I’ve been a Dallas Cowboys fan for a long time and after this season I’m not ready to jump ship like some other fans have nor will I refuse to give up on a team I loved enough to get a tattoo of. But for Dallas Cowboys fans the road between Superbowl wins seems long and winding and yes even for the old timers (older than I am) it probably seems so long ago since Dallas was on top of the world. The cold hard reality is this team isn’t a team; it’s a group of individuals that collect money and show up for their stardom moments on television.
Yes, I said it. I’ve spent the last week with no Cowboys football over-thinking things and one of the things that really popped in my head was the article on former safety Will Allen stating that there is a rift between players and the team is so micromanaged that they aren’t allowed to get close. Yes that would be a big problem.
You see Jerry Jones has created a monster and sadly has begun to tarnish what was once a great franchise. The Dallas Cowboys are no longer the distinguished “America’s Team” but more like America’s Circus. Whether Jerry is sincere in his I want to win or if it only “entertainment” and he doesn’t care about his fans anymore, it’s obvious that this mindset of making money has trickled its way down to the players.
How can I say that? Quite easily, name me one player that has team loyalty? If you look at the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise (I only know this one because I’m related to Steeler fans) many of their players will take pay cuts to stay a Steeler because they have team loyalty and they have a team. Dallas on the other hand, has players who steal money and run, like Anthony Spencer this season with his franchise tag.
See a pattern here? The team is a reflection of its owner and in our case, our general manager as well. So until the Dallas Cowboys decide it’s time to become a team, Dallas fans can expect each season to be “groundhogs day”; the same song and dance over and over again.