Three seasons ago, the Dallas Cowboys ended the year losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. It was a heartbreaking loss and I sobbing uncontrollably like I was Kramer missing the peak Mackinaw peach season. Then, Jerry the Salesman sold me the idea the Cowboys could easily have been the Giants and got hot in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl.
By the time the next season started, I was stern in my belief that the Cowboys were going to do special things and argued with anyone who thought otherwise. In fact, if you weren’t on board with Jerry’s and my belief that the Cowboys were true Super Bowl contenders, I questioned your football knowledge and vowed to not waste my time talking to you about sports anymore.
Once the season began I quickly realized that these were the same ole Cowboys. I’m from New England where many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder; or more simply winter depression. My depression starts much earlier than the winter season as I suffer from Cowboys Seasonal Mediocrity Disorder. Somehow the team mustered up enough wins to create another winner take all divisional finale against the Washington Redskins this time. Once again the Cowboys fell short as I was left to question why I keep wasting so much energy and time on this team.
But wait, Jerry the Salesman sold us the idea that making coaching changes would put us over the top as we listened intently through our Edward Nigma television sets. He brought in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and his cover-2 scheme and stripped head coach Jason Garret of his offensive play calling duties. I was sold and again if you didn’t have the same belief as Jerry and I then I couldn’t waste my time talking to you about sports.
Last year began with the same hope and excitement of previous years. However, by their week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, I immediately knew it was happening all over again. Yet again they scrapped their way into a winner take all divisional game. This time the Philadelphia Eagles were the opponent but the outcome was the same. I thought the Cowboys would never grab hold of my hopes again until major changes were made.
Yesterday, Jerrah was at it again with his annual state of the team news conference opening up training camp. Jones addressed the media and said:
We’ve never had more new faces, yet have the optimism that I have for those new faces. I’m very optimistic that we have a team that can come together. That makes me optimistic about our chances to compete and compete right now. It’s not about next year. The decisions we’ve made are that.
Typical Jerry preying on the hopes of Cowboys fans. I’m holding firm in my belief that the Cowboys are not true contenders. At least for a couple of more weeks.
Maybe I’m the one my friends shouldn’t be talking to about sports anymore.