It bugs me, I can’t quiet put my finger on it. Are there ANY Cowboy fans out there? Maybe you guys can explain it.
I am a Cowboy fan and have been for 40 years
Poor Gaius. 40 years of a decadent and wasted life!!! Cue Joe B……..
…and in that time, 5 super bowl champions!
GB, I knew about Joe B., but you? Wow, I guess I may have to withdraw my support for your presidential run. Hmmm. On second thought, considering your competition, I guess I can overlook this glaring mark of poor judgement.
Say it ain’t so GB!
I’ve been a Cowboys fan for over 40 years, and while there have been ups and downs it is worth pointing out that the franchise history as a whole has been remarkable. We’ve lost more Super Bowls than most teams – certainly including the Redskins – have won, on top of the five victories. And only in existence since 1960! There was a 20 yr run of making the playoffs.
Obviously when Jimmy Johnson left the team lost the key ingredient of its 1999s era success. It’s possible that as long as Jerry Jones owns the Cowboys they will be no better than average. They bought into a concept of trying to pick up “bargain” players who had character issues for about 5 years – the consequence of learning a bitter lesson when they passed on Randy Moss in the draft – and this worked out poorly. They are not a team that tends to strike fear into others, except for the Redskins, who the Cowboys have inexplicably owned for most of the rivalry. (I think the record is something like 50-30 now?) if it were not for Daniel Snyder those numbers would likely be much closer by now.
If you were to quantify total number of Super Bowl and Conference victories per-year-of-existence I believe the Cowboys would have double or triple the total of any other team in the NFL, even with the current stretch of bad performance figured in. Their uniforms are the prettiest and their stadium the finest in the world. They have given the sports world some of the most dramatic losses in history (Ice Bowl, 1970 Super Bowl, “the catch,” among others). So from a fan perspective they have been the whole package of tragedy to triumph and back again.
And on top of all that they hail from Texas which, apart from that little unpleasantness in 1963, is the source of all that is good and true in the world.
“Their uniforms are the prettiest and their stadium the finest in the world.”
You take that back Joe.
As a Redskin also knows Joe, you’re only as good as your last game.
Hoooo, boy! At least Joe left out the cheerleaders in that praise hymn. Linda B must have been editing.
Et tu, Gaius Baltar?
Yeah, in terms of unprecedented meltdowns and underachievement, the Cowboys probably hold the per-season record as well.
I realize I open myself up for return fodder about the Redskins (heaven knows there is enough of it) but I did chuckle at this article.
It’s tough to stay loyal but I am guessing we both will stick through thick or thin with respective loyalties.
Yes exactly, we remain loyal no matter what, but as we get older we learn true humility.
I do like Jerry’s personality and the fact he does a weekly radio show. He also allows total objectivity on the official Cowboys Web site from the various columnists there who regularly rip the team for their many faults. It just sucks that he continues under the illusion he can be a competent GM. His lessons in humility are still ongoing.
We have had a lot of disappointment since our last SB victory in 1995, but I can say that even if we did lose some playoff games, at least we got there. When is the last time the ’skins posted a winning record???
I like Jerry Jones too even if he didn’t earn his wealth without gov’t and doesn’t pay enough in taxes. You have to admire the empire that he has turned the franchise into dollar-wise. IF only we could follow it up with a SB victory. I have been wishing for years that he would fire himself from the GM job and hire someone to run the show.
I can understand the sentiment, Joe — being a Cowboys fan must be humiliating!
I am a fan of neither team, Redskin or Cowboy. However, looking at the past 40 years, being a Cowboys fan has its advantages. The first one being they don’t suck half as bad as the Deadskins. No one in the NFL – with the possible exception of Detroit – has sucked as bad as the skins have in the past 20 years. Even the Ain’ts have risen up from the muck and mire. That folks is embarrassing.
jacob, you obviously have no idea what it means to be a loyal fan.
Au contrair my little foot stool. I suffered for years watching the NHL Rangers — they are the Cubs of hockey. It is amazing how often they have, with an espirit that is mesmerizing, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Crushing ones soul – time and again, and again, and again.
Then there are the Jet’s. Smokin Joe is in an old folks home. The man with the golden arm, and oatmeal knees. Talk about disappointing. However. What I said stands. In the past 20 years the Redskins, with the passing of Jack Kent Crook ave entered into an era that can only be described as … the abyss.
Jerry is 10x the owner Snyder will ever be – and Jerry sucks. Snyder is capable of identifying what a football looks like. Not much more than that. The front office of the skins is a sad joke. These people make the antics of the inner workings of the worst banana republic appear efficient and far sighted.
This is God’s judgement I say – pride goes before the fall!! And the Redskins fans and media where some of the worst in this regard. The possible exception are Chicago Bears fans when they wax retarded over Mike Ditka.
Yes, Jacob, being a loyal fan and losing is supposed to build character. I grew up a Lions fan in their 1950’s heyday and then became a Redskins fan in the Allen and Gibbs eras. Right now I have so much character that I can’t stand it. However, I am not yet so desperate that I would switch to following the Cowboys.
Being a Cubs fan. Now THAT is the epitome of building character.
Yes, I remember well the Rangers-Devils playoff game — a win-or-go-home game for the Rangers. Down by two, the Rangers managed ONE shot on goal in the 3rd, and it didn’t go in.
That’s right Jack, rip that old wound wide open and pour in the salt too for good measure. I was in a fetal position after that series for a good while. The scars where finally beginning to whiten so you decided it was time for a blood infection too. Are you going to kick me in the groin just to get my mind off the pain, like a *good* ‘friend’?
BTW, how are them Eagles shaping up this year? That’s a nice super bowl ring that McNabb is wearing. Oh wait, that’s right – you got the animal lover now as QB. I bet some of the local restaurants are running low on ‘chicken’ – as Vic is sweeping the streets clean of canines just so he can pursue his ‘hobby’.
I would never ask you to become a Cowboys fan. That runs counter to every fiber in my being. Also, skipping out on a team because they suck is the mark of a fair weather fan. I am in awe of your character. My earlier missive comparing the two teams was an analysis that evaluated the pain level of being a Cowboys fan verses being a Redskins fan. The pain level for the Redskins fans, especially in the past 20 years has certainly been higher.
The nice thing about growing up where I did is that I had TWO football teams to latch on to. Since in the 70’s they both sucked, I watched both in quiet desperation, building character. The Giants, after the departure of their Defensive Coach (Lomabrdy) and the Offensice Coach (Landry) in the same year lost the ability to win for close to 20 years. I am happy to say that since the Parcel’s era, the Giants have produced a lot of winning seasons.
I am waiting for the Jets to rise up out of the coma of mediocrity — since 1971. They are another bunch adept at building up your hopes, and then crushing those hopes. Its like reading the same demotivator slide time and again. A sort of endless cycle of Ground Hog days, with each ‘day’ lasting from August to December.
Jacob, you have the Giants, and I have the Eagles. We’re even.
No. You have the Eagles, I have the Rangers. We’re even.
It is May 21, 2013, 7:05 pm