After watching a repeat of the Super bowl on the NFL Network it showed the Patriots fans after the loss. I am not a Patriot fan by any means but the pain on the fans faces made me feel for them. It reminded me of one of the games that tore my heart out. Every loss hurts, but there are certain losses that you will never forget!
In 1983, we played the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship game. This game bothered me more than any other and it wasn’t even a close game. Danny White was knocked out of the game by Dexter Manly. After "the catch" game the year before I wanted them to go to the Super Bowl so bad. This team had been to the playoffs every year. They deserved it. And everyone knew if Danny White didn’t get to the Super Bowl he wouldn’t be remembered as a top quarterback. I wanted that for him but, everyone was right. When you talk about Dallas Cowboy Quarterbacks you think of Stauback and Aikman. A Super Bowl win defines a Hall of Fame player. So after that blow out loss it broke my heart I cried and cried. It took awhile for me to get over it. Everyone says "Why that game?" I don’t know it wasn’t a great game. It wasn’t close and we didn’t lose in the final seconds. But that is my heartbreaker!
The great snow game on Thanksgiving against Miami was the second game that tore me up. It was a great game, the snow made it even more dramatic. But, we all know what happened in the final seconds on special teams don’t we? I think the reason it was so painful was seeing poor Leon Lett on the sidelines after he made that costly mistake. He was crying and wanted to be anywhere but there. I just knew Jimmy Johnson was going to lay into him but, he was actually kind in the following interviews. I was at a friend’s house who are Chief fans but cheer for the Cowboys. I was standing and cheering thinking we had it won and I missed the Lett play. I saw the look on my friend’s face, and knew something really bad happened. I am thinking what could happen as I turn and see the replay. I couldn’t speak, all I could do was cuddle up in my husband’s arms and cry. Thank goodness my friends are football fanatics also so they understood the tears. I will always have a special place for Leon Lett after that game.
So I am wondering what game/games are your Heartbreaker! I know you have one let’s hear it!