Well it’s time for Red’s Annual Bitch about the favorable TV treatment afforded the Hated Arlington Cowboys franchise. Hang on to your Stetsons.
If for some unfathomable reason you are a Cowboys fan, most Sundays you can sleep late, linger over brunch, get in 18 holes, have an under-the-covers nap (aka siesta tradicional) and still be back in the recliner with nachos in hand in time for kickoff. It’s even better this season than usual for all you HAC fans. All Red can say is – at least your team made the playoffs last season and there is some slight justification for having a reasonable share of games on National TV – but nothing justifies this:
Week 1 Giants Sunday Night Game
Week 2 At Broncos Sunday Late Game
Week 3 At Cardinals Monday Night Game
Week 5 Packers Sunday Late Game
Week 7 At 49ers Sunday Late Game
Week 8 At Redskins Sunday Late Game
Week 9 Chiefs Sunday Late Game
Week 10 At Falcons Sunday Late Game
Week 11 Eagles Sunday Night Game
Week 12 Chargers Thanksgiving Late Game
Week 13 Redskins Thursday Night Game
Week 14 At Giants Sunday Late Game
Week 15 At Raiders Sunday Night Game
Week 16 Seahawks Sunday Late Game
So adding it all up, the Cowboys get:
3 Sunday Night games
8 Sunday Late Games with only 49ers and Broncos as time zone related
1 Monday Night Game
1 Thursday Night Game (mandatory)
And the traditional Thanksgiving game
For a grand total of 14 national TV appearances. That is well above the standard 11 national TV appearances that the league regularly doles out to America’s Team.
And if you are a fan of the hapless Texans (who have actually won more playoff games in the time of their miserable existence than the Cowboys have during that period) you had better plan ahead and expect that the games will totally mess up your Sunday afternoon plans.
Week 2 At Bengals Thursday Night Game
Week 5 Chiefs Sunday Night Game
Week 8 At Seahawks Sunday Late Game
Week 10 At Rams Sunday Late Game
Week 12 At Ravens Sunday Night Game
Week 16 Stealers Sunday Late Game
That’s 6 national TV appearances which is better than the usual schedule but only because of 2 west coast games against the Seahawks and Rams and the mandatory Thursday night game.
Red calls Bullshit.