Originally Posted by Hostile
When Tony Dorsett rushed for 100 yards, the Cowboys won. It was a simple thing to root for every game. I think they only lost 3 times in his entire career when that happened. One of them is an all time funny memory for me.
Monday Night Football and it's the Cowboys versus the Vikings. My Mom was pulling for the Vikes and they punt the ball and down it on the 1 foot line. Mom asked me what the Cowboys were going to do. I said, "no problem, give the ball to Tony Dorsett and he's going to break the NFL for the longest rushing TD in history which is 97 yards." No joke, I called it.
So the ball is handed to Dorsett and he explodes through the line to the right outside. I moved to the edge of my seat. When he finally got past the last potential tackler I leapt up with my right arm pumping a fist. Just above me a little bit was a hanging fern plant that my Mom loved. It went flying and I destroyed it.
[View Full Quote]I'm talking it was all over the room and hanging all over my head. She had recently watered it and there was wet peat moss and water all over. I was soaking wet. So I am in a quandry. On one hand I was thrilled that Tony scored. On the other I had destroyed one of my Mom's favorite plants. Through the shred of fern I looked over at her on the couch and she was cracking up. I mean she lost it.
I said, "I'm sorry Mom." She replied, "that's okay. It's worth it to see the look on your face."
There are so many things about that play I will never forget. As I mentioned it was one of the few times we lost when Tony broke 100 yards, longest TD in history, Drew Pearson was the first person to congratulate Tony, there were 10 Cowboys on the field instead of 11 making it all the more incredible because the missing player was Ron Springs, Tony's lead blocker. I will also remember the smell and feel of wet fern and water and cleaning up the living room.
same play, but i was in a friends car and we were listening to it on the radio. i remember howard cosell saying "the cowboys need to know they can't just turn it on and off whenver they want to..."
dorsett for the td.
howard "well, i guess they CAN turn it on whenver they want to!!!"
we went nuts in the car and i think we upset the father who was driving by how crazy it got.