Before the Cowboys, there were the Texans. The 1952 Texans, that is. They failed miserably, moved to Baltimore, then Indianapolis. Years went by with Lamar Hunt begging for another shot for Dallas. The NFL said no. So...
Mr. Hunt went out and created his own league, The American Football League. The NFL quickly decided Dallas might not be such a bad place to have a team after all. The Cowboys were born. The Dallas Texans were re-born. The Battle of the Leagues was on.
The Texans lost that 3-year competition and moved to Kansas City the year after winning the AFL Championship during a season played in mostly-empty stadiums. The battle's legacy continued when the Chiefs finally won a Super Bowl. The Dallas papers were full of stories of how the wrong team moved to KC.
The Cowboys were labeled "Next Year's Champions" by Cowboys' beat writer, Steve Perkins, who followed the team from their loss in the 1967 Ice Bowl game through the next year's heartbreaking loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Cotton Bowl. I remember sitting in that stadium for the second time in three years, as shell-shocked as a 12-year old can be. Driving home with my dad, through the muddy parking lots at Fair Park. The devastation was complete.
Just two years before, I sat in misery (stood, actually) as Don Meredith threw a last-minute interception giving the Green Bay Packers their first NFL Championship victory over the Cowboys. Then, the Ice Bowl. Then the Browns and the moniker - Next Year's Champions. As a kid, I saw the name as a promise. The many things I had to learn about life.
Well, this most significant of rivalries renews itself again this week. No one associated with those teams is still there. It's an NFL Films kind of thing. But, when you join us this week at World Sports Grill, know that you're watching a rivalry that had significant impact on what we see today when we watch American Football.
In returning to our roots this week, we find that everything that's old is new again. This group really started at Jillian's. It's grown tremendously since those earlier days. And, Jillian's has changed, too. It's no longer Jillian's, it's now the Word Sports Grill.
I've asked Laura Rodgers to talk about World Sports Grill, in preparation for this week's sampling of their venue.
"World Sports Grille is the perfect home for the Cowboys! With our 38 tv's (including 14 brand-new 50-in flatscreens), 2 projectors with large screens, and all the NFL subscriptions, we're ready to show almost any game, any time. We have multiple discrete sections for groups of all sizes, including a private room, 2 bar-adjacent dining rooms, and many more. Come enjoy our football specials, including buckets, a craft beer of the month, and cocktail specials, PLUS your exclusive fan group special - $4 Shock Top drafts! With an edited menu of fresh American cuisine and bar favorites (including breakfast for those 10am games!), a full bar, and more than 20 local and national beers on tap, WSG really is the perfect spot to catch all the Cowboys action."
Again, please RSVP, so we can ensure the staff at World Sports Grill has their best chance of providing us the best level of customer service possible. I look forward to renewing old friendships, and I look forward to your input.
Remember, this is the second of two tryouts. Yesterday, we all had a great time watching the Cowboys make Opie whine and cry as his Midgets took one for New Jersey. I appreciated all the great feedback from those in attendance. I'll be doing the same thing this week, so if you want to be heard, BE THERE!
Go. Dallas. Cowboys!