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Cowboys and Texans Play For Governor’s Cup

gov-cup.jpgFor those who don’t reside in the state of Texas, the Governor’s Cup is awarded to the victor of the match between the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.  Also, for those unaware of its history, it began in 1967 back when the Houston Oilers were the team down south and lasted for 30 years until they were moved to Tennessee.  The cup was revived in 2002 at the inaugaration of the Houston Texans who went on to defeat the Cowboys and hold on to it until last year’s loss to the Boys.  The Cup will be awarded whether it is a preseason or regular season game between the two and it should add some excitment any time they play.

As if that isn’t enough of a motivator for Coach Phillips, you should also know that he is a former assistant coach of the Oilers under his father, Bum Phillips, the legendary coach of the Houston Oilers during some of those memorable meetings of the two teams.    Most of Coach Wade Phillips’ family still reside in Houston or the surrounding area and about 25 of them will be in attendance tonight, particularly since Coach Phillips purchased their tickets.

“It’s a big deal for us as far as a preseason game, and being the third one, you want to do well out there,” Phillips said. “I think there’ll be a big crowd, I think they’ll be into it, and that will help their team some as far as motivation in the game and those kinds of things, and I want to see how my team reacts with that. ”

They have played each other three other times in preseason with the Cowboys winning two of them.  As for back when they were the Oilers, they only played each other eight times in the regular season but a whopping 33 times in the preseason.  The Cowboys hold the edge in wins for both. 

There is also alot of trash talk and back-and-forth going on between the teams since the winner will have bragging rights for at least a year.  “They talk a lot, and they know you’re from Texas, so they bring it out there like, ‘Oh, we’re going to embarrass you in your own state,’ and all that,” stated WR Sam Hurd, who is from San Antonio.

The only player who seems to have maintained a level-head about the whole thing is QB Tony Romo.   “Every game’s big in the National Football League,” he said, “so it’s important, it’s an in-state rivalry obviously, but I take every game with the same importance, preparing-wise.”

So get ready for some Texas-sized football tonight even though it is preseason as both teams have a lot at stake and a lot to prove about themselves. 


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