By Daniel Sigl
ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley “laugh(s) when people talk about how the Steelers or Packers should be in the running for ‘America’s Team.’” He can laugh all he wants, but the only star he deserves is the one off of the Cowboy’s helmet. The Cowboys do not represent America. America, and the American Dream, is about working hard, overcoming diversity, and building one’s own success.
Sounds like the Packers, doesn’t it?
For one, Aaron Rodgers is not an attention hog. He is rarely in the media, and when he is, it is usually just a post-game press conference. Tony Romo, however, is a media darling. He basks in the media, making his private life the headlines of newspapers everywhere. The same can be said about the two teams. The Cowboys decided they needed a new $1.15 billion stadium and to host Super Bowl XLV, while the Packers have been using the same stadium for over 50 years. While the Cowboys attract media attention, the Packers are preparing to win football games.
Some Cowboy fans like to say the injury to quarterback Tony Romo caused the Cowboys to miss the playoffs. Perhaps they are right, but if the talent of the team is based around one player, do they deserve to make the playoffs? No less than 15 Packers found their way to the injured reserve list, and even Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers missed time due to injuries during the season. Cowboy fans are only making excuses for their team, and excuses only lead down the road of failure.
The Packers build their own success and they win when it matters. Needing to win the final two games of the regular season in order to make the playoffs, the Packers pulled it off. Then, they proceeded to win three straight road games and the Super Bowl—in Dallas. So much for hosting your own Super Bowl, Jerry Jones.
Shouldn’t America’s Team be represented by the American Dream? The Packers fit the bill much better than the Cowboys. While Matt Mosley is busy laughing at this article, Packer fans are busy with important things – winning.
America’s Real Team
By Daniel Sigl