I’m not sure if COVID-19 is making people in our great state insane or if Texans have always been a little bit different, but I have to say I kind of like it.
Recently, the state representative in my home town of El Paso filed a house bill for the next legislative session, which is right around the corner in January, designating the Monday after the Super Bowl a state holiday.
This would allow all state workers a day off and give businesses the opportunity to choose to close or alter their workday hours.
The more I think about, it the better the idea sounds. Especially considering 17.5 million Americans skipped work after last year’s bowl game.
I don’t blame them, because Patrick Mahomes’ come-from-behind rally that won the Chiefs’ the bowl game, 31-20, over the 49ers, was worthy of celebratory hangover.
Imagine how many more people would have skipped if the Cowboys had been playing.
Speaking of heartbreak, football in Texas is getting back to roots.
The Dallas Cowboys are celebrating their 60th birthday this year. To help commemorate the historic event, this 2020 team is copying the playbook of Tom Landry’s 1960s team and going through quarterbacks like we do cereal in our house filled with teenagers.
In their inaugural year, Dallas played three quarterbacks Don Heinrich, Eddie LeBaron and Don Meredith and finished 0-11-1. This year’s team is on number four with a 2-7 record.
As a Texan, I can’t even console myself with our brothers in the AFC. The Texans are having troubles of their own with a 2-7 record. (This column was written before Sunday’s NFL games.)
As Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star Telegram wrote: “… four hours south on I-45, the Texans celebrate their 19th season by playing like the Oilers, minus Earl Campbell and ‘Luv Ya Blue.’”
Is it any wonder that the average Texas employee has spent a staggering 123 hours hung over while working from home during the pandemic.