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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Keep Dallas in Dallas


When I think of the Cowboys, I think of "Dallas,'' the prime-time soap opera of a generation or so ago. Too rich, too ostentatious, too ...


That's not the only reason "America's Team'' is also America's most hated sports franchise. But when the stereotype fits -- as in a new $1 billion-plus pleasure palace for the Cowboys' games -- you savor it. Was there anyone outside the Cowboys' considerable fan base who didn't enjoy watching Jerry Jones watch his team lose in the final seconds to the Giants in the first real game his team played there? Nobody I know.

A confession.

I liked Texas E. "Tex'' Schramm, the California-born president of the Cowboys for their first 29 years, the founder of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and the man who created "America's Team.'' I love Gil Brandt, who put together those teams -- he's still a friend. I like Jerry, who can talk to reporters for hours without saying a thing. I liked Tom Landry and I like Jimmy Johnson and Roger Staubach andTroy Aikman and Michael Irvin and Tony Romo and a lot of Cowboys and ex-Cowboys, especially a very sharp former defensive end named Jim Jeffcoat who's now an assistant coach at the University of Houston.

I even like a lot of things about Texas, especially its homegrown brand of music.

Now comes the "but'' part.

What I don't like is the image that goes back to Larry Hagman as J.R. and the rest of big, rich, and ostentatious show that the new stadium represents. Nor am I alone. If the feeling is strongest in Washington, Philadelphia, New York and both ends of New Jersey, which have to deal with the Cowboys twice every football season, it exists also in places like Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Chicago and points west. We're a bipolar country -- a lot of us want to be big, rich and ostentatious but we don't like it in others, especially if they come from Texas.

Actually, I don't have a problem with Cowboys fans from Texas. Or from Arkansas, Oklahoma or New Mexico. Nor do most fans around the country. At least I don't think so.

It's the others -- the locals. The ones who want nothing more than to spoil the home team's party.

Yes, other NFL teams have subway alumni -- Pittsburgh and Green Bay to name two.

But think Steel City and think Cheesehead.

It doesn't raise the hackles like Dallas does.

By Dave Goldberg  |  November 20, 2009; 6:57 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The fans of other teams, especially the Redskins, are just jealous of the Cowboys and their fans. The Cowboys have posted consistently successful seasons year over year, garner publicity, generate huge profits for the NFL through merchandise sales, have a new state of the art stadium, have a generous owner, have a loyal fan base, and everyone watches them on TV. But the best part, the Cowboys and their fans are always upbeat and optimistic, not sad faced and down in the dumps when their team encounters a bump in the road.

Posted by: Angelo_Frank | November 20, 2009 9:48 AM

Consistently successful seasons? Really? When is the last time the Cowboys won a playoff game? Dec. 28, 1996. Not since Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were starting. Tony Romo was 16 at the time.

Posted by: TheNathan | November 20, 2009 12:02 PM

Keep Dallas in Dallas? The Cowboys haven't been in Dallas since 1971. First Irving and now Arlington.

And yes, for native Dallasites that makes a TREMENDOUS difference.

As does the owner for the past 20 years. I and most people I know quit being Cowboy fans when he took over the team. While some people once hated their success, there was no just cause to hate the ownership, management and players.

Tex Schramm, Gil Brandt and Tom Landry operated a first-class operation and they and the players were men I was proud to have represent my city.

Jerry Jones, his ego, lack of morals and ethics and win at all cost mentality has caused most one-time Cowboy fans, myself especially, to want the team to fail.

I relish every loss because anything that makes him unhappy makes the rest of us former fans very happy.

The end of the Jerry Jones era can't come soon enough!

Posted by: West3 | November 20, 2009 3:41 PM

2 things ruin the cowpatties for me:

1. texans

2. bandwagoning fanbase

If you fuse these two together, you get a new name for the cowboys:

The Dallas Talibans

Posted by: BIGHITTER | November 20, 2009 5:44 PM

I agree wholeheartedly. I have no problem with fans supporting their hometeam. What I do have a problem with is the idiots in the DC Metro Area who have no affiliation with Texas and root for the stinking Dallas Cowboys. It's like rooting for the Soviet Union against the US in the Olympics during the Cold War.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | November 23, 2009 1:12 PM

At least the Dallas Cowboy fans support their team, whether they are winning or losing, which is something that CAN NOT be said of the Deadskins fans.. One loss and the Deadskins fans are ready to fire the whole team and all their coaches! Now THAT'S real supportive, Washington fans!!

Posted by: joeblotnik49 | November 25, 2009 8:50 AM

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