I remember back in 1989 when the team went 1-15. I was riding my motorcycle and I had on a Herschel Walker jersey. No one could accuse me of being a bandwagon fan right then. The team was awful, Herschel was gone, and so was Tom Landry. I was at an intersection and a guy in a car next to me asked if I got my jersey on sale. I laughed. What a great smack talk line. One of my all time favorites. But perhaps most important to me was that I realized I still genuinely enjoyed my team. I wasn’t ashamed to be a Cowboys fan, nor to wear the jersey of a player I truly enjoyed. This team now has plenty of players we can enjoy, and we’re certainly better than that awful 1-15 team was. If you want to go buy a Kevin Ogletree jersey on sale, I say wear it with pride and just enjoy yourself. You’re a Cowboys fan. That’s the top of the food chain in the NFL.
You see, the fact of the matter is the NFL world still revolves around the Dallas Cowboys. If you think the NFL brass aren’t hoping to see Dallas in the post season almost as much as the fans of the team are you’re kidding yourself. They all know the Cowboys means ratings and ratings means revenue. No other team in the NFL can completely lay hold to that claim. Some come close, but none are equal to the Cowboys. Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in New York at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Home of the New York Giants and Jets. The largest television market in the entire country. FOX has the broadcast rights to the game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will probably be the announcers for the game.
If for a minute you think the heads at FOX aren’t hoping for a Dallas Cowboys miracle season Championship run you’re kidding yourself. Yes, there are people who hate the team. Perhaps even the media who report on them and some fans who are sick and tired of Jerry Jones. Don’t ever kid yourself into thinking that this hatred is because they are mediocre. No, the Cowboys are hated because win or lose, they matter in the NFL landscape across many horizons. Embrace it.