Exactly 100 days before the Super Bowl, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman aren’t expecting their old team to make it.
They can hardly believe it, either.
“To be done before you get out of the month of October is pretty shocking,” Aikman said.
Like many fans, the Hall of Fame quarterbacks were expecting big things from the Dallas Cowboys this season. They also had more than the usual reasons to root for their old club – Staubach is the chairman of the Super Bowl host committee and Aikman the vice-chair. Aikman also is broadcasting the game for Fox.
But Dallas is 1-5, closer to earning the top pick in the draft than a spot in the playoffs. And the Cowboys just lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken left collarbone.
So instead of at least trying to become the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, they appear ready to join the worst records of the Jerry Jones era – 1-15 in Aikman’s rookie year and 5-11 in Aikman’s final season and each of the next two years.
“I thought we would be more 5-1 than 1-5,” Staubach said. “I still feel we can be a respectful team the rest of the year. But we have put ourselves in a hole.”
Both spoke Thursday at a luncheon at Cowboys Stadium celebrating the countdown to Super Bowl kickoff. Jones took part, too, and the owner said he’s hopeful the new starting quarterback, Tacoman Jon Kitna, 38, can lead a turnaround.
“I felt better when (Romo) was healthy and was able to give us what he has to win these games,” Jones said. “On the other hand, I’m not about to dismiss the opportunity here with Kitna. That’d be nuts.”
Romo doesn’t need surgery, just 6 to 8 weeks for the bone to heal on its own. Jones said it’s too early to say whether Romo will play again this season.
FAVRE: NO WORD
The signs of progress are small but noticeable for Brett Favre and his injured left ankle.
Favre missed his second straight day of practice for the Minnesota Vikings but walked around the facility without the oversized boot which had been protecting an injury that is putting his league-record 291-straight starts streak in jeopardy.
The 41-year-old quarterback limped through the locker room with a heavy wrap on his ankle, which was injured in the loss to Green Bay on Sunday night.
Asked if he thought he could play against New England, Favre said, “I wouldn’t put anything past me, to be honest with you.”
Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka’s season is over, and there is a chance his career with the New York Giants could be at an end. The Giants have placed the five-year veteran on injured reserve with a herniated cervical disk after waiting more than a month to see if rest would heal his neck.
Tennessee wide receiver Kenny Britt denies throwing a punch during a bar fight in a downtown Nashville, Tenn., nightclub last week. Britt said on Thursday he was falsely accused by 26-year-old Harold Pointer, who told police Britt joined in a fight and struck him several times during an altercation at the Karma Lounge in the early hours of Oct. 22. A police investigation into misdemeanor assault remains open.