As a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, (40 something years) this isn't easy to do or say. Before I mention it, I know good and well I will catch heat for what I am about to say, mostly from "die hard" and "passionate" Cowboy fans. I will be called every name in the English language as well. But, this is not really "new" news. It has been mentioned several times, and most recently on the NFL Network.
It has to do with the so called title, "America's Team". First, it was bestowed upon the Cowboys BY the media. The 'Boys themselves never proclaimed that title , although a lot of people believe it to be so. Tex Schramm saw it used in an article about the Cowboys, and he took it and ran with it, much as any good businessman would. I believe that anyone open minded enough, will read this, and understand what I'm saying.
But first, Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the SB win. Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals as well, for making it a game, when no one thought you had a chance, you showed that you could run with the big dogs, instead of pooping on the porch like a puppy, at least on that day, and this recently ended season. One or two plays and it could have very well been a different ending.
I am forever a Cowboys fan of course, but I love the game of professional football, and will watch any and all teams, regardless of record. Yes, even the Lions. With that being said, I think the term "America's Team" should now apply to anyone who runs their business much like the Steelers do, and the Cowboys used to. Being that it is and likely always will be, associated with the Cowboys, what I'm suggesting may not be easy. Certainly I will have a lot of negative comments about it, but this is one country and we're all proud of being American citizens, much as fans are proud of their teams.
A team who manages to keep being competitive, and their players "clean", and how they conduct their business, should wear that title, not so much as to take it away from the 'Boys, but because this is an American game, and each member of each team, for the most part, are Americans. The Cowboys had this honor for a long time, but in the past 13 years, what have they done? I won't go into any specifics about my team, because it's all national news anyway. However, I will say this much. The past 13 years of not even winning one playoff game, and all that goes with it, should be sufficient evidence of whether this team should be "America's Team" or not.
America should be about winning, but also losing in grace. You could say that both the Steelers and Cardinals could be "America's Team" this year. The Giants from last year as well. Although the Pats almost had an undefeated season last year, they did have "spygate". Maybe this title could be done in the way of a trophy of sorts, much like the Lombardi, given to a team who deserves it, maybe for how they conducted business, or represented all that is good about America.
It also might help keep thugs off of the teams, and promote team work.
Just an idea, one of which I think should be now shared with other teams. After all, each team is a part of the NFL, much as we are all Americans and one shouldn't always stand out as being "always the best" when it's not.
On that note, I want to reiterate something I've mentioned before, and hopefully a particular someone will see this;
ATTENTION AND PUBLICITY WILL NEVER WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUT CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BRING ATTENTION AND PUBLICITY. Those of you in the know, will understand what I meant by that, and hopefully the Powers That Be, will take note as well.
Ok.....I am now ready for the bashing, and tomato tossing, and I'm sure I'll hear plenty..........."-)