IGNORANT Cowboy fans kept trying to insist that winning the division wasn’t important. They kept trying to belittle our teams current relevance, by constantly re-hashing their faded glory. Since 8-8 seems to be the best the Cowboys can muster, a division win has largely been out of the reach of what used to be America’s Team.
Then they had the division lead for a few short weeks and suddenly it was important. Suddenly first place in the race for the division was relevant. And now if you look around, (since we have it back) it’s suddenly not important again.
That’s just fucking weak.
Instead of demanding more from their players like current EAGLES fans do, many Cowboys fans have adopted an extremely cowardly approach. They’ve just decided to dismiss the importance of a division win altogether.
FACT: In order to win a Super Bowl you have to first qualify for the playoffs.
FACT: This is easier to do if you win your division.
FACT: Failing that, you need a better record than the other Wildcard candidates. (Which is not a condition in your control.)
Last year we won the division in the last game of the season, where it was either us or Dallas. We won. We won the division. We sent them home.
This brings up a very interesting point. Every time you stop a division rival from reaching the playoffs, you kill any chance they had of winning that year’s Super Bowl. Last year we murdered their dream before they could even qualify for it. Despite their record being twice as good, they never got any closer than the Redskins did. All because WE kept them from the thing their fans say is meaningless.
As for me, I refuse to badmouth a division crown. We need it. It means an automatic trip to the playoffs, which is the first step back to the Super Bowl, where as an 0-2 team there, we have unfinished business.