Black cats. Jason and his hockey mask. Walking under ladders. That hotel floor between the 12th and 14th. Oh yeah, and that ol’ stand by superstition – the blue jersey jinx.
I’m not a big believer in luck, karma, knocking on wood, or especially Triskaidekaphobia. But on this freaky Friday the 13th there are quirky happenstances that scare me about the Dallas Cowboys.
With several key road wins the last couple years, the Cowboys have long since buried the blue jersey hex. And they’re coming off a shocking successful season that included a playoff victory. But, like all NFL teams, they’re also only a couple of creepy bad breaks and haunting apparitions from returning to mediocrity and beyond.
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13. The ghost of Monte Kiffin. Okay, maybe the ghost of Bill Callahan?
12. Jason Witten finally grows old.
11. Jerry Jones pulls off the steal of the century …by trading for Johnny Manziel.
10. Zack Martin = Sophomore slump.
9. The failure to re-sign free-agent linebackers Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter and Justin Durant.
8. The necessity to rely on Joseph Randle.
7. Super Bowl expectations.
6. With a new contract, Dez Bryant gets fat and happy. Same for Jason Garrett.
5. Tyron Smith’s dip in play continues. (See No. 6?)
4. Tony Romo and his back go the way of Tiger Woods and his back.
3. Sean Lee never gets healthy.
2. Dan Bailey’s late-season slump is an omen.
1. DeMarco Murray gets even better next season … with another team.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.