The Dallas Cowboys made headlines early Sunday morning when news broke that they opted to bring their own benches to a showdown against the Washington Football Team.
It was an odd move, to say the least.
As if the #Cowboys couldn’t be any more contemptible, they flew in their own sideline benches for the game … first time and only team that’s ever done that at FedEx … wild #WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/Qu46kPmP5P
— Mitchell Tischler (@Mitch_Tischler) December 12, 2021
Reactions on social media were fairly predictable:
At least their team HAS a name.
— Hunter Hitch (@hunterhitch1) December 12, 2021
This gives the team 2 weeks to think of what they can do to take over Dallas’ stadium
— Sean (@FlSkinsFan4Life) December 12, 2021
Talk about rubbing salt mate! Keep giving us reasons to fight cowgirls
— Nick Milbourn (@hogscream) December 12, 2021
The poor babies can’t take the 48° weather in Washington? What’s next, room service in the huddle?
— Mike Weiss (@NavyDoc68) December 12, 2021
So what gives? Why did Dallas make such an elaborate move? As it turns out, it’s based on something they heard from the Seattle Seahawks a few weeks back.
“Here’s the deal on the Cowboys’ benches today: Cowboys got word from Seattle that the hotseat benches provided for them at FedEx Field kept going out during the game,” NFL insider Todd Archer reported.
“Cowboys partnered with company in Cleveland that shipped them to FedEx Field so wouldn’t be an issue today.”
FedEx Stadium, where this game is set to occur, is expected be somewhere around 49 degrees by game time.
That’s one way to deal with trade rumors. https://t.co/B19VDsIJ7S
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 11, 2021
This is an extremely consequential game for both sides. With a victory the Washington Football Team would move within one game of Dallas in the NFC East. Of course they’d seek out every possible advantage.
Of all the crazy things we have seen from the Cowboys this year, including a female fan opting to attend a game with no pants on, this doesn’t even crack the top 20 in terms of weirdness.