The city of Dallas is all in a tizzy- all because their beloved 'Boys mailed in their opener against the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Crying me a %$^)*(# river....
Witness this from the town's premier sportscaster, Dale Hansen, who allowed on the air that he was "(blanked) off" by "all the (blank) we saw last night" because the Dallas Cowboys wouldn't "get off their (blanks)" and play ball against the Houston Texans.
It was that way all over town all day Monday. There was speculation that coach Dave Campo would be fired, that quarterback Quincy Carter would be benched. It was ventured that receiver Joey Galloway is "gutless" and owner Jerry Jones should be charged with malpractice for his preseason spin doctoring.
"This has to be the most embarrassing loss in the Cowboys' history," said radio talk show host Dan McDowell.
Cowboys fans have become accustomed to losing -- the team has won only 10 games in the past two seasons and lost last year's season finale to the 1-14 Detroit Lions -- but this was different. This was a loss to an expansion team that the Cowboys had nine months to prepare for.
And this was a Cowboys team that was supposed to be back in the running after two years of limping. Fans and pundits had watched Jones' offseason moves -- new players, new offensive coordinator -- and pronounced this an 8-8 team, maybe a 10-6 team, with playoff potential.
Jones added to the expectations. This team is disciplined, he often said. This team has talent and coaches who know how to motivate, he said.
"Now we know what a load of (blank) that was," said Hansen, a WFAA-TV sports anchor, on his KTTK radio show.
If the commentators were enraged by the defeat, the beer garden variety fans were mostly deflated by it.
"Everybody is just real flat," said James Bailey, of Bailey's 1st & 10 Sports Bar. "Stunned. Absolutely stunned. A lot think Quincy's not going to make it. A lot are disgusted with Jerry. I mean, we started out thinking this team might win eight games. Now we're thinking six, maybe."
I'm thinking four. MAYBE. Now, normally I'm a gentle, kind, and forgiving soul, but I have my reasons for hating the Cowboys with a long-standing passion. Think 1975, NFC Championship Game, Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson, Vikings lose. Me? Bitter? Udambetcha....
I feel not unlike the guy at Reliant Stadium who had the sign that said: "1-15 is all right. JUST WIN THIS ONE!!"