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Sending Jerry a Message By Not Buying Cowboys Merchandise - Question?

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  1. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Defeatist attitude. There may be reason for it, but some fans realize in sports and in most competition the winner is decided 6 months before the game. It's much easier as a fan to say we will lose. I know. You're being real. Why even watch it or talk about it.
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  2. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Fans attitudes have no affect? I think Seattle's fans attitudes affect that team quite a bit.
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  3. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    so you and jnday want to just pack it in when we play a winning team, I get it...I will be there with the hope and expectation of a win (knowing they won't win every game)....

    Realists have no wiggle room at all....I noticed that I didn't get any comment on the @ philly game last year from any of the realists....they were underdogs...that - loss...not so much
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  4. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    No, actually I expect us to win every week except against the very best, most elite teams of that particular year... And even then I know we have a good chance, because we have have the talent to win.

    Too bad my attitude didn't prevent a losing record over the last 37 games and repeated incredible fourth quarter losses, though.

    Also, for the record, I've never labeled myself a realist except maybe as a joke. This idea that people must be put in a particular group so they can be taken to task for their beliefs is one of the worst things about this board.
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  5. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    but, to me, playing the elite teams gets me most excited....there is nothing to lose...especially if you (in general, not you specifically) feel like it is a loss anyway...beating the best teams is possible for even the worst teams, and the cowboys have enough talent to win any game, regardless of the opponent - even Seattle in Seattle
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  6. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    Label me what you will. I like for other fans to judge me by their stendards. I am the same now as I was in the early 90's.
  7. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    I have several items that I've had for many years -- most of which were gifts or bought 2nd hand. I considerCowboys' souvenirs to be sorely overpriced and totally unnecessary for a fan to be a fan. There are enough fans buying that stuff that it won't likely make much difference whether certain individuals quite buying them or not. The Cowboys have enough sources of revenue that they'll continue to prosper regardless of what isolated instances of fans might decide to do. If buying Cowboys' souvenirs is important to you as a fan, here's some sage advice -- don't shortchange yourself from doing that which gives you pleasure. The Cowboys were immensely prosperous long before you ever started buying their souvenirs and will surely remain that way long after you quit.
  8. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
  9. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Usual suspects...
  10. bkight13

    bkight13 Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    'Any given Sunday' has never been more true than today. There are no Super teams. SEA gets a big advantage from being at home, but it mainly comes down to who wants it more. Dallas has the talent to beat any team, any week, but sometimes they bring a lackadaisical attitude to the game. And they always seem to commit 4 or 5 terrible mistakes/penalties that just kill them.

    There haven't been any games in the last 5 years that I thought they couldn't win. Some I didn't expect them to win, but not that they couldn't win. The people that claim they are 'realists' are just pessimists that don't want to put anything in the pot. If they expect to lose, they at least feel vindicated if it happens.

    I see those type of fans as addicts. They keep doing something out of habit or dependence and not for enjoyment. I wouldn't waste the time watching or thinking or talking about the Cowboys if it didn't bring me any kind of joy or excitement. But that is why Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors. To each his own.
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  11. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    I wont speak for everyone, but this labeling fans who have a desire to see the team succeed and voice opinions that the current operation is preventing that is a little too binary and dismissive. I buy Sunday Ticket, coaches film, I live in LA and will go to training camp a few times. I dont travel to games in Dallas or go to many/any live games as I frankly see the TV coverage as a better experience/view. I dont buy merchendise like I used to probably becasue 90% - I got older and having Cowboy license plate or snuggy just isnt that appealing.

    I do watch every game and spend an inordinate amount of time talking and reading about the team. However, I also bet the NFL regularly and that opened my eyes on objectivitiy. If I was a Jags fan and loved watching them like i do Dallas, I am not going to expect a 11-5 season and over inflate the "changes" and optimism from a Blake Borltes or Gus Bradley.

    That said, while not a perfect analogy, I somehow view my fandom similar to having a kid. I am overjoyed with every win, hurt with every loss, do appreciate when they are building a solid foundation, etc. However, when they mess up, I feel ok in voicing an opinion about it whether it changes their path or not. And if they are throwing the life away in my estimation (e.g. drug addict, etc.) I feel that I reserve the right to not support that lifestyle if I choose not to do so. THat doesn't mean I dont love them.

    Being a fan of a professional sports team (i.e. men who play a game for money for a finite amount of time) is inherently not a rational thing for any adult to really do. It shouldn't provide any emotional impact on anyone - but it does in some nostalgic urge. Therefore, if people ebb and flow over differeing times with the same team, I think the the ebb is actually a more migration to a rational reaction. However, sports are an escape and the more winning tends to lend itself to more happiness although it is irrational. Losing sux and it there is a need to explain and rationalize that away.
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  12. hornitosmonster

    hornitosmonster Well-Known Member

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    I will buy some hats and Jerseys before the season starts. Boycott if you want, boycotting the Cowboys is as useless as boycotting the oil companies over gas prices.
  13. d_dub88

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    If you want to boycott you have to get people to stop watching televised games. The money is in the TV deals.

    Good luck with that. I won't be joining.
  14. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Dude, you were in one good movie. Get over yourself :)
  15. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    I stopped watching ncaa athletics awhile back. i dont buy their products. i did this because i think how they use those kids is wrong.
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  16. hornitosmonster

    hornitosmonster Well-Known Member

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    You really made a difference
  17. the_h0wey

    the_h0wey Well-Known Member

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    I tried the whole don't buy Cowboys gear to hurt Jerry, but the problem is all my friend and family know I'm a homer so I've been getting Cowboys gear for my Birthday/Christmas. This is a good problem to have.
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  18. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    Who is to say whether or not I did. That is besides the point. I stand by my principles.

    The O'bannan and Northwestern cases are what they are.
  19. bkight13

    bkight13 Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Giving them for free what other kids pay over 100k is real abuse.
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  20. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    First of all, they are not given anything for free. When you go to work, do they pay you for free?

    Texas A&M estimates the cost of a year there to be around $40k.

    https://financialaid.tamu.edu/Undergraduate/Cost-of-Attendance#0-CostofAttendanceDetail

    IOW, Jake Matthews and Johnny Manziel worked last year for $40k. Further they were not allowed to find other employment in any way shape or form.

    In 2012, Texas A&M made almost $120m.

    http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews...s-that-made-100-million-revenue-in-2012.html/

    85 scholarships at $40k a pop is $3.4m in payroll. Really expensive schools like Stanford might see a $7m payroll.

    It's a travesty and i am glad to see between the O'bannon and other cases that the NCAA usury is about to come to an end.
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