Super Bust XLV: The Dallas Cowboys Implosion (45 Synonyms for Failure)

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Super Bust XLV: The Dallas Cowboys Implosion (45 Synonyms for Failure)
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Part of speech: noun

Definition: lack of success provides 45 synonyms of the word failure. Believe me, I counted.  It’s also quite ironic because this year's 45th installment of the Super Bowl was supposed to include the first home team host.  But as we have seen, we’ll have to continue waiting for that.   Maybe New York will finally achieve that in 2014.  They have two chances, right? We shall see. 

Let’s examine the aforementioned synonyms of failure for those of you that doubt my ability to count.  

abortion, bankruptcy, bomb, botch, breakdown,bungle, bust, checkmate, collapse, decay, decline, defeat, deficiency, deficit, deterioration, downfall, failing, false step, faux pas, fiasco, flash in the pan, flop, frustration, implosion, inadequacy, lead balloon, lemon, loser, loss, mess, misadventure, miscarriage, misstep, nonperformance, non-success, overthrow, rout, rupture, sinking ship, stalemate, stoppage, total-loss, turkey, washout, wreck

To call the Cowboys 2010 campaign a failure would be a gross understatement.  It seems that any time this roster is presented with a challenge, it not only fails at meeting the challenge, it implodes.  And by implode, it's in a Texas Stadium implosion sort of way.  Maybe the dream died with the old home of the Cowboys.  Maybe it’s growing pains. 

But, I do use the word "roster" deliberately because this group is anything but a team.  A team puts forth the maximum effort to achieve their goal.  I’m still unsure if this roster has a goal.  Almost every defensive down, there is a player giving up on the play.  On offense, whenever a 20-yard completion occurs, it is accompanied with a 10-yard penalty.  And now that Jason Garrett is at the helm, all of the three squads are in his complete control.  Scared? But, you can still hope.

I can think of five prominent reasons this squad has ended up with the stalemate.  They are in no particular order.

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