January 27, 1996
When they finally get around to holding Anticlimax XXX tomorrow night in Tempe, Ariz., only one result can lift this annual carnival of hype out of its mediocre rut: Steelers beat the 'Boys. Being charitable sorts, we'll grant that not all the Cowboys are utter jerks. (Warrior-running back Emmitt Smith comes to mind.) But we've had enough Prime Time to last us through the next millennium. We're still waiting for Michael Irvin to apologize for his expletive undeleted. And owner Jerry Jones is still the Head Jerk, a man whose rapaciousness is hastening the end of our last illusions about pro sports.
August 8, 1994 |
Jeff Hostetler and Vince Evans threw first-half touchdown passes to lead the Los Angeles Raiders to a 27-19 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Star running back Emmitt Smith did not play, and wide receiver Michael Irvin did not dress for the Cowboys, who dropped to 1-1. Quarterback Troy Aikman was 3 for 4 for 45 yards and ran 6 yards for a touchdown for Dallas. Hostetler and Evans were each 4 for 8 in the first half, which ended with Los Angeles (2-0) holding a 20-9 lead.
December 4, 1993 |
Michael Irvin has been unusually quiet. On the field and in the Dallas locker room, the man they call "The Playmaker" has all but disappeared. Normally, Irvin is the center of attention, either catching passes or holding court for the press. Earlier this season, he was the hottest name in the game as he set a league-record pace in both receptions and yardage. But now . . . "Michael is frustrated, I know he is," said running back Emmitt Smith, Irvin's teammate and friend.
September 1, 2000 |
He helped make Bobby Taylor a millionaire. He struck terror into the hearts of defensive coordinators with his combination of speed and strength and toughness. They called him "The Playmaker," but against Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor he made few plays. Michael Irvin is gone. He retired during the offseason after doctors discovered a congenital defect in his spinal column. It was a discovery that resulted from examinations of Irvin's neck injury suffered when his Dallas Cowboys lost in Philadelphia on Oct. 10 last year.
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)
December 4, 2003 |
Darren Woodson is so old and has been around so long that Bill Parcells, the Dallas Cowboys' head coach, has taken to calling him Methuselah, after the Hebrew patriarch who, according to the Bible, lived to be 969 years old. Of course, Dallas' starting safety isn't that old, but sometimes, when he thinks back to those glory days with the Cowboys, he feels that old. Or older. Yes, Woodson was a Cowboy back in the day, when Jerry Jones was a little heavier and Jimmy Johnson a little less concerned about his plastic hair.
October 30, 1995 |
Emmitt Smith ran for more than 100 yards. Troy Aikman's control was as good as Tom Glavine's. Michael Irvin caught passes for more than 100 yards for the sixth consecutive game. But when the Dallas Cowboys come-from-behind, 28-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons ended yesterday at the Georgia Dome, the guy who disappeared into a mob of microphones and minicams was a guy who had touched the football only a couple times all afternoon. Deion Sanders had just played his first game for the Cowboys.
October 2, 1992 |
Randall Cunningham was named NFL player of the month yesterday, after leading the Eagles to victory in the first three games since coming back this season from knee surgery. The Scrambling One has been close to perfect on the field, leading all NFL passers with a 74 percent completion rate. Showing a more conservative approach to running the ball so far this season (he has run with the ball, by design or otherwise, 20 times for 83 yards), Cunningham has instead taken opposing defenses apart with his arm, completing 53 of his 72 passes, and throwing for eight touchdowns.
January 17, 1996 |
Don't put those shovels away. The Super Bowl, the greatest snow-blowing event in sports, is just 11 days away. Already the blizzard of facts and figures, words and images, statistics and superstars, is raging. And by the time Super Bowl XXX's tradition-laden combatants, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, meet in the Arizona desert on Jan. 28, the potential plots will be knee-deep. Here's a look at a few of the issues that figure to dominate: THOSE CHEATIN' COWBOYS.
November 4, 1996 |
They lined up across from each other, did Michael Irvin and Bobby Taylor, and battled like the warriors they are. Second-year cornerback Taylor was drafted in the second round last year to defend against big receivers. He made his name last season by limiting Irvin, a five-time Pro Bowl wideout, to four catches for 49 yards in the teams' second and third meetings. It was special to watch them yesterday. Said Taylor: "It was like a quiet war out there. " It was a massacre in the first half.