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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Rivalry? What rivalry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry weighs in on the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry as the season opener nears:

At times, Texas and Washington have been known to butt heads over matters of policy.
Personally, I prefer it when Washingtonians are targeting their ire on the annual underachievers on their local football team instead of our successful conservative approach to governing here in the Lone Star State. That's just another reason to welcome the new football season.
For as long as I can remember, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have been a defining rivalry in the NFL --if "rivalry" is defined as "a hopelessly one-sided series of stinging defeats." 

To be fair, the rivalry's not really that one-sided. Heck, Dallas only owns a 20-game advantage in the series. That deficit (and what's Washington without a deficit?) could be overcome with only 10 short years of consecutive Redskin wins, and perhaps even faster if the teams were to meet in the playoffs.

To put this in terms a Redskin fan can understand: The "playoffs" are what happen at the end of the "regular season," or, as it's known in D.C., "the end of the season."

This year, the Redskins are reinventing the franchise with the hiring of Mike Shanahan. I hope this attempt will fare better than famous previous Washington makeover attempts, like the Steve Spurrier Experiment, the Joe Gibbs Comeback and, of course, Joe Biden.

From their perspective, the Cowboys have their eyes on the prize. I'm not afraid to admit that with a young quarterback in his prime and a top-tier defense, the Cowboys have folks in Big D thinking "hometown Super Bowl."

Redskins fans, meanwhile, have to be content as management continues to tweak the team's three remaining "trouble spots": offense, defense and special teams.

I do wish the Redskins well as they play the Cowboys. As we always used to say when I played small-town, six-man football in high school, the most important thing is to play fair, play hard.

In fact, I invite Redskin fans to visit Texas and enjoy the oddly-familiar experience of seeing at least six players on a team actually exert themselves.

In all seriousness, a new season brings football fans a renewed sense of hope, an opportunity to witness and reward remarkable talent, individuals and team efforts. As Americans struggle to maintain our optimism and enthusiasm in these trying times, we're all thankful for the new season and the next chapter in storied rivalries like the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

By Gov. Rick Perry  | September 10, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Political Football  | Tags:  Redskins, Rick Perry  
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You mean Governor for life... I believe he has been governor longer than Marion Barry was mayor.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Governor Perry is right on the mark here. To call this a rivalry redefines the word. This is typically a double L division series year in and year out. Stirring up the pot to get more folks watching is good for the game and good for the NFL. Folks in DC get hyped for the skins every year and are convinced they are going to the Super Bowl until they lose the first four games. Then they turn on their own team and start playing the blame game. Same song, same dance with a few new partners.

Posted by: Charley_XF | September 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Highly amusing and well written. Nice job Governor Perry!

(Funny he forgot to mention the constantly mediocre Houston Texans, but that is forgiven after reading this great line: "I invite Redskin fans to visit Texas and enjoy the oddly-familiar experience of seeing at least six players on a team actually exert themselves.")

Football rules.

Posted by: Buffalo66 | September 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

nice that the texas gov can comment on complacency from thigs that just want to collect a fat paycheck without earning it since he runs a state full of them.

Posted by: doug39 | September 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

He's really stepping out on a limb, isn't he?

Trashing the Cowboy's opponents isn't exactly a political risk.

With any luck, he'll fire up the Skins.

I'd love to see the skins beat the cowboys.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 10, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well written and kind of funny. The gov is correct in many ways about the rivalry. It has been mostly one sided, especially in recent years. But he failed to mention the two most important games the two teams played against each other. And the most meaningful games because they meant a trip to the Super Bowl. Well gov. in those games the Skins are 2-0 and both were convincing victories. An OK trade off for some of those cowboy victories during seasons where both teams were going nowhere.

Posted by: hailtotheskinsalways | September 10, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@angriestdogintheworld1: do you not remember a former governor of Texas named George W. Bush? Perry took over when Bush was elected President, and was then elected and re-elected to his own terms.

This column was hysterical. It was extremely well written, and very witty. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted by: rvnNFLchic03 | September 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The man has a heck of a speech writer...

