The Bandwagon Could Get Crowded This Year

Since the success of the ’90′s Cowboys Dynasty I’ve found myself when asked what team I support explaining that I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was 7 years old. Why do I feel the need to explain how long I’ve been a fan? One word. Bandwagon.

Now I admit I did jump on the Cowboys Bandwagon when they were being successful in the ’70′s and I feel bandwagon jumping is totally acceptable between the ages of 5 and 12. Any older than that and you’ll be a bandwagon jumper forever. You were probably a Patriots fan for a few years. Maybe a Rams fan. Obviously never an Eagles fan because, well, you know. They’ve never won anything significant enough to warrant said "jump".

Loyalty. Perseverance. Fanaticism. These are three of the big things a true fan brings. I read Shelby’s post and she epitomizes what a true Cowboys fan is. At the end of a Cowboys game your emotions should parallel that of the team.

I’m sure this year we’ll have plenty of people jumping aboard The Blue Star Super Bowl Express and that’s cool. The more the merrier. And after the 6th trophy is hoisted high in the air and we all go out and buy new t-shirts I’ll still be explaining that I was a fan way back when just in case I’m mistaken for the newbies.

What was it that first drew me to America’s Team in 1975? The cool uniforms? The great teams? The awesome stadium? I think initially it was the cheerleaders.

Comments
  1. Pam K.

    I often find myself doing the same thing in explaining to people that I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was a kid. Like you, I don’t want to be mistaken as a “newbie.” I’ve never ever even thought about jumping off the bandwagon.
    I live by that saying “win lose or tie I’m a Cowboys fan until I die.”

  2. Kevin Davis

    lol, gotta love the bandwagoners.. Cowboys fan sense 1987! :) Go BOys!!

  3. Cowboy

    Guess I’m fortunate not to have that problem of being called a wagon jumper, a newbie or have to explain how long I’ve been a fan (though I can tell you everything you’d like to know about the Cowboys starting with George Preston Marshall and Hail to the Redskins). I currently do not live in the great State of Texas however everyone that hangs out at the local sports bar that I frequent knows that I’m a diehard Cowboys fan and that the blue jeep with the white star and blue background front license plate belongs to me. I live in a military town and that’s what brought me here, about 20 years ago one of the bartenders started calling me “Cowboy” and the nickname stuck, now just about everyone calls me that, even people I don’t even know. The local watering hole is great during football season, fans from all over the country show up in their team colors and game faces however Cowboy fans are the only ones who have their own seating area called “Cowboy Corner.”

  4. ShelbyK

    Great post, Cowboy Bill. Woohoo for America’s Sweethearts: another way America’s Team sets the standard!
    Also, Thank you! That just MADE MY DAY! I love me some Cowboys and the Cowboy Fans! Folks can tell immediately that I’m not on the wagon
    …and I wouldn’t have it any other way! :)

  5. Jon

    Ive been a fan since the days of the”old” Stadium in Irving. I cant really say old since we will playing one more season there. To consider myself a Band wagoneer, is a bit true but i’ve been one since the early 70′s. I’ve waited 13 years for another trophy and I can’t wait till we hoist it up in Febuary. how bout them cowboys!!!!!

  6. davedallasfan

    roger staubach is all i need to say. i watched the cowboys lose to balt in sb5 and said this is my team. and i fell for roger the dodger in 71 and the rest is history. i’ve seen bowls and 1-15 and tom to jimmy, and etc….even fatass!!!!you know who i mean…..but roger is it…..my favorite cowboy. when your 10 you love those guys like staubach, so call me a bandwagon fan that will never get off.

  7. Eileen

    COWBOYS FAN SINCE 1979! I WAS 7 WATCHING THE COWBOYS PLAY THE REDSKINS WITH MY DAD AND THAT’S WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BOYS! HOWEVER MY DAD WAS NOT TO HAPPY HE WAS A DIE HARD REDSKIN FAN!! I HAVE STUCK BY THE COWBOYS THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD TIMES, THAT’S WHAT A TRUE FAN DOES, WE NEVER FALL OFF THE BANDWAGON! CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT SIXTH RING!

  8. Timothy Hadlock

    I loved all of the comments on this topic. I have been a Cowboys fan since I was like 5 years old. I know quite a lot of trivia about the team to include this little tidbit here, “The one where in SB5 the MVP was picked not from the winning team of Baltimore but from the losing side of the Cowboys. One man named Chuck Howley. He is in fact the only person to win the MVP honors for a super bowl from the losing team.” I have loved this team ever since I can remember. and growing up in my household was tough because my older brother was then Steelers fan, and all of us Cowboys fans know what that team did to us in the 70′s. However I have stayed true to my team through the thick and the thin the good years and the bad ones. I cannot wait for the season to start to see the ‘Boys in action again. I even have old photos of the team from back in the 70′s to include a signed picture from Danny White as well as several team photos from their teams in the 70′s. I have even been watchin the construction videos of the new stadium being built, it looks awesome and I hope that I can go to a game there in the near future. I will stop right there but I could go on and on for a long time talking about my favorite team of all time. Needless to say though, I am true blue fan until I die. So to all of you other true blue fans of the Cowboys I have only one thing more to say. Go Cowboys and get your popcorn ready because it is gonna be a great season.

  9. Lucy

    I loved your post..During football season I have such a hard time being a girl, a sportsfan, but most of all being a Cowboy fan..Gosh we have lots of haters out there, but I gave up on explaining that am a true Cowboy fan and not on the bandwagon. I’ve been a fan since I was 6 in the mid 80′s when I idolized my older brother and I would sit with him watching Sunday football. He would explain everything about the Cowboys to me and I fell in love. Thru the 90′s we had a lot of great moments, wins, wins, and more wins. As the years went on we started slowing down and of course lost a lot of those fans including my older brother. He now roots for the Dolphins…Urrghh. For a long time we didn’t have much to cheer for but still..I don’t understand it, I gave my heart to the BOYS one 80′s Sunday morning, and thru good years and the bad, I never got it back.
    So when am outthere on a Sunday cheering and biting my nails thru a great season, don’t question me..Am just a cute cowgirl fan supporting my team. This will be another great season for Cowboys likers, but for all the TRUE Cowboy Lovers..Get Ready, we’re gonna gain many more lovely memories..GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!

  10. Raina

    Great post Bill! I finally quit explaining that I have been a cowboy fan since the late 70′s. Someone popped off at my friends’ birthday party that I was probley one of those jumpers from team to team and my friend let him know real quick that I had been a fan longer than he had been. lol. Maybe we should design a shirt for us. Let the newbie’s make their own. lol