Do you Love them or Hate them?  

GraspCrownRusts 46M
738 posts
8/18/2006 9:54 am

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Do you Love them or Hate them?

How 'bout them Cowboys?

If you are in the Americas, then you have an opinion on the Dallas Cowboys. You either love them or you hate them. The Cowboys have no one who could care less about them - or who have never heard of them. They are a polarizing team.

No matter what part of the country you're in - there are two football scores you will look for on Monday - your team's score and the Cowboy's score.



Here's the deal...


I used to be a "hater". I was born and raised in Houston and lived there until I was 10. I was an Oiler fan - "Luv ya Blue". We never won. The Steelers and Terry Bradshaw always saw to it our hopes of the playoffs would be dashed each and every year - it was expected and the entire city was resigned to it.

I had a 4th grade teacher who was a Cowboy's fan and We all gave him a hard time - he was always drinking coffee from his Dallas Cowboys mug - I can still picture it. He was a happy Cowboy's fan - always smiling - they were always winning back then. I could never imagine myself loving a team as foul as those "Dallas Cowboys". No way.

And then...

We moved to Irving, Texas in 1980 - the Home of the Cowboys. Texas Stadium on the east end of town - Valley Ranch on the north end of town. I was immediately and fully immersed in "Cowboy's Country".

How was I to cope? Well, I learned about the team through a skeptic's eye.

I learned the entire organization from the top down was geared toward the expectation of winning. Wow! Wasn't like that where I came from. I learned the entire Metroplex expected the team to win - a loss was intolerable.

I learned that players took pride in wearing the uniform and having the star on their helmet - more than in any other professional organization. A player didn't just show up for a paycheck - he showed up to be a "Cowboy".

I learned what it was like to be a fan of "America's Team". You were there for the good and you were there for the bad and you always anticipated a win and your loyalty never waivered.

Then came the 1-15 season. Ugh. That season would test anyone's loyalty. But ya know? The entire team - the entire area never gave up hope. We still expected a winner - and two years later the Cowboys won the first of their two straight Super Bowls back in the 90's.

I always said, "If I could survive 1-15, then I can survive about anything." I'm a Cowboy's fan - Put me down on that side of the line.


Which side of the line should we put you on?
There is no middle ground or "undecided" or "don't care". This particular poll transcends all genders, races and classes around these parts - everybody has got an opinion.
What's yours?



TnWitchyWoman 56F
6852 posts
8/18/2006 10:25 am

For years I watched the Oilers win games only to screw it up come play-off time. We had season tickets in '78. Knew a lot of the players personally. That time and those games still hold some of the best memories of my life. Came to hate them when they moved here to Memphis. It wasn't going to be their permanent home as they were waiting to have their stadium built in Nashville and they treated their Memphis fans like crap and were surprised when they got it back in return. Very disappointing for an Oiler fan who also just happened to have come to Memphis from Houston. I'll never watch a Titan game as long as I live now.

Grew up watching Dallas in black and white until '69. I can't remember much about the players but I can still picture Tom Landry in that trench coat on the sidelines. When I first married Jeff it was a big show down any time the Oilers played the Cowboys. My dad being a HUGE Cowboy fan. I never knew which side to pick, or worried out it, instead choosing to just sit back and laugh at those two. I haven't watched a professional game in years. Maybe this year I will.

Lori


GraspCrownRusts 46M
780 posts
8/18/2006 11:59 am

    Quoting TnWitchyWoman:
    For years I watched the Oilers win games only to screw it up come play-off time. We had season tickets in '78. Knew a lot of the players personally. That time and those games still hold some of the best memories of my life. Came to hate them when they moved here to Memphis. It wasn't going to be their permanent home as they were waiting to have their stadium built in Nashville and they treated their Memphis fans like crap and were surprised when they got it back in return. Very disappointing for an Oiler fan who also just happened to have come to Memphis from Houston. I'll never watch a Titan game as long as I live now.

    Grew up watching Dallas in black and white until '69. I can't remember much about the players but I can still picture Tom Landry in that trench coat on the sidelines. When I first married Jeff it was a big show down any time the Oilers played the Cowboys. My dad being a HUGE Cowboy fan. I never knew which side to pick, or worried out it, instead choosing to just sit back and laugh at those two. I haven't watched a professional game in years. Maybe this year I will.

    Lori
Hey, Lori - thanks for stopping in!

Yeah, Bud Adams (Oilers/Titans ) owner sure knows how to win over a city, huh?...lol When his team left Houston, I think the town threw a party. He always had this attitude of entitlement. He thought/thinks the fans locally should come to see and support his team no matter what kind of product he is putting on the field. It's all business to him - winning is a consideration. Sad for the fans who are forced to put up with him all the time.

I LIKE your dad by the way. Cyber hi-fives over there to him...lol


INeedANULuver 47F

8/18/2006 12:00 pm

I remember "hearing" the Cowboys as they played every Sunday or Monday night in my house growing up! My mom and dad luuuuved the Cowboys! If it wasn't my Dad helping them make that touchdown, running across the living room floor..then it would be my mother which was even more hilarious! So, I grew up loving the Cowboys. Now as an adult, I am disappointed as I don't think the "New" Cowboys hold the honor as they once did. May just be me. Granted, I support them still, it's like embedded within my morals..(lol) but yet still disappointed as they could do much better than they have...my feelings only!


moonlightphoenix 45F
6508 posts
8/18/2006 12:33 pm

Well, considering my daughter was born in Irving (the weekend before the Superbowl, to boot) ,and I was married to a Texan for 8 years....I guess that makes me an

AIKMAN FAN!!!!

