"Sorry for your loss!"
"Sorry for your loss!"
Those were the text messages I received immediately after the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants on Sunday January 01, 2012. The Cowboys are officially done for the season. The loss was a sobering reminder to me on how tough it is to be a Cowboys fan here in central New Jersey.
There are plenty of National Football League (NFL) fans in New Jersey. But this is enemy territory for Cowboys supporters. My town is dominated by Giants fans. They might as well be called the New Jersey Giants. Their home field is located in New Jersey. Naturally, New York Jets fans can also be found here. As you move toward the south, you enter Philadelphia Eagles country. With NFC East rivals all around, this is no place for Cowboys fans.
The local youth football club is named after the Giants. The mayor is a huge Giants fan. Even local priests endorse them. I am completely surrounded. When the Giants beat the Cowboys, I hear it. Boy, do I hear it.
My son recently said to me, "why don't you root for a good team?" I told him I do root for a good team. I told him that the Cowboys won five Super Bowl Championships before he was born. That is two more than the Giants have won. The Cowboys were a dynasty in the 90s. It was the best of times for Cowboys fans, especially in New Jersey.
But it has been 16 years since their last Super Bowl victory. Since then, the Giants have had the upper hand. The Giants have more NFC East titles. In 2008, at a Super Bowl party full of Giants fans, I thought it was finally over for the Giants. Then came the ridiculous pass from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver David Tyree. Unbelievable. From my perspective, it has been all Giants. I know because I hear from their fans. Like I said, there are a ton of them here.
I will continue to be a Cowboys fan, no matter how bad it gets here. I have been a Cowboys fan for more than 30 years. I have been fortunate enough to witness three Super Bowl Championships. I have seen numerous players and coaches inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I enjoy watching them on Thanksgiving Day, my favorite holiday. However, lately it has been mostly heartache for Cowboys fans. The 2011 NFL season was a prime example of that. But I am no fair-weather fan. I am a Cowboys fan.
The season is over for the Cowboys. Like always, I will continue to watch the NFL playoffs. I tip my hat off to the Giants. They deserve to be in the playoffs. My text message to Giants fans: "Good luck at Lambeau Field, if you even get that far."
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Edwin Torres has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the days of Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach. He enjoyed watching the Dallas teams of the 90s dominate opponents on both sides of the ball. As a longtime fan of the National Football League, Edwin follows many interesting games and stories each week. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.