The Hail Mary turns 40

Tom Landry & Roger Staubach

After all these years, I can still recall the exciting games that Roger Staubach was a part of. The Hail Mary pass to Drew Pearson in the 1975 playoff game against the Vikings being the most famous. There were so many other nail biters, Thanksgiving was not complete without a miracle Dallas comeback of sorts.

Football was exciting back then, less commercials, more in your face action. Popularity killed the sport, at least I think so, big money has a way of destroying innocence, polluting the wholesome competition. Football after all is just a sport, not an avenue to sell products.

What transpired on Sunday against the Detroit Lions was a disgrace. No matter how long I live, that reversed pass interference call will haunt me. Rather than remember Dallas for the Hail Mary, I’ll conjure of images of backroom communications that ultimately led to a much deserved penalty flag being picked up.

Tom Landry must be turning in his grave.

Hail Mary catch me if I go, let’s go deep inside
The solitary mind of a madman who screams in the dark
Evil lurks, enemies, see me flee
Activate my hate, let it break, to the flame