Welcome to a now-perennial occurence in our sports existence. Welcome to "Choke City.''
The 2005-06 Dallas Stars were a highly-seeded, heavily favored division champion. … that lost a shocker in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
The 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks were a highly-seeded, heavily-favored conference champion. … that lost a shocker in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
And now, the 2007-08 Dallas Cowboys are a highly-seedly, heavily-favored conference champion. … that lost a shocker in the first round of the NFL Playoffs.
Taking nothing away from the respective excellence of the Colorado Avalanche, the Golden State Warriors and the New York Giants, but. … we just might be cursed. Doomed. Damned.
Fate has done it to us in three consecutive years. With all three franchises that matter. After three of the most brilliant regular seasons possible. Those Stars were 53-23-6, the second-best record in the sport. These Cowboys were 13-3, the second-best record in the sport. Those Mavericks were 67-15, the best record in the sport.
Three years. Three franchises. Three wondrous regular seasons. Followed by three epic upset failures.
It pains me to say this because I get great pleasure from covering and/or rooting for the Stars, Cowboys and Mavs. It pains me to say this because I enjoy my homerism. It pains me to say this, because the concept I believe in is that the best team (on that day, anyway) ALWAYS wins.