Since I covered the Dallas Cowboys in the `1980s and 1990s, people keep
asking me how they’re going to do this year. Which means I must consult
my obnoxious crystal ball.
My crystal ball is obnoxious because it has a nasty disposition and
always brags when it’s right and makes
excuses when it’s wrong.
But duty calls, and so I approached the drawer in which I keep it
gingerly, took it out and, of course, it came out snarling.
“What in #@#$%! do you want now?” it asked. “Can’t you see I’m resting?”
I’VE LEARNED through the years that it’s no use arguing with it, so I
gently asked its forgiveness and with tongue in cheek, I said, “Oh,
mighty orb, please give me your predictions for this year’s Dallas
It perked up immediately. It loves to be pampered and consulted.
It cleared its throat in its usual obnoxious manner, and said:
“Well, let’s see. You know that after quarterback Dak Prescott’s
sensational rookie season in 2016 where he led the Cowboys to a 13-3
regular season record and the NFL playoffs, I predicted that he wouldn’t
be so effective in 2017. That’s because he had caught the NFL by
surprise and now other teams would have tapes of him.
“I was right, wasn’t I? The Cowboys finished with a 9-7 won-lost record
in 2017 and Prescott wasn’t nearly as effective.”
THERE THE CRYSTAL ball was, bragging again. But I didn’t want to
interrupt and it kept talking:
“As for 2018, I can’t see the Cowboys doing much better. That’s because
I don’t think the Cowboys have the know-how to make adjustments now that
the NFL is on to them. Owner Jerry Jones keeps hanging on to Jason
Garrett as coach.
“I see hard times ahead. The Cowboys will open the regular season with
the Carolina Panthers, who had an 11-5 regular season record last year.
They’ll lose that one.
“Then come the pitiful New York Giants, who went 3-13 last year. The
Cowboys should win that one.
“ALL IN ALL, the Cowboys will play nine teams with winning records.
They’ll probably lose to Carolina, Jacksonville, the Philadelphia Eagles
twice, the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.
“They should beat the Giants twice, Houston and Tampa then maybe they
could split the rest of their games, which would mean they’d go 3-3.
“So I predict the Cowboys will wind up 7-9, or with a little luck, 8-8.
There could be a surprise or two, but I don’t see much hope.
“So there you have it. Now, can I go back to resting?”
I’d had enough of it, so I put the crystal ball back in its drawer and
shut it firmly.
TRIVIA QUESTION: The Rose Bowl was the first bowl game in the country.
But which bowl was second? Answer at end of column.
CORRECTION: I’ve been advised that the best phone number to get your
tickets for UTEP football games this coming season is 915-747-6150.
Season tickets start at just $66.
TIGER WOODS is at it again. And that’s good for fans, television and
sports. He finished second in last week’s PGA Championship, which means
he beat all of the greatest golfers in the world except one, Brooks
I’ve never seen a golfer as exciting as Tiger. He gets into trouble hole
after hole and yet with his uncanny ability he usually manages to wind
up with a birdie or a par, just like he used to. He’s totally amazing.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Sun, Sugar and Orange Bowls claim to be second. But
El Paso had its first game on Jan. 1, 1935, and the original charter for
the Sun Bowl Association predates the Orange and Sugar thus making the
Sun Bowl the second oldest bowl by virtue of charter.
Veteran sports journalist, historian and author Ray Sanchez welcomes
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