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Visitors will be forced to cope with a case of the blues

By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / October 16, 2011

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The Red Sox once had the Curse of the Bambino, the Chicago Cubs have the Curse of the Billy Goat (and possibly Steve Bartman), and some believe the Patriots have the Curse of the Red Hoodie.

And the Cowboys are jinxed by their blue jerseys.

The Patriots will wear their white jerseys for today’s home game against Dallas, an unusual move. Most NFL teams wear their darker jerseys at home and white on the road.

By wearing white, the Patriots will force Dallas to wear blue tops. Supposedly, the Cowboys tend to struggle when they wear blue; they typically wear their white jerseys and silver pants for home and away games.

Dallas fans’ fear of blue began with Super Bowl V, when as the designated home team, the Cowboys had to wear their dark jerseys (the NFL since has altered the rule and the Super Bowl home team can choose the color it wears). Dallas lost to the Baltimore Colts in that game.

In the 1980 NFC Championship game, the rival Eagles wore white at home against Dallas and moved on to the Super Bowl after a 20-7 win.

As a former assistant coach in the NFC East with the Giants, Bill Belichick has some history with the Cowboys. On Friday, he brushed aside questions about Dallas wearing blue, but it’s hard to believe there isn’t a little bit of gamesmanship going on.

“Red jerseys, blue jerseys, we had the silver ones,’’ said Belichick. “Whatever they put out there, that’s what we wear.’’

Asked about the Dallas “jinx,’’ Belichick still wouldn’t bite.

“I wish that’s all there was to it - wear striped shoelaces or wear white ones or wear black ones [to get a win],’’ he said. “There’s a lot more to it than that.’’

But it may not be coincidence that the last time the Cowboys were at Foxborough, Nov. 16, 2003, the Patriots also wore white. New England won that game, 12-0.

Sink or swim

Cowboys defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman was asked about coordinator Rob Ryan’s game plan for today and said, “I would say pretty much it’s the kitchen sink, to put it lightly.’’

Asked if he’s ever had the kitchen sink thrown at him, Patriots tackle Matt Light responded with characteristic humor.

“Well, I mean, is this a full-fledged - a double sink? With disposal? Because that’s a heck of a sink.

“I’ve never caught a sink. My wife has thrown a plate or two at me, so that’s in the kitchen family.

“I think each and every week we get a lot thrown at us, whether it’s a game-plan type of thing or whether it’s kind of what they do. And I think that we work hard on all these things.

“Obviously, this has been a tough week of practice, trying to get to understand these guys and what they do and who they are and who is doing it, but that’s what these weeks are for.’’

Light will be one of the Patriots tasked with containing the dangerous DeMarcus Ware.

Moore is aboard

The Patriots promoted defensive back Sterling Moore off the practice squad. Moore, an undrafted rookie originally signed by the Raiders, came to New England Oct 5. To make room, defensive tackle Marcus Harrison - who was signed Friday - was released . . . It seems Tom Brady has been making NFL history on a near-weekly basis, but today he has a chance to pull his coach into the record books. With their next win, Belichick and Brady will tie Don Shula and Dan Marino as the winningest coach/quarterback tandem with 116 regular-season wins.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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