I have always disliked, "that team." The Yankess. The Lakers. The Red Wings. And yes, the Cowboys. They always won, always had the best players, and always got on my nerves.
The Cowboys, with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin just dominated the NFL winning Super Bowl Champions in 1992, 1993, and 1995.
Jerry Jones took over the team and seemed to make every right decision, every gamble paid off, and the team won.
Only twice during the 1990s did the Cowboys not make the playoffs, 1990 and 1997.
Coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer were pulled from the college rankings and managed to win both a national championship and a Super Bowl, the only two to complete the feat.
In the first two Super Bowls the Cowboys defeated Buffalo each year, killing Jim Kelly’s chance to win one, he would finish his career without a ring. Aikman finished his career with three.
But then, in the late 90s, two things happened that would start to change my views on the Cowboys.
First, my family moved from Lincoln, Neb. to Dallas.
Second, the Cowboys started losing.
It is easy to hate a team when they are on top of the world knocking down every opponent in sight. But when the team starts to lose, the hatred starts to go away. It is hard to hate a team when they are losing, it’s like beating a dead horse, they already suck, why add insult to injury.
So then it happened and here are the steps that took us there.
The triplets dominated on the field. Aikman, Smith ,and Irvin were the dream team, they were the Jordan, Pippen, and Kerr of the football field.
They won and I didn't like that.
But by the late 90s the Cowboys began to falter and stumble. Johnson and Switzer were gone, the trio was getting old, and the Cowboys just weren't what they used to be.
Cheering against a team that was loosing pretty much half of the time lost it's fun.
And of course, once you become a fan, they start losing. That was when I knew I was a fan. As soon as I noticed that whenever the Cowboys lost it upset me, that's when I knew it happened I was a fan.
I had embraced every other Dallas' sports team, so why not the Cowboys? They weren't the dominant team of the 90s anymore. Aikman, Smith, and Irvin were gone and new players were starting to make names for themselves.