Welcome to this weeks edition of Player Hating, where we hurl blind hatred at those who may or may not deserve it, this week’s target, DALLAS COWBOYS and their fans.
Now I know what you are thinking, it’s unfair to characterize and attack a fan base and its team as a whole. You would think we would be above that, but you, of course would be wrong. We are all about unfairly stereotyping.
If you where born in Texas, you are well aware of the exuberant sense of pride that comes with it. Texans love being from Texas and it’s this regional pride that spills over into our sports. Now I’m guilty of this as much as the next person, but we are not talking about me! In-state rivals are prevalent all over the nation, but Texas may as well be the size of Delaware when it comes to state bragging rights. This vast state is not big enough for “the two of us”; and the “there can be only one” sentiment grows each year.
In Texas, football is religion. From the youngest age, we form our allegiances and for the most part stick to them as the years pass into our adulthood. Each year of cheering our chosen team is another year our passion grows. This passion can even grow into irritating and annoying rhetoric. Cowboy fans, I’m talking to you. (This of course excludes the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad. You ladies get a pass)
In my encounters in writing about sports, frequenting sports websites, sports forums, threads, Facebook, never have I encountered a more cocky, delusional fan base than the Dallas Cowboys Nation. A fan base that’s last Super Bowl was experienced when Ace Of Base’s “The Sign” was atop the Billboard charts. Before last year, their last playoff win was in 1996! This is the same fan base that gets hammered each game and just enjoys yelling at stuff.
Your run of the mill Cowboys fan….drunk. Watch Video!
Notice the Coors can, notice the abrasive behavior and the lack of attention to the actual game at hand. Notice how she is surprised at the score and that it’s the 4thquarter. This is your typical bandwagon Cowboys fan created by years of media jargon, billing this sad excuse of a franchise as “Americas Team.” The Cowboys are to the NFL as Norte Dame is to College Football. Hyped up in hopes the mass hysteria of “Americas Team” can be reanimated into current day and their blind homer followers can remain numb to the fact that their team nowhere deserves the talk and attention they get week in and week out. Each year the Cowboys teeter-totter on the borderline of mediocrity and if they make a Wild Card playoff spot, more fuel is added to their delusion fire.
Everyone talks about the talent the Cowboys have. What talent? Look at their roster! DeMarcus Ware and Austin Miles are probably the best players on your team and Austin has not been considered that for long.
Can someone explain why Tony Romo is so famous and gets to date any Hollywood starlet he wants with ONLY ONE PLAYOFF WIN? I find it convenient that most Cowboys fans forgot about Romo’s dropped snap that cost them a playoff win, 3 short years ago(I totally called the dropped snap, no lie). The fact about Romo is that he plays well against mediocre teams but when the spot light is on, he chokes. Right Jessica?
Dallas is full of a team that has all the talent, but yet, week in and week out fail to exhibit said talent. When can we start calling this talent….HYPE.
Not all of it is the media faults though, lets be honest. Most of the hype can be attributed to their desperate attention whore of an owner, the crypt keeper himself, Jerry Jones. Jones is still riding the wave of hype created by Jerry Johnson and the teams he built in early 90’s. Jones has since managed to also spin this wave into a new Stadium that cost 1.3 Billion to construct (partially paid for by Dallas area tax payers) only to turn around and charge them their first born for parking.
None the less, its 2010 and the pre-season hype around the Cowboys was once again billed as a team “ready for a Super bowl run”, which could be more accurately described as “hopefully wild card birth jog.” The Cowboys have started a dismal 0-2 and the excuses are as plentiful as the “its only the second game of the season” positioning. The truth is only 13% of teams that have started 0-2 since 1990 have made the playoffs and the rest of us without HOMER glasses on can see that the Cowboys have some real issues with personnel and coaching. I wish the Cowboys the best of luck and they may be right, the season is still young. But could this be a changing of the guard? Time will tell, until then, stay plastered Cowboy fans.