Cowboys fans must give wins a huge hug

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galloway Just a quick reminder, please, regarding our local football club.

This is not 1993.

The Dynasty Days are dead, have been dead for going on now two decades, and those glory days ain’t coming back anytime soon, probably never.

The Dallas Cowboys of this era have settled into a groove that seems to apply once again this season. Not awful, but awfully mediocre.

Therefore, when a win happens, such as in the Cowboys’ opener against the New York Giants, the recommended wise thing to do is give the W a full frontal embrace, and move on to the next game.

I’m not being preachy here. It’s simply a recommendation.

The “next” game, of course, is Sunday in Kansas City, with a noon kickoff, and the Cowboys a three-point road dog.

But flashing back to last week, well...

A segment of Cowboys’ fandom — a rather large segment by my estimation — went on the email attack.

Stirring up the CowSheep has never been difficult, but in this case, the disgust overflowed in a rare direction.

I was accused by — count ’em, and I did — 47 emailers calling themselves CowSheep of being too dang gushy in my account of the victory over the Giants.

Me? Gushy?

But allow emailer Benny to summarize for the entire group, because Benny was pretty good:

“It sounds like you were drunk from the large pitcher of Blue Kool-Aid... you must still have blue lips and a blue tongue from that blue overload.”

Benny also wanted it known he was a “longtime Cowboys’ apologist/fan.” But he wanted no part of my “sugar.”

Now, of course, I feel bad.

Here’s the column line that stirred up Benny and the others:

“Give up 500 yards of offense and 31 points, yet it was a great debut for the new defense.”

See, I guess I should have replaced “great” with “winning” and let it go.

But on the other hand, there was the Cowboys’ defensive overhaul in the off-season, and the arrival of two NFL old-timers, Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, to install and preach a 4-3 scheme.

All we heard for months, and then through the training camp weeks in Oxnard, was “takeaways, takeaways, takeaways.”

Were there some doubters? Yes. Me, for one.

And then in the weeks leading up to the opener with the Giants, injuries decimated the front four, meaning the Cowboys were going with names you never heard of — football boat people — as front-line players.

And then the defense basically won the game by coming up with five takeaways on three picks from Eli Manning and two fumbles by the Giants’ starting running back.

Yes, after 500 yards of offense and 31 points, the defense still basically won the game with those five takeaways. And we already knew that creating turnovers last season (only 16 in 16 games) had been an absolute failure.

Come to think of it, to heck with Benny and the 46 other CowSheep who ambushed me.

I’m sticking with “great.”

Attention again, all CowSheep.

The Cowboys are not good enough to be style-pointing wins. Take the W, give it the full frontal embrace and move on to the next game.

Which brings us to the Chiefs.

This will be a totally different animal from the Giants. Not as good for one thing, but a club that will want to run it up Cowboy snouts with Jamaal Charles, and dink and dunk with quarterback Alex Smith.

As opposed to the opener, where the Giants were playing from behind and repeatedly airing it out with Eli, the defensive scheme should shift heavily in the direction of linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.

Both are studs, so that’s a favorable run-stopping directional shift for the Cowboys’ defense.

On paper, this game plays out as somewhat low-scoring out of respect for an underrated Kansas City defense.

If the Chiefs reach the 20s on the scoreboard, it’s likely they will prevail.

Otherwise, it could be another “great” win for the Cowboys if the defense can prevent that.

Drinking straight from the pitcher of Blue Kool-Aid, with the blue lips, the blue tongue and the blue overload, anyway, anyhow the Cowboys win a game, it’s OK to celebrate.

The next W might be a long time coming.

Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.

Randy Galloway, 817-390-7697 Twitter: @sportsdfw

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