Few football histories are as rich as that of the Dallas Cowboys. From five Super Bowl victories to legendary plays and iconic phrases, The Dallas Morning News has been there to capture it all. And as we eagerly await the start of the next NFL season, we're looking over 10 of our favorite Dallas Cowboys front pages in The News' history. One thing to keep in mind, this being a newspaper business and all, is that the dates on the newspapers are from the day after the event. Emmitt eclipses 'Sweetness' (10-28-2002) Emmitt Smith breaking the all-time rushing record previously held by Walter Payton was a day of catharsis for plenty of Cowboys fans. The team went on to win Super Bowl XXVII -- more on that later. Super Bowl XII (1-16-1978) Randy White and Harvey Martin put together Super Bowl MVP performances to earn the Cowboys their second championship. However, the Cowboys lost the next game, the conference championship against Washington. We like to think that "Can you believe those Cowboys?" Super Bowl VI (1-17-1972) Here's hoping we'll have a sixth Super Bowl front page to add to the list soon...
Ten burning questions before Big 12 media day. No. 8: Can Oklahoma State’s young corners make the second-year leap?
A couple of weeks later in Ames, Iowa, he tugged the football away from Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock in the end zone to preserve a 49-42 victory. Green and redshirt freshman Rodarius Williams took their lumps last season as first-year starters in the Big 12. Green led the Cowboys with four interceptions, the most by any Oklahoma State player since Justin Gilbert had seven in 2013. Now, Oklahoma State needs Green and Williams to be consistent in 2018 as the most experienced players in the secondary. At 6-foot-1 and 6-foot, respectively, Green and Williams have the length Gundy wants at the position. The athletic ability is there, too. And they must aim to cut down on big plays. The Cowboys were one of 21 teams to allow at least eight pass plays of 50-plus yards, too. There’s little experience behind them, but there are options. And Tyrell Alexander is a sophomore who shifted from receiver to corner this spring.
England qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday with a win over Colombia, needing penalties to advance. Harry Kane and Yerry Mina scored in regulation, leading to a 1-1 final score, and England won 4-3 in the shootout. They also showed a different side to this new squad, however—the mental fortitude to win a penalty shootout. It's too early to suggest this historical event will lead to World Cup success, as the team showed many serious issues we'll get to in a bit. Amid all that, there was one man who didn't let it get to him. Kane had to wait a long time before converting his penalty but never lost his cool: If Kane had missed the penalty, England's collapse might have come a lot sooner, and the Three Lions may have never gotten to the shootout in the first place. The captain's example is one his team-mates should follow in the coming matches—composure is key in the latter stages of a major tournament. Change required 2nd half 🙄 Fortunately for England, Colombia didn't have their star man in the centre to take advantage. Barrios Booking Shows VAR's Limitations Wilmar Barrios was the first man to get booked on Tuesday in the latest controversial incident that highlighted the use of the video assistant at the World Cup. Barrios only booked by American referee Geiger for headbutt in penalty area If it was a headbutt, it should have been a red card; if it was not, Geiger should have let it go.
For the longest time, all we knew of former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens' plans during his Hall of Fame induction next month was that he wouldn't be in Canton, Ohio. Now we finally know where he will be. Owens announced that he's headed back to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to celebrate taking his place in pro football history. Owens has made it no secret that he's not happy that he wasn't a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. And after finally get in as part of the 2018 class, he attempted to get the final laugh by announcing last month that he'd be skipping the Hall's induction ceremony. "We are disappointed but will respect Terrell's decision not to participate in the Enshrinement," Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker previously said in a statement to NFL.com. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL's 99th season. "As we do not want to detract from this great honor being enjoyed by the seven other members of the Class of 2018 (Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher), their family, friends, and fans; the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have no further comment on the decision made by Terrell Owens."
Ten burning questions before Big 12 media day. No. 9: No. 9: Can continuity be the answer on special teams?
9: Can continuity be the answer on special teams? For most of Mike Gundy’s tenure at Oklahoma State, special teams has been a strength. And they were dangerous in the return game for years, whether it be via Perrish Cox, Dez Bryant or Justin Gilbert. According to SB Nation, Oklahoma State ranked 72nd in special teams S&P+. With the same punter, Zach Sinor, it went from second to 95th in punting efficiency. The Cowboys have a new special teams coach in 2018 as M.K. With a strong leg that can hit field goals from 50-plus yards, Ammendola could be one of the better kickers in the Big 12 if his consistency from the second half of last season carries over. At his best, Sinor’s ability to flip field position can win OSU games (and did in 2016). And Dillon Stoner, who took over for Jalen McCleskey last season, could be a steady option on punt returns once again. Stoner returned nine punts for 55 yards last season.
Trailing 2-0, Vertonghen scored with a header in the 69th minute that appeared to be a cross but somehow dropped in under the bar. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th. Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards. Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament. It’s a test of the team,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. “When we were up 2-0, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities,” Japan coach Akira Nishino said. “We were to some extent controlling the game, but Belgium upped their game when they had to.” What was expected to be a mismatch ended up being a classic, partly because of Martinez’s decisions to send on Fellaini and Chadli as substitutes in the 65th minute. Japan narrowly scraped through, advancing ahead of Senegal because it had fewer yellow cards. Not your average Monday in Belgium 🇧🇪🙌 pic.twitter.com/cGd4GPojdG — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2018 The Japanese have now lost in the round of 16 three times without ever reaching the quarterfinals.
All-Star forward Paul George surprised many by deciding to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a four-year, $137 million deal spurning the Los Angeles Lakers. In the wake of that decision, plenty of criticism tossed in George’s direction that has locked him into a long-term deal that many had believed cost him millions. However, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the 28-year-old could restructure his deal following the second of the new contract that will allow him to extend it well past that total. Here's essence of Paul George's 4-year, $137M deal, w/ player option: New CBA allows George to extend after 2nd anniversary of deal. Extending on max w/ OKC after year 2, while also opting out of final year, could make this 7-year, $290M-plus deal based on future cap projections. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018 This gives a little more clarity as to why he made that decision that could net him a deal that locks him into a major deal that trumps the massive extension that reigning league MVP James Harden that will pay him $228 million that runs through the 2022-23 season. In fact, these details show that George was making a decision that will allow him to become the highest-paid player in league history. On top of that, George will have the opportunity to play alongside All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook for the long haul in hopes of contending for an NBA title. The two had shown flashes of promise playing together, but things unraveled in the first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz where both struggled to score with efficiency. The Lakers were long believed to be on the table as a realistic option as the team had positioned themselves with two max contracts slots this summer that could have paired him alongside another superstar next season.
Twenty years of success under Joe Castiglione On his way to becoming one of the nation's best athletics directors – arguably the best – Joe Castiglione got personal with those who surround him. What traits make for a great athletics director? Joe's got a good feel for a coach's life and the responsibility. With the arrival of the 2018-19 fiscal year, Castiglione officially has completed two decades as OU's athletics director. Gasso and Coale, the only active head coaches who preceded Castiglione's arrival in Norman in 1998, already have been inducted into their sport's Hall of Fame. "I've never seen another athletics department that was able to hire great coach after great coach, even when somebody leaves. We're surrounded by great people." If hiring the right head coach is not the most important thing an athletics director does, it's close. Impressive as all these achievements are, there's more to being a great AD. Coale said, "Joe's invested so much of himself in our department, I always figured it would have to be an unbelievably special and unique call that would take him away."