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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Top 10 All-Time Most Memorable Season Openers in the History of Your Dallas Cowboys

   First impressions are everything. And lasting. Just ask Kevin Ogletree and the Dallas Cowboys.
   It was a year ago that the Cowboys' receiver caught eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening, 24-17 victory over the New York Giants. Remember thinking Ogletree's star was born?
   Notsamuch. Turns out he was just a harmless flare, momentarily burning bright before quickly vanishing.
   After his dynamic debut, in the season's final 15 games Ogletree managed only 24 more catches for 322 yards and two more scores. He was beaten out by Dwayne Harris for No. 3 receiver, and on NFL Kickoff Sunday will serve the same role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
   Point is, fans fixate on the season opener from the minute the schedules are released in April. But, ultimately, Week 1 is just a game. Not a tone-setter for five months of football. Ogletree disappeared and the Cowboys finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
   Not that 1-0 is a bad thing. There was a time when the Cowboys always started with a victory. In fact, they won 17 consecutive openers from 1965-81. Recently that's been a difficult task, as they've started on the road eight of the last nine seasons.
   The Cowboys' only season-opening win at home in the last 14 years: 45-35 over the Giants in 2007. Preview of things to come?
   Dallas finished 13-3 that season and won the NFC East. But the Giants won the Super Bowl.
   My Top 10 All-Time Most Memorable Cowboys' Season Openers ...

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  1. #1 on the list brings back a lot of memories. For me, seeing rookie (and future HOF'er) Darrell Green run down fast Tony from across the field sticks out. We all said to each other..."who the hell is THAT guy!"

  2. "But, ultimately, Week 1 is just a game. Not a tone-setter for five months of football."

    "Roger Staubach scores from 4 yards out in OT to launch a Super Bowl season."

  3. Regarding #7, I was surprised to see that "Two Yard Tashard" is still in the league...