March 7, 2012 |
AS WORD has spread that New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid his players bonuses if they took out the opposition - which is to say, injuring them with intent - it came as no surprise to Eagles fans of a certain age. The so-called "Bounty Bowl" between the Eagles and Cowboys in 1989 has become a staple of team lore. To revisit what happened that Thanksgiving Day: In the aftermath of a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small on Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejas - who left the game with a concussion - Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson alleged that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas.
July 28, 2010 |
I WAS DRIVING the backroads from the northern suburbs home to Fishtown recently when I found myself thinking about Buddy Ryan and the 1989 Bounty Bowl - the game where the Eagles decided to place a bounty on Dallas Cowboys kicker Luis Zendejas, cut by Philadelphia earlier that season. The Eagles trounced the Cowboys and the kicker, and we gloated over the temporary demise of America's Team. The 'Boys rebounded and won a few Super Bowls, but we'd roughed them up. In Philadelphia, we tend to think of such things as victories in place of actual championships.
April 13, 2013 |
Part 4 of a series about Philadelphia fans. Let's bust another Eagles myth. We already learned Philadelphia's only so-so for its percentage of pro football fans . We also learned the Eagles and Phillies have roughly the same size fan base . Now get this: The Eagles - with their history of tailgate-happy fans, a ban on beer sales after the snowball-hurling Bounty Bowl 2, and a courtroom at Veterans Stadium - are not...
September 29, 2010 |
And our Greatest Sports Rival is . . . the Dallas Cowboys. Based on the survey the Daily News conducted in conjunction with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, Philadelphia fans chose Dallas as our greatest rival by an overwhelming consensus. The Cowboys were selected by 87 percent, followed in order by the New York Mets (56 percent); the New York Giants (39 percent); the New Jersey Devils (15 percent); and the Boston Celtics and Pittsburgh Penguins (both 13 percent)
June 30, 2016
FAKE KNEEL-DOWN. During the NFL players strike of 1987, Buddy Ryan urged his players to either all stay out or cross the picket line together. In the first Eagles-Cowboys game of the season, a Dallas team with several veterans who crossed the line easily beat an Eagles team consisting entirely of replacement players. Ryan accused coach Tom Landry of running up the score. Ryan got his revenge in a rematch after the strike ended. With the Eagles ahead by 10 points in the waning seconds of the game, Ryan had quarterback Randall Cunningham fake going to one knee, get up, and throw deep to Mike Quick streaking toward the end zone.
October 26, 1997 |
Five years ago, you could hear the city buzzing during Dallas Week. The Eagles were 3-0. The Cowboys were 3-0. Al and Frank and Dan were in the booth at the Vet. It was, for Eagles fans, a high-water mark in their team's ebb-and-flow (OK, mostly ebb) rivalry with the despised Cowboys. The Eagles blew out the upstart Cowboys, 31-7, seizing first place in the NFC East. That was Oct. 5, 1992. Since that night, the Cowboys have won three Super Bowls. The Eagles have puttered along, always respectable but always a step behind the Cowboys.
August 3, 1993 |
In the spring, Buddy Ryan patched the hole in his relationship with Jimmy Johnson of the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan was invited to a roast for Johnson, and he readily accepted. Why not? Ryan figured. When he coached the Eagles, he had roasted Johnson for years. Ryan debuted on Thursday as defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers in a scrimmage against his onetime whipping boy. This time, the tables were turned. Ryan was coming off a two-year exile. Johnson was coming off a Super Bowl victory.
October 25, 1990 |
Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys, observing coach Jimmy Johnson's gag rule, remained as gentlemanly as they could about Sunday's game against the Eagles at Texas Stadium. But at least one front-office type blurted out what everyone else was thinking. The official, who asked not to be identified, said that the Cowboys are especially keen on winning Sunday's game - the 60th meeting between the NFC East rivals - because they hope to get even for the insulting comments made against them in the past by Eagles coach Buddy Ryan.
June 30, 2016 |
This column was first published in August 2009. SHELBYVILLE. Ky. - Buddy Ryan's whistle pierced the Kentucky morning. "Yo," Ryan called across the back pasture, larger than a football field. "Come on. Come on. " Six horses looked across at the 75-year-old man standing at the fence, wearing a windbreaker and a New York Jets hat. Another whistle - this one loud enough to stop a train - got the thoroughbreds wandering over. "They think they're going to get fed," Ryan said.
September 20, 2002 |
Dallas week isn't what it was. As the Eagles prepared for their home opener against the Cowboys this week, there was little sign of a special rivalry. Nothing like the days when players wore derogatory caps for TV interviews, or the Buddy Ryan era, when it seemed every meeting earned its own name (the Bounty Bowl, the Pork Chop Bowl). These Eagles are a businesslike bunch. Coach Andy Reid's even-keeled approach emphasizes preparing for every game the same way. And this particular group of Eagles may find it harder to work up a hatred for a team it has beaten four straight times, including scores of 40-18 and 36-3 last season.