Spitting Man Rallies The Cowboys Fan Base

Steve HartlineCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown by Felix Jones against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There is no love lost between Philadelphia Eagles fans and Dallas Cowboy fans. For decades, beginning in the old three divisional NFC structure, the Cowboys and Eagles played each other twice a year in the NFC East. That rivalry survived when the NFL realigned, and continues to this day. Replete with bad mouthing, bashing, even some questionable antics by the players; both on and off the field, the fans of each team circle the match-ups as soon as the seasonal schedule is posted. Then there are the games themselves. It seems year in and year out this rivalry has produced some very memorable outcomes. To be honest, it developed and survives due to two major factors:

•    A history rich with memorable games throughout the years
•    Each city has a huge and devote fan base.

Do you remember the Bounty Bowl Part 2 in 1989? After the Eagles had beaten Dallas a few weeks earlier in Irving, the Cowboys travelled to the Vet and all hell broke loose due to the snow. Snow balls were flying everywhere.

But the fans. The fans have a passion that sometimes borders on criminal, especially those that ironically call the City of Brotherly love their home: Those fanatics have given us

•    The Bounty Bowl
•    Randall Cunningham's fake kneel-down touchdown pass
•    Booing a seriously injured Michael Irvin
•    Hurling batteries at Jimmy Johnson
•    The list goes on and on

But now the Organization is involved, and has sunk to the depths of the indifferent and depraved. When Dave Spadaro , Eagles’ web site writer, was in Dallas week 17, he videotaped himself on the field in the Death Star, spitting on the star at midfield . Twice. And he was dumb enough to post the video. Disgusting I know, but if you were to create key word “Dave Spadaro” in TweetDeck, would you be surprised to find hundreds of Eagles fans cheering, calling him hero? I guess not if you cheer for the green and silver. But most folks know when a line has been crossed. Even Spadaro realizes this; why else would he provide a written apology. But a lame one at that, so all is not forgiven. Nor will it be, at least by me.

No big deal you say? Let it be known that a person can be charged and convicted of criminal assault for spitting at someone. Spitting. It is a big deal, even if not at a person. The intent was clear.

So what should be done about this incident? Surely Spadaro ought to be fired? Maybe. Shouldn’t Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie apologize, since it was his employee? That would be nice. But to these outcomes I really don’t care. Sure it bothers me; it pisses me off and the bile sticks in my throat. But what I want done about this incident is it to be taken to the field this Saturday when we play Philadelphia again. I want everyone representing the Cowboys in that stadium; the full roster, the coaching staff, the trainers, the water boys and towel boys all, to use this as a motivating factor and focus on the prize. Let us fans worry about the ramifications of Spit Gate. We got that covered. You boys just go out and put a slobberknockin’ on the Eagles, ok?