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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

No matter their record, Cowboys remain relevant

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The Dallas Cowboys are perennially the most overrated team in the NFL the past few years. Big names have littered the roster from Tony Romo to Terrell Owens to DeMarcus Ware to Keyshawn Johnson, etc. The Tuna, Bill Parcells, has made a cameo in Big D. The Cowboys have had the most braggadocios owner in NFL history in Jerry Jones. Everything is bigger in Texas, even the expectations but unfortunately, the results lately have been small.

I'm not done with Big D just yet. Although in recent years they have been the most overrated team, they aren't the most overrated team in NFL history. One reason being is that the Cowboys have managed to stay relevant over the years. Whether or not the self-proclaimed nickname of America's Team is deserved or not, I get it. Our fathers and grandfathers grew up as fans of Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, and Tony Dorsett so naturally they're going to pass that on down to their sons and daughters who are now fans, members of the media and leaders of public perception. Another reason is that the 'Boys are tied with the 49ers with five Super Bowl victories second only to the Pittsburgh Steelers who have six, but the Cowboys have the most Super Bowl appearances all-time with eight. The biggest game in America is the Super Bowl, and you can't be overrated if you continually get there. I will say this, if they don't get it together soon, our kids and grandkids might not think they are America's team, but for now they're not overrated - all-time at least.

The NFC East isn't quite the NFC West or AFC West, but it's not great, although it could be. Stubborn coaches like Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, and Jason Garrett all get in their own ways. The Cowboys are clearly the most talented team in the division, but they will not win it because Jason Garrett would rather pass than run the ball. Ultimately the Giants will win by default because the Skins have no wideouts, and I don't trust Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb or Andy Reid.

I need to touch on Tashard Choice's poor choice before I get outta here. I personally know T-Choice from our days together at Oklahoma before he transferred to Georgia Tech. (Crazy huh, Adrian Peterson and Tashard Choice were in the same backfield.) Either way, although it was a bad choice, I don't mind it. The day players starting thinking more than they are reacting is the day they're looking for work in the UFL or CFL. These players are paid to play and react, not think. T-Choice has been playing ball since he was a kid, and his natural instincts kicked in to fight for more yardage. Hopefully a lesson was learned and all this scrutiny will create more keen instincts and awareness to get down when there's a crowd around him and the half is seconds away from being over.

- Richard

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  September 14, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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