That is the phenomenon that Bob Ryan noted when he penned the moniker. Think about how even teams in other sports have tried to acquire it and have failed. If you do a Google search for America’s Team, what result is going to come back to you? The vast majority of the hits are going to be about one team, the Dallas Cowboys. Any other team mentioned it will be as a theory of should they get to claim the nickname. Almost as if the nickname has more prestige than the Super Bowl. It doesn’t, but that is exactly the way some act about it.
For one minute I want you to imagine that you are on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Your lifelines are gone. It is the question for one million dollars. “What Sports Team Is Known As America’s Team?” A. The Pittsburgh Steelers. B. The New England Patriots. C. The New Orleans Saints. D. The Dallas Cowboys. For one million dollars, what is your answer? Insert any other team from any other sport in A, B, or C. What is your answer?
It isn’t the team in the Nation’s Capital. It isn’t the team in America’s biggest city. It isn’t the current champion. It isn’t the team rallying around a tragedy. It is a team in blue and silver with a great big star on the side of their helmets. Have they won championships lately? Are they even relevant yet in discussions about potential champions in 2013? The answer to both of those questions is no. So their popularity is why they have the nickname?
In a word, yes. The Dallas Cowboys are the most loved and the most hated team in the entire NFL, just like America is the most loved and hated nation in the entire world. Think about it this way, there are 27 countries on the two continents of North and South America. Which one is known as America? The United States baby. Why? Because we are the biggest, baddest, and the best. America means the best there is. That is why the nickname has so much prestige to so many.