Cowboys’ loss ends ex-Falcon Brooking’s season

Keith Brooking is set to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Are you rooting for Brooking and the Cowboys?

Keith Brooking is set to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Are you rooting for Brooking and the Cowboys?

UPDATE : Former Falcon Keith  Brooking and the Cowboys lost to Minnesota Sunday in the NFL playoffs.

PLAYOFF CENTRAL — Former Falcon  Keith Brooking has made the most of his move to Dallas.

He’s just eight quarters away from returning to the Super Bowl. To keep his hopes alive, he must help the Cowboys shut down the Vikings running game and silence that zany Minnesota crowd.

“We have pretty good experience facing a hostile crowd,” Brooking told reporters in Dallas this week. “The way you have to handle the situation is, obviously you can’t allow them to get the momentum going early in the game. You’ve got to go for their heart.

“If you can put a little doubt in their minds in the beginning, that can go a long way. We can’t allow the crowd to get into it.”

If the Vikings get the Metrodome rocking, they start incessantly pumping in that loud horn noise.

“We have to prevent that surge as much as we can at the beginning of the game, and be prepared if it doesn’t take place,” Brooking said. “We have to be prepared for everything. We obviously want to start fast and set the tone very early to take the crowd out of it as quickly as possible.”

From his days with the Falcons, Brooking knows about winning big a playoff game in the Metrodome. The Falcons beat the Vikings in dramatic fashion to earn the franchise’ only trip to the Super Bowl when Brooking was a rookie.

“That was, by far, the loudest environment, the most hostile environment I’ve ever played in,” Brooking said. “We didn’t (attack) them early. It was a battle. That’s what we have to prepare for, as well.

“Our intentions are to start very fast and to take them out of the game. But we’ve got to be ready for a 3½ hour battle and fight to the end.”

Brooking isn’t scared of facing Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre in the playoffs either. The Falcons handed Favre and the Packers their first playoff defeat at historic Lambeau Field, 27-7, on Jan. 4, 2003.

“To be 40, he avoids a lot of rush and a lot of havoc in the backfield,” Brooking said. “He has great savvy in the pocket. He’s not the type like (McNabb) who is going to take off with the ball. But he has just as much savvy in the pocket to avoid the rush and make plays in that way. He can still throw the rock.”

SUPER BOWL MEMORIES: Brooking remembers the Falcons win over the Vikings fondly.

“I got on the bus after the NFC Championship game in Minnesota, after Morten Andersen kicked the winning field goal to get us to the Super Bowl,” Brooking said. “I remember to this day. I sat down and we were on top of the world. I looked at Morten Andersen and said, `man, this is pretty cool.’ And he looks at me  –  a kicker –  ‘Pretty cool? What are you talking about? Do you realize what we just did!’ ”

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Q: If 4 Tennessee players are in a car, who’s driving?

A: The police!

Ok, here’s the other one.

Q: What’s a perfect 12-0 season for Tennessee?

A: 12 indictments and no convictions!

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The tryouts for next season's Cheer squad are right around the corner.

The tryouts for next season's Cheer squad are right around the corner.

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PLAYOFF PICKS: In the AFC, I’ve got Baltimore beating Indianapolis. The Colts are going to pay for not playing their starters over the final two games.

If you are in zone, you don’t take yourself out of the zone and then try to flip the switch back on. The “Football Gods” and Herm Edwards say, “You play to win the game!”

San Diego will beat the Jets. That passing attack is just too awesome.

In the NFC, going with Brooking and the Cowboys over the Vikings. Think Brett Favre will try to do too much and cost the Vikings the game.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints should be able to put up 80 points on the Cardinals defense that Aaron Rodgers exposed last week.


164 comments Add your comment


January 15th, 2010
2:06 pm

I would never root for Dallas for anything.


January 15th, 2010
2:06 pm

rooting for neither. GO CARDS!!!


