The Dallas Cowboys lost their NFL playoff game on Sunday night, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott also appears to be winning no points after a dig he did at the Cowboys’ kicker.
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher had a mind-boggling and NFL-record four consecutive missed extra-point attempts in a Tampa Bay wild-card win last Monday. After a week of ridicule and the team signing an extra kicker, Maher’s first extra point attempt was blocked Sunday night in San Francisco’s 19-12 loss in the NFC Divisional Round.
After the blocked attempt, Abbott said he could do better.
“I swear I kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker,” Abbott tweeted.
Abbott is paralyzed from the waist down after an oak tree cracked and fell on him while he was running in 1984 when he was 26 years old, according to his website. Abbott has been wheelchair bound ever since, but that hasn’t deterred his love of sports and his passion for politics.
It didn’t stop his critics from firing on him Sunday night, after the newly re-elected governor said he could kick extra points better than a professional kicker.
“You really shouldn’t be talking. You’ve missed several kicks for this state since you’ve been in power. Most people who live here trust the Cowboys kicker more than you. Myself included,” a Twitter account follower wrote.
“Believe me, you’ve hit the equivalent of several missed kicks, buddy,” another wrote.
“That’s the way to be a good fan! Wow! For more political tips to make your base hate your guts, follow more tips from Greg Abbott… Not nearly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Proving that lone star on the Texas flag is a score of satisfaction,” wrote another.
Then there was the state’s power grid, ERCOT, which has been out in frigid weather in recent years.
“Yes, but how well can the Dallas kicker maintain a state’s power grid?” one follower wrote.
It wasn’t all bad for the governor, though. said one they were happy to see that Abbott had a “sense of humor”.
“I read a similar comment from someone last week and my first (politically correct) thought was ‘oops, that was probably a little insensitive.’ But it’s nice and refreshing to see our governor have a sense of humor.”
News Week reached out to the governor’s office for comment.
The Dallas Cowboys finished the season with a 13-6 record after going 12-5 in the regular season and last week beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card playoff round. Brett Maher made 29 of 32 field goals (90.6%) this season before facing extra points after the season.