The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are underdogs heading into their wild-card matchup with the Dallas Cowboys (who are currently favored by -2.5 at FOX Bet), and the Bucs are pulling out all the stops to gain an edge.
Tom Brady & Co. will wear white jerseys in Monday’s matchup instead of their usual home red — forcing the Cowboys to wear their navy blue alternates.
Yes, the Bucs are trying to invoke the Cowboys’ long-held “blue jersey curse.”
The Cowboys have an infamous record of futility in their blue jerseys — especially in the playoffs — that goes back several decades. They rarely opt to wear blue jerseys as the home team, a practice that started back in the 1960s due to original general manager Tex Schramm’s desire to have fans see visiting teams’ different uniforms, according to FOX Sports Cowboys insider David Helman.
But the blue jerseys became much more of a taboo sometime in the 1970s or early 1980s. There are conflicting reports as to what led to the blue jerseys being regarded as cursed. One explanation is that Tom Landry’s Cowboys lost the Super Bowl in 1971 while wearing blue jerseys, then won the next year wearing white. Another stems from their loss to the archrival Philadelphia Eagles in the 1980 NFC Championship Game, after which the Cowboys ditched their royal blue jerseys for their current navy look.
Former longtime Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, however, claims that the “jinx” comes from an early 1976 game against the then-St. Louis Cardinals, who were an NFC East rival with the Cowboys at that point. The home Cardinals wore white — forcing the Cowboys to wear blue — and handed Dallas its first loss of the season.
“So then that started it,” Brandt told the Associated Press in 2019. “And on occasion, we had everybody wanting us to wear blue jerseys on the road.”
Whatever the case, the Cowboys have only worn blue jerseys seven times in the playoffs over the course of their franchise history — and are 1-6 in those games. Their only win came in the…
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Publish date : 2023-01-11 23:49:03
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