January 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

After last year, Brooking deserved to be cut. He looks better this year because of scheme, and because Dallas has a much better dline. And I am a GT grad, can’t stand him this year.


January 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

Yes, I will be rooting for Brooking. He should make the majority of the tackles after a 5- 8- yard gain.

Reid Adair

January 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Nope, can’t do it, D Led. I don’t cheer for the Dallas Cowboys. Ever.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 15th, 2010
2:18 pm

So far, 1for KB, 2 against, 1 no vote.

Thanks for voting. Chicago-style voting: early and often. Dead folks too!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

I understand Reid. Just want to see if the Falcons Nation will back him on Sunday, root against him or stay neutral.,

The G

January 15th, 2010
2:26 pm

The only time I would root for Dallas is if they play Carolina!

CLK Falcon

January 15th, 2010
2:32 pm

no, nope, never. can’t, won’t. i’m throwing up just thinking about dem cowgirls winning. Go Vikes!!!

CLK Falcon

January 15th, 2010
2:36 pm

Stupid Eagles! The Falcons would’ve put up a way better fight and different ending if they had to go back to Jerry World!

Josh M

January 15th, 2010
2:39 pm

The only thing I’ll be rooting for as far as Keith Brooking goes is a broken leg.


January 15th, 2010
2:39 pm

Yes. I will root for him to blow a 3rd and 16 toward the end of the game that allows Minnesota to continue a game-winning drive. No, I am not a Vikings fan.


January 15th, 2010
2:45 pm

He// yea i’ll root for Brooking.


January 15th, 2010
2:46 pm

No way, I still have nightmares watching Brooking trash talking, jumping around like a silly girl and waving his arms more like a butterfly than a dirty bird in Dallas sideline. That negative image is more powerfull than his great carrer as a Falcon. I just root for Falcons, but if I have pick go Cards.


January 15th, 2010
2:52 pm

YES! I’m a Cowboys fan. Never want my Boys to lose but if we do at least Grantham can start as UGA DC on Monday. I like the Cowboy’s chances because great D & a good running game is usually how Championships are won! GO COWBOYS! Beat Farve again!


January 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

I’ll be rooting against him and his stinkin Cowgirls . . .

Arthante Lafleur

January 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Yes–rooting for him to cost his team another playoff game (see Falcons v. Cardinals, 2009).

phoenix falcon

January 15th, 2010
3:22 pm

no, not after the way he acted during and after the cowgirls/falcons game. He was a guy i have rooted for the last 15 or 16 years, not anymore i hope the vikes put up 60 points on them.

lets go Redbirds, Beat dem stanks………….. who dat? who dat? who dat say they gonna beat dem cards?


January 15th, 2010
3:32 pm

I concur with Phoenix. I usually support former players when they don’t embarass themselves. He was only slightly overshadowed by D Hall. However, I will root for our kindred spirits the Saints.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

January 15th, 2010
3:42 pm

I hate Dallas and Minnesota. I’m rooting for the Cards. Plus, I believe they are peaking at the right time just like last year when we ran into them.

Minnesota has Favre who can throw a pick as sure as a td, and Romo could botch a hold on a PAT. I like the Cards to roll.

My SB pick is is: Cards vs. Chargers

Mitch (the one in Rome)

January 15th, 2010
3:43 pm

Who wins the SB? Cardinals.

phoenix falcon

January 15th, 2010
3:55 pm

Outstanding Mitch….Outstanding………..

phoenix falcon

January 15th, 2010
3:59 pm

D-Led….how many bow ties do you own? i’m looking to add some to my Wardrobe, thing is, Bow ties and short sleeve shirts don’t seem like it would be a good look. ( I live in Phoenix ), what do you think?

by the way, it’s 75 and sunny today, how’s the weather out there?

Chattannoga Chuck

January 15th, 2010
3:59 pm

Rooting for Dallas is like rooting for U.S. Steel.


