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Bradie James on Cowboys: “The entitlement kills us”

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Longtime Cowboys linebacker Bradie James thinks he knows why the team hasn’t experienced more success despite all the resources available to them.

“I think the entitlement kills us,” James told Jennifer Floyd-Engel of FoxSports.com. “Our alumni, our former greats have made us America’s Team and we reap benefits that we haven’t earned — all the way around, as individuals, as a team. Those guys earned it. We just think we deserve it.”

In the same piece, DeMarcus Ware says the Cowboys lack a “foundation” to go along with all of their talent.

We agree, but only if Ware means the team lacks a consistent vision from the team’s football operations department. (And we doubt he means that.)

The early 90′s Cowboys had entitlement too, and that didn’t slow them down.  They also had a strong-minded coach able to exert his will on the team and more importantly on shaping the roster.

That’s what the Cowboys have mostly lacked the last 15 years, with the exception being the Bill Parcells era.

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  1. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 9:30 AM

    Same problem with our country. People feel entitled to things and don’t want to work for it.

  2. qdog112 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    I have to agree with them both. They have ridden their reputation for decades. Also when you look at the organization, they are all over the place. Their mainstay used to be the interior line, now it’s all about the skill players, none of which show consistency.

    One thing not mentioned was, lack of leadership from players. Tony Romo is not a leader, so the Cowboys will have to win, if they win, despite him. Personally, I don’t think they will win until he is replaced.

  3. mavajo says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    One day Jerry Jones is gonna have to learn — if you wanna be a winner, then you need a coach in there that’s not just a yes-man.

    But hey, why would Jerry learn that any faster than all the other executives and bosses in this country? No one likes being disagreed with. But sometimes it’s what you need to be successful.

  4. RDM says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    I started reading Jen Floyd Engel not long ago. I’m a fan. I think I also just become a fan of Bradie James.

  5. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 24, 2011 9:39 AM

    Jerry is a terrible owner that makes dumb decisions. 8-8 is what you’re looking at with that atrocious secondary that’s gonna get burned week in week out.

  6. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 24, 2011 9:39 AM

    I agree with him completely and I’m a Giants fan. The Cowboys have so much talent on that team. It blows my mind that they don’t go deep into the playoffs consistently. Despite everything I hear, they have a DAMN good QB in Romo (Don’t believe me? Look at his stats before he got hurt last year and look at his 2009 stats), arguably the best pass rusher in the league, two outstanding WR’s, a Hall of Fame TE… how are they not a top 10 team every year?

    The reason why is because they haven’t had a real coach until now. I’ve been saying it for years and I’ll say it again: Dallas is so much better just for NOT having Wade Phillips.

    I think it’s funny that the Eagles are getting all of the attention. I really think Dallas is going to dramatically improve w/ Garrett in charge and I think so long as another one of our DB’s doesn’t tear his ACL, the Giants are going to surprise some people, too. I’m not even trashing the Eagles here, but the NFC East is up for grab’s.

    Well… except for Washington.

  7. cakemixa says: Aug 24, 2011 9:41 AM

    When will the Cowboys (and their fans) realize that they haven’t been “America’s team” in a LONG time?

  8. 13forgbp says: Aug 24, 2011 9:43 AM

    I don’t buy the premise that they are, or have been, so loaded with talent. What they are, and have been, is entirely overrated, every year. They are the Notre Dame of the NFL. They get all the pub….all the hype….all the expectations….and the truth of the matter is they just are not as good as the other teams.

  9. glac1 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:47 AM

    “America’s team”??? That was back in the 70′s when the organization had class.

  10. phantomthebusybody says: Aug 24, 2011 9:48 AM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 24, 2011 9:30 AM
    Same problem with our country. People feel entitled to things and don’t want to work for it.

    ================

    Really? Which “people?” I know a lot of Americans and (almost) everyone of them works their *sses off (well except maybe one of my bros-in-law). Yes, there are some lazy people in this country. There are some lazy people in every country. You sound like some 50s Dad complaining about those kids and their long hair.

    What part of proFOOTBALLTALK.com do you guys not understand? Are there not enough political news sites out there? You need to bring this crap here?

