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Wednesday, November 18: A Dallas Week Flashback

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2009 – 10:00 am

It’s Dallas week, and thanks to the win at home on Sunday, it actually feels like it matters. Over at the Redskins.com mothership, the estimable Larry Weisman has composed a nice retrospective of the Redskins/Cowboys feud; it’s worth reading as a whole, but here’s the section that stuck out for me:

Back in the early 1980s, before the Cowboys began their slide into mediocrity, Dallas Week roused the D.C. area. A radio station went so far as to print dart boards with a picture of [then-Dallas head coach Tom] Landry covered by concentric target circles – don’t doubt me, I still have one on my desk.

And it was. I borrowed it and scanned it to share with all of you. Weisman tells me it was distributed with a dart, and if you click the picture for a larger image, you can see the holes where the dartboard was actually used.

Weisman can’t be sure, but told me he thinks the radio station doing the handouts was 107. Given the timeline and the number, it had to be Q107, one of the great pop music stations of my childhood. Which is really only relevant for two reasons:
First, as a reminder of how pervasive the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry was. This was a mainstream music station — not a sports talk station, or even a station with a sportsy morning show — distributing Tom Landry dartboards between Duran Duran songs.

And second, as an excuse to post the Q107 logo — which was a ubiquitous bumper sticker when I was a kid — and to post these completely unrelated links to actual Q107 air checks from the time period in question. If you grew up in the DC metro area and are anywhere near my age, both of those links should be pure concentrated nostalgia.

Which, as Weisman points out, is half of what Dallas Week is all about anyhow.

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