From Cowboys 101
September 4th, 2011 at 7:07 AM
By Joseph Pepitone
Lew Patton has been there since day one. Literally.
When the Dallas Cowboys took the field for the first time in 1960, a ten-year old Patton was watching in West Texas and incredibly hasn’t missed a game since. He saw his first game in person in 1975 and his memories of Texas Stadium will last a lifetime. “It was the most beautiful building I had ever seen,” Patton recalls as he reminisces about the Cowboys second home (after the Cotton Bowl), the stadium with the hole in the roof. “It didn’t take long for the idea that God could watch his team from above to take hold.”
Patton now writes his own blog, LewPblog.com and contributes to many more sites, including NBC Sports and Deadspin.com. A father of three adult children and a proud veteran, no one can argue his dedication and service to his country or his football team. He has seen it all, listing Super Bowl VI as the greatest game he has ever seen (“We were finally THIS year’s champions!”), and the infamous Ice Bowl game as the toughest loss (“My boys played their guts out, frost bitten, and still lost”), with Super Bowl V a close second (“I was at Fort Ord, and I cried.”) He’s enjoyed watching the careers of Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and has survived the lean years of Eddie LeBaron, Steve Pelluer, Anthony Wright, and Quincy Carter. Having served in the Army from 1970-73, Lew’s all time favorite Cowboy is actually a Navy man.
“I watched Roger in the Cotton Bowl against Texas, he was a great athlete but I wasn’t sure if he was going to make the roster or not. Later on, he had to endure (Tom) Landry’s rules. The fact that they both had military careers was one reason I think they got along. The thing about Staubach was you never, ever felt like the game was lost….he brought the Cowboys back to victory I don’t know how many times.”
Lew’s most bitter rival? You guessed it. “I absolutely abhor the Philadelphia Eagles.”
He believes Jason Garrett is a throwback to Tom Landry, the right man to bring this team back to glory if given enough time. He is confident the Cowboys are on the right road back to Super Bowl glory, a road Lew watched Landry travel with an expansion team starting in 1960. However, he tempers his excitement with a dose of reality. “The defense is a work in progress,…. and 9-7 is as good as they can expect to be.”
“With all due respect to the Cowboys history, they will be next year’s champions.” Lew told us.
Cowboys 101 wishes to thank Lew Patton, for his service to his country and his loyalty to his team. We appreciate him sharing his thoughts and memories with us and you. You can visit Lew at LewPblog.com.
Many thanks to Joe Pepitone