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Why are the Cowboys So Hated?

How does "America's Team" remain one of the most loathed franchises in sports?

Posted by Emil Steiner on November 20, 2009 6:00 AM
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miniscus: Thay are a "Glamour Team" with even higher ratings than the Yankees. End of story....

sheilahowison: I live in Dallas, and I can tell you it's because of Jerry Jones, and his greedy ways. Also, many of you folks are right about Texas being a...

RunDanRun: I used to respect the Cowboys, falling short of being a real fan -- but who couldn't admire the way Tom Landry coached over the decades? Oh,...

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orionexpress Author Profile Page :

Mostly just because I can not stand Loud, Obnoxious , Hick Texans. I root against all Texas teams because of the Bigots and A-Holes of these scumbags . Gov. Perry is a prime example.

orionexpress Author Profile Page :

Mostly just because I can not stand Loud, Obnoxious , Hick Texans. I root against all Texas teams because of the Bigots and A-Holes of these scumbags . Gov. Perry is a prime example.

orionexpress Author Profile Page :

Mostly just because I can not stand Loud, Obnoxious , Hick Texans. I root against all Texas teams because of the Bigots and A-Holes of these scumbags . Gov. Perry is a prime example.

VaNat Author Profile Page :

How about a one word answer- jealousy. The Redskins and their fans have always had a "we're Jan, the Cowboys are Marcia" complex about the Cowboys.

jckdoors Author Profile Page :

When the Cowboys play Washington, it's the only time I want the Cowboys to win.

dontmessTX Author Profile Page :

How the heck can Redskins fans, with a team in the toilet talk trash on Dallas. We are more richer, more powerful, better run, more successful and have a better stadium, hotter cheerleaders and more Super Bowls. I'm not a genius but it sounds to me like you deadskins are little bit jealous. A cowboys and indians complex maybe? That's okay, we got nothing but love you.

delOH Author Profile Page :

It is no fun hammering Dallas anymore. They haven't been relevant since the 1995-96 season. That is almost 15 years. Think about that, the Dallas Cowboys have not won a playoff game since Super Bowl XXX. Jerry Jones is getting what he so richly deserves for the way he treated Tex and Landry. Here's to another 15 years of irrelevance, in their nice new stadium. As you know all too well there in Washington, money can't buy you success. Especially when you have a moron for an owner.

GordonShumway Author Profile Page :

Perhaps they are hated because they have the most obnoxious and football-ignorant owner in the NFL!

BIGHITTER Author Profile Page :

The cowboys are a bandwagoners team. They have always been. If you have any historical knowledge of football, you probably arent a cowboys fan. Remember, the cowboys are just an expansion team. If you are a Redskins, Giants, or Philly fan, you know your teams existed 3 decades before dallas. We brought football to texas. They hate that. I'm laughing.

kiler616 Author Profile Page :

i'm not a football fan...but who the f*** made them america's team?

BIGHITTER Author Profile Page :

Now, it is possible that the hatred of the cowboys translates to the general population's disgust with how socially ignorant many texans can be and how they "act out" by self-aggrandizing themselves. Theoretically, it is these qualities of obnoxious inane bravado and other acts of "ape-like" social ineptitude that essentially over-compensates for personal insecurities about representing a poorly educated, isolated, less affluent/cultured community of people. Maybe it is reinforced with a texan's heightened lack of American history and overall isolationistic thinking that reinforces social fanaticism and promotes the primitive behaviors that grate on people. This being said, when we hear about "America's team" (cowboys) or even things like "music capital of the world", we will just see them as examples self-promotion in desparate attempts to detract away from their own feelings of inadequacy. Not to knock on tx, but it is just a theory. ;)

AxelDC Author Profile Page :

Because they are by far the most successful team in NFL history.

How 'bout them Cowboys!

