With the Cowboys preparing to play the Patriots this week and with the news that they will be wearing their blue jerseys for the first time in 2011, it got me thinking about “the jinx”. The story of the Cowboys blue jerseys being bad luck was mostly heard in the 1970’s and into the early 1980’s.
The curse of the blue jerseys dates back to 1968 when the 12-2 Cowboys were upset in the playoffs by the Cleveland Browns, 31-20. It then moved onto Super Bowl V in 1970 when the Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Colts, 16-13. The Cowboys were forced to wear their blue jerseys in the game because they were designated the home team. Back then it was an unofficial rule that home teams needed to wear their colored jerseys in the Super Bowl.
Through the 1970’s teams like the Giants, Redskins and Eagles and Rams would normally force the Cowboys to wear their blue jersey’s while on the road in hopes that the there was something to the jinx. It worked for the Eagles as they beat the Cowboys 20-7 in the 1980 NFC Championship game.
At the start of the 1981 season the Cowboys showed off their new blue jersey design to go along with their new pants that showed the players number on each hip. Even with the new design the jerseys bad luck continued as the Cowboys lost again in the 1982 NFC Championship to the Redskins.
The lone time that the blue jerseys were not bad luck was in the 1978 NFC Championship game when the Cowboys beat the LA Rams in Anaheim, 28-0.
As the 1980’s moved on the talk of the blue jersey jinx seemed to go away. Then into the 1990’s and 2000’s the new blue jerseys started to be worn with the stars on the shoulders at first, then on the sleeves.
The Cowboys haven’t worn their blue jersey’s much in recent years. This is due to the fact that most teams wear their colored jerseys at home, while the Cowboys continue to wear their white jerseys at home.
Whether you believe in the blue jersey jinx or not, there are many defeats back in the 70’s and 80’s that support it. And even though the Cowboys don’t wear their blue jerseys much anymore it’s nice that they are so much better to look at than the old ones from way back when.