January 15th, 2010
4:00 pm

Really didn’t dislike him until that episode near the end of the Dallas game when he acted like an idiot on the sideline. My vote is NO.

wood chip

January 15th, 2010
4:14 pm

No. That’s spelled with an ‘N’ and an ‘O.’

Origional Fan

January 15th, 2010
4:21 pm

I was a staunch supporter of Brooking when he was a Falcon. But, after the ATL-Dal game this year, I hope he gets KO’d on the first play!


January 15th, 2010
4:22 pm

I can’t believe a year after he’s gone I’m saying this, but I will never root for Keith Brooking again. Not after his antics against Atlanta this season. I’m looking forward to watching him chase AP all over the field Sunday.

And on a side note, I’m rooting for Arizona, Indianapolis, and San Diego this weekend as well.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 15th, 2010
4:25 pm

I would never root for the Dallas Cowboys with or without Brookings. He has made very little impact for the Cowboys this year on the field. His hype of himself is a product of his own mind, definitely not mine or anyone else that knows anything at all about the LB position.

Not to mention the fact that Jerry Jones is a joke.

Origional Fan

January 15th, 2010
4:25 pm

And, like others here, I would NEVER root for the Cowgirls. Even if they were playing the Jags. Explaination, as a Savannah Resident back in ‘95, the NFL and local TV tried to make Savannah, GEORGIA a Jacksonville market. The local CBS station recieved over 5K phone calls within 15 minutes and switched to the Falcons game. That is why I hate the Jags.


January 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

No can do on Brook – I NEVER root for Cowboys….ever….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 15th, 2010
4:37 pm

(ON MY HOME COMPUTER. IT IS FIXING MY LAPTOP. Thought I’d pass along this info from Commissioner Goodell’s interview on ESPN radio this morning. –DOL)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m. ET M-F) today at 8:43 a.m. ET.

Co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg questioned Goodell about the effectiveness of the league’s “Rooney Rule,” requiring that minority candidates be interviewed when an NFL head coaching job is open, following Washington ’s interviewing secondary coach Jerry Gray prior to hiring Mike Shanahan.

The Mikes also asked Goodell if he is looking at ways to ensure teams play their starters at the end of the season, of the reaction to moving the Pro Bowl’s date and location, and about conversations regarding a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.

On teams resting starters in end-of-season games:

THE COMMISH: “We think its something that needs to be studied. The integrity of the game is the most important thing. We want to make sure the games all season long have meaning and are important to our fans and the best players are playing to win.”

On the “Rooney Rule” after signings of coaches Carroll in Seattle and Shanahan in Washington :

THE COMMISH: “I feel that the Rooney Rule was not only observed, but followed very sincerely by both of the clubs… I was very confident that Leslie Frazier believed he had a very good opportunity of that job as recently as last Saturday, and I’m convinced in speaking with that club that that’s the case. I think the ‘Rooney Rule’ has been terrific for the NFL and I think it’s been terrific for advancement of our personnel. We’ll continue to enforce it aggressively and I think it was done well by our clubs this year.

“I think a lot of people jump to conclusions, and I understand that because they didn’t have all the information. They (teams) have some right to confidentiality in this process. As long as I’m aware of the fact that they took all the right steps — and I verified that by the way.”

On moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii and changing the date:

THE COMMISH: “It is a big change. We thought it was a great way to create a new platform and a bigger platform for our great players…We’ve already sold more tickets to the Pro Bowl this year than we’ve sold in the past. Hawaii ’s been a great place and we’re going back next year. This is an opportunity for us to try something different and have this be the lead up to Super Bowl Week, and we think it’s a great way to start the game. So far the reaction has been very positive.”

On the NFL Players Union , the labor agreement and uncapped year:

THE COMMISH: “Good news is that dialogue is happening. But obviously as we get closer to the start of a new year it becomes increasingly likely we’ll be in an uncapped season, and the clubs are preparing for that.”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 15th, 2010
4:41 pm

Phoenix Falcon: About a dozen bow ties in the closet. Not sure how the short sleeves and bow tie look would go over. Give it a try. Might be a new fashion statement. It’s about 50 here and my top is down on the Batmobile.

