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Dallas Cowboys Lose 44-6

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:13 am


The appropriate line comes courtesy of this June 2001 story about the death of coach John McKay, noted by commenter Pablo:

His team lost its first 26 games — 14 the first season and the first 12 the next. After one of those losses, when he was asked what he thought of his team’s execution, he replied, ”I think it’s a good idea.”

A lot of people in Dallas may be feeling that way about now.

26 Responses to “Dallas Cowboys Lose 44-6”

  1. Tony Romo is amazingly spotty in his performance. Some days he is hot and others are like yesterday. He was hanging his head by the fourth quarter. He has a problem with what fighter pilots call situational awareness. You have to suspect that guy behind you. I expect he will get better with time. If not he will end up like the Bears’ quarterback who has vanished.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  2. He was hanging his head in the 4th quarter because he had injured his ribs in the 3rd quarter. He didn’t play great, but his defense couldn’t tackle, and the divas that play wide receiver for him (Williams/Owens) didn’t exactly run routes with any enthusiasm, causing at least one of the interceptions.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

    the bhead (a31060)

  3. What does the mighty team player TO have to say? Glad he left Philly. Must have loved it when McNabb flexed his muscles after TD.

    Anyway always lovely to stinkin’ Cowboys lose. America’s Team! I loathe Miami but there was a turnaround. Likely that loss of Brady was why Pats are out of playoffs.

    So Jerry Jones will spend bigger bucks and the ‘Boys good days will soon return. How baout dem Raiders pulling off upset?

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  4. Many years ago, the football coach for the University of La Verne (probably La Verne college in those days) remarked after a particularly futile game: “They couldn’t make a first down against tall grass.”

    Another classic.

    GaryS (1e6517)

  5. Rumor has it that Mike Sherman at Texas A&M is trying to figure out a way to get the Cowboys on his schedule next year.

    Diffus (cb9f4f)

  6. Lots of quarterbacks are media creations, an expansion of both the talents as well as the results of their play. No quarterback on the planet can pass while the pass rush is on him within a second of his three, five, or seven step drop back. Jesus, he has to create the passing lanes so he can see and most time he cannot observe the receiver but keys on what another player is doing and throws to a spot. And more than one observer has commented on the lack of route discipline of all the Dallas receivers except Jason Witten. Most are saying that they run “soft routes” on all but plays that are designed to get them the ball. Result? The corners can tell when the all stars are the designated receivers. And football is the ultimate “team” sport and any disruption caused by stupid penalties, off the field interviews, and a public love life can disturb the “chemistry” between players. In short: the fucking team just ain’t that good.

    howard432 (cc8b85)

  7. how bout them eagles….lol Squeakn into the playoffs…… thank God. at the vikings….cant wait

    slizzle (4c3b4d)

  8. Woo! Eagles win! Evil loses! Yippee!


    JRM (355c21)

  9. And we are obsessing on the Cowboys because of what?
    Are we that shallow?
    It must be a really slow news day.

    Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) (209453)

  10. Woo! Eagles win! Evil loses! Yippee!

    Au contraire. The Eagles’ playoff hopes depended on the triumph of evil.

    aunursa (1b5bad)

  11. 5, Sherman couldn’t beat the Cowboys when he was the Packers’ Head Coach and GM. Why would he want to lose to them with A&M?

    PCD (7fe637)

  12. It was amazing to watch the entire team throw themselves on hand grenades to save their teammates who carried their own! Seems they may have just pulled the pins for each other.

    WTG Cowboys!

    TC (0b9ca4)

  13. Here in Tampa we are still wondering where the vaunted “Gruden Offensive Genius” is located….

    Certainly not in Tampa…..9-3 at the beginning of December……9-7 after yesterday’s fiasco.


    Hello Owners!

    Duke DeLand (2460e1)

  14. 13, you guys wanted “Chuckie” so bad. Quit your bellyaching!

    PCD (7fe637)

  15. The only thing that could have made this game better is if PacMan and T.O. spontaneously combusted on the fifty-yard line as the crowd cheered.

    Just say no to slackers and dirtbags, Mr. Jones–you’ll get better results.

    M. Scott Eiland (5ccff0)

  16. Please, let’s be accurate in our thread titles: the Cowboys didn’t lose to the Eagles, they choked in the clutch! 🙂

    And aunursa, the Oakland Raiders are my team!