  11. Soulman45 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:48 AM

    This is a QB game and the QB never show up in big games. (Tony Romo)

  12. lacharger2112 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:49 AM

    I bet you could put some other teams names in place of Dallas and it would be the same article.
    RAIDERS “The entitlement kills us”
    49ers “The entitlement kills us”
    WASHINGTON “The entitlement kills us”
    PHILLY “never mind” never won before

  13. dickroy says: Aug 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    I think the America’s Team thing is way over stated. If you talk to people from all different places, most people can’t stand this team or their owner. They say the whole country has to watch them every Sunday because their ratings are good. I think its viewers hoping to see them beat.
    Being in Ohio it sucks having to watch the Bengals every week at 1:00 and the Cowboys at 4:00. Its like this about 11 out of 17 weeks. I have Cable and won’t pay the price for NFL ticket even if it was offered, so I guess I should just shut up!

  14. axespray says: Aug 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    Fundamentals > Glamour.

    Having good QBs/WRs/TEs/RBs is neat and all, but without a strong offensive line, those other players become kinda useless…
    I mean Mark Sanchez and The Jets have had more Playoff wins these last two years than the Cowboys have had this entire last decade.

  15. m2karateman says: Aug 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    C’mon…..professional football players with an inflated sense of a entitlement? Surely you jest.

  16. jacunn2000 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    Sounds like Garrett the “Soul Eating Ginger” is starting to rub off on these guy’s. I don’t like the sound of this…

  17. dequan81 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    cakemixa says:
    Aug 24, 2011 9:41 AM
    When will the Cowboys (and their fans) realize that they haven’t been “America’s team” in a LONG time?
    —————————————————–
    As long as ratings, merchandise, fan support, revenue, media talking about the Cowboys (good and bad) and the fans stop talking about the Cowboys (good and bad) they will be considered “America’s Team”… I understand you hate, hell I hate it, but they are considered America’s Team until they aren’t.

  18. stoutfiles says: Aug 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    Teams like the Packers and, I hate saying it, the Steelers…these are America’s teams. Well run organizations that appeal to the blue collar workers.

    The Cowboys will continue to be the flashy frontrunners that appeal to bandwagoners only. America’s Team they are not.

  19. phillyisinvading says: Aug 24, 2011 9:54 AM

    LOL. the division is up for grabs?

    Unless Vick, DeSean, and Andy Reid all die in a horrible car accident on their way to sunday church…

    The division is ours. Cowgirls don’t have a chance.

    Have fun going 7-9!

  20. Land Snark says: Aug 24, 2011 9:55 AM

    @cakemixa

    When the TV networks stop putting them on national television regardless of their record.

    I hate the Cowboys but for some reason they’re a national and international draw.

    Having said that, I doubt the Cowboys go anywhere while Jerry Jones is the owner.

    At least he’s giving Garrett more power than he has any other coach since Parcells.

  21. nflhof says: Aug 24, 2011 9:55 AM

    The Cowboys lack direction because they don’t have a football person running the football part of the organization. Jerry needs to be an owner and not a GM.

  22. stixzidinia says: Aug 24, 2011 9:56 AM

    Way to be, like, a week late on these comments by James. He said this days ago. And he’s right in his assessment.

  23. franktherat96 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:59 AM

    You think there is a self entitlement issue. This from a team that annoited itself “America’s Team”…I know I didn’t get a vote. No, no self entitlement issues there.

  24. jianningwu says: Aug 24, 2011 10:00 AM

    America’s Team = King of Pop

    Whether self-appointed or media-anointed, both are silly, meaningless titles

  25. 3octaveFart says: Aug 24, 2011 10:04 AM

    dequan81 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    “…but they are considered America’s Team until they aren’t.”

    That’s kinda the point, they aren’t, and really, never were. Only in Dallas.

  26. tatum064 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:04 AM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 24, 2011 9:30 AM
    Same problem with our country. People feel entitled to things and don’t want to work for it.
    =====================
    Well when the Government that supposedly works for the people steal from them, bankrupt their states, blame other banks, then get bailouts and saddle other countries with their debts from the same banks, what do you expect?

    America’s Team…and its quite fitting.

  27. bangthedrum22 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:07 AM

    James is 100% right. Its still suprining to me that JJ and the cowboys markting is still pumping out tee shirts and other merch that highlighting that fact that they are 5 time superbowl champs. Get over it already! How are you going to ever going to progess as an org by constantly looking backwards.

