It’s Good Friday, a time to reflect. To play hookie. To hide Easter Eggs. Maybe a cool drink on a sun-splashed patio. And, yes, to remember all the positive things about the Cowboys.
I realize they are coming off 8-8 and 8-8 and 8-8 seasons and haven’t won a Super Bowl since “The Macarena” somehow topped the music charts, but there are silver-'n-blue linings these days if you squint hard enough.
On Good Friday, 10 good things about the current Dallas Cowboys.
10. No matter what happens, the defense can’t get any worse than it was in 2013. Please tell me I'm right about that one. If not ...
9. Sean Lee is due for a healthy season. Actually past due.
8. An imminent season void of the nagging question, “Where is DeMarcus Ware when we need him?!” He's a Ring-of-Honor player, but he's disappearance did get nauseating.
7. Stephen Jones seems a tad more rational than his dad, and he will run the show sooner or later.
6. Jason Witten. Still, after all these years.
5. It’s been a quiet off-season for Dez Bryant. As he and his mom know, that’s a good thing.
4. With Super Bowl hype, if not hope, a thing of the past, the Cowboys now have no pressure to overachieve. And, present malaise be damned, there are still five trophies residing at Valley Ranch for the nostalgic type.
3. Tony Romo’s surgically repaired back is on schedule to be healthy and 100 percent by training camp. Like him or not, the Cowboys have zero chance at success without their quarterback.
2. AT&T Stadium remains the NFL’s biggest, bestest joint.
1. Tyron Smith. Only 23 and already making Pro Bowls, he has the talent and temperament to dominate a key position (left tackle) for the next decade. And he's as good off the field, evidenced by his $10,000 donation last night at a charity auction put on by the Nancy Lieberman Foundation in Dallas.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.