Who is Truly America's Team?
The Dallas Cowboys have long been known as "America's Team," but does that really hold true?
This team represents a glamor that includes the NFL's hottest cheerleaders and the iconic star symbol and silver, white and blue uniforms. However, these 'boys have been labelled whiners, as in the case of Tony Romo crying on field when he botched that infamous field goal in the 2007 playoffs against the Seahawks, followed by Terrell Owens's equally notorious "That's my teammate, man" interview. Not very American, if you ask me.
New York Yankees
"Yankee" is a term commonly used by other nations to identify an American and New York, the epicenter of America's financial market, has reflected their riches in using capless funds to sign all the talent it takes to win and win consistently. But does America want to be known as a rich country that has to buy its glory?
Steel, a major raw material of US production. Pittsburgh is a hard working city and the team reflects that. They are also very well respected and have more Super Bowl wins than any franchise in NFL history. Should they be known as America's team?
Now before you raise an eyebrow and give your screen a look of confusion let me justify. Oakland, not an internationally known city but it contains the diversity of the country as a whole. Multiple backgrounds including blacks, Latinos, Asians, and many others. It is a fairly poor city often filled with violence. This is also reflected in the Raider team with Tom Flores, Art Shell, Jack "The Assassin" Tatum, Kenny "The Snake" Stabler, etc. Take out the last seven years and The Raiders were a feared team as well as a highly successful one with three Super Bowl championships to its credit. Like the United States has a feared military might, and three major wins in Revolutionary War, World War I, and World War II. Both the Raiders and America were once powerful and strong but in the past years have lost their stranglehold with all these new up and comers.
New England Patriots
You either love 'em or hate 'em. "Patriots" is a very American tag with their insignia and red, white, and blue. They dominated the first decade of the 21st century, much like the American oil boom also did. But are sliding and getting old. In fact, from their last Super Bowl win there are very few starters remaining on defense. Just as the oil boom as ended, recession has started the decline of the Patriots.