  28. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 24, 2011 10:07 AM

    Entitlement without working for it?? Sounds like “America’s Team” to me.

  29. PackersHome.com says: Aug 24, 2011 10:09 AM

    Dallas Cowboys are not America’s Team, they are owned by one American owner, not several hundred.

    Quit looking for excuses, shut up and play.

  30. nfldaddy says: Aug 24, 2011 10:09 AM

    Teams like the Packers and, I hate saying it, the Steelers…these are America’s teams. Well run organizations that appeal to the blue collar workers.

    The Cowboys will continue to be the flashy frontrunners that appeal to bandwagoners only. America’s Team they are not.

    ——————————————

    Hey Stout, NEWSFLASH: THEY ARE ALL FLASHY FRONTRUNNERS THAT APPEAL TO BANDWAGONERS ONLY!

    Why do you fans on a national level like these teams? BECAUSE THEY’VE WON MULTIPLE SUPER BOWLS!

    You don’t see the masses flocking to be Cincinnati Bengals fans. All of the teams you mentioned are only popular because they were at sometime good. All of these teams fan bases are frauds.

    And the Cowgirls are only America’s Team because they anointed themselves as such in the 70′s, and for no other reason.

  31. lacharger2112 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:10 AM

    Playing a game for a living and making obscene amounts of money, THAT sounds like an entitlement in itself.

  32. whathappenedtovox says: Aug 24, 2011 10:10 AM

    I think Bradie James’ comments are a classic case of “We control our own destiny. Something other than talent is keeping us from winning.” And really, the thought that “entitlement” is what is keeping them from winning is the lesser of two evils than “We’re just not that good,” which is the real truth.

    Sure, the Cowboys have some great players – Ware, Ratliff, Austin, Bryant looks like an up and comer, Felix is playing well, Witten, and then… nothing.

    No depth. Bad secondary. A bad and old OL last year to a very inexperienced one this year. Bad DEs. Bad kicker. Bad and old ILBs. That’s why they’re not good, not some “entitlement” nonsense.

  33. test2402 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:11 AM

    Why are some people talking like garrett has accomplished something?

  34. philly4lyfe says: Aug 24, 2011 10:14 AM

    Phase 1: snap the ball for the playoff winning FG.
    Phase 2: fumble the snap and get tackled on the goaline.
    Phase 3: PROFIT!!!!!

  35. skinsfandcdan83 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:17 AM

    Reading the comments, you can point out the classless idiots from Philadelphia … Super bowl count Dallas 5, NY giants 3, Wash Redskins 3 and Philly 0…Win an NFC title and Lombardi before you open your mouths…

  36. riverhorsey says: Aug 24, 2011 10:17 AM

    thephantomstranger says:

    Same problem with our country. People feel entitled to things and don’t want to work for it.

    ______________________________________

    Yeah right, that’s how we got to be the Superpower of the world.

    Some people are just lame.

  37. jackfnburton says: Aug 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    The evil of Skeletor has finally caught up with him. The Evil Chickens have come home to the Evil Roost.

  38. jnks10 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:20 AM

    I bet you could put some other teams names in place of Dallas and it would be the same article.
    RAIDERS “The entitlement kills us”
    49ers “The entitlement kills us”
    WASHINGTON “The entitlement kills us”
    PHILLY “never mind” never won before. ——————–

    Philly may not be americas team but somehow every article has someone talking about them. So maybe americas “obsession”. Ill take that.

  39. maaaatix says: Aug 24, 2011 10:21 AM

    the cowboys still play football? I thought they setup jerryworld as a temporary stadium seating storage.

  40. skinsfandcdan83 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:22 AM

    Listening to Eagles fans, one would think that your a dynasty???!!! I never thought I would see the day when I hate the Eagles more than the Cowboys!!!

  41. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 24, 2011 10:23 AM

    “Our alumni, our former greats have made us America’s Team……………..”

    —————————-

    Actually no. NFL Films made up that name with no real evidence to back it up. Anyone will tell you (based on fans that show up at away games) that the Steelers and Packers are the only real competition for that title.

