Blazing Helmets: The Improbable Tale of the Dallas Cowboys' Return to Super Bowl Glory
- Between injuries, suspensions and failed personnel, the Cowboys have fallen on hard times in recent years. But one budding screenwriter believes that will all change this season.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Nothing sells like a negative story about the Dallas Cowboys. And there have been plenty this off-season—suspensions, injuries, Tony Romo’s waistline. The national picture of this team is a talented but fragile offensive group and an undermanned defense that could be in the mix to win the NFC East, but only if they miraculously remain healthy.
But that’s not necessarily the vibe in Oxnard, a sleepy farm town just north of Los Angeles. Cowboys training camp has been a sun-spackled oasis from what most people think could be a tumultuous season. There’s something that happens in Oxnard that can actually make you believe everything could go right.
Which got me thinking…what if the Cowboys are really good this year? What if they’re better than good? Super Bowl good? Sounds a bit ridiculous, right? Like something out of a movie. America’s Team back on top after 21 years.
Wait a second, we’re in L.A.. How about pitching the studios the greatest possible story of the 2016 season: the Dallas Cowboys winning Super Bowl 51.
Best-case scenario: I have my ticket out of this sports business and the beginning of a lucrative screenwriting career. Worst case: It’s the Cowboys. Really, what’s the worst thing that can happen?
Here are four pivotal scenes from the Cowboys screenplay I plan to shop around Tinsel Town: