With one pre-season game down, the fans and critics are poised and ready for another roller coaster year of Cowboys football. I have decided to start this weekly series of Bar Talk to give the opinions of the fans as I travel from bar to bar during Cowboys games.
This week for Monday Night Football my journey took me to Red Room off Beltline in Addison where Cowboy’s fans and haters alike came together for the first time in almost 7 months to watch the Boys kick off pre-season football.
The Red Room is a nice lounge with three TV’s and great bartenders and is the place of choice for Ex Dallas Cowboys like Kevin Smith to watch Monday Night Football.I thought it was a good touch to have a DJ to play music during commercials and at half time and it appeared that the DJ, Mr Everything, knew exactly how to get his crowd upbeat and moving.
Most of the fans in this bar felt like the Cowboys were the same old Cowboys. Mr Smith stated that “[the Cowboys] made to many mental mistakes” but agreed that it was only the first pre season game so they still have time to correct it.
With the offensive line giving up so much pressure on Tony Romo, fans quickly started speculating on rather or not Kyle Orton is a quality replacement for Romo. My personal opinion is that Orton is as good of a back up as any in the league but everyone in the bar did not agree with me.
The fight for the third receiver brought up talks about Chad Johnson being picked up by the Cowboys but I think that’s just crazy talk. It is clear, however, that the fans in this bar were not sold on the Cole Beasley. The question that arose was rather or not his heart was into football. He quit and then came back and to true football fans and ex players, quitting doesn’t sit well. The fans also noticed that he gave up yards on some of his punt returns by running out of bounds without picking up the few extra yards that could be critical in a big game.
When I asked people in the crowd if they saw anything positive in this pitiful 3-0 win over the Raiders, fans thought that its was a good sign that our secondary actually got an interception. Let’s hope we can keep up the good play in the secondary and that all the other pieces start to fall back into place.
The overall undertone in the bar was that the Cowboys appear to be the same team that they were last year. They make too many mistakes and we couldn’t tell if our defense holding the Raiders to zero points meant that our defense was better or that the Raiders are really that bad. I guess we’ll see next time as I find another bar to watch the Boys play San Diego in their second pre season game.