MY NAME WAS RICKY
After last years dismal season for my team, the Dallas Cowboys, I was really looking forward to this season. A healthy Dez Bryant. A healthy Sean Lee. And, most importantly, a healthy Tony Romo.
When Kellen Moore went down with a broken leg in pre-season I wasn't worried. Fact is, although I always liked Kellen Moore as a quarterback for Boise State, but I was less than impressed with his performance last season. Especially after watching him in person in Buffalo. He steered the Cowboys to a great opening drive and after that he just fizzled away. So when Moore went down, I felt bad ... for a moment. But I thought ... we still have Tony. My enthusiasm grew even more after watching Dak Prescott in the pre-season. He has played great for a rookie. With Romo as starter and Prescott at backup I thought we were in good shape for an 11 - 5 or 12 - 4 season.
Funny how things can change so quickly. Deja fucking vu!
Against the Seahawks Romo goes down on a partial, kind of funky, awkward slide and gets a slight hit on the back. Didn't appear to be a biggie. But I cringed when he immediately grabbed at his back and didn't get up. I shouted at the TV "Not again! Get up Tony! Get the fuck up!" Well, after hearing my words of encouragement, Tony made it back to the sidelines. Your welcome Cowboys fans. He was moving around a bit. Didn't seem badly damaged. Heard later that he asked to go back in. Jason Garrett played it cautious and kept him out. Good thing too. As it turns out Romo has a compression fracture and is expect to be out at least six weeks and, by all reports, likely until mid-season. Ouch! My bet is that we won't see him until after their bye week in week 7. Double ouch! During that stretch they have two games against NFC East opponents. Triple ouch!
As well as Dak Prescott, and Jameill Showers, have played, they are still rookies. For that reason I think the Cowboys need to get themselves a suitable veteran quarterback. Someone capable to back-up Prescott or, if necessary, step in and take over the reigns. I thought Brandon Weeden could have been that guy last year. Boy was I ever wrong. But as teams continue to trim their rosters maybe, just maybe, they will be able to pick up someone.
Some time ago, a quarterback named Drew Bledsoe went down for the New England Patriots. Some sixth round pick, lanky, slow, no name, second season QB stepped in to take his place. This guy was so slow, I bet my mother could have out run him. Well, we all know how that one worked out.
Will Dak Prescott be the next Tom Brady? I think he'll have at least six games to show us what he's got. He seems to have the tools. He can certainly do something Tony can't. Dak can run! Cowboys nation is behind you Dak. All we can ask is that you play to your potential and keep us in the hunt. Officially, Jason Garrett hasn't ruled out Romo for week 1. But I think that's just gamesmanship. I guess we'll know for sure in about 10 days or so.
And Tony, if you're reading this, as you undoubtably are, please get better quickly and ... learn to slide dude. That was awful!
And let's just hope that everyone else on the team stays healthy. The QB is just one player, albeit an important one, but the Cowboys have lots of talent that should be able to allow them to weather this storm.
One final hope. The Cowboys play in the NFC East. Thannnnkkk youuuuu.
How 'Bout Them Cowboys!
Niagara Falls has a new attraction. At the bottom of Clifton Hill, across from the American Falls, beside Hornblower Niagara Cruises ... you will find a Zipline!
Yes ... a Zipline. For about $50.00 ($59.00 during primetime) you can take a whopping 45 second journey on the Wildplay MistRider Zipline down into the Niagara Gorge. The Zipline starts at the top of the tower near the base of Clifton Hill and ends at the old power plant near the base of the Horseshoe Falls. While certainly an interesting attraction I must admit that I am not a fan of the Zipline. Why you may ask?
Don't get me wrong. I think the Zipline is a great idea ... it's just in the wrong place. It should have been built a few kilometers down river at the Niagara Whirlpool where the Aero Car is as well as the Parks Commission's other newest attraction ... a high ropes course. The high ropes course, also being operated by Wildplay (I think), does look pretty cool and will be opening in a few weeks. It's been built in an appropriate place too. But just imagine ziplining over the whirlpool from the top of the gorge to the bottom, with the option to take a beautiful hike back to the top of the gorge or take an elevator for those who choose or are unable to do so. Yes ... they'd have to build an elevator. An expensive proposition. But I think that location would have made for a much better and more thrilling experience.
Sorry Niagara Parks Commission. You really missed the mark with a proposed gondola ride that, thank goodness, got cancelled under pressure from those that love our park land. And you missed the mark with the Zipline. You have put commercialization ahead of preservation and, in the process, have ruined the breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
My name is Gary Janssen, aka "Ricky". I'm a husband, father and first time blogger. I write about family & life, my favorite sports teams, TV shows and movies, my Apple Mac and my home town of Niagara Falls.