As I mentioned in my welcoming post, the Dallas Cowboys are my team. One thing that comes along with being a Dallas Cowboys fan is this: Everyone has an opinion about the Dallas Cowboys. Trust me, no one rides the fence on this issue. You either love them or you hate them…there is no gray area. (If you are reading this and don’t have an opinion of the Cowboys, then you probably aren’t an NFL fan in general and your opinion is irrelevant).
In my early years, life was good being a Cowboys fan. I mean, in the 1990s, Dallas won the most games of any team in the decade, had over half a dozen Hall of Fame players and coaches, won multiple division titles and were in the playoffs almost every year. But the best part without a doubt was the fact that my Cowboys won 3 Super Bowls in 4 years.
Believe me, there were Cowboys haters then too. But when you are winning that much, it’s easy to put the haters in their place quickly. Just ask my second grade PE teacher. Isn’t that right Mr. Rezac?
When the Cowboys started to decline (just like every dynasty does) there was some grace. However, people were quick to point out that the Cowboys were no longer great, but were still respectful of what they had accomplished.
But over that past 6 or 7 years, I have received a fair amount of criticism for the play of my Dallas Cowboys. Some of it I probably deserved, but on the same hand, the things they were saying just weren’t accurate. The statements and comments may have had held some truth, but their reasoning was completely off based. Their reasoning worked as well as Mike Leach locking Adam James inside a shed as punishment for having a concussion. Brilliant!
Some people will read this and think that I’m saying the Cowboys are now back and that Dallas is the best team in the NFL. But seriously, that is not my goal. Until now, I couldn’t actually get anyone to listen because technically they appeared to be right. The fact of the matter is that appearance isn’t always reality. Don’t believe me? It’s kind of like when everyone thought the Earth was flat. You can’t blame them for thinking it. I mean, as you look along the horizon and the Earth would appear to be flat. But it’s simply not true. But until you prove the questions and theories wrong, you’re left with faith and hope. And when they are proven wrong you get to write a blog showing your were right. Just kidding, but seriously…
So where does that leave us? My original intent was to write down all the comments that people have said to me over the past 6 or 7 years and prove how they are false, irrational and in most cases absolutely absurd. But I won’t do that. There is no point. For example:
I was going to talk about how silly it was to say that Tony Romo and Wade Phillips can’t win in December, January or the Playoffs, but mentioning it would be silly.
In regards to Dallas’ chances of beating the Eagles Saturday night, I thought about writing to the insignificance of Dallas not winning a playoff game in 13 years, but it’s not worth the time.
It crossed my mind, to mention how stupid Texans’ fans are for trying to make fun of one of the most successful franchises in the NFL, but I’ll dismiss it.
In fact, was going to talk about how people said that Dallas couldn’t beat Philadelphia because they already beat them twice this year and the third time would be too hard. Or that they said the Cowboys couldn’t win because they have to play them two weeks in row, sorry, but I won’t waste your time with either fallacy.
Why would I talk about the claims that the Eagles didn’t have anything to play for in Week 17, even though a number 2 seed, first round bye and a NFC East title were on the line? I wouldn’t.
It doesn’t matter how many times they were negative about the Cowboys when Dallas was playing great. Who cares about respect?
Who would even think to mention that it’s unfair to give Tony Romo and Wade Phillips overall career records, but not DeMarcus Ware or Jason Witten. No one would listen.
But my favorite comment, that I would never speak of, is that both Cowboys fans and haters alike told me multiple times during the season that Tony Romo isn’t the guy. He needs to be benched, cut or traded. It just wouldn’t do any good to explain why Tony Romo is the guy that will win Dallas a playoff game this year. Even if I did speak of it, what good would come out of it.
So as I conclude, let’s just be thankful, that I humbly took it upon myself to bite my tongue.
But oddly enough, even without venting my Cowboys frustration, I feel so much better.