Dallas—It wasn't even close to the Super Bowl. It was more like the Blooper Bowl. But, it was fun.
The "Verizon Training Ground" at the NFL Experience turned into a battle ground.
"Everybody gives it up for Troy Aikman," boomed over the loudspeaker.
It was Team Troy Aikman vs. Team Daryl "Moose" Johnston. The former Dallas Cowboys teammates and Super Bowl Champions were facing off against each other in a game of skill and wits. Moose said he was going to keep it classy. "We don't trash talk," said Johnston. "We don't taunt."
Each team had some Dallas TV personalities and some NFL and future NFL stars. The CEO of the Texas Rangers Chuck Greenberg even geared up for the game. There were three competitions. Each team faced off in the NFL trivia contest, football toss and the end zone dance.
The first challenge was a trivia test. Team Aikman held its own. Then it was over to the football toss. Former 33TV Sports Reporter and future Mrs. Tony Romo tossed the ball through one of five rings. Hall of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikman nailed four. But Andy Dalton, the winningest TCU quarterback of all time, hit all five rings beating Aikman.
For the record, I missed all five. Aikman, my team captain, wasn't happy. "It might have cost us," Aikman said. "I don't know what the final score was yet but that may have really hurt us. " Yeah, I know that's what I'm afraid of. Moose didn't make one either and we heard a little trash talk from him. "Two, I would have been quiet and confident," Moose said. "But when you're oh for five you have to be loud and obnoxious."
Candice Crawford and I redeemed ourselves with an over-the-top end zone dance. But, it wasn't enough. Team Johnston won.
But two Dallas charities really won. The West Dallas Community Centers and the Jubilee Park Community Center got 50 tickets each to bring children to the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center.