Thursday, November 20, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Years from now when posterity questions you about where you were and what you were doing during week 11 of the 2008 NFL season, how will you answer?
Probably a good bet would be that you would reply, “Well, while waiting for the television world to go from analog to digital (and cussing those responsible), I was engaged in watching diligently to see if the Tennessee Titans would remain undefeated and whether the Cowboys would beat the Redskins.”
It is easy to see why the Titans-Jaguars entry would garner so much attention. In addition to maintaining a spotless record thus far, the Titans wanted to keep their frustrating stranglehold on the Am Con South. They are relishing the distance which they have between themselves and the unpredictable Indy Colts.
While being so nostalgic about the present, football buffs everywhere (old enough to remember) long for the much anticipated games of the past. Hey, not just any games. We are talking about the famous rivalries – the Bears versus the Packers, the Packers versus the Lions, the Lions versus the Bears, the Browns versus the Giants – and so forth.
The quickest way to fill up a basement in North Dakota was to host one of these games. They took precedence over everything with the exception of duty to God and country.
The Cowboys and Redskins joined this list of famous rivalries in the ’60s and fans lived to hear the words from Tom Landry (coach of the Cowboys) – “You never know when you are going to meet a bunch of Redskins.”
On this pivotal Sunday, the Jags and Titans were up first. The Titans came from behind to make their case for the “best team in the NFL.” And they more than tripled their odds.
The primetime game with the Redskins and the ’Boys renewed the battles of old. It had all the hype. Owner Jerry Jones stated last week that the Cowboys would be in the playoffs at the end of the season. Dallas was playing with both mental and physical fractures. Quarterback Tony Romo was making his return after a three-week absence and he had to have a special piece of gear for the pinkie on his throwing hand. At game’s end the ’Boys again rode victoriously into the sunset.
After watching the game it is easy to see why the ’Boys from Dallas have such a huge following.
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