And I would have to agree that the quality of the results of Texas' "conservative governing style" (That would be "Hey, at least we aren't Mississippi in education, health, and almost any other socially worthwhile activity but we are first in executions, dag nabbit") might very reasonably be considered equivalant to Danny Boy's handling of the Redskins odf the Redskins.

That is, if you consider the importance of having a decent community for all your citizens and winning a pee-wee, high school, college, or pro football game to be of equal moral importance.

Of course in Texas, and I say this in a typically liberal culturally respectful way, that is a very real possibility.

But back to Danny Snyder, if his recent appearances with Jerry Jones to pimp PapaJohns Pizza don't show how totally clueless he is regarding the Redskins v. Dallas relationship I don't know what is. Can you imagine Edward Bennet Williams, Jack Kent Cooke, any member of the Hogs or Hogettes, or a Redskinette doing it.

Finally, as an attendee with my father at the 1970s NFC Championship at RFK where Ken Houston held Walt Garrison on the one yard line single handed for what seemed like an hour before a massive gang tackle crushed Garrison,the Cowboy drive, and the Cowboy spirit....Go Skins!

26-3 as I recall Governor Perry ....

Posted by: mshaw2 | September 10, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Ha HA! One old, white-supremicist teabagger insulting a region full of the same.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 10, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys? Indians? Who gives a damn?

Go Packers!

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 10, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

haha sosueme1.

Go Bears!

Posted by: ahduth | September 10, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we haven't been to the playoffs every year but let's look at the last 5 years of this "one-sided" rivalry.

2005- Skins 14 Dallas 13
Skins 35 Dallas 7
2006- Skins 10 Dallas 27
Skins 22 Dallas 19
2007- Skins 23 Dallas 28
Skins 27 Dallas 6
2008- Skins 26 Dallas 24
Skins 10 Dallas 14
2009 Skins 6 Dallas 7
Skins 0 Dallas 17

If I add those up, I think that it would be 5 wins each. With both the same amount of playoff victories: 1 each. And the last 2 years with "JZ" coaching. Probably should have at least 1 more win from lat year. Although the "boys" have more Super Bowl wins, if you add the world championships, we both have 5. And until last year, we had more playoff wins in the 2000s than the "boys". So, right now I think things are pretty even. At least the numbers say so.

Posted by: justskinfan1 | September 10, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

As a Green Bay Packer fan, I see one very clear parrallel between the Cowboys and the federal government...both have spent billions for very little return.

Posted by: CenterLeft | September 11, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Perry has been in office for 25 years, a career politician.

He thinks cowboys fans are stupid and will vote for him just by writing a letter to the editor. (and he might be right)

Dallas has some of the highest electricity and insurance rates in the nation. Texas ranks in the bottom in many categories including education, teen pregnancies, insurance, electricity, etc etc.

And we also been running a deficit for almost a decade. This year it is $18B deficit. So much for being fiscally conservative.


Posted by: johncoby | September 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What a jerk. Jeez'm creez'm. I've been a Cowboy fan my whole life, even after my family moved to Maryland in 1983. I've lived inside DC for the past 5 years and I consider myself a Washingtonian in all respects save my NFL allegiance. Perhaps unfortunately I am mentally incapable of altering that allegiance but whatever.

Texas is a woeful, trifling place and will forever remain so as long as secession-minded, race-baiting fire-breathers like Rick Perry whole sway over its citizenry. My only consolation if the Cowboys lose tonight will be that the guv will cry himself to sleep with petroleum tears on his big fat Texas pillow.

Posted by: gregmark | September 12, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Poor sportsmanship. Just what you'd expect from a Texan: Swagger with a mean edge.

Posted by: tughillb | September 12, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Perry wants Texas to secede from the Union? I say, let 'em go, and good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: tughillb | September 12, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How do you feel about us now, Gov?

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | September 12, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Governor! Washington 13. Dallas 7. Nothing like yapping your mouth off.

Posted by: johncoby | September 13, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

How's that boot in your mouth taste!

Posted by: bam1969 | September 13, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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