NFL wins are not Maxim girls, meaning appearances do not matter quite as much when judging them. The virtues of the ugly ones are praised sometimes more so than the pretty ones, given attributes like determination and pluck when, in actuality, luck may be more apropos.
So it was Sunday at JerryWorld. The aftermath of the Dallas Cowboys' 16-10 victory against Tampa Bay was filled with effusive talk about the ugly win.
"I think (Cowboys QB Tony) Romo told me 'That's a Pittsburgh game right there,'" Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "When you are not looking pretty, we figure out a way to get a win."
What nobody wants to admit (not simply in Dallas or football but everywhere) is there is a danger of winning ugly, of just getting by, of settling for just OK for long stretches. The danger lies in lulling a team into thinking it is close and ignoring the truths a scoreboard is incapable of revealing.
This lulling is how the Cowboys have become the worst kind of NFL team -- consistently ...