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Are the Cowboys tempting fate by wearing blue jerseys 8 times this season, including at home Sunday?

If the Cowboys stumble Sunday evening at AT&T Stadium, if quarterback Kirk Cousins ends his 0-9-1 drought for Minnesota on the road against teams with a winning record, the reason will be obvious.

Those damn blue jerseys.

Any Cowboys fan worth his or her silver-and-blue face paint is aware of the misery that goes with this color choice.

OK, maybe this should be amended to fans of a particular age. The trend, after all, began to emerge in the late 1960s.

But that simply cements its place in franchise lore. Which leads to the question:

What in the world was Charlotte Jones Anderson thinking with her decision to put the team in blue jerseys for an unprecedented eight games this season? Was the club’s executive vice president and chief brand officer thinking at all?

Why would she put the Cowboys in this sort of competitive bind?

“After our feline experience in New Jersey last week, just a few days removed from Halloween, we really don’t put much stock in curses around here,” Jones Anderson said. “Our only concern with jerseys is that all 46 guys have one and that they all fit well.”

This only supports the point. It took a black cat crossing the New York Giants’ path — one of the most powerful superstitions going — to cancel out the blue jersey hex.

Jason Garrett isn’t a superstitious person. The Cowboys head coach will wear the same clothes or stick to a certain routine during a winning streak, but hey, he’ll tell you that’s just about forming a habit.

That’s discipline.

“Whatever color jersey they ask us to wear, we’ll go out and wear,” Garrett said. “Wherever the game is, whatever day it is and whatever time it is, we’re going to go and try to play our best football.

“I’m sure there is probably an analytical breakdown of the blue jersey through the history. You guys [media] are probably more at the forefront than I am.”

Since you mentioned it…

The jinx reared its ugly head in 1968. Dallas went 12-2 that season but lost to Cleveland in the championship game. They were wearing blue uniforms.

Dallas was in blue two seasons later when losing Super Bowl V to Baltimore. The Cowboys did go on to win five titles after that crippling defeat.

They were in white uniforms each time.

“I’m old enough to remember that, but most of the guys in here, they’re not old enough so it doesn’t really matter,” said ancient tight end Jason Witten, now 37 years old. “I think guys like wearing the blue. It looks good, changes it up.

“It’s not an issue.”

Most of the players in the Dallas locker room were born 20 years after this curse was in full force. That doesn’t mean it’s not real.

A semi-official count reveals the Cowboys are 69-72-1 when wearing blue jerseys. They are 2-2 this season.

Did we mention Dallas was wearing a blue jersey when it lost to the New York Jets? That remains the only game the Jets have won this season.

Where was the black cat that afternoon at MetLife Stadium?

“They put uniforms in our guys’ lockers and we put them on,” Garrett said. “That’s not really our decision.”

It’s not.

But the team must live with the consequences.

Who was North Jersey’s best softball player of the 2010s?

Who was North Jersey’s best softball player of the 2010s? We picked out some of the best players of the past decade, now you get to choose the best.

Read about the stars who stood out on the softball field and cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of this page.
Amanda Ayala

DePaul catcher/outfielder

Injuries cost her part of two seasons with the Spartans, but she capped her high school career with four Passaic County titles, and batted .583 and eight homers as a senior.

She’s entering her junior season at Tennessee where she was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2018.

Ashley DeYoung

Indian Hills pitcher/infielder

DeYoung was an unparalleled slugger with the Braves, and is one of just a handful of players this decade to be named first-team All-Bergen County three times.

She had a monster career at Rowan, where she led the NJAC in homers as a senior and set the school record with 12 in one season.
Devin Durando

Indian Hills pitcher

Durando’s senior season with the Braves was historic, as she led the them to a 34-0 record and the Group 3 state title.

She went 75-6 in her pitching career with 835 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.68. She played four years at Albany.
Reese Guevarra

Immaculate Heart Academy outfielder

Whenever a softball player is congratulated for getting 100 hits, remember Guevarra finished her high school career with 216, most all-time in Bergen County and finished with a .521 career batting average.

She is now a junior playing for Connecticut.

Lexi Knief

Ramsey shortstop

Knief was a superstar at Ramsey batting .598 as a junior and .562 as a senior. She finished with 195 career hits and was the 2012 North Jersey Player of the Year.

She played softball for four years at Penn State.
Sarah Piening

Immaculate Conception pitcher

She is the Queen of Rings in North Jersey. Piening remains the only pitcher in state history to win four state titles in the circle. She won 83 games and had 1,062 strikeouts.

