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Thursday, June 01, 2006
Theory That Explains Local Cowboys Fans?
Yeah, we've all heard the main theories as to why the area seems to have many Dallas Cowboy fans. (1) As little boys, they liked cowboys and stars. (2) They're front-runners, who switched when the Eagles were bad. (3) They're contrarians, just out to fight Eagles fan obnoxiousness with even greater obnoxiousness.
I have another theory. I call it the "By Rooting for a Hated Rival, I Can Get People to Talk to Me Theory." Works like this. In junior high, none of the guys would take Cliff From the Northeast (or whoever) seriously, because his knowledge of the Eagles was laughable. Then one day, he gets ticked, says the Eagles stink, Cowboys are much better because they actually win Super Bowls, you losers! All of sudden, everybody wants to argue with Cliff, who now seems kind of brave and knowledgeable. Makes the Big Switch, locking down this grudging respect, which beats previous eye-rolling apathy, even despite accompanying abuse.