America's Mess

by - February 3, 2009 - Posted in Dear Mr. Jones

Dear Mr. Jones,

Well, Super Sunday has come and gone, and what are we left with except a bitter taste in our mouths and a new hatred of the number six? Yes, six championships for America’s Team, and you know we don’t mean your Dallas Cowboys. With one fateful tippi-toe catch the torch has been passed: the Steelers are America’s Team; the Cowboys are America’s Mess.

What did it mean to be America’s Team? Like many Cowboy fans, we never knew where the term came from or when it first appeared – it just WAS. Turns out it was first uttered in 1979 by a brilliant man named Bob Ryan. Bob was the VP and editor-in-chief of NFL Films, and anointed the Cowboys after editing the team’s 1978 highlight film. He noticed that wherever the Cowboys took the field, there were always Cowboy fans in the stands and cheers for Cowboy touchdowns. A television announcer used the term to introduce the team for the first game of the 1979 season and it stuck.

Of course, back in 1979 the Cowboys were the model of NFL success. They won Super Bowls in ’77 and ’71, and had been to the big game 3 out of the past 5 years (not to mention to the playoffs for 9 out of the past 10 years). That sounds pretty similar to those guys up north playing in gold and black.

In some regards, the franchise’s brilliant past helped illuminate the darkness of the present and future. We as fans could always hold our heads up with pride looking back, now we can just shake our heads sadly as we salute the continued greatness of a team not our own.

Please Mr. Jones, we implore you to stop the madness and reclaim the title of America’s Team. The only way to do it is to admit your mistakes and give up the charade of the General Manager title. Bring in a proven football mind and give him authority to build a cohesive team. Then bask in the warm rays of love and appreciation being sent to you from around the nation as the beloved owner of America’s Team.

Sincerely,

The Fans

14 Responses to America's Mess

Ryan

February 3rd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

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Steelers & #6… these are dark times we're living in…

Mike

February 3rd, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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The sad part is I can't argue too much with people who call Pittsburgh “America's Team” these days. They've won the most Super Bowls, their fans are all over, and, most importantly, they are RESPECTED as an organization.

I will now ram my head into a wall.

Iamtdg

February 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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We may never reclaim the lead either.

We WON'T as long as Jerry is the GM of this team.

CowboysNation.net

February 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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Like I keep saying … let's see what Dan Reeves is here for. I can't argue with much of what you wrote here, though I kind of take offense to the America's Team label relocating. But we're still not out of it yet, believe it or not, this team has a chance to win out even with Jerry Jones as GM, albeit a very small chance.

I'm angry and disappointed about this team, but still hopeful that things will get better … eventually.

Tyler

February 4th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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I think that most of us are optimistic that things will turn around for the Cowboys…but things have to change. I heard on the radio when the sports personalities were talking about how the Steelers have now taken the title of “America's Team” from the Cowboys and I just chuckled to myself and shook my head. How could the front office of the Cowboys let this happen. Come on Jerry.

Tyler

February 4th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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I agree with you Nation, let's see what Dan Reeves does. He can't make things worse.

Johnny Goodrum

February 24th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

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What really gets me about how bad a GM can be, just look back at the season after the second Super Bowl, all the GM had to do is to keep Jimmy Johnson one more year and this would have happened…Dallas would have won 4 Super Bowls in a row, Steve Young would not have won a Super Bowl and would not be in the Hall of Fame….I will never forgive the GM for letting Steve Young win a Super Bowl…..Now the Black and Gold are truly America's Team because the Dallas GM does not have the guts to put a Super Bowl team on the field.

bp

February 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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Jerry, you and Dan not being on the same page says everything. You have a pathetic track record as a GM. You continually embarass our team, we are only #1 when it comes to #1 lauging stock of the league, #1 in not meeting expectations, among others. Apathy is setting in. It will take years to undo the damage you've done. Please, please, please hire a GM. Swallow your pride, be a great owner and fill your fingers with rings.

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February 25th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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bp

February 26th, 2009 at 3:08 am

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Jerry, you and Dan not being on the same page says everything. You have a pathetic track record as a GM. You continually embarass our team, we are only #1 when it comes to #1 lauging stock of the league, #1 in not meeting expectations, among others. Apathy is setting in. It will take years to undo the damage you've done. Please, please, please hire a GM. Swallow your pride, be a great owner and fill your fingers with rings.

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February 26th, 2009 at 3:39 am

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