  42. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:24 AM

    Yeah, because Parcells shaped the roster so well. We got Bobby Carpenter in the first round because his dad played for BP. We got Anthony Fasano in the second because he looks like Mark Bavaro. We got 7, count ‘em, 7 crap offensive linemen out of four drafts and I’m not sure any of them are still in the NFL. We got DB’s like Terence Newman, BJ Tucker, Bruce Thornton, Nathan Jones, Jacques Reeves, Justin Beriault, and Pat Watkins. We got Julius Jones instead of Steven Jackson. The only standout players Parcells drafted in four freaking drafts were Witten and Ware, and Jerry had to slam his fist on the table to pick Ware instead of Spears at #11 in 2005. Aside from that we suffered through a lot of FOB’s, or Friends of Bill as I like to call them. Journeymen that needed a paycheck like Keyshawn Johnson, Vinnie Testaverde, Richie Anderson, Terry Glenn, Adrian Murrell, Drew Bledsoe, Aaron Glenn and Jason Ferguson.

  43. dequan81 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:24 AM

    franktherat96 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 9:59 AM
    You think there is a self entitlement issue. This from a team that annoited itself “America’s Team”…I know I didn’t get a vote. No, no self entitlement issues there.
    —————————————————–

    Who anointed the Cowboys “America’s Team”? It wasn’t the Cowboys. Once you learn to spell, you should research that.

    _____________________________________
    3octaveFart says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:04 AM
    dequan81 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    “…but they are considered America’s Team until they aren’t.”

    That’s kinda the point, they aren’t, and really, never were. Only in Dallas.
    ————————————————–

    “Never were, only in Dallas”. hmm k I understand hating, but stupid statements like that takeaway your credibility. Well if that were true the fan base, NATIONAL TV ratings and rights wouldn’t be where they are. Again, until another team has the fan base, national and local ratings, and revenue they will be considered America’s Team. The Steelers could be argued to be that team but it’s just still just an annoying moniker.

  44. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:26 AM

    “…but they are considered America’s Team until they aren’t.”

    That’s kinda the point, they aren’t, and really, never were. Only in Dallas.

    ——————————————————————-

    Nope. Pretty much worldwide.

  45. skinsfandcdan83 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:27 AM

    @jnks10 what the obsession with Philly or there team??? It’s the crapiest city etc ever!!! I’m obsessed with seeing the Eagles fail..Since you guys have already decided your imaginary super bowl champs!!!

  46. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:27 AM

    One thing not mentioned was, lack of leadership from players. Tony Romo is not a leader, so the Cowboys will have to win, if they win, despite him. Personally, I don’t think they will win until he is replaced.

    ——————————————————————-

    Romo has one of the best winning percentages in the NFL. Did you just start following the NFL?

  47. dickroy says: Aug 24, 2011 10:28 AM

    @ Land Snark

    @cakemixa
    When the TV networks stop putting them on national television regardless of their record.

    ———————————
    Ditto. Best answer of the week!

  48. jnks10 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:30 AM

    skinsfandcdan83 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:17 AM
    Reading the comments, you can point out the classless idiots from Philadelphia … Super bowl count Dallas 5, NY giants 3, Wash Redskins 3 and Philly 0…Win an NFC title and Lombardi before you open your mouths…

    ————-

    There was 1 comment from an Eagles fan. And the rest were normal comments. And your a skins fan who came on here to simply attack philly fans, but WERE the classless ones?

  49. vineee1 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:35 AM

    For all you haters out there as unfortunate as u may consider it just answer this question. When you hear the term”Americas Team” what comes to mind?? Be honest and live with it!!

  50. alaricsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    @melonhead

    And Chad Pennington is the most accurate passer ever! Who cares? Romo is Romo, average at best.

    And people keep killing the Eagles for this whole “Dream Team” comment that’s been blown out of proportion by the self serving media and Eagle haters everywhere when the Cowboys have been the self annointed “Americas Team” and have done nothing in the past 16 or so years. Stop thinking you’re so great by sucking on the shadowy teet of greater teams in your past history and praising on thier accomplishments like they are even relevent now in todays game.

  51. alaricsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 10:40 AM

    Dallas = Americas Ego

  52. jacksaysfu says: Aug 24, 2011 10:44 AM

    I think its cause Philly and New York have been pretty good for the last decade . Also until recently the NFC East was always said to be the best division in football . It also could just be cause DALLAS SUCKS!