Texan101 Author Profile Page :

Any team that builds a stadium and then hypes it up as akin to the Parthenon is full of it (and I don't mean full of talent and athleticism). I'm from here but delight in their every loss.

angieconservativeusa Author Profile Page :

How ridiculous for any person to spend their time "hating" an NFL team....what nonsense. I have always been a Dallas fan, but I love the sport of football in and of itself. I try not to become involved in the politics of it all. However, I will say...as the years have gone by, I find myself extremely concerned about brain injured players and players who are seemingly used by the NFL and then dumped to the curb when they can no longer perform as needed.

bofus Author Profile Page :

I dislike the cowboys just because of the moniker "America's Team". That implies to me that if you don't root for them you are not a real American. However, I do like their cheerleaders.....

calbooster Author Profile Page :

There have been some wonderful "most successful" teams in the NFL .. the Chicago Bears once upon a time, the Green Bay Packers, and even, more recently the 49ers. But none of them have displayed the arrogance of the Cowboys or their owner (not even Al Davis). Don't have to be a Reskins fan, or even have a team in the NFL East to cheer for whoever is playing them, and grind Jerry Jones and his temple of Texan hype to dust.

calbooster Author Profile Page :

There have been some wonderful "most successful" teams in the NFL .. the Chicago Bears once upon a time, the Green Bay Packers, and even, more recently the 49ers. But none of them have displayed the arrogance of the Cowboys or their owner (not even Al Davis). Don't have to be a Redskins fan, or even have a team in the NFL East to cheer for whoever is playing them, and grind Jerry Jones and his temple of Texan hype to dust.

fr3dmars Author Profile Page :

1) Roger Staubach - the original model for Doonesbury's BD.
2) Tom Landry - smug tweed-hatted ...
3) Heart wrenching losses and elating wins
4) Because football without rivalries is BORING!!!!

What it isn't is politics - yeah, Texas has given us its share of idiots recently, but the hatred was born in days when Texas was politically left of Virginia.

mcseonin Author Profile Page :

Amen OrionExpress. I can't take the arrogance of a glorified Cow town on Steroids whose cultural identity is entirely based on strip clubs. I think pole dancers at Jerry World are a nice touch

EddieNJ Author Profile Page :

It's not a Redskins thing, the Cowboys are hated everywhere.
Why?
For me:
They were arrogant "hotdogs" before anyone else.
They try to use "razzle-dazzle"... on defense!
And, of course, the self-proclaimed moniker. "America's Team"? Not in this part of the country!

I love the 'jints, admire the Steelers, long for the Bears to return to their glory... but there's nothing redeeming about the Cowboys!
(My ultimate sports nightmare? The Cowboys playing the Red Sox... and me knowing they can't BOTH lose!)

Waynelsu Author Profile Page :

Come on - anything from big ole too proud too loud Texas will always be repugnant - but the Patriots arrogance (and successes) surpassed the Cowboys years ago

justmike Author Profile Page :

It's really simple- people started disliking the Cowboys back in the 70's when they annointed themselves as America's Team. It's like Michael Jackson giving himself the title of King of Pop- his fans eat it up, but it rubs a lot of folks the wrong way.

By the way, Brian Dowling, not Roger Staubach, was the model for BD in Doonesbury. Even tho he was a Cowboy, I have nothing bad to say for Roger- always a class act.

EliPeyton Author Profile Page :

Was this article ordered by Darth Hoodious?

BigB1 Author Profile Page :

it's because we RULE. The years that the Redskins won the Super Bowl, the only team that Dallas beat that year was the Redskins. I remember because I went to those games on Thanksgiving in the 80's. I think the Redskins are jealous that they were unable to beat the dominating Cowboys in the years we won three Super Bowls in the 90's. However, I have to make a confession. I think that the Philadelphia Eagles fans are far worse than any other fan I have ever met in my entire life. Although Cowboys fans don't view the Redskins as their number 1 rival, I have to say that they are far better fans than the trashy Eagles.

LarryinMD Author Profile Page :

Don't you skins fans understand is that the Cowboy fans think of you like an east coast version of the Browns. We are just waiting for the owner to sneak out in the middle of the night and take these Pop Warner rejects to Canada.

noslok Author Profile Page :

All this talk from us old-time fans is fun and all, but does anyone really believe that a single player on either team feels even a little of the same animosity?

No way.

This is a rivalry that only lives in memories of fan who can recall when Washington and Dallas mattered at the same time.

When was the last time Washington and Dallas finished 1 and 2 in the NFC East? I don't know. I can't remember.

When was the last time they played a game in December or January that mattered to both teams? 1988? Something like that. Well I hate to break it to the rest of you but that was 21 years ago. People born the day of that game are old enough to buy alcohol!

The games don't matter. The players don't care. This rivalry is dead as a doornail.

