Football fans in the Lone Star State are fortunate that when one of their heroes fall another is right there to take its place. What we’re referring to is the way the Dallas Cowboys tumbled after the first month of the NFL season from a possible Super Bowl contender to an NFL pretender in a matter of a couple of weeks.

But while this free fall from superiority to mediocrity was taking place, the Texas Longhorns escalated from being a real good football team to being the shining star of collegiate football by whipping former No. l Oklahoma and following it up by showing the Missouri Tigers how a No. 1 team protects its lofty position.

As a result the Longhorns not only tightened their grip as the nation’s No. 1 college football team, but also was a shoo-in as the top team in the latest College Bowl Series standings.

But how about those Cowboys? Sunday they merely verified what many football fans in the know already realized: the overtime loss last week to the mediocre Arizona Cardinals was no fluke. And Sunday the lowly, given up for dead St. Louis Rams jumped on their carcasses like a flock of vultures on the Serengeti plains. 

Granted, the Cowboys were forced to operate without quarterback Tony Romo and defensive back Pacman Jones, who is nothing more than a criminal wearing a football uniform, but even so they should never have been humiliated the way there were Sunday in St. Louis.

However, if one waves a juicy steak in front of a hungry vegetarian long enough, it will disappear in a heartbeat. And that’s exactly what the Cowboys did Sunday: they presented the Rams with a short field four times in the opening period and St. Louis jumped on the situation and put 21 points on the scoreboard before the opening quarter expired.

This problem did not just appear out of the blue last week. It goes back quite some time and points at one person: idiot owner Jerry Jones, who insists on hiring criminals or troublemakers posing as professional football players.

He signed Pacman Jones while he was still serving his indefinite suspension for constantly being in trouble with the law. Jones did the same thing last year when Tank Johnson was suspended and doing a jail sentence in Chicago. He signed Terrell Owens when he was on everybody else’s black list for disrupting team unity.

Jones went as far as to hire a special bodyguard for Pacman to track his every off-field move and even that ploy blew up in the owner’s face when Pacman got in a fight with the bodyguard. Then Jerry Jones had the audacity to attempt to cover up the incident.

“No felony, no foul,” was the owner’s version of the Pacman fight with his bodyguard. Jones dismissed the incident at a Dallas hotel as “a personal thing” that was “resolved in a personal manner,” according to Ian O’Connor recently on

“Jones figured if he closed his eyes hard enough, he’d make the police who were called to the scene go poof in the night. Only NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t about to be played for a fool, not the way Pacman played the Cowboys’ owner for a fool,” O’Connor’s article continued.

When Goodell sent a team of investigators from his office to Big D to hunt down the truth, it was determined Jones had been involved “in an alcohol-related physical altercation” and had violated the terms of his reinstatement just six weeks ago. The commissioner hit the cornerback with an indefinite suspension of at least four weeks.

Jones has been bent out of shape ever since the New York Giants “stole the Super Bowl” from his grasps. Jones at one point thought his Cowboys were a better team than the Giants. So he went on a vendetta to make certain he could buy a team that was better than the Giants.

He preached all during the preseason that he thought there was a “distinct possibility” his Cowboys were a “Super Bowl caliber” type of team this season.

And out of desperation he had Pacman Jones practice although he was still suspended by the commissioner and last week made an “11th-hour trade” for former Texas Longhorn standout wide receiver Roy Williams from Detroit, giving up three 2009 draft choices, including a first-rounder.

One malady that hits most NFL teams at one time or another but had missed the Cowboys until the Arizona game was the injury bug. But in that game Romo broke the pinkie finger on his throwing hand, rookie running back Felix Jones went down with a hamstring injury, punter Mat McBriar fractured his foot when the punt got blocked in overtime, plus the Pacman incident.

Throw in the fact that lead-footed 40-year old Brad Johnson would spell Romo at quarterback with his affinity of dump-off passes, three of which were intercepted by the Rams secondary that only picked off five all season, and it adds up to a huge hill to climb, even against a team that looked miserable in its first four games this season.

And to compound matters even worse for the Cowboys, veteran all-Pro safety Roy Williams broke his right forearm for the second time this year and will be out for the rest of the season.

Perhaps the football gods are merely getting even for some of the misdeeds of Jerry Jones ever since he bought the franchise back in 1989. His first act that lacked class was the way he got rid of Cowboy legendary coach Tom Landry.

Then in 1993 when Emmitt Smith became the first running back to win the rushing title and lead his team to a Super Bowl win in the same season, Jones rewarded him with a low-ball contract offer that led to a prolonged holdout and threatened to derail the Dallas dynasty before it even got started.

Only after the Cowboys got off to an 0-2 start and the possibility of a locker room mutiny did Jones relent and make Smith the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Not long after that Jones was quoted as saying that “any of 500 coaches” could have won the two Super Bowls that Jimmy Johnson led to Cowboys to, and incident that ran Johnson out of town.

He lured Barry Switzer out of retirement, who half-heartedly attempted to establish some team discipline. But Switzer’s program was undermined when he was arrested in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport for trying to bring a gun on board.

Jones made a trade to Seattle for injury-plagued wide receiver Joey Galloway, giving the Seahawks two 2001 first-round picks for the washed up pass catcher who had never even been a Pro Bowler in his five seasons at Seattle.

The Cowboys could have used those two No. 1 draft picks to replace Troy Aikman, the only starting quarterback Jones had employed during his tenure, but instead ignored rampant rumors of drug use and selected Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter with the 53rd overall pick.

Carter did lead the Cowboys to the playoffs, but he was abruptly cut during the 2004 training camp, spurring allegations of substance abuse.

Jones promoted Dave Campo to take over after Chan Gailey, and then watched the former defensive coordinator lead the team to three straight 5-11 seasons.

It was exciting for Southeast Texans when Jones hired Wade Phillips as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but he did it AFTER giving offensive coordinator Jason Garrett an almost unheard of salary of $3 million per year for that position. It almost made Phillips a lame-duck before he coached his first game.

So things aren’t going very well for the Cowboys or their owner Jerry Jones, but as one not-so-great philosopher once said, “He made his bed, now he must sleep in it.”

The question this Korner poses is what must be done to awaken this sleeping giant of a football team???

KWICKIES … In Saturday night’s 56-31 victory over Missouri by No. 1-ranked Texas, three former West Orange-Stark Mustangs played very well for their respective teams. Making several plays in the Texas secondary were junior cornerback Deon Beasley and redshirt freshman Earl Thomas, while former Mustang teammate Tommy Chavis did a good job for the Tigers at his defensive tackle position before leaving the game with an injury.

Former LC-M and LSU star golfer Scott Sterling fired a sparkling 64 on Sunday’s final round of the PGA Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open played in Las Vegas which was the second-best round of the day to finish five shots behind winner Marc Turnesa. Sterling had rounds of 69-65-70-64—268 and finished eighth to collect a nifty check for $123,000.

JUST BETWEEN US … We remember a few years ago when at the Willie Ray Smith banquet when Deon Beasley won the prestigious award as the best defensive player in this area. We spoke with Newton’s star running back Toddrick Pendland, an offensive nominee who had committed to play for our McNeese Cowboys. The young man was excited about his choice and today Cowboy fans are thrilled with his decision because he is their main ball carrier. Saturday in the Pokes’ 28-17 Southland Conference victory over Sam Houston State, Pendland scored three touchdowns and chalked up nearly 200 yards rushing.