Tonight’s the big night. The Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys at 8:20pm eastern. The game will be televised on NBC, and will be broadcast on Westwood One radio. Of course, you can always listen to the game on espn980.com, if you prefer. The Armed Forces Network is also broadcasting the game live. As for those who are going to the game – Redskins.com reports that the FedEx parking lots will be open 4 hours before kickoff, and the stadium gates will be open 2 hours before kickoff. So there – you have no excuse for not seeing or hearing the game, unless of course you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan and don’t want to see another December melt-down by Tony and the ‘boys.
My many fond memories of Redskins-Cowboys games have jaded me – I distinctly don’t remember Jimmy Johnson’s first year when the Cowboys won one game all season – over the Skins. Neither do I remember his second year when the Cowboys went 3 – 13, beating the Redskins twice. Nope. I remember my Dad taking me to RFK when I was in 5th grade so we could see Sonny Jurgensen lead the Redskins to a thrilling fourth quarter comeback and whip the Cowboys 34 – 31. At that time, RFK was called DC Stadium. I remember Dexter Manley TKOing Danny White with a clean hit during the 1983 Conference Championship game. The Redskins went on to win their first Super Bowl under Joe Gibbs. It was the franchise’s second trip to the Big Show.
Speaking of memories, what true Redskins’ fan over 30 will forget the October 14, 1984? Riggo ran through the Cowboys like butter as the Redskins routed them, 34 – 14. The next day the Washington Post printed this quote from Tom Landry – “This is the lowest ebb we’ve had [this season] because we’ve lost two in a row. [But] we’re still 4-3,” said Landry, who now has split six games with Gibbs. “It can get worse than this.” Maybe so Tom – the Redskins went down to Texas Stadium on Dec. 14 of that same year and came from behind to defeat Dallas 30 – 28. A key play in that game was provided by Mr. Darrell Green who turned in a 32-yard ‘pick 6′.
I have many more great memories of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, not the least of which was the 37 – 10 drubbing the Skins laid on the Cowboys on Dec. 22, 1996. Most of you probably remember 2005, which was a playoff year for the Redskins orchestrated by Joe Gibbs in his second incarnation. The Skins beat the Cowboys twice that year, 14 – 13 in Texas Stadium (Mark Brunell deep to Santana Moss twice in the last 4 minutes) and 35 -17 at FedEx (Chris Cooley plows over Cowboy defenders for 3 touchdowns).
If you’re a Redskins’ fan, I hope this brief walk down memory lane gets your juices going. If you’re a Cowboys’ fan, you should realize that a victory over the Redskins is never a foregone conclusion, no matter how either team has fared in their other games. We all know Romo wants to put an end to the ‘wilts in December‘ talk once and for all. He took a step in that direction last week, but it will be for naught if the Redskins win tonight. We all know that’s true. And then there’s the Dallas playoff streak – 13 years without a playoff win. How badly must the Cowboys want to end that? As fate would have it – their road goes through Landover, MD. What a way to bridge Hanukkah & Christmas to New Years.
Hail to the Redskins!