The 2010 edition of the Dallas Cowboys was without a doubt an epic disaster. We all know that now.
The team started 1-7, fired Wade Phillips as head coach and then showed previously-nowhere-to-be-found signs of life once Jason Garrett took over on an interim basis before being hired as the full-time head coach going into 2011.
And with the completion of the NFL season on Sunday in JerryWorld with the Packers' 31-25 win over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, the Vegas oddsmakers have already started tabbing odds to win the next Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
I'm going to Vegas for the first time in March, and was planning on possibly laying down a small amount of money on the Cowboys to win it all at some steep odds with the hopes of a miracle and a nice little payday. Well, forget that idea.
The Cowboys are already installed at 8/1 to win Super Bowl XLVI. Seriously? Yep, seriously.
The only teams with better odds to pull it off are the Patriots, with the NFL's first unanimous MVP and three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady at quarterback, and the Packers, who just won Super Bowl XLV behind the masterful performance from up-and-comer Aaron Rodgers.
They are both listed as 6/1 favorites.
I'm not sure what it is about the Cowboys that always gets them this preseason hype. I do know the Cowboys have one of the easiest schedules (as of now) for 2011, including games against the NFC West and AFC West, which this year were two of the worst divisions in the league. The thing about that is, there historically is so much parity and turnover in the NFL that half of the playoff teams usually don't return the next year.
To summarize, it's crazy. I'm no betting expert, but I'm going to advise you don't lay down money on the Cowboys at those crazy odds. In fact, if I had to guess who might in the next Super Bowl, I'd go with those two favorites.