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

rmilton Author Profile Page :

Hey "ORINEXPRESS" I take great offense to what you said about Texans. Where are you from? Maybe you're the loud mouth "A" hole.
I'm from Texas and a Skins fan and I dislike the cowgirls as much as you or anyone else who does. Will have to admit though, that I don't like any Texas teams either but it's not for the reasons you stated. I root for the Texans however when they play the cowgirls. I always go againt the cowgirls for the simple fact they are the dallas cowgirls and not America's team.

rmilton Author Profile Page :

I live in Texas and a Skins fan. I can't stand the cowgirls and I don't need a reason to. They are not nor have they ever been America's team for the simple reason there are many, many people in this fine country of ours and to say that the cowgirls are Americ'a team means that every single American pulls for the cowgirls and that's not the truth. And for those of you who say the cowgirls have fans all over the country or the world, well that's true of all 32 NFL teams and the cowgirls don't have anymore than the other teams. Yeah they have more Super Bowl wins than the Skin, but they also have had more lawless, selfish, and unruly players than the Skins too.

dubhlaoich Author Profile Page :

Why would any intelligent person spend three hours in front of a TV watching a parade of commercials, an army of officials acting important, so many coaches that they trip over each other; listening to vapid announcers report on a game that consists of about 7 minutes of actual playing time? Maybe it's because intelligence and American football are in opposite corners.

Robbnitafl Author Profile Page :

I hope Jerry gets his the same way.

dubhlaoich Author Profile Page :

Why would any intelligent person spend three hours in front of a TV watching a parade of commercials, an army of officials acting important, so many coaches that they trip over each other; listening to vapid announcers report on a game that consists of about 7 minutes of actual playing time? Maybe it's because intelligence and American football are in opposite corners.

SCOTSGUARDS Author Profile Page :

"The cowboys are a bandwagoners team. They have always been. If you have any historical knowledge of football, you probably arent a cowboys fan. Remember, the cowboys are just an expansion team. If you are a Redskins, Giants, or Philly fan, you know your teams existed 3 decades before dallas. We brought football to texas. They hate that. I'm laughing."

Like somebody said, it's the ol' green eyed monster at work. The Cowboys have been around for less years than all of those teams yet have more Super Bowls - on that basis, the Cowboys have been a more successful franchise due to more championships in a shorter time period than any other NFC East team.

And there are many positions at which they have in their history as a team the best player ever in the NFC Eastern division at that position, including quarterback (Staubach), running back (Emmitt), wide receiver (Irvin), offensive guard (Larry Allen), offensive tackle (Rayfield Wright), defensive tackle (Bob Lilly, Randy White), and strong safety (Darren Woodson).

SCOTSGUARDS Author Profile Page :

BTW, regarding the article and the photo with it, the answer to why the man in the photo hates Dallas is right on his head. Look at the hat he is wearing.

kcooper35 Author Profile Page :

Teams that have the largest following (biggest TV draw) tend to be subtly helped along by officiating. Furthermore, if there's an officiating call that looks questionable, if it looks like it's hurting the preferred team, the commentators will play it over and over again, if it looks like it will hurt the team that has less of a TV draw, chances are the commentator might make a brief comment, not even show a replay, then go on to the next play.

With the Cowboys, in those days when the media labeled them, "America's Team", both the media and the officiating (is there a link?) made sure the Cowboys received preferential treatment.

It was rather blatant. It got the rest of us pretty darned mad. When this kind of thing happens over and over again the anger tends to rise. The only ones we could take this anger out on were the Dallas Cowboys themselves.

Want to see a relatively recent example? Watch the final two minutes of any close NY Giants game leading up to the 2008 Super Bowl. It very much reminded me of those days when the Cowboy's reigned.

P.S. In this day of age, both the refs and the commentators might want to keep in mind the fact that a good healthy percentage of those of us watching have the ability to do our own replays - in real time, in slow motion, and in incremental stop motion. This option is available to us from TiVo, Dish Network, Direct TV, and most cable firms.

kcooper35 Author Profile Page :

Teams that have the largest following (biggest TV draw) tend to be subtly helped along by officiating. Furthermore, if there's an officiating call that looks questionable, if it looks like it's hurting the preferred team, the commentators will play it over and over again, if it looks like it will hurt the team that has less of a TV draw, chances are the commentator might make a brief comment, not even show a replay, then go on to the next play.

With the Cowboys, in those days when the media labeled them, "America's Team", both the media and the officiating (is there a link?) made sure the Cowboys received preferential treatment.

