Enthusiasm and rivalries in American football are some of the most intense you’ll ever find. In a move that seemingly falls into the latter camp and borderline spiteful, the Dallas Cowboys brought their own themed benches to a rival stadium.
It seems as if the NFC East game just got a bit spicier. Ahead of today’s showdown, the Dallas Cowboys brought their own benches to Washington’s FedEx field. Photos of the feat surfaced this morning on Twitter thanks to Mitchell Tischler of NBC Sports Washington. In the photo, we can see the Cowboys sideline adorned with their personalized benches.
“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,” the tweet reads.
Todd Archer of ESPN provided specific details on how the move came to be. “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. Cowboys partnered with company in Cleveland that shipped them to FedEx Field so wouldn’t be an issue today.”
Head coach Mike McCarthy already rubbed some people the wrong way earlier this week, claiming a guaranteed Dallas win. “We’re comfortable with who we are and where we are,” McCarthy said. “I’m excited about what’s in front of us. We’re going to win this game. I’m confident in that.”
Sufficed to say, not everyone is happy with the move. Ron Rivera, Washington’s second-year head coach, explicitly expressed his dissatisfaction with McCarthy. Saying “it’s not about the players anymore,” he wants the players to do the talking for them.
Michigan Football Wore Patches Honoring Oxford High School Shooting Victims
In other football-related news, Michigan acknowledged and honored Oxford High School’s shooting victims last Saturday. The team wore a patch as a tribute and issued a statement about the tragedy that occurred to show their support.
Sharing the patch’s design on their official Twitter account, the team understandably felt pride about wearing it. “Our uniforms will feature a special logo during Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game,” the statement began.
“The shape is of Oxford’s ‘Block 0,’ meant to honor all victims, survivors, and community members. The ‘TM’ and ’42’ pay tribute to football player Tate Myre. Tate, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling, whose lives were senselessly lost earlier this week, are represented by four blue hearts. We are proud to represent the state of Michigan and all of its communities.”
Additionally, the Detroit Lions did something similar, wearing a special helmet decal and special T-shirts during their game against the Vikings last Sunday.