In this Internet age of instant answers and instant gratification, a new breed of fan has evolved. They are the punishers. When the Dallas Cowboys lose, the punishment session begins. It starts as a self punishment phase. Blood pressure elevates, breathing becomes labored, and veins stick out on foreheads and look like they are going to burst. Immediately they have a mission in mind; find a scapegoat. Who’s fault is it? Who can we blame? Who needs to be waived or fired?
This is a probably a good thing in a lot of ways. I think the ability to head to the Internet and yell at your fellow fans on a forum has probably saved many a family pet from a kick. I’ve personally read account after account of how an angry, emotional fan has broken a remote control device by throwing it against a wall. This week came a report that one fan loaded his Tony Romo jersey into a washing machine with explosives and blew it up.
Better the jersey than the dog, or heaven forbid, his family, but it was still one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Losing sucks, no one likes it; but how you handle losing can tell a lot about you as a person. Take the Dallas Cowboys for example. Right now, could there be players on the Cowboys echoing some Cowboys fans and blaming Tony Romo? Yeah, honestly there could be. Players are allowed to be as reactionary and dumb as fans are.
Truth be told though, I don’t see that as a likely possibility with this team, and I’ll tell you why. They are very united. They know that they collectively did not execute well enough to win, and hey, let’s face it, even if we had won the game who are we trotting out to play this week against the Seattle Seahawks? I’m not saying the loss helps this team, because I hate losing, but I’d rather lose in the regular season than the playoffs, and I just don’t see the Cowboys M*A*S*H unit defeating Pet Carroll’s hard hitting Seahawks.