Cowboys 14, Eagles 13: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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How about a nice round of applause for Sam Merten? Nice job, Sam. Splendid actually. Thank you. And with that ... we now return to your regularly scheduled Sportatorium.

10. A year ago the Cowboys finished the regular season with a win over the Eagles. This year the Cowboys finished the regular season with a win over the Eagles. In '10 Dallas was preparing for its first playoff win in 13 years. In '11 they're merely preparing to clean out their lockers in the wake of the most disappointing season in the franchise's 50-year history.

9. Not sure if he'll ever be a starting NFL quarterback, but Stephen McGee would make a nasty baseball closer. His splitter - low and dipping around the ankles - is mostly unhittable uncatchable.

8. Remember waaaay back in the summer when we groaned that five preseason games were too many? Well, didn't yesterday feel like No. 6? Sad when Tony Siragusa standing in the rain talking about his stupid hat isn't the most boring facet of the broadcast.

7. Pretty sure fullback Chris Gronkowski got a favorable spot on his 4th-and-1 plunge at Philly's 44 on Dallas' game-winning drive. Two plays later McGee hit Jason Witten for 33 yards to set up the miraculous mundane comeback.

6. Likely we won't remember the win in Philly come four months from now, but might the Cowboys regret the result? The last-minute rally dropped Dallas from No. 6 in April's NFL Draft to No. 9. In 2010 that was the difference between Russell Okung (10-game starter at left tackle for Seattle) and running back C.J. Spiller (two touchdowns, five fumbles for the Bills).

5. The meaningless, hollow victory also allowed the Cowboys to escape the cellar and finish third in the NFC East and, therefore, play a third-place schedule next season that includes Tampa Bay (10-6) instead of Carolina (2-14). In 2011 Dallas will play, in addition to home-and-aways with Washington, Philly and the Giants, road games at Arizona, San Francisco, New England, the Jets and Bucs and host the Rams, Seahawks, Bills, Dolphins and Lions.

4. He had some magical plays in 2010, but I do not trust Bryan McCann as my punt returner.

3. Sure the Cowboys recorded six sacks of Kevin Kolb, but an indelible image was again burned in our memories as Dallas gave up a passing touchdown punctuated by safety Alan Ball looking around, arms extended and palms up as if to say "Wha jist happun?!"

2. Granted they were playing against the Eagles' JV, but DeMarcus Ware and Witten re-re-re-re-confirmed their place among the NFL elite. If only every Cowboy was that good of a player ... and person.

1. Given the fact that he was handed a team that emotionally and psychologically bottomed out in Green Bay, that was playing without quarterback Tony Romo, offensive weapon Dez Bryant and underrated run-stopper Marcus Spears, and that was playing a second-half schedule including games against last year's Super Bowl teams and two against this year's NFC East champs, I'm not sure what more Jason Garrett could've done as interim coach. The Cowboys played harder and better in going 5-3 and he went a long way in a short time toward Jerry Jones' charge of changing the culture at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys, as I've said all along, should next year be coached by Garrett Top.

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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Is Babe really that much better than Goose?

The list seems kind of Jerry's prostate-massaging. But at least you're consistent with sugar-coating a turd. This season is an abject failure. No amount of rationalization or other sunshine, lollipops, and rainbow viewpoint will change that. This team was supposedly the most talented in the NFL. Going to play a home game in February. All that jazz and hype. Yet they took a giant dump on the field from game 1. They can't even fail well--not that we trust Jerry to make a good selection, but winning a game that meant nothing to ensure a harder schedule and worse draft pick? Doesn't seem too bright, but this team is dumb as a brick top to bottom.

I'm pretty sure McCann, who some people seemed to deem the next Devin Hester, has as many muffs and fumbles as nice returns. Miles Austin didn't earn his extension moolah, and the secondary couldn't stop anyone even if they were given weaponry.

This roster is a mess and the man in charge is a general managing dumbass.

And only Seattle/St. Louis could beat out this game for the bored-to-tears crown.

Miss ya, Mert. It was nice having a writer not be passive-aggressive, headline-bait, and rely far too much on the cross-out gimmick.

just thinkin'
just thinkin'

Aikman always said that the most important quality that a QB could possess was the ability to throw the ball acurately. After watching McGee the past two weeks, he looks like a 9th grader as far as accuracy goes. My god, he needs to be told that his receivers are over 32" tall. He's going to break someone's foot with most of his throws! RW, not having to listen to Tony S. IS the reason you mute the TV and listen to Brad and Babe.

arbitron don
arbitron don

2 weeks of merten was better than anything u put out in 2 yrs.

how about them ratings?when u cant get a 2, u know ur station sucks and is in big big trouble.stay tuned

Jesse Jackson2
Jesse Jackson2

Welcome back sir, hope you enjoyed the time off. Missed reading your comments (did appreciate Sam filling in).

Rooster
Rooster

Cowboys. meh. How 'bout those Mavericks?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Welcome back, Richie.

Agree with (and got a good chuckle out of) #9 (on your list, not Romo).

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Congrats to Sam, welcome back RW..hope your boyfriend enjoyed having you around the house for two weeks. Hate that the Boys won this one, but atleast we're still in the top ten. This draft appears to be really heavy on defense and QB's, not so much on Oline..the good O-lineman aren't expected to start going til about our pick...should be difficult to mess up the first rounder.

hog wild
hog wild

Too bad Jerruh can't draft 6'6'' Hog Ryan Mallett because he's payin' your sorry arse to mend so's you can throw more 3 yard passes with 4 seconds left in the half.

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