If The Dallas Cowboys do not win a Super Bowl in the next five years, would you abandon them? How about no championship in the next 10 years? 15?
Like you, I was absolutely devastated when The Cowboys lost to The Washington Redskins last December. The next day I was groggy and distorted. Things seemed blurry; it was like I had a hangover. Wow — leave it to me to have a hangover! I hardly ever have an alcoholic drink.
One would think a Cowboy fan would get used to this feeling. It’s not like this team has had a serious run into the playoffs in almost two decades. No, the Cowboys of late come up short of punching their playoff tickets.
You know what? It freaking hurts. Admit it.
After the terrible game, an email chain started between us writers at The Landry Hat. We were devastated. Some of us tried to rationalize; some of us offered their true insights on how each felt; some of us just listened.
I wanted to respond. I hit reply and started piling up text in my email client. But I couldn’t finish the email. I was still groggy. As the days went by, and more emails came in, I realized I couldn’t express an opinion any better than my peers. The writers on this site put together words — honest and sincere — I was feeling too, but could not say.
Although that game was devastating, I felt comfort knowing others were just as passionate about The Cowboys.
A writer on this site was so hurt that detaching from the team was considered. This person was clearly hurt. I know how that feels. I’ve considered — many times — detaching myself from The Cowboys. Yes it’s lazy and cowardly. But it is a solution. Especially when the season ending narrative becomes predictable and at best, the norm.
Moderation is key to a healthy life. You can have a donut, maybe two, but make sure you eat your veggies. Make sure you get enough exercise each week. Drink plenty of water. Be mindful and keep your thoughts clean. And be sure to moderate your passion for The Cowboys.
Let’s get back to my initial question: Would you ever abandon The Dallas Cowboys? Have you already?
The Cowboys play of late has seriously challenged how I feel about The Cowboys. I might have a serious disdain for some players and members in “The Cabinet,” but I could never moderate my love for this team.
That’s how a serious fan is built: He or she is so intrinsically involved that the fabric of their being is interconnected with The Cowboys — forever and beyond Sundays. We are foolish for a win, and even more foolish when we lose. We become addicted to a victory to the point that it elevates our week until a new Sunday comes. Of course, losing signifies for some, depression, grogginess and tears.
It’s the price of a fan. Everything has a cost. One way or another, you will pay. But is it worth it you may ask? To each their own.
As for me, I’m okay with being the fool who claps on Sundays for The Dallas Cowboys.