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By Reader Poll  |  November 20, 2009; 6:13 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Jerry Jones , Reader Poll Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   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 9:39 AM

Just because Texans SUCK.!!

Posted by: orionexpress | November 20, 2009 10:51 AM

Dallas represents every reason why America is failing as a country.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 20, 2009 12:04 PM

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.

Posted by: dontmessTX | November 20, 2009 12:42 PM

The Cowboys have always been one of the most sucessful teams in the NFL. And sucess does breed contempt from fans of other teams. How many New England Patriot haters are there today? But Dallas has garnered a special kind of disdain from most other fans. It started in the 1970's when the Cowboys started promoting themselves as "America's Team". By making this claim they were saying that all the other teams are less "American" then they are, and that is offensive. The Cowboys organization and fanbase has always personified a special kind of arrogance when they win. This motivates the rest of us to celebrate when they lose. The whole phenom is not American sportsmanship at its best. But it has proven to be very profitable for the NFL. After all, don't you watch Dallas games hoping to see them lose?

Posted by: dzippere | November 20, 2009 1:42 PM

It largely a long-standing media-generated myth that The Cowboys are hated so much more than any other team, that simply is not true for the most part.

(Most "haters" "love" to hate them much more than hate-hating them, and watch them never-the-less over a Green Bay - Titans game.)

Where some distaste comes from is three-fold.

1. people (for good cause) lament on how "rich" the franchise is, and the built-in advantages that creates, unlike lowly hard-working charlie brown teams like The Browns.

2. The wacko eternal bumper sticker "award" of being "America's Team", WTF? America's team. Short-term memories forget it was not long ago Texans wanted to succeed from the Union, and some still do.

3. Some people hate the amount of sucsess they have achieved.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | November 20, 2009 5:25 PM

It largely a long-standing media-generated myth that The Cowboys are hated so much more than any other team, that simply is not true for the most part.

(Most "haters" "love" to hate them much more than hate-hating them, and watch them never-the-less over a Green Bay - Titans game.)

Where some distaste comes from is three-fold.

1. people (for good cause) lament on how "rich" the franchise is, and the built-in advantages that creates, unlike lowly hard-working charlie brown teams like The Browns.

2. The wacko eternal bumper sticker "award" of being "America's Team", huh? America's team. Short-term memories forget it was not long ago Texans wanted to succeed from the Union, and some still do.

3. Some people hate the amount of success they have achieved.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | November 20, 2009 5:28 PM

I am the son of 2 parents that are proud "Native Texans" one of whom is from Ft. Worth. So, I grew up a Cowboys fan (when Coach Landry was the respected, old school Coach that dressed and acted always in a classy/non-controversial way). His team was a powerhouse full of household names but who fit the character of their Coach. Then, Landry was sacked in a tacky and completely thankless way unfitting of Landry's accomplishments and stature.

At that precise moment, IMO the Cowboys ceased to be America's team and became the team owned by Jerry Jones -- nothing more.

Posted by: bluedot1 | November 20, 2009 5:31 PM

It the arrogance of the franchise- Dallas is NO more America's team as manure is America's favorite food. The arrogance started with the Aikman era.

As a die hard Redskins fan (hail to the redskins), I admired Roger Staubach and Coach Landry as incredible role models for the NFL... but then the Dallas franchise acquired many players that did NOT deserve to play in the NFL and got all snotty about it !!!

Any team including the girl scouts that beats Dallas at football or anything is a worshiped hero. They do not know how to lose- too bad!

Posted by: danglingwrangler | November 20, 2009 6:42 PM

The Dallas fan base is comprised of insecure losers who cling to a high profile team just so they can have something in their life they can identify with that is a 'winner' or 'glamorous.'
I lived in the DC area for 25 years. Every Dallas fan I know has the same background: they never never set foot in Dallas or even Texas, they know little about the game itself (probaly never even played JV football), they have an older brother or father that is a Redskins fan that they just could not measure up to... so the only way to compete was to pick a glamour team that always gets the media attention and has all those Superbowls. That way they can say: "hey, I might not have any of the success you have in life, but my football team has more Superbowls"
Clearly, to overcome their own personal feelings of inadequacy, Dallas fans must associate themselves with a winning team. If the Detroit Lions played in more Superbowls than anyone else, these same Dallas fans would be Lions fans. Heck, if the Redskins were a glory team, all these Dallas fans would be Redskins fans.
The Redskins, until Snyder came along, were a classy team of overachievers who had modest success until Gibbs came along and made them the team of the 80s. We all know what happened after Gibbs left, and that was the perfect time for frontrunners in the DC area to jump on the Dallas bandwagon.
Ever notice how most Dallas fans are also Yankee fans and Notre Dame or U of Miami and Michael Jordan fans? It's because they rarely 'win' anything on their own, so they try to attach themselves with historic 'winners' in sports. Pathetic.

