I put no stock in preseason games. As the late, great Tom Landry once said, “The only things that preseason games are good far are evaluating young players and getting your key players hurt”. I usually don’t watch them, except for portions of the rare Dallas Cowboys preseason games that are televised in my area.
Yes…the talking heads on the Mickey Mouse network & others try to convince us that a bunch of slugs who won’t be on any teams’ opening day rosters, playing primarily each other during preseason portends all sorts of doom or success. If you believe that, then I have a bridge in Alaska to sell you. But I digress…which frankly is more fun than discussing last night’s preseason snoozer between the Cowboys and Raiders.
Despite sports betting sites favoring the Raiders at home, the Cowboys won their opening preseason game, 3-0. No, that’s not a mis-print. I SAID…3-0. Yes, these teams were playing professional football and yes, they scored less than did the sorry-ass Chicago Cubs did last night.
You know a game was ugly when one of the highlights is Tony Romo screaming at the replacement officials to move the ball to the NFL hash mark instead of the college hash mark. The other highlights were a nice 24-yard back-shoulder catch by Dez Bryant and the 38 yards that Darren McFadden racked up on the first 3 plays of the Raiders’ first possession.
That was it…unless your definition of highlights includes the Cowboys’ special teams prolonging two Raider drives by committing penalties on punts and then another penalty on a missed Raider FG try (No matter, Janikowsky still missed it). Or how about the other 9 penalties committed by the Cowboys. SHEESH…how do you out-penalty the Raiders (only 5)?
This game…uhhh…practice did, however, precipitate my questioning of the wisdom of Jason Garrett aka the “Red-Headed Genius”. What head coach in his right mind lets his franchise QB play with/be “protected by” some dood who’s not only number 4 on the injury-riddled depth chart at center, but had never played center in his life before this camp opened? We can thank Romo’s athleticism & experience for…well…his LIFE!
I fell asleep during the 3rd-Q of this game. I blame my annoying cat for not allowing me to snooze much sooner.