It seems every year someone mentions how the Dallas Cowboys should no longer be referred to as America’s Team. Heck, there are even people who think that the Cowboys aren’t even Texas’ team (see that laughable argument here). Wherever you stand on this patriotic moniker (as even Cowboys fans disagree on the title), it’s important to note the silliness of this argument. I say this, not as a member of a particular side, but as a football fan trying to take a step back and look at the whole picture.
Even though a recent poll showed the Green Bay Packers are the most popular team in the NFL (the poll was conveniently released by Green Bay), the Cowboys certainly run the gamut on both ends of the spectrum. The Cowboys are the nation’s most hated team as well-a fact that really shouldn’t surprise those of us faithful to the silver and blue. Much like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers, and even Manchester United, teams that are strongly liked are also strongly disliked. These teams are also among the most profitable sports franchises in the world. Then again, popularity and profitability doesn’t necessarily equal a good product (Justin Bieber, the Twilight franchise, and American Idol are all examples of this).
There is a laundry list of statistics I could name that show how successful the Cowboys franchise has been in their storied history. I’m not going to do that, however, because most of them are almost public knowledge. Of course, the other side of that coin is the lack of playoff victories in recent years. Haters love to say such clichéd quips as “What have you done for me lately?” and “Just because you were a good team, doesn’t mean you are still a good team.”
People love to point to Tony Romo as the reason that this team with so much ‘talent’ on paper doesn’t seem to win in the playoffs. Everyone loves to point out his career record in December/January and say “He’s not a winner”, assumingly forgetting his career record in November. As far as statistics go, he does have a 96.8 career passer rating, which ranks #3 all-time, and he has a career average of 8.1 yards per pass attempt, which ranks #4 all-time. His constant comparison to Eli Manning is always brought to a halt, however, as soon as someone mentions Eli’s Super Bowl ring.
In short, you can argue all you want about whether the Dallas Cowboys deserve to be America’s Team anymore. Although, to be honest, the whole nickname came from Bob Ryan and his NFL Films committee in 1978. It’s not like someone can go to him and say, “Make someone else America’s Team!” This is one argument that might not even be worth arguing about.