On Nov. 19, 2006, the undefeated 9-0 Indianapolis Colts came to Texas Stadium to face the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys who were coming off a lopsided loss to the New York Giants in the previous home game. What was worse the Cowboys were starting virtually untested QB Tony Romo (although sporting a 2-1 record as starter) against the Invincible Peyton Manning. A Cowboys Loss was inevitable (according to the experts). There was no possibility that the Cowboys could hold up against the Colts and Manning.
But , wait. Just as so often happens in the NFL the unexpected happens. Dallas won 21-14. At the end of the game, Romo, game ball in hand, patted Manning on the helmet and wished him luck the rest of the year. Manning responded "You're a good player."
Stuff happens in the NFL. Good and even great teams play poorly and lose. Poor teams play over their head and knock off a powerhouse. Lest we forget, an undefeated New England Patriots Team led by Tom "Terrific" Brady lost in the Super Bowl to a New York Giants team that was lucky to have even been there.
So knowing this why all the doom and gloom after every loss? Why do we waste so much time trying to find the scapegoat? Most of the time it is because we set our expectations for the Cowboys extremely high. Every win and we start envisioning the glory days of the 90's and perhaps even the 70's. Every loss (even the second or fourth game of the 16 game season) and there is no hope, start planning for the draft. It is the curse of the fan (short for fanatic). We talk about the team's highs and lows, but more accurately the highs and lows are mostly ours. I am glad most of the players don't suffer from this malady, or they might have not even gotten out of bed this morning.
I'll be watching Sunday, expecting us to struggle and perhaps lose, but hoping to see us do the unexpected again. Where will you be and what do you expect/hope will happen?