Today’s #TBT sports blog brings back the clever nickname that sports fans love to argue about – America’s Team.
And, I’m certain that calling the Dallas Cowboys’ America’s Team will immediately start a bunch of arguments.
But, the Boys are back, sitting atop the NFC East with a 4 – 1 record going into this weekend’s contest against the reigning Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cowboys are often referenced as the original America’s Team, but fans in all sports have their favorite teams.
In basketball, there are as many Los Angeles Lakers lovers as there are Miami Heat diehards.
In soccer, there are legions of FC Barcelona backers and Manchester United faithful.
And, in football, New Englanders pay homage to the Patriots, and Cheese Heads in Wisconsin are equally as crazy about their Packers.
However, in spite of a few recent mediocre seasons, the Dallas Cowboys are back and may be re-emerging as the best NFL fraanchise from the 80’s and 90’s known as the original America’s Team.
Back in 1978, NFL Films innocently referred to the Cowboys as America’s Team. The nickname stuck. The Dallas Cowboys deserved the honor that NFL Films gave them because of their dominance and innovation on the football field.
Most fans loved the team’s exciting offense, stingy defense and colorful players. And, all football fans credit the Cowboys for the new, clever additions they brought to the game.
Legendary coach Tom Landry introduced the more up tempo shot gun offense, pre-snap movements and a swarming flex defense never before seen in the NFL.
The Cowboys were pioneers in the game of football that they dominated for nearly three decades in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
America’s Team won five Super Bowl titles. They also boasted some of the NFL’s greatest stars, like QBs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, RBs Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith, WRs Bob Hayes and Michael Irvin and DEs Ed Too Tall Jones and Randy White.
During recent years the team has not been the dominating force it had been. Many can argue that the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers or Pittsburgh Steelers are more worthy to carry that title.
However, the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s earned the nickname America’s Team because of their unrivaled success.
And, so far this season, it appears as if the franchise’s success has returned because the Boys are back!
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!