Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner (34) runs with the ball after losing his helmet in the second quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sort of about the Cowboys winning but a lot about the preseason

Sadly, I couldn’t watch the game today. I am in a house that currently doesn’t have NBC. I honestly have no idea why-after all, it is broadcast over the air- but the antennae won’t pick it up. I can’t do a recap. That means I’ll have to fill my 600 word quota with a mini-rant on the preseason. From what I can glean from the Internet, George Selvie was a boss. He was great at South Florida (school of JPP).

I truly hate the preseason, especially in football. In Spring Training™ (it’s actually trademarked), both the fans and team personnel see it for what it is- a tuneup for the regular season. In basketball, summer league games and the preseason are seen for what they are- tuneups for the regular season. Not in football. NFL fans in general (especially us) don’t see the preseason as a tuneup. They actually care. They actually watch the game and care about who won and lost. Which is probably the second least important stat in sports behind wins in baseball.

Actual facts involving the preseason:

  • In 2008, the Detroit Lions had a perfect preseason record. The Lions then proceeded to lose the next sixteen games to become the first team to go 0-16 in a season.
  • The New York Giants, who won the Super Bowl that season, split their four games.
  • Another playoff team, the Indianapolis Colts, lost all but one preseason game.
  • The top rusher from last preseason: William Powell, RB Cardianls
  • Top passer from last preseason: Kirk Cousins, QB Redskins.

Of course, the Cowboys’ official website has the tagline “A Perfect Weekend” manning the home page. Figures.


Other things:

For some players, the preseason is the only time they get to play and may be the only time they do something noteworthy in their entire playing career. It only seems right that I call these players out. Nick Hayden recovered a fumble, Phillip Tanner scored one, as did Levonte Holloman. George Selvie recorded two sacks. Hopefully, these players will see the field in 2013.


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