Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How Bout Them Cowboys?

When I was growing up, there were two things that I knew for sure. I loved Brett Favre, and I hated the Dallas Cowboys. Flashforward to the period in my life that is the present and there are two things that I know to be true as well. I hate Brett Favre, and dear God do I love the Dallas Cowboys (this week, anyway).

It was as far back as the mid-1990's, but the memories of three straight promising Packers seasons that were only disrupted by the Cowboys still seem all too vivid. Hopefully now, Brett Favre will have the same problems against Dallas as he did back then, and hopefully the Boys can knock the Vikings out of the playoffs. If they also wanted to take a cheap shot at Favre's knees, that would be good too.

I know that I talk about Favre on here almost to the point of obsession, but I really would not be able to stomach Favre winning the Super Bowl this season. I know for a fact that if the Packers would have won on Sunday only to lose to the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game this year, then I would have rooted for the Packers to lose to Arizona eleven times out of ten. I know that seems backwards, but I just could not have handled losing yet again to Favre this year.

You know, when I temporarily changed the logo of this site to reflect my new appreciation for the Dallas Cowboys, it was really only a half joke. I will honestly be rooting for the Cowboys as hard as I would be rooting for the Packers if they were still playing this weekend. I will get just as invested in the game, I will be nervous slash depressed when they are losing, and I will not be able to breathe if they don't win. I know I'm not alone on this one.

There are only a few distinct times in my life where I can remember rooting for a team like I do for the Packers. I won't make it a secret that out of all the teams I root for inside and outside Wisconsin, the Packers are definitely my number one. I absolutely love the Brewers, but I really only feel the life or death fandom for them when they are either playing the Cubs or in a playoff chase.

I'm not saying that I don't like the Brewers as much as I like the Packers, or that I don't follow them as intently, it's just that there's something different about the level of intensity between the two. I've always summed it up this way: I love the Brewers to death, but the Packers are more than just a football team, they are a way of life. Like I said, there's just something different there, at least to me.

But I digress. Other situations where I have rooted for something with the Packers intensity are as follows - for the USA Men's Soccer team in the World Cup, for my younger brother's high school soccer team when they were in the playoffs, for Michael Phelps two years ago (regretting that one), and for how I will feel about the Buffalo Sabres when they hoist the Stanley Cup this season. It's a rare feeling to extend beyond the Green and Gold, but I will be feeling it this weekend.

Now, I've already let you guys know that I will be buying a ladder and the tightest rope in Fond du Lac if the Vikings win the Super Bowl this season, but they way I look at it is that the Vikings just have to lose once out of three chances. I think that they could easily beat the Saints or the Cardinals, and you never know what bullshit Favre will try to pull if he actually makes the Super Bowl. So honestly, I think Minnesota's best chance to lose is to Tony Romo and the Cowboys this weekend, and that's why I'm willing to forget any ill will I've ever felt towards Dallas and root for them like my life is on the line.

Because in my case, it literally might be.

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