To begin with, let me just say that I love the Dallas Cowboys. I have an incredible passion for this team, it’s so much more to me than a game or money or fame. Some of my favorite moments in life have been spent watching the Cowboys with friends and family.
With that said, I am very disappointed in this organization. I have heard for years from the media and ‘haters’ how Jerry Jones is a sellout and would do anything for the money.
The latest headlines may have proven that point. Reality shows? Seriously?
Michael Irvin is producing a reality show similar to “Survivor” or “American Idol”. Terrell Owens has announced his reality show as well, that sounds similar to “The Bachelor” or “Rock of Love”. (Of course, I’m no reality show fanatic so don’t quote me on those comparisons.)
Irvin and Owens aren’t the first Cowboys to become stars on television. Emmitt Smith stole hearts (again) in 2006 when he went on “Dancing with the Stars” and took home the trophy. Deion Sanders has a reality show on Oxygen called “Primetime Love” that is filmed in his home with his family about their every day lives.
The difference is, Emmitt and Deion’s shows didn’t involve the current team. They weren’t exploiting the team or taking the focus away from the game.
We just came off a season of disappointments that started off as a reality show on HBO. Okay, I admit I loved Hard Knocks as much as the next Cowboys fan. I can’t lie, it was awesome to see what goes on in training camp and preseason. But did it help the team? Did the team live up to its potential?
The Cowboys’ brand new billion dollar stadium will earn them more than enough attention this year. Do we really have to make a mockery of the game and be the center of attention every chance we get?
I think true Cowboys fans agree that the rest of the team (and management) could learn alot from the humility of Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware and Marion Barber.
Oh and for the record, you can go ahead and call me a hypocrit because you know I will watch both new shows. But, unfortunately I’m not the owner or the general manager and the outcome of these decisions does not rest on my shoulders.