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Cowboys Fans Are Bandwagoners, Says Cowboys’ Hall of Fame Quarterback

Oct 11, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

We’re not ones to miss out on an opportunity to needle Cowboys fans on this site, but this time it wasn’t us — it was one of their own (and now we’re going to pile on).

Okay, so Troy Aikman didn’t exactly call Cowboys fans bandwagoners. He was talking about Dallas fans, the people who actually have a geographical reason to root for the Cowboys, not the actual bandwagon fans that you and I all know. Well… I guess it’s really one in the same.

Anyway, right before he basically called Dallas fans a bunch of bandwagoners, Aikman was remarking how much more difficult a place to play Philadelphia or New York were compared to what a road team would go through at Cowboys Stadium. His explanation for why wasn’t the building’s acoustics, by the way — It’s a people problem.

Dallas, you’re just not very good sports fans. Via Deadspin from a sports radio interview transcribed by the Dallas Morning News:

“I don’t think Dallas has ever really had a great home field advantage. What I’ve heard is that, ‘Wow, they really lost home field advantage when they left Texas Stadium.’ Texas Stadium really wasn’t that different. Having played playoff games in Texas Stadium, that stadium was rocking, it was great. … But when we would play in Philadelphia, New York and walk out of the tunnel, I would have to be yelling at the top of my lungs for guys to hear me. And you get on the plane for the flight home and your head would be pounding, you wouldn’t have a voice, and that’s just the way that it was. There was no way you could go down there near the goal line and use hard count in an opposing stadium. And yet in Texas Stadium, teams did it all the time.”

Any theories as to why, Troy?

“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.’ I’ve always said Dallas isn’t so much a sports town as it is a winner’s town.”

So to summarize: Cowboys fans in the Delaware Valley, you were always bandwagoners, but I guess it’s okay now because apparently a lot of the folks who frequently attend games in Dallas are bandwagoners, too. You have more in common with them than we ever knew.

  1. Dwayne - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Great comment from troy I wonder why the stadium was so quiet back in the day. WOW! that’s cool. But here is the thing whatever kind of fan we are we still have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 super bowls to your 0! Stings don’t it. Well maybe Chip Kelly will change all that???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????See in the Delaware Valley there are many different types of fans Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Oakland, New York, Washington, I have met at different sports bar in Delaware County PA where I was from when I listen to 94.1 (WIP) or 97.5 the Fanatic they have nothing to say about the other fans who was born here and root for another squad just the COWBOYS fan. So if we are your called Band wagoner you are HYPOCRITES not 4 for 4!

  2. Jeff - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Can you re-post that in English?

  3. monty chandler - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    To Troy .
    Instead of taking a shot at the fans, how about a shot at these teams Jerry has put up. Dude I have Dallas Cowboys all over my body, skinned on my truck, hell I have named my dogs after the team.. So to blame the fans is saying we have a say. No all we do is pay for the privilege to have our hearts broke. How about we hear you call out this pathetic team and coaching staff. Man up bitch and be our voice.

  4. Ray - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I think Troy was a great quarterback when he played but there are fans that live in other states that are big cowboy fans and been fans long before Troy was a member of the team. I would travel from the east coast to Texas to see the team I love play. I been a fan of the Cowboys when Staubach was the quarterback and the back field consist of Preston Pearson and Robert Newhouse and that was before Dorsett got there. We are all frustrated about the losing season or not making it to the playoff but we will not give up on our team for nothing in the world. We are just like any other fans, we expect more from the team because we know how much talent is on the team and we are just use to the winning Cowboys and we know they can be that. There is not a team out there that is that much better then Dallas that we should be losing to them. The Cowboys beat themselves as they did Sunday night, by going on forth down instead of kicking the field goal and not running the ball when they had plenty of time to get down the field to go for the field goal to win the game. I’m not a coach but some things are just obvious that is why the get down sometime and they’re not as enthuse when they show up to the game. Right now everyone has something to say about the Cowboys even the commmentators and the analyst and it is not always nice. So, we need something to put that cheer back in us.

  5. Tony - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Thanks to cowboys fans who point out the number of Super Bowls your team has one…further proves why you’re a fan of the team and solidifies Aikman’s point. No offense to the real Cowboys fans. I dislike your team but least you can be respected.

  6. Jeff - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Andrew, congratulations on a post that took probably 5 minutes to consider. Actually after reading your summary it may have taken several weeks because clearly you are not that bright.

    It has widely been known that professional sports teams fans are far more passionate in the northeast.

    Aikman’s point was that in Texas sports fans are not as passionate about their teams as in the cities he referenced. Clearly, Philly is incredibly passionate about sports perhaps bordering on angry. You are either too ignorant or lazy to get that.

    Please demonstrate where the fan book or rules states that you must root for a team based upon your geographic region. It is the dumbest thought imaginable about sports. Root for the team you like. It really doesn’t matter who you like. Just be loyal to that team in good times and bad.

  7. Rick - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I live in Arlington now and love watching all sports! I wish I were a Cowboy’s fan (not really, but due to location it would be really cool), but cannot be unfaithful to my first and favorite team, the Denver Broncos! I have been a fan of theirs through all the Super Bowl losses AND the back-to-back Super Bowl victories! We (the Broncos) have had ups and downs throughout the years, but my allegiance never faltered!
    Stand by your team and your day will come eventually!
    Go Broncos!


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