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Even in a Bleak Year, Cowboy Fans Have Something to Celebrate

Dallas is one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, having appeared in eight Super Bowls—more than any other team. The Cowboys won five of these games, a record unsurpassed until the Steelers won their 6th in 2009.

The Cowboys have won their divisional championship, the NFC East an impressive 21 times. With 32 years of playing in the divisional championship game out of the 50 in the team’s history, the Cowboys hold the all time record for appearances in the division championship games along with winning 21 out of the 32; based on the number of years the team has been around. It’s taken 40 more years of playing for 2 other teams to have those numbers.

Tom Landry, one of the most successful coaches in professional football history, led the club to two Super Bowl victories during the 1970s, with teams starring safety Mel Renfro and quarterback Roger Staubach. Under head coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, the team won three Super Bowls during the 1990s, with lineups featuring quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin, known as the Triplets.

The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. Although the team failed to win a single game in its first season, in 1965, under Landry, the Cowboys earned their first of nine consecutive trips to the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the history of the Dallas Cowboys, and you’ll know why they are “America’s Team”:

1966 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1967 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1968 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1969 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1970 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1971 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1971 – The Cowboys compete in their first Super Bowl but fall to the Baltimore Colts after a field goal in the last minute of play.

1972 – The Cowboys cinch their first Super Bowl win after defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-3.

1973 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1976 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1976 – The Cowboys lose the Super Bowl to the Steelers.

1977 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1978 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1978 – The Cowboys win the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

1979 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1979 – In one of the most thrilling Super Bowls of all time, the Cowboys fall to the Steelers 35-31 after recovering from 35-17 in mere minutes.

1981 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1985 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1992 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1993 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1993 – After a massive team re-building process, the Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in the Super Bowl.

1994 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1994 – The Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year.

1995 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1996 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1996 – The Cowboys defeat the Steelers 27-17 in the Super Bowl.

1998 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

1998 – Cowboys Extend NFL-Record with 25th Playoff Appearance – The Cowboys extended their NFL Record for postseason appearances to 25 with a 20-7 loss to Arizona in a NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Texas Stadium on Jan. 2, 1999.

1999 – Team of the 90’s – The Cowboys close the century as the NFL’s most successful team in the decade of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1999, Dallas qualified for the playoffs eight times, won six division titles, made four trips to the conference championship game and won three Super Bowls.

2002 – On second-and-seven from the Dallas 30-yard line with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter against Seattle at Texas Stadium on Oct. 27, Emmitt Smith burst up the middle on an 11-yard run to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. With that carry, he moved past Walter Payton’s mark of 16,726 career rushing yards. Smith finished the day with 109 yards on 24 carries. By season’s end, he had extended the record to 17,162 career rushing yards.

2007 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

2009 – The Cowboys win the division championship.

Bad Joke??

Why does the media like to use the Cowboys as a bad joke? I am a Cubs fan, that team is in something of a funk. I was watching SportsCenter this morning when they were talking about the Cubs and their turmoil. The line that the broadcaster said was, ” The Cubs are the Dallas Cowboys of MLB.” I did not like that statement. Just because the team had some “problems” of their own. Every media outlet, or most of them, badmouth the Cowboys. I just would like to remind them the Cowboys still had a winning record. No the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs, but at least we gave it a try.

The Cubs are nothing like the Cowboys. I love the Cubs but they continuously lose every year. That’s why they are called the lovable losers. I have been trying to ignore the media about the Cowboys but this one irked me. The Cowboys are champions! So, what they haven’t won a playoff game in years. But they at least give good runs toward the playoffs.

Don’t get me wrong I am not defending the Cowboys for losing seasons. I want them to win every single year as much as the next Cowboys fan. Maybe this blog is similar to the Are We Spoiled as Cowboys Fans blog that I wrote. But I’ve taken this in a different direction. I am proud to be a Cowboys fan. This year we we will shut up all the critics and they fans that badmouthed my team.

Another quick story before I am done for the day. I work in a small town Emergency Room. Everyone there knows I am a die-hard Cowboys fan. I get harassed constantly in Chicago Bear Country. One of our ER doctors is from Philly and you guessed it – an Eagles fan. I only see him once in a while. The other day he harassed me about the whipping we received at the hand of his beloved Eagles. Then about 10 minutes later he walked by me and noticed my watch, Cowboys of course. He started to say something about the Eagles are tough and the Cowboys are nothing. But my quick little comeback was, ” At least, my Cowboys own 5 rings, how many does the Eagles have?” Never bothered me again for the rest of the night. Go Cowboys!

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