Michael Garcia - October 11, 2012
See all those Bears fans? That's a shot of Cowboys Stadium from when Chicago visited Dallas on October 1. That's part of the reason that Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was throwing fans in Dallas under the bus recently on the radio. Check out some of what Troy said on KTCK-AM 1310 last week.
I think for a large part – and the fans don't want to hear this – a lot of the people that attend sports in this town, they're there because it's kind of just a place to be seen," Aikman said. "I didn't know anybody who went to Rangers games, and then when they started winning and going to World Series, everybody's wearing Rangers hats and saying, 'Oh yeah, I'm a big Rangers fan.
Part of Troy's issues actually come from the Jerry Jones Dome being the new home. Troy says that the crowds were much louder at the old Cowboys Stadium. I guess it's hard to fill 100,000 seats with nothing but Dallas fans.
Aikman led the 'Boys to three Super Bowl titles in the 90s, so he knows what it's like to have the fans behind him. But he says that fandom in the Big D can be fleeting.
I've always said Dallas isn't so much a sports town as it is a winner's town. And that's not that unique. Most towns are like that. There are very few towns like Chicago where you can go out there and go 4-12 and they're stilling selling out stadiums. That's pretty unique. But Dallas, they pull for their winners, and as we saw in the Tampa game, when an opposing offense can get down there on the 10-yard line and they're drawing the home team offsides, that's different. You're not seeing that in some of these other places.
When one of the best players in your history is pointing out how apathetic the crowd can be, that's probably not a good thing. The question is, does anyone in Dallas even care?
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