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Michael Wilbon

Washington Post sports reporter and ESPN personality

Cowboys are overrated again


The following is an excerpt from Michael Wilbon's column in the Monday (September 13) edition of The Washington Post.

The Dallas Cowboys could be the single most overrated team in football . . . maybe the single most overrated team in all of professional sports in America. The franchise has won one playoff game since 1996. Every acquisition they make, every game they win is overstated. Their players are overly praised. They haven't mattered in a decade nearly as much as the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers or Indianapolis Colts or even the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles in their own division.

Every single thing about the Cowboys, in recent years anyway, has been overdone. They come into every season being picked to win something between a division and the Super Bowl but limp out to great disappointment annually.

This season the hype has been attached, most specifically, to the Cowboys' offense, to the supposed damage Romo and Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Felix Jones are going to do, blah, blah, blah. Yet, the Cowboys looked like a bunch of stumblebums in the preseason, and pretty much the same through three quarters of the regular season opener Sunday night.

And no part of the evening was more humiliating for Dallas than the final play of the second quarter, the one that gift-wrapped a 10-0 lead for the Redskins, a play that should never, ever happen beyond high school.

With four seconds left before halftime, and what should have been a rather insignificant 3-0 deficit, the Cowboys for some dumb reason had Romo drop back and attempt a pass from his own 28. That, in and of itself, is unwise because Romo wasn't far enough up the field to heave the ball into the end zone. The professional thing to do would have been to have Romo take a knee and end the half . . . or perhaps hand the ball off to run out the clock . . . or perhaps run a legitimate downfield play for the rookie Bryant, just to get him the feel for being in a big-time ballgame.

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By Michael Wilbon  |  September 14, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I like Michael Wilbon. However, his hatred for the Cowboys knows no bounds. I cannot stand all these haters and nay sayers. I would like Michael Wilbon to make a statement that if he is wrong about the Cowboys and when they win the Super Bowl this year that he will write the biggest, longest, loveliest, most kiss as* apology to all Cowboy fans.

Posted by: abumoham99 | September 14, 2010 11:47 AM

"I cannot stand all these haters and nay sayers."

So stop reading about football in a newspaper based out of Washington D.C.

Posted by: cfw730 | September 14, 2010 12:52 PM

Wilbon is simply, and provably, wrong. While there are high HOPES for the Cowboys every year, the pundits, experts and writers tend to rate them conservatively. Last year, the all-powerful ESPN, for example, had them rated around 15 or so. They ended up ranking around 5 or so. And that was fairly standard, so last year they were actually UNDER-rated.

A lot of hype and interest? Sure, that is what happens when you have millions of fans from around the nation. Like the Yankees and the Celtics, teams with national followings will get more press because, very simply, more people are interested in them.

Wilbon always hates the "big dog", whether it is the Sox and Yanks, the NCAA elite, the NFL, or the Cowboys. We can forgive a Chicago bias, since he admits to it, but this "David v. Goliath" favoritism is not becoming of a sports writer.

Posted by: Vance14 | September 14, 2010 1:30 PM

I am a Dallas Cowboy fan, and i Believe Mr. Wilbon is right, until you prove it on the field on a regular basis how can you be expected to be a serious contender for a super bowl. to show up (excuse me) not show up ready to play the first game of the year is not only unprofessional but shows a lack of leadership and the big thing is the HEART of a champion!

Posted by: drmorris1976 | September 14, 2010 9:16 PM

This Wilbon guy is a shameless Cowboys hater, and a obvious Chicago homer. Wonder who he's picking to win in Chicago's game Sunday?

Posted by: robbo24 | September 14, 2010 9:53 PM

You media can't help from getting caught up in the Cowboy hype. It's not your fault, as they are one of the most decorated franchises in sports history. It's like no one gets fired for buying IBM, betting on the Cowboys won't get you fired either.

If you do a little homework you can avoid being labeled a lemming. How did they loose last year to the Vikings in the playoffs? The offensive line got man handled. Did they address this problem during the off-season? Trading for the most penalized tackle in the league doesn't count. I guess that means no they didn't.

Posted by: BrandonKearby | September 14, 2010 10:29 PM

I'd have to hand the Most Overrated crown to the Jets. They don't have a quarterback, and Ryan painted a great big ol' target on their backs that everybody they play is going to aim for every week.

They'll be lucky to win 9 games. Really lucky.

Posted by: kemp13 | September 15, 2010 9:40 AM

The franchise has won one playoff game since 1996. Y'all r like Raiders fans, living in the PAST!

