Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch for a first down in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
10. The Chicago Bears, quarterbacked by journeyman backup quarterback Josh McCown, scored points on all eight possessions. Let that sink in. Better yet, don’t. Spit it out. Might erode the walls of your stomach. Yuck.
9. Sean Lee out again, this time with a neck stinger. Like you, I’m now officially worried about him being a talented player who never achieved his potential because he couldn’t stay healthy. Before the injury, he also got Golden Tated by Bears’ receiver Brandon Marshall. Betting he wished he would’ve waited until Sunday to return from the hamstring injury.
8. Cowboys last two Monday Night Football visits to Chicago have been disastrous. In ’96 they lost 22-6 as Emmitt Smith was carted off the field but what appeared to be a serious neck injury. And tonight, well, you know.
7. Mike Ditka went no hat and no gloves in an attempt to look “Iron” during his halftime ceremony. But it didn’t work. Has any man ever looked more miserable at his own ceremony? Other than, obviously, the star of a funeral.
6. Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions, but I’m sure his critics with categorize this as another December loss on “his” record.
5. Tweeted Emmitt with the score 42-14, “This Scheme is garbage.” For the life of me I can’t figure out why he capitalized “Scheme.”
4. Fantastic, falling touchdown catch by Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter. Has rookie safety Jeff Heath set an NFL record for being posterized?
3. Everybody just relax. Take a deep breath. Chill. This was an ugly loss. But this wasn’t a must-win. Cowboys can still beat the Packers and Redskins in the next two weeks and make the Dec. 29 finale against the Eagles an NFC East Championship Game. You said “season’s over” after the Saints loss and were wrong. So don’t say it now. Not yet.
2. If the Cowboys were a prime-time TV show, they’d be canceled. In their last two episodes vs. the Saints and Bears, they’ve allowed a preposterous 93 points, 1,123 yards and 72 first downs. And, to think, Monte Kiffin had 11 days to prepare a way to stop Josh McCown. Worst defense in franchise history. No doubt.
1. We didn’t see a Cowboys’ win, but we did witness history. From the warm comfort of our own couches. Temperature at kickoff was 8 degrees, making it the coldest regular-season game in franchise history. Only colder day was the 1967 Ice Bowl, which we’ve all attempted to forget.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.