Sports fans are weird. “Fan” is short for “fanatic,” after all, and “fanatic” has the connotation of someone on the edge of reason. Perhaps sports fans in Texas are even weirder than your average, run-of-the-mill sports nuts.
How else to explain the bizarre story of Jesse Joe Hernandez, who was moments away from being executed in Texas for the murder of a 10-month-old boy he had been babysitting? As Hernandez was being prepared for his lethal injection, was he reflecting on his life or his crime, or contemplating what lies beyond? Nope. Instead, he laughed and smiled looked at the audience of witnesses to the execution and said: “Go Cowboys!” Apparently, the Dallas Cowboys are his favorite team.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would be focused on professional football at such a moment. Much as I enjoy sports, I don’t think I’m going to be pondering the next football season when I’m at death’s door.