All you loser Dallas fans posting here are just proving my point.

Posted by: jgarrisn | November 21, 2009 11:39 PM

Any Dallas fan that thinks we hate Dallas because they are "successful", get a clue!

Success=Championships, and the FACT is Dallas isn't even in the top 5 in the NFL:


Packers 12 Championships
Bears 9 Championships
Browns 8 Championships
Giants 7 Championships
Steelers 6 Championships
Redskins 5 Championships
49ers 5 Championships
Cowboys 5 Championships
(reference: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/)

Dallas fans, hate to break it to you, but you're tied with the Redskins at 5 Championships.

And if you want to talk recent history, Since 1990, the Redskins have 5 seasons that resulted in at least one playoff victory. Dallas has 6. Not much bragging rights for Dallas fans to gain from that FACT either!!

Posted by: jgarrisn | November 21, 2009 11:43 PM

The thing I like about Jerry Jones is this: As long as he's an owner of an NFL team, the Redskins will NEVER have the Worst owner in the league.

Jerry Jones had a team that could have dominated for an entire decade, like the Packers of the 60s, Steelers of the 70s, and Redskins/49ers of the 80s. But he single handedly ruined it. Dallas could have set unbreakable records for consecutive Super Bowl wins, but Jones threw it all away because his ego was too big, even for the state of Texas. He got drunk and fired Jimmy Johnson, hired a crazy cheat in his redneck buddy Barry Switzer, and then he proceeded to turn "America's Team" into "Americas Most Wanted" by fielding a lineup of thugs and criminals-- (the title of Americas Team was soon given to Green Bay, and now to New Orleans).
Sure, 3 championships in one decade is great... a handful of teams have accomplished that. But Jones took what should have been the greatest dynasty of all time, and turned it into a team that was one Thurman Thomas fumble and one Neil O'Donnell interception away from winning only 1 Superbowl during their run. Until Jones came along, the Cowboys had always been winners... But Jones has reduced Dallas from perennial contender to a franchise that has gone over a decade without a playoff win. Never, in the history of the ever glorious Dallas Cowboys, has the team experienced such a long string of disappointment and failure. In the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s, it was impossible to imagine that by the year 2007 Dallas would be lumped in the same category as the Lions, Cardinals and Saints. But here we are, and the facts speak for themselves... and the Dallas fans are so bitter. Perhaps the lesson to be learned here is that when you choose to be a front-runner fan, and pick a glamour team like the Cowboys (or Yankees or Notre Dame, etc) because of their reputation as winners, you better be prepared to stand by that team when they become losers. If not, you will turn into the type of fan that lives in denial of their team's failures, and rather than face the reality of the situation, they ignore the coverage of their team and instead spend time talking trash on the blog of their rivals. No fan epitomizes this better than the typical Dallas fan.


Yes, Snyder is the 2nd worst owner in the league, but Jones is clearly the worst because of the potential his team failed to live up to.

Posted by: jgarrisn | November 21, 2009 11:45 PM

I hate this "America's Team" crap.

Posted by: jhershelredpuppy1 | November 22, 2009 8:27 AM

I liked it when--because of the drug use by several players--the Cowboys started being called "South America's Team."

Posted by: Rich19 | November 22, 2009 9:53 AM

Years ago, in the Landry/Staubach days, I hated the Cowboys because it seemed they could always find some way to ruin your day. Nevertheless, I respected the talent they were able to assemble and the consistency they demonstrated. But then Jerry Jones fired one of the greatest coaches in history and didn't even have to stones to inform Landry. The coaches and players today have big mouths and bigger egos. And if you want to see just how far the franchise has fallen, just compare Roger Staubach with Tony Romo on whatever basis you choose.

Posted by: jlhare1 | November 22, 2009 4:09 PM

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