Much as the Cowboys are shuffling into a long, bleak Winter. I’d rather be them today than the Bengals or Vikings.
To rational fans, the Cowboys’ season ended in mid-November after a seventh consecutive loss without quarterback Tony Romo. The final gasps weren’t that painful, because they were long inevitable.
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But while the Cowboys have had one eye on 2016 since Thanksgiving, imagine how the fans in Minnesota and Cincinnati feel this morning? Yuck. Seriously, I’d rather go 4-12 and get a high draft pick and an easy schedule than to suffer that level of inhumane playoff torture.
After a 12-4 regular season and division title, the Bengals trailed the Steelers 15-0 entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Wild Card game. But behind backup quarterback A.J. McCarron they rallied and took a 16-15 lead and had the ball with 1:23 remaining. A couple of handoffs, a kneel-down and it would’ve been a playoff win and …
Instead, an inexplicable fumble and then two of the biggest bonehead penalties you ever did see. Just like that, a win was a loss. While the Cowboys’ wounds long scabbed over and have turned to scars, the wounds in Cincinnati are fresh. And real. And real painful.
They are nothing, however, compared to the heartache this morning in Minnesota.
The Vikings outplayed the favored Seahawks in sub-zero temperatures and were perfectly positioned for the upset win on Sunday. Trailing 10-9, they produced a clutch drive to Seattle’s 10 and needed merely a chip-shot field goal for the …
Instead, kicker Blair Walsh yanked the 27-yard field goal way wide left, leaving the Vikings in despair and making the Seahawks the luckiest winner of a wild weekend.
Bottom line: Take heart Cowboys fans, it could be a lot worse.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.