Writer Claims Broncos Are America's Team, Not Cowboys; Really?

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Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked in the fourth quarter by Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) at AT&T Stadium. The Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 51-48. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked in the fourth quarter by Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) at AT&T Stadium. The Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 51-48. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, the debate continues as to whether the Dallas Cowboys are indeed “America’s Team”. As if the American public treats that moniker like some reality show contest where fans sit around their televisions wondering if some obnoxious, self-entitled British judge is going to tell them whether they should vote for the NFL team in the tightest mini-skirt as “America’s Team” that year or not. But as the fourth of July brings out the patriotism in all of us, the co-editor of FanSided’s Denver Bronco site, Predominantly Orange, decided to announce that his Broncos are now America’s Team.

In a recent post entitled Denver Broncos: The Real America’s Team, Chad Jensen cites that due to a poll conducted in mid-December (when his Broncos were AFC favorites to win the Super Bowl), the Bronco itself as a great American symbol, quarterback Peyton Manning and being one of the league’s classiest, premier clubs somehow makes the Denver Broncos the new America’s Team.

First, addressing the poll results, here’s what Jensen points to as proof of his claims:

“Since the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys have been known as “America’s Team”. It is a moniker that has honored one of the NFL’s premier franchises. Well, what used to be a premier franchise, anyway. In a poll conducted a few months ago by Public Policy Polling, the data showed that the Cowboys are actually considered by a majority of the nation, America’s “Least Favorite Team”. This very same poll concluded that in fact, the Denver Broncos now own that prestigious title.”

Then he goes on to quote from the poll results itself:

“In fact the designation the Cowboys do win out for is America’s least favorite team. 23% say the Cowboys are their least favorite team with no one else coming particularly close.”

The poll does state that the Cowboys appear to be the most hated team in America. What he doesn’t state is that, despite the Broncos being called the favorite NFL franchise with 12% of the vote, the Cowboys are a close second with 10%. The polling group, out of North Carolina, also claims they polled 741 registered voters via automated telephone interviews. And there is a margin of error on this survey of +/- 3.6%. Based on this information, and if i understand it correctly, the Cowboys could technically be the most loved and hated franchise in America at the same time.

Maybe we should be asking ourselves why the Cowboys are America’s most hated team? A franchise who hasn’t won a Super Bowl in nearly 20 years. Why would that team be hated so much? Let’s put a pin in that and talk horses.

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  • truthbetold

    “Most popular” doesn’t automatically translate to “America’s team”. At this point, the cowboys are more like America’s joke than America’s team. you mentioned the Broncos predominantly Orange. lol the giants site did a “laugh at the cowboys day” topic recently. business as usual for the boys. As for the Broncos, I’ll buy that. Peyton manning is the most liked quarterback in the league, and they did win the poll.

    • Dana Wilson

      The Broncos are hot at the moment. Only because they have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Before they got Manning. No one cared about them. So all you bandwagon fans can kiss the STAR!!! GO COWBOYS!!!! This will be our year

  • http://www.halloweensouthwest.com/ Samuel J Cavazos

    Dallas Cowboys will always be America’s team., all others are just wanna b’s.

  • Jack Farguson

    Nobody ever polled me. The answers they get are going to depend on who they call, and it didn’t seem like they called many people. It is going to take more than the statement from some Dumb A$$ reporter to replace the label that Dallas has had for a very long time. As for you truthbetold even when the Cowboys aren’t that good they aren’t that bad either, and they manage to keep the label. A lot of fans want their teams to be Americas Team but there is only one , and it’s the the COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!

    • truthbetold

      They’re a mediocre circus act, and it’s odd to me that that would be equated with America. I’ll buy Denver since they won the poll. Not the joke cowboys or the cheating patriots, that’s for sure.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Why are the Cowboys the most hated team. The reason is in two words…Jerry Jones. The decline of the Cowboys will continue as long as he is calling the shots.

    • playmayker

      You sound like a naive troll. The Cowboys were hated way before Jones even owned the team. Get your facts straight before popping off.

      • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

        I have been a Cowboy fan since 1962 and I lived the days when you say the Cowboys were hated. If you think they were hated as much back then as they are now you are sadly mistaken. All teams have their haters but I have not seen as much hate for one team as I do now for the Cowboys. What did you base your “facts” on? Thanks for the reply Rookie.

        • playmayker

          Rookie?? Haha thanks for the compliment but I’m 52 years old and have been a fan since I was 5. I go back to when they were playing at the Cotton Bowl. You’re going to tell me that the Cowboys are hated now more then in the 70′s when they were regularly winning and appearing in Super Bowls? Or in the 90′s when players like Aikman and Irvin were hated because of their dominance? The Cowboys are irrelevant today and have been for many years. People don’t care about irrelevance. The difference today are bandwagon fans and fans like yourself who do nothing but b*tch and complain. I bet you’re a Romo hater too, huh? Yeah just as I thought.

          • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

            Nope, I am a Romo fan. As a matter of fact I don’t dislike any of the players. If you read my original post instead of trying to read between the lines and assuming too much you would have understood the only problem I have with the team is Jerry Jones. Apparently you like the guy or you wouldn’t have gotten your dandruff up so much. Everybody has their opinion and whether or not the Cowboys were hated more when they were dominate than they are now is just that…an opinion. And I think mine is just as valid as yours. I am still waiting the “facts” that you claim proves otherwise.

  • Pete Vieira

    Disqus is spot on .all you brain dead sheep that follow blindly can’t stand it when your called on your stupidity and lack of knowing true competition. If you can’t even agree that JJ is most of the problem than you just put your head back in the sand and quit reading. Of course Jerry is the problem ,and if you know competition and the fact that their is such a thing as a choker than you have to know that Romo is it .HE IS THE EPITOME OF THE TERM CHOKER ,whats so hard to believe about that . Of course we are hated I think envied more though, Our stadium ,cheerleaders , and an arrogant billionaire GM-Owner that will not go away, This team is not even close to being what it was, and if you really believe our team has not taken a bad turn than keep drinking that koolaid ,as for me, a fan of over 40 yrs I’ll keep shouting till Jerry is no more. GO COWBOYS!!!

    • http://tinyurl.com/CowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

      Envied for our stadium, cheerleaders and owner? In other words, envied but everything but our winning ways, because we have forgotten how to win. Who cares about stadiums, cheerleaders, or owners? The bottom line is winning. And I promise you NOBODY envies the Cowboys’ 17-year record of ineptitude in that regard.

  • Patrik Walker

    Yes, Steve. Yes. (My text here is calm, but, I literally yelled in affirmation at this article.)

    Btw, he glossed over the fact that it wasn’t the broncos they were cheering for at the rodeo…it was the cowboys riding the broncos. Sigh. Forced journalism by someone who needs the validation of a mythical title that we could care less about. Lol.

    Salute, Mr. Mullenax.