  53. dallassux says: Aug 24, 2011 10:45 AM

    melonnhead says:
    ——————————————————————-

    Romo has one of the best winning percentages in the NFL. Did you just start following the NFL?

    ———————————————————————————–

    How’s that playoff winning percentage? Uh ohh!

    Come on Vox. You can do better.

  54. rc33 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:45 AM

    Though they’ve been in the neighborhood (kinda), they haven’t won anything since the mid-90′s. Take it from a Celtics fan: no matter how stories your past, the gleam will come off the cube if you go two decades or so disappointing your nationwide fanbase.

  55. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:48 AM

    The Cowboys lack direction because they don’t have a football person running the football part of the organization. Jerry needs to be an owner and not a GM.

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    Will you people please stoip regurgitating stuff that you read somewhere as if it’s gospel? Go pick on Joe Banner, he was a clothing salesman 20 years ago. Jerry Jones was an NFL GM.

  56. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:52 AM

    How’s that playoff winning percentage? Uh ohh!

    ———————————————————–

    .250. But he’s won a playoff game more recently than any current Eagles QB has. Uh ohh!

  57. Derty Ernie says: Aug 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    I totally agree. However, I can’t remember who I agree with and what it is I agree to so maybe I won’t agree. Ya maybe I will just agree to not agree whatever that means?

  58. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    And Chad Pennington is the most accurate passer ever!

    ——————————————————————-

    Completion percentage doesn’t win games.

  59. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    Dallas fans love to flaunt their superbowl victories. Little do they remember that those victories were a part of the “old NFL” when free agency hadn’t been a big factor.
    Since then they have been a losing franchise.

  60. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    And people keep killing the Eagles for this whole “Dream Team” comment that’s been blown out of proportion by the self serving media and Eagle haters everywhere when the Cowboys have been the self annointed “Americas Team” and have done nothing in the past 16 or so years. Stop thinking you’re so great by sucking on the shadowy teet of greater teams in your past history and praising on thier accomplishments like they are even relevent now in todays game.

    —————————————————————–

    At least they have a history. Stop thinking you’re so great for no reason whatsoever.

  61. capslockkey says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    James is right. Players that are simply better than average or have one great year become nationalized rock stars simply because they play for Dallas. Tony Romo is a prime example. Very good QB, but the guy gets more pub than any other player not named Manning or Brady (who would actually deserve it). There are at least 10 QBs who are better than him, and a long list of players in general who are better who rarely get talked about or put on magazine covers. Getting that kind of fame with a lot less effort than the rest of league would no doubt lead to a sense of entitlement.

  62. mdnittlion says: Aug 24, 2011 11:00 AM

    @ berniemadoffsides

    I’m an Eagles fan and I hate all the hype this year. You made some decent points about the Cowboys, but I don’t really think the NFC East will be up for grabs. I think the Eagles & Giants wil fight it out for #1 & #2 just like last year. And the Cowboys are going to lose games they shouldn’t to teams they could absolutely beat, remember the Saints game last year?

    I think they make some noise, but Tony Romo’s record winning percentage late in the season isn’t good for a veteran player. There’s a reason why the NFL Network dubbed him in the Top 10 meltdowns of all time “Tony Romo anytime after November”.

  63. knucklebucket says: Aug 24, 2011 11:00 AM

    The New England Patriots had a similar problem. Last year Belichick took down all of the photos of the past championship teams from the hallways to and from the locker room. He left freshly painted walls and told his players to make their own mark. I thought it was a great motivating technique.
    It’s got to be tough for the Cowboys to keep all of the talent on that team motivated and humble.

  64. phillycheez says: Aug 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    I never liked Brady James, or any other Cowpie for that matter, but I wholeheartedly agree with him and Ware on this. And to address the notion of Dallas having sooo much talent, they have a lot of talent at the glamour positions, which is why they always draft the sexy picks that make a splash. They are far from a complete team because they repeatedly fail to address the positions that make their splashy draft picks successful.

  65. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    Actually no. NFL Films made up that name with no real evidence to back it up. Anyone will tell you (based on fans that show up at away games) that the Steelers and Packers are the only real competition for that title.

