Can the Dallas Cowboys Still Lay Claim to Being America's Team? If Not, Who Can?

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2008

Who is truly "America's Team?"

I've often thought about this question, and many times I've come up with reasons why teams other than the Dallas Cowboys should be labeled "America's team."

Let's start with the beginning, where I originally decided, the first team to win the modern day Super Bowl should be considered for this title of "America's Team."

The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. This makes complete sense to label the Packers "America's Team."

However, there's a slight problem with having the Packers as America's team, if not for the simple reason that they have no colors of red, white, or blue in their color scheme. Green and yellow is simply too distasteful.

So Green Bay has since fallen out of the running for "America's Team."

My next (biased) pick for "America's Team" was the Philadelphia Eagles.

The United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence was drawn in Philadelphia; it's the city of freedom, and there's a lot of symbolism of freedom in Philly. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Eagles (America's chosen symbol) as well as the fact that the Eagles took on their name from a symbol of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" in 1933.

Again, we run into a problem labeling the Eagles as "America's Team."

No colors of patriotism. Green, black, and silver simply will not do to justify their running as America's team.

Adding to their colorful woes, the Eagles have not won any modern era Super Bowl championships.

Now I start thinking about some other teams.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have five Super Bowl rings, as do the Cowboys and 49ers.

The problem with Pittsburgh, though, is yellow and black...Their colors look like mustard on a charred piece of grilled something.

The 49ers could be a prime candidate for America's Team.

The San Francisco area is steeped in American history, and the team's name is synonymous with the California Gold Rush.

The 49ers were also the first team to win five Super Bowls, as well as the only team with multiple appearances in the Super Bowl to remain undefeated at 5-0.

Add to those statistics that there is red in their colors, but then I make the excuse that America's team must have at least two of America's colors in their color scheme.

San Francisco is out of the running.

Now I have a new tactic.

Let's look at the New England Patriots.

To start off, they are the Patriots. It doesn't get anymore patriotic than to have the name "Patriots."

Their color scheme is right on target—red, white, and blue.

Their quarterback, Tom Brady, is an All-American type of guy from his first and last name to his looks, professionalism, and leadership qualities.

The Patriots won their first Super Bowl title the same year our country had fallen under attack, and they were the underdog in the Super Bowl against the Rams, much like our ancestors were the underdog against the British in the Revolutionary War.

Add to those little tidbits that the Patriots went on to win three Super Bowl titles over a four-year span (2001, 2003, 2004).

Then the "Spygate" scandal occurred last season, a play on words of "Watergate," giving the Patriots a little more claim to American history. This may make them America's team even more, when you think about the corruption in the American government.

But the political avenue is not really credited toward being "America's Team."

This brings me to my final two candidates for America's team.

The Dallas Cowboys have won five Super Bowl titles.

Their colors—blue and white—do fall within the qualifications of being "America's Team."

They are also a team within a city steeped in American History.

The city of Dallas was named after George M. Dallas, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, who's family immigrated from Dallas, Scotland to Philadelphia, PA.

The downfall of the Cowboys, however, is they were not a team in the NFL until 1960.

So I am left to put the Cowboys aside while I explore the final candidate for the title, "America's Team."

The New York Giants. What's more American than New York City?

New York City has the country's oldest subway system, it's the city that never sleeps, it's a mecca of cultural diversity, it was the location for multiple battles during the Revolutionary War, and, until 1790, served as the capital of the United States.

The New York Giants entered into the NFL in 1925.

Since their inception in 1925, the Mara family has owned the Giants. They have also kept the team in the New York area, and they've never changed the name of the team.

Since 1925, they own seven League Championships (four NFL and three Super Bowl), 10 Conference Championships, 15 Division Championships, and they've made 30 playoff appearances.

The Giants, from 1947 to 1963, also had defensive coordinator Vince Lombardi and offensive coordinator Tom Landry. Both coaches now in the Hall of Fame.

The Giants colors are red, white, and blue.

This makes a very strong statement in why the New York Giants should be considered "America's Team," and what better time than now—the day the Giants go to Dallas to match up against the Cowboys—to present them with that title?

The New York Giants truly are "America's Team."


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