(hottest gay man I've seen in years)


GraspCrownRusts 46M
780 posts
8/18/2006 12:57 pm

    Quoting INeedANULuver:
    I remember "hearing" the Cowboys as they played every Sunday or Monday night in my house growing up! My mom and dad luuuuved the Cowboys! If it wasn't my Dad helping them make that touchdown, running across the living room floor..then it would be my mother which was even more hilarious! So, I grew up loving the Cowboys. Now as an adult, I am disappointed as I don't think the "New" Cowboys hold the honor as they once did. May just be me. Granted, I support them still, it's like embedded within my morals..(lol) but yet still disappointed as they could do much better than they have...my feelings only!
Hey, INeedANULuver! Thanks for stopping in!

The Cowboy Fans always hold our team to a higher standard, I think. You're probably right about the perceived lack of class from certain players, but I know the organization as a whole is still one that puts winning and pride above all else.

...and if there isn't a Super Bowl trophy being held high at the end of the season by a Cowboy, then we will always be a little bit disappointed, I think...lol


canuhandle1968 48F

8/18/2006 9:06 pm

LOVE 'EM!!! I was a little girl in 5th grade with Roger Staubach on a shirt I wore at least once a week... Then Danny White!! I was lucky enough to watch Emmitt Smith play his last game at the stadium as a Dallas Cowboy...what a bittersweet game.... You're right about either loving them or hating them.... It's like NASCAR'S Jeff Gordon or Dale Jr.... you either love them or hate them... Furthermore, are any other cheerleaders held up as high as those Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders??????? I think not!!


pretty_blue_eyes 38F
2091 posts
8/21/2006 3:35 pm

I was a big fan of the Cowboys back in my early teens. No no no, don't worry, I didn't hop on the bandwagon. Just that my best friend's dad was a Cowboy fan, so when I was there I always ended up watching them. So it just happened. Now, I wouldn't say I'm a fan or a hater. I think they have some issues that need to get worked out. I think the Texans have a start at a possible good team in the next couple of years. Carr, was such a young inexperienced qb given time, will be much better as long as he has the players to go to with. Just my opinion mind you.

I'm a Rams and a Pat fan


GraspCrownRusts 46M
780 posts
8/22/2006 11:12 am

    Quoting moonlightphoenix:
    Well, considering my daughter was born in Irving (the weekend before the Superbowl, to boot) ,and I was married to a Texan for 8 years....I guess that makes me an

    AIKMAN FAN!!!!

    (hottest gay man I've seen in years)


(sigh)... gotta luv (and/or lust ) a woman who knows how to work the "silver" and "blue" colorings...

Ya think Troy is really gay?... hmmmm...

That reminds me of another funny story - I guess you gave me another blog posting... woo hoo... thanks, girlie!


GraspCrownRusts 46M
780 posts
8/22/2006 11:24 am

    Quoting canuhandle1968:
    LOVE 'EM!!! I was a little girl in 5th grade with Roger Staubach on a shirt I wore at least once a week... Then Danny White!! I was lucky enough to watch Emmitt Smith play his last game at the stadium as a Dallas Cowboy...what a bittersweet game.... You're right about either loving them or hating them.... It's like NASCAR'S Jeff Gordon or Dale Jr.... you either love them or hate them... Furthermore, are any other cheerleaders held up as high as those Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders??????? I think not!!
I dunno about you, but I'm always checking to see how Jimmie Johnson did in the race from the weekend...lol

Yeah, I agree though. Perhaps each sport has its player and/or team that polarizes the fans. Baseball has the Yankees. Football has the Cowboys. Soccer has, uh, somebody help me out here.

Busting out the Danny White reference - you are a fan! I can bust out my Danny-White-Successor reference now - Steve Pelluer. Remember those dismal years? I'm sorry Tom Landry had to stand there and watch those teams in his last couple of years...lol.


GraspCrownRusts 46M
780 posts
8/22/2006 11:36 am

    Quoting pretty_blue_eyes:
    I was a big fan of the Cowboys back in my early teens. No no no, don't worry, I didn't hop on the bandwagon. Just that my best friend's dad was a Cowboy fan, so when I was there I always ended up watching them. So it just happened. Now, I wouldn't say I'm a fan or a hater. I think they have some issues that need to get worked out. I think the Texans have a start at a possible good team in the next couple of years. Carr, was such a young inexperienced qb given time, will be much better as long as he has the players to go to with. Just my opinion mind you.

    I'm a Rams and a Pat fan
The Cowboys are addictive, huh? Or is it just the Wranglers-wearing cowboys that are addictive? Or both?...lol

Well, no matter how ya came - we were happy to have you along for the ride...

The Texans will put together a good team this year - they've been steadily building. I think they'll finally surprise some folks. New head coach down there too, if memory serves... Carr will be/is a solid QB - he always needed an offensive line in front of him that could buy him 2 seconds to pick a receiver and make a pass though.

The Rams haven't been the same since they ran Kurt Warner out the door. Now, speaking of which, Arizona should have a much-improved team this year. Their problem will remain they are in the same division as New York, Dallas and Washington though...


...anyway... send me an email - we need to talk more football later on... that and neckin'... lol


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