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.
“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.”
But the team must live with the consequences.