Skip Bayless usually has a lot to say, some might say too much, but he was a man of few words after the Dallas Cowboys crashed out of the NFL Playoffs.
Like most Cowboys fans, Skip was preparing for what would have been an iconic NFC Championship Game between Dallas and Philadelphia. Objectively, those two teams meeting with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line would have ruled but it wasn’t meant to be.
The Cowboys watched their season end on Sunday night in Santa Clara, with the San Francisco 49ers taking their place in the title game instead.
The loss was Classic Cowboys, complete with the sort of foibles that make them easy for outsiders to hate and impossible for fans to reckon with. Brett Maher missed a kick, Tony Pollard had to be carted off the field, and the last play of the game featured one of the worst-designed lateral plays you’ll ever see.
Embarrassing seems like the right way to describe that play, and it’s feeling being shared by Cowboys fans all over. The way the season ended for Dallas is so bad that it seems to have ripped a hole in the space-time continuum and created a reality where Skip Bayless is actually a little empathetic.
Skip Bayless reacts to Cowboys loss on Twitter
It wasn’t quite the end of Terminator 2, because Skip’s takes are hotter than the magma that melted Arnold, but it’s about as close as we’ll ever get. After the loss, Skip took to Twitter — because of course he did — but had little more to say than he was genuinely upset that the Cowboys lost.
Let’s not gloss over the fact that this loss was such a heartbreaker that it forced Skip to admit he indeed has a soul.
He’s a man who has said more words than anyone should say in a lifetime yet he was reduced to the most human he’s ever been. It’s a glimpse inside not only Skip but Cowboys fans all over who just watched the team they care about more than anything lose for a 12th consecutive time without reaching the NFC Championship Game. Dallas hadn’t won a road playoff game since 1992 before beating the Buccaneers last weekend, and are 5-12 in the playoffs since their last Super Bowl win in 1995.
The Cowboys brand is so strong that The Star shields the pain of fans from the world. This team won three Super Bowls in the 90s, but it’s been almost 30 years since that happened and it’s time to admit there’s a fair amount of suffering going on and it’s lasted a long time.
“Long-suffering” and “Cowboys fans” aren’t two things easily associated with one another, and a Skip Bayless tweet is the absolute last thing that will change minds. But the 19-12 loss to San Francisco on Sunday cuts deep and reopens a lot of wounds that fans in Dallas are sick and tired of having to deal with year after year.