It was rather blatant. It got the rest of us pretty darned mad. When this kind of thing happens over and over again the anger tends to rise. The only ones we could take this anger out on were the Dallas Cowboys themselves.

Want to see a relatively recent example? Watch the final two minutes of any close NY Giants game leading up to the 2008 Super Bowl. It very much reminded me of those days when the Cowboy's reigned.

P.S. In this day of age, both the refs and the commentators might want to keep in mind the fact that a good healthy percentage of those of us watching have the ability to do our own replays - in real time, in slow motion, and in incremental stop motion. This option is available to us from TiVo, Dish Network, Direct TV, and most cable firms.

mtbunker Author Profile Page :

Texans think they are "special". The rest of the country agrees, they believe Texans are special, but more along the line of "special needs." This is why I think the rest of the country does not like Texas, Dallas Texas especially.

denves Author Profile Page :

It is pure jealously of the other fans. I have been a Cowboys fan since the 1970's (not a johnny-come-lately). I've stuck with them through everything! Plus they have the best looking cheerleaders anywhere!

Nymous Author Profile Page :

They keep wanting to inflict their politicians on us, and I hate to tell them but no matter what they like, everyone else is not going to start liking big hats and smelly boots. Much less dirty horses and unwashed cows.

Granted, they make some good steak and chili down there, but then too I only want to ever argue about this over a lot of food and beer.

cwoodards2 Author Profile Page :

The root case of Cowboy's hatred can be traced to their irascible and meddling owner Jerry Jones. Under former owners Murchison and Bright, the Cowboy's were a model of smoothly run precision organization from the top right down to the playing field. From the excellent general manager in Tex Schramm to Tom Landry, the "manager" on the field who guided the team to numerous successes, they displayed a professionalism unmatched in sports and became America's team, specifically because they were excellent and tough, menacing and proud, yet decent and respectful, much like America's ideals. However after their purchase by Mr. Jones, he like God in essence remade the team in his own image. Unfortunately, the result has been less than stellar. Immediately after his purchase of the franchise, his disrespect for his fellow NFL owners became apparent by his flagrant disregard for established marketing agreements. The tasteless manner in which he dismissed Tom Landry will never be forgotten by those who love "professional" football. It is truly unfortunate that he along with Dan Snyder and Marc Cuban seem to be a "new breed" of owners who are infiltrating professional sports who exhibit a "me first" attitude while operating in a "team" environment. At least Mr. Cuban has acquired the good sense to hire knowledgeable folk to run his operation.

Dr_Doomsday Author Profile Page :

This question is like asking "Why are Democrats so hated?" on Fox news.

The answer to your pathetic excuse of a question? Check the Cowboys' record against every team in the NFL. Then
compare overall success since the first
year of the team's existence.

I would hate someone who beat me like that
too.

If you have a problem with "America's Team," then take it up with NFL FILMS -
not Jerry, Jimmy, Tex or Landry.

No, the real question is: "How can a team
named after a racist slur still exist in 2009?"

If you want to know WHY there are so many Cowboys fans in this era - go back to GP Marshall, the racist who named the local team - and his refusal to draft a black player.

slim2 Author Profile Page :

All that "We hate Dallas" stuff left town with George Allen and Joe Gibbs. Today, they both suck.

miniscus Author Profile Page :

Thay are a "Glamour Team" with even higher ratings than the Yankees. End of story.

sheilahowison Author Profile Page :

I live in Dallas, and I can tell you it's because of Jerry Jones, and his greedy ways. Also, many of you folks are right about Texas being a redneck racist bunch. I have lived here all my life, and I'm sick of everything about Texas. Especially the horrible greedy Governor Rick Perry!
Hey, what do you expect Texas has always been a (red neck state). Ignorance, and intolerance abounds in this state.

RunDanRun Author Profile Page :

I used to respect the Cowboys, falling short of being a real fan -- but who couldn't admire the way Tom Landry coached over the decades? Oh, the Cowboys weren't "my" team, but hey, I respected Landry and his sideline and post-game demeanor. He made winners out of losers. The day I began to dislike the Cowboys was the day Tom Landry was fired (justified or not) -- but the media told him about it before he even knew!! He was treated like a bum by Jerry Jones -- no respect at all -- when he was a lock as a Hall of Fame coach who brought pride and dignity to the game as a whole. That's why my favorite teams remain the Green Bay Packers and whoever is playing against the Cowboys.

 
 
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