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Alex Karras dead at age 77

I know that we all have to go sometime. It is just sad to see the great Alex Karras dead at age 77. He wasn’t a great actor. He was good. He was a great football player who unfortunately got caught up in a gambling scheme in 1961. His performance in Blazing Saddles was classic.

From Fifth Down:

Alex Karras is perhaps best known for his one-punch knockout of a horse in “Blazing Saddles” (“Mongo only pawn in game of life”), or as the adoptive father in “Webster”, the ABC sitcom he starred in along side his wife, Susan Clark, or even as one of the voices in the heyday of “Monday Night Football,” in the mid-70s. But before all of that, Karras was No. 71 of the Detroit Lions, one of the N.F.L.’s best defensive tackles of the 1960s. (more…)

By |2013-11-03T18:14:38-04:00October 11th, 2012|General, NFL|Comments Off on Alex Karras dead at age 77

Abracadabra – The Cowboys Win

Bryant actually catches this ball for a TD

I couldn’t put my fingers together to type NFL predictions today. The games look uninspiring. Most importantly, my Dallas Cowboys were taking the field with a new coach, Jason Garrett. My hope was that the Dallas Cowboys would not embarrass the franchise. They have lost five straight games, which hasn’t happened since 1988, when Tom Landry was the coach. It’s been a long time. Last week, on Sunday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys got spanked by the Green Bay Packers 45-7, though the score did not really reflect how badly the Dallas Cowboys got beaten. A week earlier, the Dallas Cowboys made David Garrard look like Steve Young (the most accurate passer of all time). The Jaguars handed the Dallas Cowboys a 35-17 loss. The Dallas Cowboys defense has been shredded. The offense has been ineffective.

Somehow, someway, the Dallas Cowboys traveled to the Meadowlands and came away with a victory. I watched the whole game and I still have no idea how that happened. The Dallas Cowboys defense still remains porous but they made some plays and intercepted some balls. There were some fumbles, but they never looked like they were giving up. I’m still waiting for Keith Brooking to make a tackle for loss.

The Cowboys offense was not spectacular. Dez Bryant was spectacular. He had only three catches but had 104 yards and one touchdown. He should have had a fourth catch, but it was ruled incomplete upon further review. Felix Jones looked like he was running hard for the first time this season. Jon Kitna, who threw for three touchdowns, had a quarterback rating of 124. Yes, he threw an obligatory interception but, for Jon Kitna, this was a perfect game.

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to work on but, today, they showed effort and heart. We haven’t seen that in several weeks. We may not see it again this year but, tonight, we saw it.

In other NFL news – the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears. It looks like their season is over. The Denver Broncos, who looked absolutely pitiful through the month of October, just like the Cowboys, absolutely destroyed the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs. The Buffalo Bills finally won. Congratulations to the Bills, as they have actually been playing pretty good football. Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the best team in the NFC? Maybe it’s the Atlanta Falcons. They really looked impressive beating the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. I think that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots are currently playing see who’s the best team in the AFC.

So what are your thoughts?

By |2010-11-14T22:31:36-04:00November 14th, 2010|Sports|Comments Off on Abracadabra – The Cowboys Win
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