The Dallas Cowboys have claimed the moniker of “America’s Team” for a long time now. Back in the day, many people who did not have local teams would often become Cowboys fans. The Cowboys games appeared on TV more often than other teams, so they were much easier for folks to watch from home.
Having grown up in the the state of New Mexico, my dad and family became those who adopted the Cowboys as their favorite team lacking a more local team to support.
After the dominance of the Cowboys Dynasty in the early 90s, the team went through a bit of a dark period where post-season success seemed to allude the team. Because of these periods, many people began to question if the Dallas Cowboys still deserved the title of “America’s Team”.
While the Cowboys franchise makes more money than many other teams and usually tops the charts on jersey sales each season, that does not equate to the esteem of claiming victory on the field. However, despite having not won a Super bowl in over 20 years, the Cowboys still rank toward the top of any poll of the most popular teams.
Because of their sheer dominance during the new millennium, some have suggested that the New England Patriots should be the new “America’s Team” and their red, white, and blue color scheme was just icing on the cake. Under Tom Brady, the New England Patriots have been just a force of nature.
Tom Brady has lead the team to an unbelievable four Super bowl victories, and keep in mind that they made it to the Superbowl and lost to the New York Giants twice in the same time period. I don’t care what team you are a fan of — you cannot deny the absolute domination exhibited by New England over the last decade and a half.
Well, now we have a situation where these two teams are both the number one team in their respective conferences. It is not unreasonable that the dynasty of the new millennium and the dynasty of the 90s could be playing each other for the Super Bowl this year.
As a Cowboys fan, I don’t want to count any of my chickens before they hatch, but the idea of these two teams facing off to decide who is worthy of being called America’s Team would be a game for the ages.
Happy Playoffs, everyone!