Angry over a business deal, Marshall opposed any franchise for Murchison in Dallas. At the time, NFL expansion needed unanimous approval from team owners, so Marshall's position prevented Murchison from joining the league. Murchison shrewdly purchased the rights to the Redskins fight song "Hail to the Redskins" and refused to let Marshall play it during games. He then offered to give Marshall the rights in exchange for his vote.
During the fifth game of the 1999 season, Michael Irvin was tackled at Veterans Stadium by Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tim Hauck and went head-first into the turf, sustaining a non-life-threatening cervical spinal cord injury that would force him into early retirement. As he was carted off the field on a stretcher, Philadelphia's infamous fans cheered. Irvin later told talk show host Jim Rome that he accepted Eagles fans cheering his injury because he'd been "killing them for 10 years".
During a week 7 matchup against the Giants, Bledsoe was benched and replaced with backup Tony Romo who had gone undrafted out of Eastern Illinois University. Although Romo wasn't able to salvage that game, he played well enough to earn the starting job and went 5-1 in his first 6 games, leading the Cowboys to the playoffs and earning a Pro Bowl berth.