Posted by: mloaks | September 15, 2010 11:44 AM

Of course the Cowboys are overrated and more importantly they have the worst fans in the league because of their lack of knowledge on all things football. As bad as Eagles fans are, they're at least knowledgeable and root for their own city (booing not included). Every Cowboy fan I meet disgusts me because they don't have a valid reason to root for them outside of "it's America's team, the cheerleader's are hot, Hell I'm a star too" and numerous other asinine statements. The first question I ask "have you ever been to Texas?" "NO?" End of discussion, go burn your jersey...or at least win a playoff game.

Posted by: ryanlewis4 | September 15, 2010 12:40 PM

As long as Jerry Jones is running this circus as GM, the Cowboys will be overrated. Jerry's a promoter, a carnival barker - Lord knows he's not worth spit as a GM - who sells the sizzle without the steak. Take the annual big buildup for Romo, a QB whose realistic aspirations should be to become as good as Danny White was when he played Dallas QB. Romo's no Aikman; he wouldn't start for about half the teams in the league. But every year Jerry's telling us about Romo's greatness.

Sadly, in building a glitz team for 2010, Jerry failed to secure top talent for the OL, where most games are won and lost. Couple that with an OC that makes stunningly stupid play calls (end of first half/Game 1) but can't be overruled by his head coach and all you have left is Jerry's big mouth and big stadium.

Posted by: joachim1 | September 15, 2010 12:52 PM

All you D.C.-area Cowboys fans make me sick, but at least you've been getting what you deserve over the past 15 seasons.

Most people who "jump on the bandwagon" of a team that's not from their area usually do so because that team is WINNING. You morons jump on the bandwagon of a team that consistently rips your heart out each year by the time the postseason comes around.

Why would you voluntarily root for a team that always LOSES when it counts the most?

Have some dignity and root for your local team, the Washington Redskins. If you want to root for the soulless Cowboys, at least have the decency to move to Dallas where you can help Wade Phillips think of more excuses for his next postgame press conference after they lose again this year.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 15, 2010 5:55 PM

Full disclosure: I am a life long Dallas Cowboy Fan and I reside a mere three miles from "Jerry World" in Arlington Texas. And everybody in North Texas knows the Cowboys have not been worthy of the "Greatness" Hype in over 15 years. And this years team will not prove any different. Give credit to Jerry Jones, he puts a mediocre product on the field every year, and no one seems to notice except the local fans and even we are resigned to that fact. All that is keeping the Cowboys from actually being worthy of the Hype again is that they start playing like the Colts, Patriots, Saints etc... Now for that to occur you would have to get a new General Manager and new Head Coach, real football professionals, but wait you can't do that because the current Head Coach/Gen. Manager OWNS the team. Worse he pays top dollar to average players and for what? One (1) playoff win in the last 13 years ??? His genius lies in the total manipulation of every person who comes in contact with Cowboys. The Fans, Media, League Officials, no one is safe from the Jerry Jones Mind Meld. Glen Beck is as good a con man as there is in America. But he squats in the shadow of one of the best con artists of all time. We have in Arlington Texas a 1.2 Billion Dollar Temple of Football Excess, and a football team that could not compete in the SEC on a regular basis. Face it America the Cowboys are what they are because you keep buying the smoke and mirrors routine. And through it all you suckers line up and pay the highest ticket prices in America. The NFL gets it's highest revenues from the Cowboys broadcasts. So it has a vested interest in maintaining the charade, good luck changing their minds about who's more valuable. And meanwhile the Cowboys, who may or may not make the playoffs this season, again, not to mention will in no way be able to compete for a shot at the Super Bowl, will remain the most valuable sports team in America. Jerry Jones bought the "legend" with everything else when he became owner of the Cowboys. And after 20 years of ownership the "legend" is all that's left. The quality left the building sometime in the last Clinton Administration. The big money makers; the NFL,FOX,NBC,CBC etc...sell that "legend" every chance they get, because it's making them rich. And you folks keep buying the hype. But you should know that it's just not selling as well down here in North Texas anymore. We've learned it's just a man behind the curtain and he, and the Hype, are getting old.

Posted by: thedorr | September 15, 2010 6:32 PM

Haters??? This the Washington Post, knucklehead. If you back the Cowgirls and grew up or have lived in the DC metro for years, the hater is you (unless you're actually from Dallas, or at least TX).

Posted by: sjoyce4 | September 16, 2010 1:49 AM

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