    The Oakland Raiders' fan Dana (556f76)

  17. Of course, the Detroit Lions didn’t choke; they completed their perfect season!

    The Oakland Raiders' fan Dana (556f76)

  18. Good post. It’s good for us all to get the chips off our shoulders even if only for a day (or a holiday), and focus on topics that don’t raise our political hackles. Especially if you loathe the Cowboys.

    Then again, does rooting against “America’s Team” make one unpatriotic? I faithfully support the NFL, just not the current Jones Administration.

    Dagwood (ba2462)

  19. Ah, it’s like a trip down memory lane. (Background here) You knew they were going down when they got their clock cleaned by the Ravens in their last game in Texas Stadium. When the Dallas home crowd is booing them off the field, the wheels are coming off.

    Pablo (99243e)

  20. “The coaching staff is in place”
    “The coaching staff is in place”

    Yea,congratulations Jerry.
    This coaching staff is in place while the one you
    ran off to Miami just won one of the toughest divisions in Football and improved by 10 games in the win column with half the talent on their roster.

    Looks like Jerry is taking advice on running the Cowboy’s from the American automotive industry.

    God how I miss Landry and Jimmy Johnson.

    Baxter Greene (8035ae)

  21. Another classic from McKay which applies to the Cowgirls:

    A reporter asked him something about a game and he said, “well, we didn’t block very much. But we made up for it by not tackling.”

    otcconan (d6afba)

  22. Cowboys? Who cares? The Steelers smeared the Browns all over the field, 31-0, and with Big Ben out of the game. Woo-hoo!

    rightwingprof (fbb932)

  23. This is just so crazy delicious wonderful and I am no fan of the Eagles. But they are my heroes today.

    Here are some classic Cowgirl foulups in history:

    14. Super Lett-Down (1/31/93)
    In the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, Cowboys DL Leon Lett picked up a fumble and headed towards the end zone with nobody in his path. The Bills’ Don Beebe never gave up on the play and sprinted after Lett, who had slowed down inside the 10-yard line and extended the football to prepare to celebrate. Beebe knocked the ball from Lett’s hand just as he reached the end zone, and the officials ruled the play a fumble and Buffalo’s possession on a touchback. Although the Cowboys went on to win the game in a blowout, Lett’s infamous play is one of the biggest Super Bowl Blunders.

    13. A Big Turkey in Big �D’ (11/25/93)
    Leon Lett struck again 10 months later for the Cowboys. In a snow-covered Thanksgiving Day game, the Cowboys led the Dolphins with just seconds remaining. Miami’s 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked and it appeared that Dallas would escape with the win. However a Cowboys player mistakenly tried to recover the loose football after the blocked kick — it was Lett!! Because of Lett’s contact the ball was now live and the Dolphins recovered it inside the 5 yard line. They had time for one more play, and they did not miss the next short field goal attempt, winning 15-14

    4. The Dallas Debacle (1/21/79)
    In Super Bowl XIII, the Cowboys were driving for what they hoped would be a game-tying touchdown against Pittsburgh. On a third down play, Roger Staubach found tight end Jackie Smith wide open in the end zone, but Smith dropped the ball as if it were on fire. Dallas had to settle for a field goal and eventually lost the game by four points. Although Smith went on to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, many fans remember him for this one horrendous play.

    16. The Clumsy Cowboy (1/6/07)
    With just over a minute remaining in their playoff battle, the Cowboys lined up for a 19 yard field goal that would give them a two-point lead against Seattle. Quarterback and holder Tony Romo fumbled the snap and was forced to try to run for the end zone. Romo was tackled at the 1-yard line, and Seattle ended up winning the game 21-20.'s-Top-50-Sports-Blunders

    Joe (dcebbd)

  24. And now the Denver Broncos have canned Mike Shanahan, after the Donkeys collapse. But they had seven starters out, no running game — they had to bring back Tatum Bell — and no defense. Just who do they think they’ll fine who would be an upgrade to Coach Shanahan?

    Oh, wait, Rod Marinelli is available!

    The Oakland Raiders' fan Dana (556f76)

  25. The Russian Professor who declared America will cease to be in 2010 (in the next post) obviously got confused when he watched this game and heard that the Dallas Cowboys were America’s Team.

    Dear Russian Professor, let me assure you that the Dallas Cowboys are not America’s team and that the fate of the Republic does not rest on them.

    Joe (dcebbd)

  26. USC beat Penn State by 21 pounds at Lawry’s annual beef bowl, USC 721 pounds, Penn State 700 pounds.

    I hope the hapless Chargers play well in the playoffs.

    ML (14488c)

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