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Cowboys coach: 'Best team lost game'
The scoreboard may not agree with Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, but he feels Sunday's loss to the Giants was not reflective of his team's performance. "After looking at the tape, I feel like the best team lost the game," he said. "I thought we outplayed them. But we lost. Certainly, that goes directly to the coach, and I accept that."
In fairness to Phillips, I know what he is talking about. It is possible for the better team to lose a game, and this may be what happened. The Cowboys had more passing yards, more rushing yards, and more first downs than the Giants, but still lost.
As a golfer, I know how this can work. Think of it like this: any golf tournament that Tiger Woods enters, he is considered the best golfer, hands down. Yet he doesn't always win the tournament. In fact, he barely wins a third of the time. Does that mean when he fails to win, the golfer who beat him is a better golfer?
Is Zach Johnson a better golfer than Tiger Woods because he won the Masters last year?
If the Chargers beat the Patriots this weekend, are they the better team? No. They are simply the winning team.
Luck plays a huge part in all sports and sometimes luck is the deciding factor. In fact, a lot of the time, luck is the deciding factor.
The only problem with Wade Phillips statement is that it sounds like he is whining. You can think it, even know it to be true, but you cannot say it to the public.
You never hear Tiger say the best golfer lost.