Is This the Next Generation of Cowboys?

It’s been an amazing start to the year for my Dallas Cowboys. Romo got hurt in pre-season and I worried it was already over before it started.

But over the last five weeks we have gotten to taste what Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott are going to bring to the table and man does it look at taste good!

I have been a huge Romo fan forever, and still am, but sitting here at 5-1, without Romo and even without Dez Bryant, I am starting to think that the new era may have already begun. What these two are doing behind this amazing offensive line is unreal.

Jerry Jones has a huge decision to make. Romo appears ready to roll and rumor is he is looking awesome in practice. But how do you stop what’s going on now to get him back in there?

I believe Romo deserves his chance at a ring and his chance to pay with a team like this. Zeke is unreal and this offensive line finally has it figured out.

Once Dez comes back here in a few weeks, we could be seeing the beginning of the next wave of Boys to cheer on; Dak, Dez and Zeke. Dak broke Tom Brady’s no-interceptions to start a career NFL record last year and Zeke broke the NFL rookie rushing record of five games with 100+ yards last week at well.

This is gonna be fun…but is it over for Romo?

Either way, it’s an amazing problem to have that Jerry Jones accidently walked into by drafting Dak!

The End of an Era?

Cowboys fans hearts sank this Thursday when we saw Tony Romo go down like a folding chair. He grabbed for his back and rolled in pain. Saturday we learned that he broke a vertebre in his back and will miss 6-10 weeks this year. It will mark the 3rd year in a row he will have missed significant time. He has broken his collar bone twice, played with broken ribs, two back surgeries, sprained ankle and Im sure a few concussions.

This all started for Romo in 2006 and most Cowboys fans have had a love/hate relationship with him. He’s had two strong teams, one in 2007 and another in 2014, but both fell short due to dropped passes he put right on the mark. Overall, he owns all Cowboys QB records and has been one of the most fun players to watch ever. But he hasn’t had the overall team around him, thanks to Jerry Jones, to win it all. He’s only one a few playoff games. So much talent and so little to show for it.

The team says he is going to be fine and will come back. But we all know he doesn’t have much time left. He’s fragile and he’s got a family now to think about. Luckily, we have an exciting new guy name Dak Prescott we will get to see first hand this year, but to me it’s sad to see the Romo era start coming to an end, if it isn’t already over. I like Romo. He’s a good guy and I always thought he had what it took to take the team all the way.

Who knows. Maybe will have a story book ending. My gut just tells me otherwise.

Bye Bye 2015…Bring on 2016

I have to say…2015 was an interesting year for sure. So many crazy things happened and yet it was a mixture of good and bad.

Kids started homeschooling, we continued the process of adopting Zane and now wait, we had some tough business issues to deal with and my kids all got older! Plus, we had some health issues in the family that got pretty scary.

My Baylor Bears ended a season of injuries strong but my Cowboys stunk it up with Romo out all year. The surprise was my Astros and Rangers doing so well.

Not sure what to expect in 2016 – more crazy terrorism? Hilary or Trump as President? The last year of Obama (Yes!) and who knows what will happen in sports or with the stock market.

Life is good and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 365…yet in some ways I am glad to see 2015 be in the past.

Cowboys Season Is Over…

It’s been 20 years since the Cowboys were last a truly good team. Yea last year they did great, but that was a blip in their recent history and trends. Jerry Jones has ruined my team this year the Jerry Jones curse took a major bite out of our football season. Romo is one of a long list of season affecting injuries all year long. Now it is over. They are 3-8 and playing for a top pick next April.

So depressing. Another year down the tubes. I am starting to feel like a Cubs fan…

 

First Mavs Game for the Kiddos! #Dirk is #kingofDFW

With the Cowboys season ended so abruptly last Sunday evening, it was a long hard week for the diehard sports fan like me, so by Friday it was time to embrace this time of year. The Mavs and Stars will carry us into April and then we the Rangers and Astros will join in the fun. Combined these four teams still don’t come close to the fun of a Cowboys season – especially when the only good one in the bunch are the Mavs. But, it is what it is.

