As a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, I foresaw what was going to happen this past Sunday. I was in Kansas City this weekend for Christmas. As I was sitting in Arrowhead Stadium, I was doing a little scoreboard watching while I was there. As I sat in freezing 20 degree weather and surrounded by drunken fans calling Alex Smith a ‘Dink and dunk piece of shit’, I saw optimism on the scoreboard for my Cowboys who would play later that afternoon in Dallas. Dallas needed Atlanta, Detroit, and Carolina to lose. Atlanta and Detroit lost, all Dallas had to do was win.
I thought to myself, this would be a typical game Dallas would lose. I have seen this before, I am a self-deprecating fan and/or jaded fan. Maybe I have just seen it all with this team. I can go back to 2008, Dallas only had to beat Philadelphia and they were in the playoffs. They responded by fumbling almost every time they sniffed the end zone. Tony Romo sits down clutching his face mask in disgust as Eagles Safety Brian Dawkins leads a ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ chant in an exuberant Lincoln Memorial Stadium. Cowboys get shellacked 44-6. Seething in anger and disappointment, I decide not to put my fist through the wall.
In January of 2006, a cold and rainy night in Seattle. NFC Wildcard game, with only a few minutes left in the game, the Seahawks were able to stop Jason Witten short of a first down. Inside the 10 yard line, (down 21-20) should be a chip-shot field goal to win the game. Tony Romo was still the place holder on field goal duties. A wet and slippery ball is snapped and dropped and the rest is history. There is a great metaphor somewhere in there.
I can go on-and-on about these ‘accidents waiting to happen’ (as Stephen A. Smith would say), but you should get the point by now. Sunday afternoon’s dooming loss to the Seahawks was indicative to what the Cowboys are, Murphy’s law. Dan Bailey, NFL’s most accurate kicker of all time, misses two chip shot field goals. The Cowboys defense allowed less the 200 yards total offense, yet Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant kept turning the ball over. All three turnovers turned into points for the Seahawks. Inside the three yard line, the best running back in the NFL did not touch the ball. Instead settle for a field goal, and miss it.
Before the game fellow Cowboys fans were thinking,
‘hey we still have a shot’,
I was thinking,
‘I have seen this movie’