It all started with cornerback Richard Sherman. The defensive back from the Seattle Seahawks. You know him. Right?
The guy who slapped Michael Crabtree‘s rear, and then labeled him a “mediocre” player at last year’s NFC Championship game.
Yeah, that guy.
Dez Bryant rips into two defenders. Easily. It takes the third defender — a free safety — to take down the crazy 88. Richard Sherman, one of the two defenders that got burned, looks away.
First down. Bryant gets up and nods. The red zone is near. The “X” signal coming.
Dez Bryant is nearing 20 catches. It’s not yet half-time. The record of most catches in one game is in sight. History in the making. Announcer Jim Nantz is giddy. Just a matter of time. Just a matter of catches.
Bryant runs an eight-yard post. Before he turns his shoulder, quarterback Tony Romo releases the ball in his direction. Another first down.
The wide receiver is slow to get up; his stamina is low. But the end zone is near. Just one more throw. He can take it.
The next toss is a 10-yard inside slant to 88. He inhales the ball. Richard Sherman, using his forearms, sends Dez Bryant to the ground. The landing sounds just as loud as the hit.
This time Bryant doesn’t get up. He is on the ground and doesn’t move.
After I spike my joystick, I pick it up and pause Madden 2014. My girlfriend takes a deep breath, then reminds how much the joystick cost her.
I’m lost. I lost my favorite player. It’s my fault. I lost the team’s most valuable guy. I couldn’t help myself.
Richard Sherman started it. If I had any say in it, Dez Bryant would finish it.
We’re 10 yards away from the end zone. I go four and out without Bryant. My timing with the other receivers is off. Terrance Williams drops one pass. I signal in plays I’m not used to running. I even try to do something Jason Garrett has never done in the history of 2013–I attempt to hand the ball to DeMarco Murray.