Not all of you count yourselves on the same side of NYG 10, DAL 7 as I do, but I know a whole lot of us hold 82 in (close to) the same regard as Adrian, think of Zeke the way we think of Rougie, and turn the sound down for Brad & Babe just like we do for Eric & Matt.
If you’re like me, and the Cowboys are your football team, my guess is you’re far less upset about that three-point road loss (and the swarm of mental and physical mistakes) than you are about what it might have exposed. Things you’ve known for weeks that were susceptible to being exposed. Vulnerabilities that another team finally exploited, and brought to the surface (and seared into the game film).
And here’s the thing, if you do count yourself among that segment of the football fan population — since I know for nearly all of you where your baseball affiliations rest.
The way the Rangers 2016 season went — the magic ride they took us on, winning the most games in the American League for the first time despite a stack of reasons that, objectively, they shouldn’t have — I don’t think any of us is up for another epic season giving way to a shockingly quick exit.
Not that I’m ducking from any falling fragments of sky. I’m not.
But the greatest seasons — the ones that exceed not only your expectations, but your imagination as well — can be the toughest, too, when they hit a wall at a full speed that in most years they never even reach.
That didn’t happen in East Rutherford last night. The loss is no big deal.
But there were a couple things the Giants exposed that I’m concerned could resurface in January, and we all know that if the other guys square up on every single mistake Cole Hamels makes, things can go irreversibly off-script pretty quick. That, when it’s tournament time, if you convert on third downs the way you convert with runners in scoring position, all those months of efficiency and success and sports awesomeness and impact entertainment can be relegated, almost instantly, and excruciatingly, to prologue.
Twice in four months would be pretty tough to take.