How many of you are sick and tired of the Dallas Cowboys being labeled “America’s Team”? I am! They are not even “America’s Football Team” ! If anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers, owners of an NFL record six Super Bowl championships, should have that crown. The way they punk’d Dallas in the 70’s alone should have sealed the damn deal. If it weren’t for Neil O’Donnell handing the Cowboys the title in Super Bowl XXX (30), the Steelers would have a perfect 3-0 Super Bowl record against “Dem Boys”…and guess what? They haven’t won a playoff game since. We’re talking about not one playoff win since January 28 1996 folks.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Dallas Cowboys are one of the most successful teams in the NFL. Eight Super Bowl appearances (winning five), ten conference titles, 19 division championships and 29 playoff appearances is pretty damn impressive, but “America’s Team”? You mean to tell me that they’ve done a better job in their sport than the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics? Now way…Can’t see it!
The Cowboys of the 2000s have been anything short of a joke, yet the media keeps speaking of them as if they are legitimate title contenders. Every year, fans are suckered in with false hopes of a title and a parade, only to be disappointed by poor play in December and January. Quarterback Tony Romo has been labeled as the “Chosen One”, but has only produced numerous interceptions and disappointment when the games really count. I mean sports writers were putting Romo in the same category as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady when he hasn’t won anything. When Terrell Owens left for Buffalo, the team should have flourished because they got rid of the so called “Cancer”, right? They still have wide out Roy Williams and tight end Jason Witten to hold down the fort, right? Yeah ok! Witten is having one of his worst seasons as a Cowboy and Roy Williams hasn’t kept up his end of the bargain. With the notoriety of having a shut down defense, why is it that the good teams have great success down field against them? Don’t get me started with Marion Barber. For a player that supposed to be a power back, why couldn’t he power his way into the end zone when Dallas was on the goal line against the Chargers? Here’s a suggestion! Salvage what little value “Mr. Power Back” has and package him out of “Big D”.
Dallas fans can blame team owner Jerry Jones for a lot of the Cowboys’ problems. The Cowboys had a brilliant head coach in Jimmy Johnson. In fact, Johnson is the main reason for the team’s success in the 1990’s. Remember “The Trade”? For those who don’t know, I’m speaking of the Herschel Walker trade, which was one of the largest player trades in NFL history. The trade between the Cowboys and Vikings involved 18 players including draft picks. “The Trade” transformed the Cowboys from a 1-15 team to a three time Super Bowl winning machine. Oddly enough, Dallas didn’t use any of the Vikings’ draft picks except for negotiating them for higher picks. In a five year span, Jimmy Johnson made over 50 trades. In doing so, the Cowboys acquired Emmitt Smith from the draft (getting Pittsburgh’s pick), Dixon Edwards and Clayton Holmes (draft picks from Washington), Darren Woodson and Russell Maryland (draft picks from New England), Kevin Smith (draft pick from Atlanta), and Godfrey Miles (San Diego’s draft pick). These notable players along with Troy Aikman and “The Play Maker”, Michael Irving were important parts of the Cowboys’ championship dynasty in the ’90’s; and Jones gets rid of Jimmy? How smart was that? Jimmy Johnson could have been the “second coming” of Tom Landry. One can only imagine how many Super Bowls they would have now.
With three weeks left in the 2009-2010 NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys’ are second in the NFC East. They are riding a two game losing streak and fading fast, heading into Louisiana with hopes of changing their fortunes in December, starting with the 13-0 New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Roy Williams had plenty to say about the game stating that “If we pack our bags and show up in New Orleans on Saturday night, we should be victorious…Might as well crown them, right? They’re undefeated. It’s December. We don’t have a chance.” Way to go Roy! Bulletin board material for a very good team that already has a chip on its shoulder. Williams also predicted that Dallas will see the Saints again in the playoffs. At the rate that the Cowboys are going, they have about as much a chance of going to the playoffs as the Colts did when Jim Mora coached them and made his famous quotes ” Playoffs? Don’t talk about Playoffs! You kidding me! I just hope we win a game!” Here’s a suggestion, why don’t you show up on Saturday Roy and catch the damn ball.
My prediction is that not only will Dallas lose to the Saints but they will miss the playoffs and with that, they would have laid a goose egg in the playoffs in this decade. If my prediction is correct, it will be safe to say that the “DALLAS COWBOYS ARE NOT AMERICA’S TEAM ANYMORE! “Goodnight people!
By Keith Madyun