifarious, but not so much so that anyone who’s ever held a job could not immediately recognize the significance of an assistant being wooed by the same compensation package as his “manager”.

Especially after the manager has just been through a very tearful stretch, which could have been so different, “if not for a couple more key plays.”

“That’s why it was so disappointing is we played almost well enough to win,” Phillips said, “and most of the indicators that you usually win by we accomplished but didn’t win the game. I’m still sick over it.”

Wade Phillips, the article says, is “heartsick.” Ok, friends, now it’s your turn: Say it with me:


Isn’t that just too sad? Let’s hear it one more time for Wade Phillips: g’hawwwww!!

Now, let me clarify something for the heartbroken one: Wade, you did not play “almost well enough to win.” You, in fact, sucked. You brought in a team thinking they were riding a wave and expecting the win to come to them, and you lost to a New York Giants team which came in determined to TAKE the victory. Yes it was close and there were some bad calls, but you should have dominated the injury-plagued Giants. You were driving a Ferrari in November, but then you left her sitting on the beach for six weeks.

This was one of the great underachieving teams in NFL history. Jason Garrett is next in line in Dallas.