Josh M: That’s tough. Does he really deserve a broken leg?

Huge Falcon Fan

January 15th, 2010
4:45 pm

I was a Brooking fan when he played for the Falcons. I even have two Brooking Falcon jerseys. I will never wear these jerseys again after watching how he acted on the sidelines in Dallas during the Falcon game. He showed me what kind of character he really was. I don’t care what happens to Dallas in the playoffs. I wish Dallas and Minnesota could both lose. I’m so tired of hearing about Favre. Brooking will never be in the Falcon ring of honor as far as I’m concerned.


January 15th, 2010
4:48 pm

no im not pulling 4 him . all that rah rah amounts to nothing. his best days are over. good bye dallas.i love to see jerry when he loses.


January 15th, 2010
5:07 pm

I’m a Falcons fan, not Cowboys. No way I’ll pull for KB. Same as I’ll never pull for De Angelo or Jeff George


January 15th, 2010
5:19 pm

D.Led be careful, CrabappleJoe could go the attack at anytime.


January 15th, 2010
5:36 pm

Hope we never have to see his sorry a$$$ again.

Lil Larry

January 15th, 2010
5:41 pm

He falls into the category of “departed” players. Why would I root for him on a team, first of all, I can’t stand; second, Keith was never a player I was high on when he was here.


January 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

Will I root for Brooking?? HELL NO!!


January 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Sage of Bluesland

January 15th, 2010
6:05 pm

Of course I’m rooting for Brooking!

Doesn’t he hold the NFL all-time record for tackles after first downs?

Chattannoga Chuck

January 15th, 2010
6:06 pm

Alan at 5:36–

I would like to see Brooking at the short end of a 49-0 score in the playoffs next year.

The Grinch

January 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

Absolutely not. Not after the way he handled himself after he left. If he had shown some dignity and class, I would even though I hate the Cowboys. I was a Brooking supporter to the end, but he lost me with childish behavior. I’m also not to fond of the fact that he apparently dogged it the last three seasons or so he was here; that isn’t what leaders do. I supported him because I thought he was a great player who was just out of gas. Turns out, he’s just a spoiled wuss who deservedly got his feelings hurt.

Sage of Bluesland

January 15th, 2010
6:10 pm

I don’t cheer for Keith Brookings for the same reason I don’t cheer for Mark Texas since he left the Braves, and Al Kovalchuck when he leaves the Thrashers. Former players get booed!!


January 15th, 2010
6:25 pm

DOL- ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH THIS? There’s no way in HELL anyone is rooting for Keith Brooking and the Cowboys, especially not after the way he was hooting and hollering when we lost in Dallas. I lost a lot of respect for one of my favorite Falcons players of all time that day. I can’t believe you would even post that question, I mean COME ON MAN. Give us an offseason preview or something, we are FALCONS fans not COWBOYS fans or EX-FALCON PLAYER fans. Terrible DOL, get it together

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 15th, 2010
8:14 pm

Really?: I thought there might be some love out there for East Coweta’s finest.

Sage: I like that all-time record.


January 15th, 2010
9:01 pm

No, because of obvious reasons. I must admit, I was glad Dallas kicked the crap out of Philly twice in a row, ( Andy no class Reid )
Outside of that fact, Dallas can go to He!!………


January 15th, 2010
9:12 pm

I liked Brooking when he was a Falcon. But, c’mon, he left here saying he would always be a Falcon and come back to Atlanta when he was through playing. A few months later, he was flapping his arms like a mad man on the Dallas sideline as they beat us. Kind of lost respect for the guy after that. Can’t believe you think Baltimore will take Indy. Hard for me to see anyone beating Indy. But then, I didn’t think that the Patriots would totally forget how to play football last week.

Bama Falcon

January 15th, 2010
9:29 pm