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Old 08-25-2007   #46
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Default Re: Cowboys at Texans

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I grew up in Waco as a die-hard Cowboys fan. My first football heroes were Tom Landry, Bob Lilly and Don Meredith. I was honored to talk to Lilly and Meredith at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton early this month. Lilly comes almost every year. Meredith was there because he was honored by the Hall of Fame for his broadcasting career, and he was as funny as ever.

I worshipped Landry, Lilly, Meredith, Roger Staubach, Dan Reeves, Calvin Hill, Randy White, Drew Pearson, Chuck Howley, Jethro Pugh, Mel Renfro, Don Perkins, Too Tall Jones and all those Cowboys of the 1960s and 1970s who really and truly made them America's Team. Being able to go to Canton every August and hear so many of the Cowboys from that era tell stories about the good old days is an incredible privilege for me.

Then I came to Houston and started covering the Oilers. In a 1977 preseason game, the Oilers defeated the Cowboys. I wrote a story in which center Carl Mauck blasted Cowboys fans in Houston, telling them to get the hell out of Houston and move to Dallas. And he'd help them pack. Defensive end Elvin Bethea echoed Mauck. We ran that story in the Chronicle on Sunday, and it created a firestorm that rages today.

During the Luv Ya Blue era, I lost my love for the Cowboys. It wasn't the Cowboys, though: It was all those Cowboys fans in the Houston area who turned me against them. To this day, I have nothing against the Cowboys. I like Jerry Jones and . . . uh . . . well . . . um . . . there's . . . and there's . . .

I've known Wade Phillips since my first Oilers training camp in 1977. Like so many others, I was excited when he got another chance to be a head coach at 60 even if it was with the Cowboys. I just sent in my Super Bowl pick for the Chronicle's special football section. I picked the Cowboys to reach the Super Bowl.

Because the Cowboys are coming to town to play the Texans on Saturday, their fans are out of control, as usual. Through the decades, though, I've learned this about Cowboys fans in Houston: Like mosquitoes, humidity and traffic, we can't get rid of them, so we learn to live with them.
http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2007/08/w...ut_the_co.html
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