Hi 89 / Lo 73
|Volume 68, Issue 1,
Ed De La Garza
Josh Gajewski Nikie Johnson
As good as it gets
Sunday morning, thousands of Fort Worth Star Telegram subscribers woke up to coffee or juice, eggs or toast or all of the above. Oh yeah, and then there was — how should we properly put it? — somebody talkin' smack.
In the Telegram, Dallas Cowboys writer Jennifer Floyd wrote; "In 'Thunder Road', Bruce Springsteen sings, 'It's a town full of losers, and I'm pulling out of here to win.' Sounds like Houston and what the Cowboys are going to do tonight."
Reality bites, eh Dallas? In a game that meant so much to so many Houstonians, the Texans did the unthinkable by pulling off a 19-10 victory before 69,604 frenzied fans at Reliant Stadium. What a way for the NFL to make its official return to Houston, and what a way to quiet the Cowboys, their fans and just maybe, their writers.
If it were any team other than the Cowboys, a Texans victory would have been sweet. But this was like washing down a box of caramels with a Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks.
Watching the startled face of Jerry Jones, the often-maligned Cowboys owner, on the sidelines as the final seconds of the game ticked away, proved priceless to Houston football fans. His admission in the morning papers was even more satisfying: "We get to sleep on this for the next four years," he said.
In fact, Sunday night at Reliant Stadium — the atmosphere, the tailgating and, of course, the result — almost made the last six pro-football-less years in Houston well worth it.
Too many times in the past, the Oilers seemed to find a way to fail when they were expected to succeed. Sunday, the Texans found a way to succeed when they were expected to fail.
And an undoubtedly stunned national television audience that was surely pro-Cowboys witnessed it all. It is, after all, the Cowboys who like to call themselves "America's Team."
For now, the Texans are happy to settle for being Texas' Team. And until the two teams meet again in the regular season four years from now, Texans' fans will be content to possess the treasured luxury that are bragging rights in this football-crazy state.
Meanwhile, on Monday morning, Fort Worth Star-Telegram subscribers woke up (probably from a nightmare-filled sleep) to breakfast and the newspaper, which included a column written by Randy Galloway that read: "Hello, hell. This national laugh and this state of Texas joke is on the Cowboys."
This time, the writer got it right.
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