Why The Dallas Cowboys Really Are America's Team

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Now, don’t get me wrong. A lot of people hate the nickname. They will tell you they don’t want it for their team. Oh, the hell they don’t. Why else would they be mixed up about how the Cowboys got it, and who should have it? They are supposed to hate the nickname. That makes it greater.

I’m neither a fan of, nor a detractor of Howard Stern. He really just doesn’t interest me. But I give him immense credit for something he said one time that was so perfect it was genius. He said that his loyal fans listen to at least 2 hours of his 3 hour radio show daily. He then went on to say that his most ardent detractors listen to at least 3 hours of his 3 hour radio show. Do you get the point? Their hatred makes him even more relevant. They are feeding the very thing they claim to hate. Like him, or hate him, Stern nailed it with that observation.

May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback B. W. Webb (20) defends cornerback Devin Smith (30) in a drill during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

No one hates a doormat. In my entire life I honestly don’t remember anyone saying their most hated team is the Detroit Lions. The reason is simple. The Lions have never been relevant. I know a lot of people right now who hate the Patriots and their acerbic Head Coach, Bill Belichick. I don’t remember anyone hating the Patriots prior to 2001 and their incredible decade of dominance.

That’s a phenomenon we have in America. We build something up, so we can really enjoy tearing it down. Music stars are a perfect example of this. Michael Jackson went from the youngest brother to a demi-God, to the butt of more jokes than a comedian can recite in one stand up act, to a sadly closed chapter at his death that moved him back to the legend who moon walked across a stage and dropped jaws around the world. Dallas got built up as the greatest, and now people are going to tear them down. That’s why the discussions pop up every year about whether they are still America’s team or not.

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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?????