Cowboys 38, Buc 10

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Thanksgiving Day game started as many have in the several years.  There was hope.  Hope for a post season future.  Many Cowboy fans are with me on this.  We have been crushed so many times before.  We haven’t seen a playoff victory in 10 years.  With Quincy Carter we saw the difference that a real coach can make.  We saw a defense that was beginning to gel.  The Cowboys were 10-6 that year.  We went to the playoffs and got kicked by Carolina.  Between then and now we drafted and traded to get a “Parcells” team.  The Cowboys were very close last year.  Don’t look at the final standings but instead look at where we were before Flozell Adams gets hurt.  Look at how we dismantled the Eagles in Dallas.  That was Bledsoe’s best game as a Cowboy.  He hit his throws.  He got the ball out and we looks unstoppable.  A couple of injuries later the Cowboy ship was dead in the water. 

Fast Forward.  Bledsoe is out after a terrible performance against a number of teams including the Giants at home.  Romo has come in and has been outstanding.  His numbers are overwhelming.  He has the second best quarterback rating in the league over the last 4 games.  So, are Cowboy fans dreaming?  Is Romo for real?  Oh, yeah, Romo appears to be for real.  He torched the Bucs, on Thursday, like he was supposed to.  We couldn’t run like we wanted to but Glenn, Clayton and finally Owens ran free through the Buc secondary.  Romo was on target, again.  The offensive line wasn’t great but they were good enough to give Romo some time.  Romo, again, moved very well in the pocket.  It is not that he didn’t make mistakes.  His mistakes didn’t cost us that’s the difference. 

I’m still not sure that I’m on the bandwagon…yet, but I sure am enjoying the view from this seat!

CNN beats Fox in election coverage

From WaPo:

MSNBC has seen the future, and it is politics.

Delivered with plenty of opinion.

Preferably with lots of cameo appearances by big-name news stars from the mothership.

The perennial third-place cable news channel enjoyed a nice bump in the ratings during the midterm campaign, in part because the likes of Brian Williams, Tim Russert, David Gregory and Campbell Brown broke away from their NBC duties to help out.

“We’ve found a voice as of late, and a large part of that voice is politics,” says MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams. And although he doesn’t plan to put on “all politics all the time until 2008,” Abrams says he wants to continue “branding” MSNBC as a haven for political junkies.

Of course, MSNBC has done well in other campaigns, only to have the gains vanish after Election Day. All of cable news tends to get big spikes during major stories — war, scandal, missing white women — that fade when the news cycle moves on.

“The chronic problem — and it will likely happen again in the days ahead — is a big drop-off back to unpleasant, distant-third reality,” says Erik Sorenson, a former MSNBC president.

There’s no plan to transform the channel into an extended version of Chris Matthews’s “Hardball,” but MSNBC covered the House leadership shootout between Jack Murtha and Steny Hoyer with presidential-campaign intensity.

During the midterm campaign’s stretch run, Abrams devoted two full days to politics and persuaded some of NBC’s heavyweights to anchor hour-long programs. In October, MSNBC’s ratings were up 14 percent over a year earlier, while Fox News was down 17 percent and CNN was down 8 percent. Of course, the NBC channel started from a much lower base. Fox averaged 792,000 viewers for the month, CNN 491,000 and MSNBC 287,000. (CNN scored a rare ratings win between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. on election night, drawing 2.54 million viewers to Fox’s 2.39 million and MSNBC’s 1.58 million.)

NBC hotshots once looked down their noses at their cable sibling. But Andrea Mitchell, the network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, who made frequent MSNBC appearances during the campaign, is now anchoring an hour most mornings at 11. Although the cable audience is far smaller, “you would not believe the kind of reaction I’ve had from people I really respect,” Mitchell says. As for potential guests, “many people want to do live interviews as opposed to edited interviews where they’ll be a 15-second sound bite.” more


And the party over the death of the NeoCons continues.