Why The Dallas Cowboys Really Are America’s Team

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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?

May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (35) performs a drill during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • ta

    wasted moments of life reading this.

  • http://tinyurl.com/CowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    Mike the Cowboys have been irrelevant for so long I doubt if anyone other than Cowboy fans cares about the nickname any more.

  • Carlos Guerrero

    I been a Cowboys fans since 1980……i heard so many heaters discussing the why Cowboys are called America’s team……on witch I respond with the next couple questions:………why they are called the World Series?…..if only USA teams play on it?………why when a USA team from the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB wins a championship they are called “WORLD CHAMPIONS”?????……..why USA is called “AMERICA”…….if America is the whole continent all the way from Alaska to Argentina????………

  • Renny Mason

    Got to love Bob Ryan! “America’s Team” came in at three on my Top 10 list of reasons why people hate our Dallas Cowboys. Nice article Mike!

  • David Matheson

    One of the best articles I’ve ever come across explaining the “America’s Team” moniker. If you take the time to read all of the article it explains very concisely why the Cowboys truly are America’s Team. I would like to add that they are also Latin Amerca’s Team as well thanks to the brilliance of Tex Schramm’s marketing genius reaching into Mexico and further south. Year in and year out the Cowboys are listed in the top 10 in merchandising…the other teams in the top 10 change year to year depending on how they perform…the Cowboys sell and sell and sell even when they stink for a while (and they have for quite a while). Love ‘em or Hate ‘em, the Cowboys ARE America’s Team.

  • Joe Rattlesnake

    So let it be said, let it be done and let it be written. Now does anybody have any questions?????