“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
Okay, I am not quite that depressed, but after watching my beloved [Dallas Cowboys] perfecting the art of mediocrity for another season, switching over to being a soccer fan does not sound so ridiculous. After all, the only expectations that a soccer fan can realistically have per match are for their team to not lose by more than one goal and look fashionable as they frolic on the pitch in short pants for 90 minutes (not counting extra-time, of course).
No, I really don’t want to get into how far too many on the Cowboys roster would rather not play hard when they don’t have to, and from the looks of things, they rarely have to. For they keep receiving game checks of hundreds of thousands of dollars while trying to keep their uniforms looking spiffy.
Oh, and then there are the mean ones, who seem to only be interested in hurting someone. Time after time, they can be observed going for the big hit when a properly executed form tackle on defense (or block on offense) would get the job done in a much more effective way.
Does this not come back on the coaches? For they keep putting those players out on the field.
In all fairness, much of the lack-luster play may have more to do with the game plans than anything else. For it has to be so disheartening to keep playing their guts out while trying to execute plays that have little chance of working.
Yeah, having incompetent coaches has to come back on upper-level management. For they keep those coaches in place. Furthermore, upper-level management also cut the game checks—right?
Last night’s game against the [Philadelphia Eagles] had everything that has been wrong with the Cowboys for the past 10 years on full display in high definition during prime time. For the Cowboys were forced to start the back-up quarterback, [Kyle Orton], on account of the starter, [Tony Romo], being out with a serious back injury. So, one would think that they would be seeking to run the ball as much as possible since the timing on pass plays would most likely be off, and with [DeMarco Murray] starting to really shine as a star running back in the league, having to run the ball more should not have been all that much of a bad thing.
What did the Cowboys actually do? They ran Murray pretty good in the first half, and then almost completely abandoned the run game in the second half. This was in favor of Orton consistently being wildly off-target with his passes.
Orton’s last pass erased all doubt concerning incompetence. For it was at least a yard behind [Miles Austin], which resulted in a [game-ending interception].
Yeah, it can be argued that it is easy to be so critical while watching the game on television, but Orton is getting paid [over $3 million a year]. Whereas, I am not getting paid diddly-squat to dispense these invaluable observations.
On the other hand, an 8-8 record is not a losing season. In fact, it is perfectly mediocre. Go [Broncos]!
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