    —————————————————————–

    Actually…

    “I saw all these fans in away stadiums. Hey, they’re the most popular team in the country. How can I use that? Why don’t we call them “America’s Team”?” – NFL Films editor Bob Ryan, on the NFL Network’s Top Ten Nicknames show.

    The NFL has officially declared the Cowboys nickname “America’s Team” is the #1 team nickname in the NFL. And that’s how this argument ends, folks.

  66. jnks10 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    skinsfandcdan83 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:27 AM
    @jnks10 what the obsession with Philly or there team??? It’s the crapiest city etc ever!!! I’m obsessed with seeing the Eagles fail..Since you guys have already decided your imaginary super bowl champs!!!

    ————
    Show me where that happened. Our back up qb called us the dream team. So what? John Beck said you guys were going to win the division. Whats the difference? Pathetic.

  67. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:08 AM

    I mean Mark Sanchez and The Jets have had more Playoff wins these last two years than the Cowboys have had this entire last decade.

    ——————————————————————

    To be fair, the Cowboys don’t get to play AFC teams in the playoffs. One of the teams the Cowboys COULD beat last year were the Colts, and they had a bigger margin of victory than the Jets had on them in the playoffs.

  68. rajbais says: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 AM

    Bill Parcells only had one good season in Dallas!!!! He’s overrated!!!! He’s the journeyman coach now!!!

    He only helps you improve dramatically in year 1 because his band-aid free agents actually care about playing when they get his second chance!!!

    We go 24/7 about how Belichick gets a lot out of whackjobs. What’s wrong with bringing this up???

  69. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    riverhorsey says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:17 AM
    thephantomstranger says:

    Same problem with our country. People feel entitled to things and don’t want to work for it.

    ______________________________________

    Yeah right, that’s how we got to be the Superpower of the world.

    Some people are just lame.
    ______________

    No, that isn’t how we got to be the superpower of the world. This is a relatively recent development. Apparently you feel entitled to stay the superpower of the world forever, but you have to continue to work at it. Now go vote against somebody who says we need to reform social security.

  70. driverjim says: Aug 24, 2011 11:22 AM

    Cowboys bah! The people of the D-FW area got robbed by Jones when he built the Palace -he got them to pay for it and he kept the title. There’s your entitlement issue right there, especially since the man admitted it around Opening Day. They shouldn’t be called Dallas either for being over in Arlington (across the parking lot from Ranger Stadium/the freeway from Six Flags).

    Y’know, if this was about . . . I dunno, Cleveland or Detroit nobody would really care. The monkier “America’s Team” is garbage; it should be “America’s SPORT”.

  71. ltshouldstillbeinsd says: Aug 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    @Melonhead

    You should shutup now, you’re making yourself look dumb.

  72. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:31 AM

    Dallas fans love to flaunt their superbowl victories. Little do they remember that those victories were a part of the “old NFL” when free agency hadn’t been a big factor.
    Since then they have been a losing franchise.

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    Umm the Cowboys absolutely bled talent to free agency as soon as it began. Between 1993 and 1995 they lost Ken Norton, Alvin Harper, Mark Stepnoski, Kelvin Martin, James Washington, Tony Casillas, Dixon Edwards, Jim Jeffcoat, Russell Maryland, Robert Jones, Thomas Everett, Larry Brown and many other guys.

  73. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:35 AM

    Cowboys bah! The people of the D-FW area got robbed by Jones when he built the Palace -he got them to pay for it and he kept the title.

    —————————————————————–

    BS. Taxpayers kicked in $325 million of the $1.3 billion cost of construction and the city of Arlington owns it. Jones pays $2 million per year to lease it.

  74. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2011 11:47 AM

    mavajo says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    One day Jerry Jones is gonna have to learn — if you wanna be a winner, then you need a coach in there that’s not just a yes-man.

    But hey, why would Jerry learn that any faster than all the other executives and bosses in this country? No one likes being disagreed with. But sometimes it’s what you need to be successful.
    _____________________________

    Agreed, the smartest business owners know their limitations and when to stay out of the way.

