As the Haunting of Sam Darnold prepares to enter its fourth week, New York Jets fans should be relieved to discover that the cause of their franchise quarterback’s sudden meltdown has an explanation that has nothing to do with football.
Last night, in their first game since Halloween, the hometown New York Giants and visiting Dallas Cowboys were greeted by a spooky visitor: a black cat who ran onto the field during the second quarter and evaded security officers for more than a minute before disappearing entirely. According to stadium personnel, the cat is still on the loose.
Black Cat Turns the Tide of Giants-Cowboys Game
Call him superstitious if you want, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the black cat’s appearance shifted the tide of the game. The Cowboys, who trailed 9-3 when the cat ran onto the field, demolished the Giants throughout the remainder of the game en route to a 37-18 victory.
“I haven’t seen one glare at me that far away before,” Jones said. “I know he was looking at me the whole time he was out there. But things did kind of change when that black cat came out.”
So why does this matter for Sam Darnold? The Giants and Jets both play in MetLife Stadium, and it’s there that the second-year quarterback confessed that he was “seeing ghosts” in that fateful game against the New England Patriots.
Darnold hasn’t been the same since, tossing eight interceptions and committing two fumbles against just three touchdowns in his past three games – one of which saw the Jets fall to the brazenly-tanking Miami Dolphins.
Conspiracy theorists had speculated that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who maintains a deep-seated hatred of the Jets,