Friday night we took the kids to their first Mavs game. Just to see Dirk in person. That was a goal for 2015. What a superstar, stud, role model that dude is. And a champion to boot. I will never forget the 2011 Mavs run to the title. First DFW title since the 1999 Stars Cup win. It was a great game and even ran into Greg Hightower that night.

Going to be a long 6 months until training camp gets up and running and frankly I’m not even sure I will watch the playoffs from here on out. But, it was a great Cowboys season and we are pumped about 2015 already. For now, let’s Go Mavs! Stars! Rangers! And Astros!

 

I am Brady Speers. I am a father of four and I married an amazing woman named Julie. I have degrees from both Howard Payne University and Baylor University. We live in wonderful little town south of Dallas/Fort Worth and I get to help people plan safe retirements and I love spending time as a dad. I’m blessed to have an amazing family close by and tons of awesome friends. We have two dogs (Charlie and Zoe) and my pastimes include sports, photography and writing. One day my book “No Bones About It” will get published. If only time would stand still long enough. Check my personal page out at www.bradyspeers.net

ICE Bowl II

All week long the NFL promoted it as “ICE Bowl II”. Green Bay / Dallas – first playoff contest at Lambeau Field since the original Ice Bowl in 1967.

It wasn’t quite the “ice bowl” in all sense of the title, as it was about 40 degrees warmer than the original, but it was a classic game none of us will soon forget. Especially those of us that follow the Cowboys. Even Green Bay fans this morning have to almost turn away a collective embarrassed smile knowing they basically stole one from the hands of destiny.

It was a classic alight, with three groups impacting the final outcome – the Cowboys, the Packers and the NFL Referees.

With Green Bay leading 26-21 in the 4th with just over 5 minutes left, the Cowboys began one last drive with an intent to score a game winning touchdown. Having already seen one horrific non-call by the Refs in the 1st half in which a pass was ruled a catch when replay clearly showed it touched the ground, all Cowboy fans figured that was the expected Detroit payback call and it was out of their system now. It was purely up to us to win the game now.

So here it is, 4th down and 2. Game on the line. Fail at this and your only hope is to stop Green Bay and get the ball back with one final shot. Tony Romo opts to pass and heaves a bomb down the sideline to Dez Bryant who had single coverage. Odds are in our favor. He leaps, makes the most amazing catch of his career with  defensive contact taking place, clearly secures the ball, takes two steps, stretches for the end zone, rolls over and then the ball comes loose but he re-secures it on his chest. Cowboys Nation goes nuts. Green Bay challenges it and all of us sit around talking about how we have to score and then slow down Green Bay when they get the ball back.

Nope, the NFL Referees decided to become a part of such a classic game by making the call that it was not a catch. Complete stupidity. Anyone with a brain that has ever watched or even played football in their backyard knows that was one of the greatest catches in all of history. He was robbed. Season over.

Did that call cost us the game? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe had Murray not fumbled (as usual) on what would have been an easy long TD run….had Bailey not missed an important field goal (something he hardly ever does)…or maybe had penalties and sacks not pushed the Cowboys out of another FG chance in the 2nd half, this particular play wouldn’t have mattered. Yet, this play did matter and the NFL got its ugly arse involved in a game when it had no business doing so.

Replays played after the game clearly show he did catch the ball and that he was touched during the process, yet their quick review at the time didn’t appear to notice that. (Why the heck do they have replay anyway when game after game what is seen in the replay isn’t used to make the right call??!?!?) It should have been down by contact at the 1 yard line. Sure, Green Bay might have still gotten the ball back and kicked the game winning field goal a mere 3 minutes later. But that’s football. That’s letting the game and teams play it out. .

Instead, the Cowboys were sent home with a kick to the groin.

