All Is Right With The World
Like all of you, I was thrilled to see the Dallas Cowboys overcome a terrible performance and win tonight against the Buffalo Bills.
Tony Romo continued his learning curve through a very rough stretch, being personally responsible for six turnovers, but the Cowboys' amazing rookie kicker Nick Folk iced the icers by kicking two consecutive personal-best 53-yard field goals with two seconds left to win the game.
Here is the background: A few weeks ago Denver coach Mike Shanahan called a last second time out on veteran Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski just as Janikowski kicked a long field goal attempt, and Janikowski missed the second attempt. A week later, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin employed the same tactic against Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson and Dawson also missed his second attempt.
Tonight, it went a different way. After the Cowboys stunk up the field for about 50 minutes, the 'Boys mounted an unexpected comeback, culminating in an onside kick recovery in the final minute, and put their rookie kicker in position to win the game. But Bills coach Dick Jauron pulled the same trick and called time out just as Folk kicked the ball for a personal best successful field goal from 53 yards out.
After the time-out, Folk kicked again, and drilled it through the uprights, and the 'Boys won 25-24.
"Un-frickin'-believable" seemed to be the prevailing sentiment among my esteemed colleagues in the august chamber of the local sports bar where I witnessed such goings-on as I have here reported.
NOVA TownHall is a serious political blog, and we focus on issues of broad importance, but at the risk of straying into the parochial I will say the Cowboys' victory is to be commended. I thank you all in advance for joining me in this dedication.
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