Dallas Cowboys

Why did Jason Garrett’s presence at the World Series draw the ire of Jimmy Johnson?

Like most of his players and coaches, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett used this past weekend’s bye to get out of town and hopefully re-charge for the final half of the season after a disappointing 3-4 start.

But not only did Garrett get away, he got in a little enjoyment by attending Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Garrett was seen sitting next to country singer Brad Paisley during Friday’s marathon game that lasted 18 innings before the Dodgers won 3-2 in what proved to be their only win of the series. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers Saturday and Sunday to clinch the World Series title.

Garrett is a huge baseball fan and is friends with Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who grew up in Highland Park.

While Cowboys fans had their fun on social media about Garrett being the reason the game went to extra innings, his presence drew the ire of former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.

Asked about Garrett attending the baseball game during the FOX NFL pre-game show on Sunday morning, Johnson said it sent the wrong message to players and fans with a 3-4 team at the bye.

“Well, I know the World Series, it’s huge,” Johnson said. “But perception: I think it sends the wrong message, not only to the fans, but to the players. At 3-4, there’s work to be done.”

Johnson’s words immediately conjured up images of former quarterback Tony Romo leading a contingent of Cowboys players on a bye-week trip to Cabo San Lucas during 2007 playoffs. They then blew home-field advantage and lost in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

The Cowboys return to practice Wednesday before resuming the season against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 5 at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas got no help during its bye week. The Washington Redskins beat the Giants, 20-13, to remain atop the NFC East with a 5-2 mark. The Philadelphia Eagles at 4-4 after a 24-18 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, putting the Cowboys in third place ahead of the 1-7 Giants.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr
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