So many people love to go down the “What if” road when it comes to sports. That always seems to be the case when it comes to the Cowboys and us fans, especially so far this season. I’ve heard that the Cowboys should be 7-1 this season or even 1-7 depending on what side of the fence you are standing on. But is that really fair to say or is it just excuses to make people feel better about their team? Sure things can happen during games that can make it swing one way or the other, but a win is a win and loss is a loss. Looking back on a tough loss and saying the Cowboys should have won doesn’t make the loss go away, it’s just a way to make excuses and to feel better about the game because in your heart you think they should have won. Cowboy’s fans want to feel good about their team because they live and die with them. But at the same time it’s a trap of living in a fantasy world and being hypnotized into thinking the Cowboys are better than they really are after a tough loss. As fans we want to believe there is always a reason why the Cowboys lost a game, instead of just being truthful that maybe they just blew it and lost. The opposite can be said when the Cowboys win a close game. As fans we beat our chests and say how they overcame the odds and obstacles and pulled out the win. We never think that when the Cowboys opponent wins the same type of game that they were the ones who overcame the odds and obstacles to win the game. When fans of the Cowboys opposition beat their chests over a win, it’s the Cowboys fans that automatically go into defense mode and once again make excuses why the other team beat the Cowboys. I guess it’s natural for fans, but as I get older the picture becomes so much clearer that we just need to be true to ourselves and tell it like it is.
Some may be thinking right about now that I’m crazy for writing something like this since I am a Cowboys fan and have been since 1978. Others are thinking that I’m right on the money with my observations. I guess I can write about this because I was that person not long ago who made excuses for every loss and beat my chest for every win. As fans it’s very easy to get caught up in it, but there has to come a time when the spell we are under is broken and we are honest with ourselves. When the Cowboys lose a game like some this season, can’t we just simply say that they didn’t do enough to win? No excuses, no “what ifs”, no shoulda, woulda or coulda. Believe me, the Cowboys organization will not be upset with the fan base if we are just honest and say we lost a game and end it there. Saying the Cowboys lost a game for this reason or that reason just puts us as fans in place where we should not be and that place is dwelling on a loss. Can you imagine if players and coaches thought that way? I would imagine they would lose a lot more games. Sure it’s all right to get mad over a loss and yell and scream. I do it all the time, but I can’t sit there and say that if this happened or that happened that the Cowboys would be 7-1 and be in first place in the NFC East.
Of course there is a humorous way to have these discussions about why the Cowboys win games and why they lose games. Going down that road is what makes being a fan fun at times. I love to have these discussions with other fans until of course it starts getting serious and the excuses start to fly. We need to remember that this is just a game, but when it starts to become serious then it takes all the fun out of cheering.
So let’s have some fun…
If the Cowboys don’t turn the ball over in the 4th quarter against the Jets and blow a 24-10 lead they would have won!
And if Anakin Skywalker hadn’t become close to Chancellor Palpatine maybe he would not have turned to the dark side!
If Tony Romo hadn’t come back into the game against the 49ers while losing 24-14, they would have lost the game and the 49ers would be undefeated right now!
And if Linus would have said “when”, instead of “If the Great Pumpkin comes”, then maybe he would have come!
If Tony Romo hadn’t completed a 30 yard pass to Dez Bryant late in the 4th quarter on 3rd and 21 against the Redskins, which included a 15 yard face mask penalty, then Dan Bailey would not have won the game!
And “If Woody had gone right to the police, this would never have happened” (Old Woody Woodpecker cartoon reference)
If the Cowboys would have played conservative in the second half against the Lions they wouldn’t have blown a 27-3 lead and lost!
And what if the other reindeer let Rudolph play in the reindeer games instead of making him run away from home?
If Jason Garrett had tried to get a first down instead of running on three straight plays at the end of the Patriots game then the Cowboys would have won!
And what if Marty McFly wasn’t successful in getting his parents together when he went Back to the Future?
What if Felix Jones and Tashard Choice were the running backs against the Rams instead of DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner?
And what if Arnold Schwarzenegger had been successful in killing Sarah Connor the first time he found her?
What if the Cowboys defense had prevented the Eagles from scoring just once and forced the Eagles to punt at any time before the fourth quarter instead of being down 34-0?
And what if Rocky hadn’t gone the distance with Apollo Creed in their first match?
If the Cowboys don’t intercept Tavaris Jackson on back to back possessions in the second half maybe they lose to the Seahawks!
And what if the Grinch wasn’t able to save that sled full of Christmas stuff from the top of the mountain that he stole from WhoVille?
Of course I’m just trying to have a little fun here and hopefully I put a smile on some of your faces as the Cowboys sit at 4-4 and having a difficult season so far. Maybe sometimes we take this game a little too seriously. Let’s just try to keep things in perspective and not take things so seriously. It’s a game after all and it should be fun. If the Cowboys coaches and players can move on from tough losses then I believe the fans can as well.