The editors and writers at Sports Illustrated have come together to decide what they believe are the Top 25 Most Hated Teams of all time in the world of sports. Just launching on the SI.com homepage, the 1992 Dallas Cowboys have made its mark on this special package as they come in as the #3 most hated team of all time. SI.com columnist Jeff Pearlman, author of Boys Will Be Boys, ways in on why the Cowboys were so easy to hate.
Below is an excerpt from this package on the 1992 Cowboys. I have placed the link to the full package below the excerpt, as well as Pearlman's article.
3. 1992 Dallas Cowboys
"The only thing I got left to say is, How 'bout them Cowboys!" Well-coiffed coach Jimmy Johnson's locker-room whoop after his team's 30-20 win over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. Rolling to a 16-3 mark, the Cowboys were an annoying circus of self-promotion (there were 22 radio and TV shows devoted to them) and in the Super Bowl they took on the stench of preening bullies. During a 52-17 humiliation of Buffalo, defensive tackle Leon Lett recovered a fumble and began waving the ball before he crossed the goal line -- only to be caught from behind by the hustling Don Beebe, who became a hero to Cowboys haters everywhere. -- John Rolfe
Wide receiver Jesse Holley was part of the 2009 Dallas Cowboys training camp thanks to winning on Fourth and Long, Michael Irvin's reality show. But while Holley is back at camp again this season, the reality is, there's not much room for him among an already stocked group of wide receivers. Still, Holley is willing to do whatever it takes.
"I was happy just to be at camp )last year) and I wanted to show the guys that I was more than a reality tv guy, that I could play football. I want to show I can be on the field and help these guys out. I can’t (nix the reality TV connection) because it helped me get here. But I have to continue show people that I’m not just a reality TV show guy. If I was just a TV guy, Jerry Jones and oach (Jason) Garrett and coach Ray Sherman would’ve gotten me out of here a long time ago. They see something in me, and that’s why they kept me around.''
It's another day of two a days, technically, here at Cowboys training camp in San Antonio. But this is going to be a quiet morning. A lot of guys aren't on the field right now. Not seeing a lot of the running backs, only the younger wide receivers are out here, and the same goes for secondary. Tony Romo and Jon Kitna aren't out here, either. Same for Jason Witten, Miles Austin, Roy Williams... you get the idea.
Yes, Dez Bryant is out here. So it must be young-guy practice. Sean Lee (quad) is also back out there with the linebackers this morning.
Linebacker Keith Brooking probably put the best label on training camp I've ever heard. He called it, "a necessary evil." Four to five weeks of killing yourself to get ready for a season? Yeah, that sounds like an accurate description. But Brooking said players learn exactly what they need to know about themselves and teammates.
"Camp is a necessary evil to get to where we need to be. There’s never been a camp experience in my football career that’s been easy. It’s impossible. This is a man’s game. This is the point in the season where players start to separate themselves from others. You may be able to fake it for a couple of days. But the grind of 4-5 weeks of this, your true colors are eventually going to come out. You learn about your teammates and the guys you can count on on Sundays."
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said before the afternoon practice today that running back Felix Jones would not practice because of a sore knee. But Jones was having none of that.
The third year back from Arkansas said his knee was sore in the morning practice, but he showed up early before the second practice and felt better.
Jones was asked so many questions about not sitting out that he finally smiled and said: "I feel fine.I felt like I could practice so I practiced.
The Cowboys are always concerned about Jones' health. He missed 10 games in his rookie season with an injured toe and hamstring. Then he missed two games last year with an injured left knee. It is the same one giving him problems right now.
The Cowboys are practicing on the artificial turf in the Alamodome so the hard ground probably does not help. But it was a positive that he felt well enough to practice when the coaching staff thought he would be sitting out.
Our reporters talked to a few Oklahoma State players at today's Big 12 meetings regarding Dez Bryant. Here's what they had to say...
Former Oklahoma State teammates say they understand why receiver Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round draft choice, is unwilling to carry the shoulder pads of fellow receiver Roy Williams as part of a hazing ritual for NFL rookies. OSU linebacker Orie Lemon said Bryant has no history of dealing with such treatment because freshman are not asked to perform comparable tasks in Stillwater, Okla.
“No, sir,” Lemon said. “We just know that we want to win. I don’t think carrying pads has anything to do with winning games.”
Defensive end Jamie Blatnick said Bryant’s decision to balk at the hazing ritual “doesn’t surprise me at all.”
“He didn’t go there to carry pads and he knows that,” Blatnick said. “He’s a hard-headed guy, a great athlete who works hard, and there are just certain things you can’t ask him to do. I wouldn’t ask him to do my homework, and I wouldn’t ask him to carry my pads."
Don't know how much he's going to be doing this afternoon, but running back Felix Jones is out there after all, in pads. Wade Phillips had said he was sitting out this afternoon with swelling on his knee.
Running back Felix Jones will be held out of this afternoon's practice for precautionary reasons. Coach Wade Phillips said Jones had "a little swelling on the knee," but that it wasn't a problem. "It's more precautionary than anything," Phillips said.
In other injury updates, linebacker Sean Lee's strained quad isn't that serious, and he should be back soon. Defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington (hamstring) will practice this afternoon. Jason Hatcher (elbow hyperextension) will miss another day or so, Phillips said.
Another day, another Cowboys player's ex-girlfriend is sending mediatakeout.com naked pics of him. Today it's Mike Hamlin. Apparently it's the same situation as Martellus Bennett's on Monday: an ex-girlfriend kept a cell phone pic Hamlin sent her from years ago, and now it's on the internet.