This weekend the National Football League begins the 2011-12 season with a slate of games including a Sunday night game in which the New York Jets will host the Dallas Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks of 2001.
I think that it is safe to say that most of the people in this country would like to see New York get a win in this one; given that it will help the Jets honor the men and women who lost their lives ten years ago, and provide further “healing” to that city. Well I am not one of those people, so cry me a river.
I have been rooting for the Cowboys since I was twelve years old and if you ask me, the fact that the Jets have been to two consecutive championship games should provide the City of New York with enough healing to tide them over for now. I do understand that a Jets’ win would provide a better story than a Cowboys’ win, and a good story seems to be enough to create the most unlikely of champions in the NFL.
The New England Patriot’s 2001 season seemed to be in serious jeopardy when starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe went down with a serious injury, and then out of nowhere, a no-name sixth round draft pick comes in and leads the team to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. This very unlikely event just so happened to coincide with the introduction of President Bush’s Patriot Act. Remember New England’s quarterback, Tom Brady standing with George Bush, after which the term “Patriot” was used to describe one who supports their government’s decisions instead of one who supports their country.
Another example of these strange coincidences is the New Orleans Saints. Prior to 2006 the Saints had won only one playoff game in their forty year history, and then Hurricane Katrina destroys New Orleans in 2005. It took a full year for the Superdome to be renovated so the people of New Orleans could once again watch their Saints play ball, and then in a miraculous turnabout the Saints went from being one of the worst teams in the league to being a power-house of the NFL, giving the people of New Orleans the “healing” that they needed.
So given these “coincidences” I am a little worried about my Cowboys this weekend. The fact that it will be the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the people of New York being in need of the kind of healing that can only be gained by watching pro football, leads me to believe that Dallas has absolutely no chance at winning this game….. Or maybe I’m a bit paranoid.