After a year at Rollins College, she transferred to Delaware.
Julie Rodriguez

NV/Old Tappan pitcher/infielder

Rodriguez was the Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey in 2017. With the Golden Knights, she set every conceivable hitting and pitching record.

As a senior, she batted .644 and was walked an incredible 28 times intentionally. She’s now a sophomore at UCLA, the reining national champions in softball.
Summer Ramundo

DePaul pitcher

Ramundo was the linchpin for DePaul’s Passaic County softball dynasty this decade, helping them to four county titles in her time there, including an 18 strikeout performance in the county final in 2017.

She was named first-team All-Passaic County three times and is playing at Johnson and Wales.

Victoria Sebastian

Ramsey pitcher

If not for a knee injury as a freshman, Sebastian could have set all-time records in North Jersey. Still, she was part of three sectional championship teams, and a Group 2 state title as a senior.

The left-hander is heading to Villanova.
Steph Thomas

Immaculate Heart Academy pitcher

Thomas is still the gold standard for pitchers in New Jersey. She set the all-time record for victories with 113 and had 68 shutouts.

In her career, she had 951 strikeouts and an 0.54 ERA. She is one of just two pitchers ever to win three Bergen County titles in the circle. She played in college at Lafayette.

Texas Softball Player, 11, Tragically Dies After In-Game Collapse

Tragedy is hard to write about. Every time a story about a beloved Texan passing away comes up, it always feels impossible to truly commemorate them the best way I know how. When I heard about 11-year-old Presley Mitchell, who collapsed during her softball game in Denison, Texas and later passed away, I didn’t know how anyone deals with something like this.

Then, I saw the response from her family. I saw how her coach honored her. I saw the fundraisers and support her classmates drummed up. It’s in these moments that I realized how impactful a child’s life can be in such a short time.

The Texas Attitude fast-pitch softball team was competing in a tournament game at Texas Health Foundation Park. During the game, Presley collapsed on the field, where paramedics worked for nearly an hour to revive her. According to KXII Fox News 12, Mitchell was taken to a local hospital where she died.

The Grayson County Medical Examiner is investigating, but her cause of death is still unknown. She was 11 years old.

Presley’s aunt, Lori Skipper, eulogized her niece in a beautiful Facebook post.

“Today as I wake up I’m starting to grieve a bit more. I’ve stood very strong for my sister and mom. As I try to write what I’m going to speak on Thursday, the words vanish from my head. I start, then stop. Cry and feel my pain and my sisters emptiness. The feelings and emotions that come with these thoughts are beginning to trouble me. November 7 is my birthday day and now it’s a day that we lay P to rest. The darkest day ever. This has been the worst nightmare we could ever have experienced. To those that know me well, you know I’m very emotional and sensitive. Through this process I’ve been a solid warrior standing strong by my sister and family.

“My sisters tribe is unbelievable and our community is outstanding. She couldn’t have a better support group. I know after the celebration, my sister will continue to need her tribes help. I’m very worried of the aftermath and my sisters state of mind. I hope the fog lifts for her and she can see sunshine again one day. I ask everyone to continue to pray for strength and to please ease my sisters mind and heart.

“If I could take all the pain away, Amber, I would. I am so proud of you. Your one badass and I’m grateful your my sister. We have been through a lot, just wished this was not in our story. Your still the best gift mom and dad gave me. I love you beyond measure.”

— Lori Skipper, via Facebook

Coach Jasen Sloan said on social media, “She didn’t get to cross home plate that last time but once she returned to the dugout God had another plan for her. He needed another angel!”

Mayes Elementary school students wore jerseys to honor their classmate, and several fundraisers were launched in the days that followed. D-BAT Texoma and Texoma Fury Softball are holding a benefit chili dinner on November 10, and all proceeds will be given to Presley Mitchell’s family.

Also, the “Presley Mitchell Benefit” was launched in association with Landmark Bank to take donations from anyone who can help support the family. More information on those donations can be found right here.

If that wasn’t enough, an open Texas softball tournament in the Dallas area is being held by DSE Sports Events. Softball players and fans will be able to sign a white banner with messages for Presley’s family. Bracelets and t-shirts can be purchased at the event, and proceeds will be donated to the family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Presley family during this time, but seeing the community come together like this is inspiring. It goes to show the impact that a child can have on the lives of the people around them in way too short of a time.