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    Tony Romo on the run for extra yardage against the Vikings.

    No, Dez Bryant, your ball security isn’t “fine.” In 54 games you have 12 fumbles. In 102 games Calvin Johnson has 13. Hold onto the ball!

    And, no, sorry, there’s no such thing as a blue jersey jinx. Or, for that matter, a Sports Illustrated cover jinx. No excuses, Tony Romo.

    Selena Gomez Preps for Cowboys' Halftime Show

    [DFW] Selena Gomez, Salvation Army Prep for Cowboys Halftime Show
    On Nov. 27, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Selena Gomez and Commissioner David Jeffrey with the Salvation Army talk with NBC 5 about the Red Kettle Campaign and the halftime show during the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game. (Published Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013)

    But enough of the negativity. It’s Thanksgiving for crying out loud.

    Turkey. Dressing. Relatives and heartburn, both of which are slow to leave. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle. The grandiose halftime show, this year featuring Selena Gomez. And – of course – the Cowboys’ victories, followed by – or sometimes interrupted by – a stuffed-belly nap.

    The Cowboys are 28-16-1 on Turkey Day. Some of them – for better or for worse – you might just remember …

    10. 11.25.2010: Saints 30, Cowboys 27 – After trailing 20-6 at halftime the Cowboys rally for a 27-23 lead and were on their way to icing the upset before Roy Williams fumbles after a 47-yard catch inside New Orleans’ 10 with three minutes remaining.

    9. 11.26.87: Vikings 44, Cowboys 38 (OT) – Darrin Nelson's game-ending run overcomes Danny White's five touchdowns and drops 5-6 Dallas out of the playoffs.

    8. 11.24.05: Broncos 24, Cowboys 21 (OT) – After Billy Cundiff misses a 34-yard field goal late in regulation, Denver's Ron Dayne sets up the heartbreak loss with a 55-yard rumble.

    7. 11.23.06: Cowboys 38, Buccaneers 10 – Tony Romo's ascension from free agent to superstar gains traction as his franchise-record tying five touchdowns lead Dallas into first place in the NFC East.

    6. 11.26.98: Vikings 46, Cowboys 36 – Rookie receiver Randy Moss haunts the team that passed over him in the draft with three touchdowns and 163 yards receiving.

    5. 11.22.01: Broncos 26, Cowboys 24 – Dallas' rally from a 26-3 deficit is thwarted when coach Dave Campo inexplicably shuns a two-point conversion attempt after a Reggie Swinton touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    4. 11.23.89: Eagles 27, Cowboys 0 – Philly's Buddy Ryan adds to the "Bounty Bowl" humiliation with a $200 reward for one of his players taking out Cowboys' kicker Luis Zendejas.

    3. 11.24.94: Cowboys 42, Packers 31 – With Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete sidelined with injuries and his team trailing 17-3, Jason Garrett steps in and throws for 311 yards and leads Dallas to a record 36 second-half points.

    2. 11.25.93: Dolphins 16, Cowboys 14 – Ice storm. Leon Lett. Grumble mumble ... Oh my gosh, has it been 20 years already?

    1. 11.28.74: Cowboys 24, Redskins 23 – Replacing an injured Roger Staubach, Abilene Christian rookie Clint Longley - making his first NFL appearance - orchestrates a dramatic and improbable rally, climaxed by a 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson with 28 seconds remaining

    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.