2011 D.A. Football — Week 12.

Snapback to the Days of Awful Aikman.

I thought we’d use Thanksgiving as a theme for our historical D.A. this week.  I was watching a game this past weekend and the announcer mentioned a terrible game Bart Starr had one Thanksgiving.  I thought this was a tremendous idea for D.A., and looked up the numbers.  They were bad, but not quite bad enough.  Standards, people.  Anyway, that led me to poking around a little bit, and lo and behold, pro-football reference had every Thanksgiving QB start listed on one handy/dandy page.  And, thank god, because otherwise I would have missed out on a chance to feature Troy Aikman.

Not that I forgot Aikman was terrible, but now that he’s moved into the Hall of Fame you don’t think of early years Aikman as much as you think of annoying Joe Buck partnering Aikman.  1989 was really something else for Dallas.  They were lucky to win a game, and Aikman wasn’t in control when that happened.  The rookie from UCLA had some amazing stats that year.  Four starts where he failed to throw for 100 yards.  Four starts where he threw at least 1 pick and 0 TDs, four starts where he completed less than 50% of his passes.  Finally tally was a big donut in the win column and 9Tds to 18Ints.  Sweet.

On that Thanksgiving Day, against your Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys were embarrassed, 27-0.  It’s funny that those Eagles teams were all Randall and the defense.  Andrew Toney carrying the ball, Keith Byars leading the team in receiving, Cris Carter before the turnaround (He had 3 balls for 2 scores in this one.  All he does is catch TDs).  It certainly wasn’t a dynasty, but with that defense the Cowboys were helpless and Aikman was probably lucky to survive the game in one piece.  His stats are a bit jarring.  Seven of Twenty-One passing for 54 yards.  0 TDs.  3 INTs.  He was only sacked twice this time around.  There would be more sacks to come, and a couple more years of Cowboy beatings before they won the Super Bowl.  Aikman’s inaugural Thanksgiving was a memorable one, a shutout loss and about 45 D.A. Points.  I don’t think Madden gave him a Turducken leg.

D.A. Standings:

  1. Neckbeards and Codeine:  8-3
  2. JCK:  7-4
  3. Kraft:  6-5
  4. Fake Chow:  5-6
  5. Team Horse Face: 5-6
  6. Eli Esses D:  5-6
  7. The Shiva Cry:  4-7
  8. The Slop Jocks:  4-7

Week 12 Draft Order:

  1. Kraft
  2. BK
  3. Tim
  4. Nichols
  5. Brian
  6. Big Dub
  7. JCK
  8. DC

Week 12 Match-Ups:

  1. Eli Esses D vs. JCK
  2. Fake Chow vs. Team Horse Face
  3. The Slop Jocks vs. Kraft
  4. The Shiva Cry vs. Neckbeards and Codeine

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