It was a great year and next year we will have a chip on our shoulder put there by the NFL powers-to-be that have so over-regulated the game we love it makes me sick.

My Cowboys played their butts off all year. Haven’t been this proud of this team in 20 years. Romo, Murray, Bryant, Whiten and the likes were all great. This was a chance stolen right out of their hands. Who knows how many more they might get. But we will try again in 9 months.

Ice Bowl II alright. Green Bay 26, Dallas 21, NFL 7.

 

It’s Been 20 Years

Yea. Two decades. That’s how long it’s been since this city and everyone I know has been this jacked up about a Dallas Cowboys team and playoff game.

Cowboys vs. Packers – Lambeau Field, Sunday. Noon. Divisional Round. Winner goes to the NFC Championship game.

The 1967 NFL Championship Game, aka the “Ice Bowl” was the last time these two teams met in Green Bay with so much on the line. It’s been since 1995 that anyone around here believed this team might have something special going on. Heck it was 21 years ago when 1310am The Ticket started up and I listened to Gordo get arrested on the field the week of a big regular season game between these two. That’s how long it;s been. I was 25.

Twenty long, Jerry Jones controlled years.

At the beginning of the season I had this team going 6-10. Instead they went 12-4. So…in light of that negative, reverse mojo, I have the Cowboys losing this game 37-17. No chance.

Either way. I am proud of this team this year. It’s about dang time NFL football be fun around here again.

Let’s do this. #Finishthefight

2014 Was..

Well, 2014 is over. Another year is here. Can you believe it?

For us it was a great year with some exciting news, fun times, some big challenges and alot to look forward to as a result. No doubt our biggest news of the year was deciding to adopt another little boy from South Korea. Things are in process and we hope the wait isn’t as long as they tell us (18-24 months). The kids also learned to ski this year and we plan to go back early 2015. We are also looking at home schooling in the future which could be new and exciting as well. They are all doing great in school and great at piano too. My wife’s sister and her family moved to Iowa to end the year. Business provided some challenges and another good year of learning and growing.  Our dog Charlie was on Animal Planet show Bad Dogs! He’s hilarious. Max is still kicking at 16 though he’s blind as a bat. The GOP took over the Senate finally. Maybe we can slow down this man called Obama. The Dallas Cowboys made the playoffs with a great, unexpected season. My Baylor Bears will be in the Cotton Bowl tomorrow and won the Big 12, along with the hated TCU frogs. Sad news of the year was certainly Robin Williams death. :(. The holidays were great and I already can’t wait for next year. For now, let’s kick some butt in 2015!

2015 Around the Corner, Can Cowboys Pull it Off?

Wow. Is 2014 already over???? Really??!?!

Amazing huh. What a year too, right? GOP wins Congress, Cosby mess, Obama scandals, ISIS, North Korea, Robin Williams death, airliner disappears, my friend’s daughter Reagan James nearly wins The Voice, Jimmy Fallon takes over Tonight Show, and Cowboys have won more than 8 games finally! No to mention we are adding a 4th child to our family! Crazy!

I love the holidays. No matter how bad thing are, Christmas and what it means always makes it alright.

The Cowboys might win tomorrow and put themselves in the playoffs. Santa is coming in a few days and Kevin the Elf will return to the North Pole once again. New Years will follow and then here we go again with another year behind us and another out in front.

Bring on 2015!

Cowboys Update – Me Thinks This Week Will Tell Us

Just a few months ago I had this team going 5-11 and here we are sitting at 6-3, having beat the likes of New Orleans and Seattle (in Seattle!).

But the last two weeks we have stepped back to a degree. This week we play a dead Jacksonville team in England. This is a MUST win and a better win game. Lose this and my guess is a collapse is around the corner. Win and you’re 7-3 and ready for a push to the playoffs.

Hard to believe, but it has been a fun, exciting year after all. Who would have thought.

Maybe this team is different. This weekend we will know…