I never hated Troy Aikman. Sure, he was a Cowboy and with that came the required-by-Port-Richmond-law to disdain him. And, on Sunday, he was overly fascinated with Andy Reid’s decision(s) to go for it on fourth down and jumped to the conclusion that Reid might do so every fourth down, forever and always. That was annoying. But Aikman more than made up for it with what he said yesterday.
Speaking to KTCK in Dallas, Aikman took a swing at Cowboys fans. Yeah, Cowboys fans: [NFL.com]
"I've always said Dallas isn't so much a sports town as it is a winner's town," Aikman told KTCK-AM, via The Dallas Morning News."And that's not that unique. Most towns are like that. There are very few towns like Chicago where you can go out there and go 4-12 and they're (still) selling out stadiums. That's pretty unique. But Dallas, they pull for their winners."
"I don't think Dallas has ever really had a great home-field advantage," he said. "… I think for a large part — and the fans don't want to hear this — a lot of the people that attend sports in this town, they're there because it's kind of just a place to be seen. I didn't know anybody who went to Rangers games, and then when they started winning and going to World Series, everybody's wearing Rangers hats and saying, 'Oh yeah, I'm a big Rangers fan.' "
That’s awesome. One of their own, basically calling them bandwagon fans.
I’m not sure our disdain for sports fans from Dallas has ever neared the level we have toward those from, say, New York or Boston, or just the general population of Pittsburgh. It’s a regional thing, that hate. Mostly, the Cowboys abhorrence is two-fold: we hate the team and everything it stands for, and the local people who, because they had lousy parents, root for them. But still, hearing Aikman criticize those who cheer for America’s Team? Well, that gets me a little misty. Welcome to our club, Troy.
H/T to the person who sent this to me. I forget who.