A lot of the hate goes back to the 1970’s, but I was too young to pay attention then. Dallas won a lot in the 1970’s, but so did other teams. Why hate the 1970’s Cowboys?
The 80’s Cowboys were pretty good up until about 1987. Why hate the Cowboys then?
I think the “America’s Team” thing started in the 80’s. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a self-anointed. I can see where that might ruffle a few feathers, but … venomous hate?
I can see hating pushy money bags Jerry Jones and the wins in the 90’s. However, other teams have annoying high profile owners. Just look at … well … ok.
So far, I see the following:
Winning a lot. But the Packers, Steelers, 49ers, and Patriots are not so hated.
Self-proclaimed America’s Team. Annoying, yes. Again, the hate goes back farther than this, and nobody really uses the America’s Team thing anymore.
Annoying current owner (but he didn’t come along until 1989).
Some Cowboys have had some legal troubles, but so have other teams. The Vikings sex boat thing isn’t lingering anymore. Other NFL players have had similar problems on other teams without drawing so much ire.
Is there more to it? When did the hate really begin and why does it persist now?
Why do YOU hate the Cowboys? The answer is kinda obvious if you are a fan of another NFC East team, but I don’t think Redskin / Eagle / Giant fans share as much hate for each other as they all do for Dallas.
I’m a Cowboys fan and have been all my life. There’s hate for a ton of different reasons. One I hear most frequently is how Jerry Jones handled the dismissal of Tom Landry. Landry is an icon. They could have easily let the spin be that Landry decided to retire. The “America’s Team” pissed off a LOT of people too. It was seen as arrogant. Even though the Dallas Cowboys had nothing to do with that nickname.
The America’s team thing goes back to the mid 70’s and they still use it (I heard it on their Monday night game vs. Buffalo a couple weeks ago).
In addition to what you’ve said, from what I’ve seen, Dallas also has a lot of front runners as fans (similar to the Yankees in baseball). That’s an always irritating trait, though not really the fault of the team.
I’m 24 years old and a Green Bay Packers fan. I guess I started to really follow football when I was 10 or 11 years old. Once I became a Packers fan, the Cowboys (and 49ers) were standing in their way. In three straight years, (1993-1995), the Cowboys knocked the Packers out of the playoffs. The hate flowed easily from there.
Also, I hate Michael Irvin. And my father is a Cowboys fan.
I’m a 49er fan, so the Cowboys were a conference rival for a long time, so I have an actual reason to root aginst them. The “America’s Team” thing, though, really, really pissed people off, and it still bugs me.
(The 49ers aren’t anybody’s rival right now, except for maybe rivalling a block of swiss cheese for number of holes.)
As people have previously said, the Cowboys didn’t come up with the America’s Team nickname, it was coined as the title of their 1978 season highlight film by somebody at NFL films. I am a huge Cowboys fan, and since I live in Washington I mostly hear it from skins fans who are still bitter that we whupped their asses from 98 to about 2005 every year
I’m from Dallas and so used to be a big fan. But in the mid-90s they started hiring a bunch of pretty boys and assholes, so it became progressively more difficult to wish good things for them. Finally, I just gave up. I don’t watch football much anymore.
For me the “America’s Team” stuff was a big part of it. Also, back in the 70’s, they were promoted to hell and back until you were sick of it. There was a TV movie about their cheerleaders, for fuck sake. There was a guy in my dorm who worshipped those cheerleaders. I don’t think he even watched football.
Also the 70’s Cowboys exemplified the button-down, corporate, suck-the-fun-out-it type of football that I didn’t like.