I’m not an especially rabid football fan, but if there’s one team I’ve disliked over the years, it would have to be the Dallas Cowboys.
A big reason for this, I suspect, is that while I was growing up in the Twin Cities, the Cowboys seemed to consistently beat our Minnesota Vikings. And my younger brother was a Cowboy’s fan, which was at least as annoying as the success the self-styled “America’s Team” enjoyed against the hometown squad.
I’ve lived in Wisconsin for 25 years now, and my allegience is to the Packers. So I felt that old annoyance stirring over the weekend when I was informed that a nephew who is a Wisconsin native and yet – baffflingly – also a Cowboy’s fan has purchased tickets to this weekend’s Packers-Cowboys playoff game so that he and his Viking-fan dad can root against the Pack.
Far from the frozen tundra of Lambeau, the Cowboys have a big (ahem) fan out on the East Coast who presumably will be rooting for them, despite his political friendship with a certain high-profile Packers fan. Maybe New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Governor Scott Walker should have a bet on Sunday’s outcome?