Well that was depressing. There will be ample time to discuss the loss to the Giants last night and the 7 others. Rather than do this, I wanted to share my feelings on a couple of things after the season was over and relate some final thoughts.would
On this week of Catharsis is Short Lived we will discuss the Dallas Cowboys.
This game was hard to watch. I was in a bar in New York watching this game and as you might expect the crowds were hard to handle. A lot of my initial feelings about this game were raw and I let my anger get in the way of any rational analysis of this game or this team, much like I always do.
Before the game, during last week I was preparing to attribute a poem to the Dallas Cowboys. Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade seemed aptly appropriate for this team. They were put into a do or die situation by their own fault, but they couldn't dwell on it. They could only play the game that was left to them. I expected that this team would rise to the challenge, or at least play a better game than they did. Obviously, we all know how that turned out.
Instead of the Charge of the Light Brigade, a much more apropos poem for this 2011 Cowboys Team might be Casey at the bat:
The outlook wasn't brilliant for Number Nine that day;
The score stood 7-5, with but one more month to play,
And then when Newman died at first, and Bradie did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Romo could get a throw begun -
We'd put up even money, now, with Romo in the gun.
But Vick preceded New York, as did also Tampa Bay,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was just prey;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Dallas getting to the bat.
But Felix had a field day, to the wonderment of all,
Then Vick, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
There was Dallas safe at second and Philly a-hugging third.
There was ease in Dallas' manner as it stepped into that place;
There was pride in Dallas' bearing and a smile on Austin's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, the game was just begun,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Romo in the gun.
And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Dallas stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped-
"That ain't my style," said Dallas. "Loss one," the Ref said
With a smile of Christian charity great Garrett's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the Giants, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Dallas still ignored it, and the Ref said, "Loss two."
"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Ryan and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Newman wouldn't let that ball go by again.
The sneer is gone from Dez's lip, his teeth are clenched in rage;
He pounds with cruel violence his hands upon the stage.
And now Manning holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Spencer's blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Dallas — the mighty Cowboys have struck out.
Other Thoughts: It needs to be remembered that the Cowboys are and were a flawed team. Most of our upsetness comes from their losses in close game. Many close games is the sign of a mediocre team. Our ability to win in close games is not what is at stake. Rather Dallas being in so many is more important
At the beginning of the year, there were people who made a solid prediction of 8-8 and stuck to it. Unfortunately I was not one of them, however here is a link to someone who was.
Obviously we all know the media narrative will be that Romo choked. However I think this game showed what is wrong with this team to everyone who wants to see it. One point that I did see was by Joey2zs who made an interesting point that regardless of how good Romo was, we really should not be bragging about it when all that matters at the end of the day is the total win-loss total. Romo is a good QB, obviously he's not good enough to do it by himself. I don't know if any QB is; I doubt that is the case. He needs help. We have a few very good players on both sides of the ball; we need more.
Regardless of how this season turned out I am happy that the Cowboys played in it. Although I may feel disappointed I'm thankful that we even had a season to play and I could spend another with BTB. Thanks for all the great discussion and debate, and here's to more of it next year.