Cowboys haven't played at Super Bowl since 1995
South Texas football fans imagine this scenario . . .
Imagine that on Super Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Houston Texans in NRG Stadium in Houston. Imagine the two Texas teams on the biggest stage, in a Texas stadium, in front of tens of thousands of Texas fans meeting head-on for the ultimate prize in professional football – the Lombardi Trophy.
Ok, stop dreaming. Not gonna happen this year. It was close, though. We could almost taste it, couldn’t we? Both of the professional Texas football teams made it to the second round of the NFL playoffs. The Texans by winning the AFC South and then besting the Oakland Raiders during Wild Card weekend, eventually suffered a loss to the New England Patriots in the Divisional round. The Cowboys by earned a first-round bye, only to be taken out by the Packers of Green Bay in a glorious 2nd half comeback try. It was close, too close for comfort and the game could have gone either way.
Super Bowl LI will still be held in Texas, in Houston to be exact – when the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots collide. With all the hubbub this year concerning our two Texas teams, all is just a memory. Now, the question is, will South Texas football fans watch the game.
Houston had the #1 ranked defense in pro football. The Dallas Cowboys had one of the most explosive offenses we seen in recent years. Yes, South Texas football fans had our hearts set for a long awaited friendly Texas shootout. Now that it has been established our dreams have been deferred, will Texas football fans still participate in viewing this year’s big game?
I asked a couple of area residents about their feelings on the subject.
“Yeah, I’m still gonna watch it,” Matthew Brackeen, a Cowboys fan and old Navy buddy of mine, mumbled. I interviewed him at The American Legion Post 99 Kingsville, where he plans to watch the big event Sunday. Of course he expressed his disappointment about Dallas being eliminated, but says he will simply root for the Falcons because they are in the same conference as tbe Cowboys. He said he is showing a bit of indirect loyalty to the Cowboys.
“I ain’t never watching football again,” Joe Nunez, a blue collar mechanical contractor from Ricardo told me in disgust. Now this is a true Cowboys fan. His blood bleeds Cowboy blue. I watched the devastating Divisional loss of the ‘Boys at Joe’s house a couple of weeks ago. He is one of those insane fans who literally wears Cowboys gear down to the socks. He and his houseguests were actually on their knees in mock prayer to the football gods imploring the football gods to help Dallas make or Green Bay miss field goals. The gods did not rule in their favor.
I received two opposite perspectives on how the loss of the Cowboys/Texans this year will affect viewership of this year’s Super Bowl. Some South Texas residents may sit this one out, but I have the feeling that most will still watch whether it’s for the ads, the companionship, or simply an unquenchable love for the game. No worries, South Texas. With two awesome Texas NFL teams, two state-of-the-art Texas stadiums, and a whole lot of luck, one day there may be an all Texas Super Bowl.
For now, we should keep praying to the football gods.