Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys: Why Can't the Media Get Over Those Cowboys?
Coming into Sunday's game between Minnesota and Dallas, it was pretty obvious that the national media wanted a rematch of the Cowboys and Saints in the NFC Championship. You could tell Joe Buck and Troy Aikman both were rooting for a Dallas victory. Even though the Vikings have a national story with Brett Favre on their roster, the Cowboys get a majority of the attention because they are considered 'America's Team'.
I remember at one point during the Cowboys opening drive, that they were "off to a great start." The Vikings had forced Dallas into two third-and-short situations on their first two play-sets of the game.
Following the third down completion to Patrick Clayton, the announcers made it seem like everything was perfect for those Cowboys. An incompletion, a run for a four yard loss, a sack that caused a fumble to be recovered by Minnesota, and all of a sudden it didn't look so "great" anymore.
Of course, Minnesota went three-and-out on their first drive, ending it with a sack of Brett Favre by DeMarcus Ware, and all was right in the world again. It just seemed everything good that Dallas did was loved more and more by the announcers of the game. If Minnesota accomplished something, rarely did we hear about the accomplishment before we heard about what Dallas did wrong.
It's obvious that their is a bias among the NFL and its' media partners. If the Cowboys are terrible they will receive more coverage than any other team outside of New England and New York, unless they are undefeated of course.
It's just sad that it leaks over into the announcing booth when you are trying to watch your hometown football team. I wish they would just try to even out the coverage a little bit, but they don't even try until the game is practically over.
And even then, the Minnesota Vikings put up a late touchdown when the game was out of reach to make it 34-3. Immediately, the question is proposed, "Was that touchdown uncalled for?"
Of course it's not. It's the NFL playoffs. These games are what every team plays for all season, and if you think Minnesota should let up against a team who gave up, you're kidding yourself. Keith Brooking you should be embarrassed about your reaction to the Visante Shiancoe touchdown catch.
Minnesota made a statement to the New Orleans Saints with that last touchdown. They are coming for the "kill" next week. They have Super Bowl dreams, just like they do in the Bayou. Everybody wanted to put the New Orleans Saints up on a pedestal after last night's trouncing of the Arizona Cardinals, but remember this:
The 1998 Minnesota Vikings had a very similar offense to that of what the Saints have implemented. They were beating teams by 20 points a week all season. The 'Dirty Birds" led by Jamal Anderson came into the Metrodome and defeated them on their own turf to go to the Super Bowl. Minnesotan's remember this close to their hearts and are out for vengeance as well.
The Dallas Cowboys need to check their own egos before they start blaming Minnesota for running up the score on them. Wade Phillips made the mistake of attempting two very long field-goals with a kicker that they just signed off of waivers. Those fourth down situations were within the realm of going for it and he cost his team.
The Vikings played very well on Sunday afternoon, and the Cowboys were led to believe that they were better than they actually were (check out my previous article: "The Minnesota Vikings Will Beat the Cowboys Handily on Sunday " )
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