I looked like I was on crack.
My arms were flailing in the air like I was drowning. My hands were intermittently wiping my face like I had 5 inches of mud on it.
I was cursing and squealing and running in circles like a dog chasing his tail.
If anyone was in the parking lot that day, they probably thought I was on some serious drugs. Or that I just enjoy rubbing my face like a Neutrogena commercial at the end of the school day and screaming because…I’m crazy? happy? Maybe a little bit of both.
After it was over, I realized what had happened.
I’d walked into a huge spider web.
The Cowboys have done the same thing.
In case you’re one of my fellow subscribers that doesn’t live in Texas (or you just live under a rock), the Cowboys are in a horrible place. They’re 1-4 for the season. (1 win and 4 losses.)
In non-football speak: They suck. Bad.
But what’s the problem? I mean, they’re walking on the field just like the other teams that are beating the crap out of them.
Coaching staff? Check.
Brand spanking new stadium that the owner of the team didn’t have to pay for? Check.
So…what’s the problem because clearly, there is one. Or maybe there are many…
It’s like they’ve walked into a huge spider web and only they can feel the silky thread covering their faces, but all we’re seeing is a group of people that look like they need rehab.
If you find yourself having a Cowboys 1-4 moment right now (or you want to prevent one from happening) then this is for you.
Three things to learn from the Cowboys downfall.
1. Be better than you were the game before.
If you caught last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans, then you know that the Cowboys not only lost the game, they were run out of the stadium. The Titans handed them a good ol’ fashioned whoopin’. However, the game against Minnesota Vikings on Sunday was much better. MUCH better. Hell, the game was even competitive right down to the last moment.
Moral of the story: Always be better than you were the day before. Always.
2. Hit rock bottom.
Hitting rock bottom is a highly underrated mechanism for healing. In the Cowboys situation, they still have a chance, even if it is slight, to make the playoffs. I mean…with a 1-4 record, you have nowhere to go but up. Besides..it could be worse. They could be 0-5.
Same goes for you. When you keep hitting wall, after wall, after wall, it’s usually because a) you’re hitting the wrong wall or b) you’re about to show the world who’s bad. My bet is that it’s option b. In which case, you keep on truckin’. Say a prayer and keep on truckin’ your hiney up against that wall until it falls. Because eventually, it will.
3. Blame no one but yourself.
The Cowboys are not a bad team. Even though I am not a fan (Go Colts!), I can look at their roster and see that they have really great talent. However, something is not right. Something is not clicking. They can’t blame the coaches, the owner, the fans, or their girlfriends for their losing. None of those people go out and execute plays on the field. The players do. Therefore all blame belongs to them.
As I said in my last article, whatever mistakes or mishaps you make in your life, you gotta own it. You have to take responsibility for your part. Don’t point at what so-and-so did or didn’t do. What did you not do? Let’s focus on that.
Will the Cowboys bounce back? Maybe. Will you? Depends. I do know one thing, refusing to do some self-reflection is ludicrous. How can you grow, change, or transform without looking at the mess you’ve made.
And it is a hot mess, isn’t it?
What do you think will cure the Cowboys losing streak? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and give me your opinion.