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How ’Bout Them Cowboys!
1. There were bright spots, definitely.
2. Then Dez went Michael Douglas–out-the-car-now on the Dallas sideline.
3. And I think that actually helped. After that Dez freak-out, Romo went out and threw two touchdown passes totaling 110 yards on the next two drives: one to Terrance Williams and one to Dez. There's no way anyone would ever give Troubled Wide Receiver Dez Bryant credit for lighting a fire under the offense that'd been wheezing along all day, but that's sort of what happened, right? Even as Calvin Johnson disemboweled the Dallas secondary, the Cowboys offense was clicking for most of the fourth quarter and the game was in hand, thanks in large part to a spark from Dez. It was actually pretty refreshing to see things play out like this.
For years, the Cowboys have been nothing if not erratic. Whether it’s quarterback Tony Romo's on-field inconsistencies, the vacillations of owner Jerry Jones, or the propensity of a very smart head coach (Jason Garrett is a Princeton grad who scored a 36 on the Wonderlic test) to make silly in-game decisions, Dallas has all too often seemed like a team that just cannot get out of its own way.
I may be the only degenerate football fan in the country who is going to miss the replacement refs. Not because I thought they were competent or belonged anywhere near an NFL stadium, but because during the short time they were employed, I enjoyed three straight winning weeks with my prop bets. Not sure that has ever happened before. Certainly it never will again.
Not to mention — I had big plans for Week 4. There was talk of players taking a knee to protest the replacements. I was hoping the shitty refs would stay, and the players would sit, so I could cash in on a 15-team all “under” parlay. All games end up 0-0?!! $1 would’ve paid $16,306.
But now that the lockout has ended, that’s all just a pipe dream. And I’m telling you now — if my luck starts to change, Ed Hochuli and I are gonna have a fistfight. (He must, of course, first agree to a steroid test.)
This year, I’m 84,000 jermajesties* in the plus. Let’s keep it rolling with Week 4 and remember — when picking my favorite games, I always keep in mind that it’s not about the X's and O's, it’s about the Jims and Joes. (If someone ever figures out what that means, please drop me a line.)