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.
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.