I remember watching the Dallas Cowboys with my dad when I was a little girl in the 1970’s. They were America’s team, and we loved them. It was the time of Tom Landry and Roger Staubach. They were tough, classy, and fun to watch. They were heroes to my dad, and therefore heroes to me. We watched the Cowboys with great pride while they played in the Super Bowl five times during the seventies. The eighties were not nearly as kind to the Cowboys, but we stayed fans throughout those trying times. When Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys in the late eighties and fired Tom Landry, my dad was horrified! How dare this new owner fire the great Tom Landry! Somehow, we got over that (kind of). We stayed true fans through the great nineties, and through the not so great 2000’s. My dad passed away in 2009, still a Cowboys fan.
My loyalty for the Cowboys began to falter when I realized they haven’t been great for a long time, but they still act like they are. The players (and Jerry Jones) have the arrogance of a team that has been dominating Super Bowls, when they haven’t even won a divisional round playoff game in 20 years. I would remain a loyal fan to a team that showed humility in the face of such a poor record, but that is not the case with the Cowboys. It is like the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and we fans are supposed to act like the team is still great, when it clearly is not.
The final straw for me was when they signed Greg Hardy after he was convicted of domestic violence. That is not something a team owner with any character would do. I realize times have changed and football is a business, however I don’t choose to stay loyal to a business that pays domestic abusers huge sums of money and acts like their fans are too dumb to notice their losing record.