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.