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.