  75. emperorzero says: Aug 24, 2011 11:49 AM

    The salary cap killed the Cowboys and 49ers, but for all the good Jerry Jones has done for the franchise, he’s the one that is holding them back. His ego needs to be fed into believing he’s the one that builds the roster and so he runs off Johnson and Parcells thinking he can do what they did and he can’t. Jones should have been happy with being smart enough to hire Johnson and Parcells.

  76. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:59 AM

    Phase 1: snap the ball for the playoff winning FG.
    Phase 2: fumble the snap and get tackled on the goaline.
    Phase 3: PROFIT!!!!!

    —————————————————————-

    Or, conversely…

    Phase 1: Don’t win a playoff game since 2005
    Phase 2: Get convicted of bankrolling an interstate gambling ring and kill and torture dogs for fun and games
    Phase 3: Test positive for drugs
    Phase 4: Throw into coverage on first and 10 on the opponents’ 27 yard line, down 4 points with 44 seconds to go in a playoff game because you can’t read beyond two progressions
    Phase 5: Get $15 million to play one season
    Phase 6: Don’t profit much because you are as economically bankrupt as you are morally bankrupt, and the judge presiding over your case only lets you have $300,000 a year to live on until all those creditors are paid off.

  77. richm2256 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:00 PM

    It starts withTony Romo ….. no quarterback has ever gotten less out of his natural ability. Romo just never seems to kick it up year to year, he always strikes me as complacent ……. “statisfied” just to be there.

    Entitled to be QB of the Dallas Cowboys.

    Yep.

  78. skinsfandcdan83 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:05 PM

    @ JNkS10 actually sorry ass Rex Grossman made the comment about winning the NFC East…And to be honest, so far he has played better than Vick and VY…let’s just see how the season fairs out…Dream Team performance so far “pathetic”!!!!

  79. vahawker says: Aug 24, 2011 12:07 PM

    dickroy*****you obviously have internet access…watch whatever game you want online.

  80. realtalklaty says: Aug 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    I understand what Bradie James saying “America’s Team” maybe a curse to the team. I dont like it and I am a fan since ’91 but the public in the 70′s around the country love winners(basically bandwagoners) for example Packers and Steelers. Really I am saying this slogan started with winning and fans role with it. Just live with it.

  81. drunkenagitator says: Aug 24, 2011 12:17 PM

    “Entitlement” = nonsense. Two things have killed Dallas since 1995. First, bad coaching, bad drafts, stupid FA signings, dopey trades. Second, he handed control to Tuna who, as he always has done since 1990, set the franchise back years with his outdated approach before he bolted with the job half-finished. Just like with the Jets & Dolphins too.

  82. omegalh says: Aug 24, 2011 12:18 PM

    You are what you are. Dallas obviously isn’t as talented as everyone thinks.

    They have Ware and Romo…who else is a playmaker? Felix perhaps if he is on the field.

  83. snowpea84 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    The team threw a mediocre QB behind an o-line they barely invested in and wondered why they didn’t have more success.

  84. driverjim says: Aug 24, 2011 12:22 PM

    melonhead: Aight, I’ll give you that about Jones owning the Palace (even though it’s unofficial name is the Jerry Jones Palatial Palace) being that what I was told can be taken as word-of-mouth.

    I have noticed that you ignored everything else I said though. C’mon, if this was an Al Davis issue would you honestly care? Yes the Cap messed with Dallas and San Fran. So to Oakland and just about everybody else ’cause of the new CBA.

    Jerry would have the product he wants if he’d stop dumping boku bucks on the Roy Williams and Terrell Owens of the league. Every team has to start somewhere so why not draft and sign to long contracts? It leaves room for Veteran Signings “just in case”.

  85. jw731 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:22 PM

    I know…..Let’s blame it all on Bill Parcells, after all he hasn’t coached there since the 2006 season….Wait, who hired him again?….Nevermind…

  86. driverjim says: Aug 24, 2011 12:28 PM

    I find it hilarious though.

    The people of Dallas while about not doing anything since ’05.

    The Lions haven’t done anything since . . . ever, really. Detroit has the most diehard fans in the league since that team has done nothing of import since ’57 if memory serves correctly. What a decade compared to almost six decades?

    Could be worse, the Cowboys could have the Chicago Cubs “Goat Curse” and not do anything until 2120.

  87. m2karateman says: Aug 24, 2011 12:35 PM

    riverhorsey, are you SERIOUS!!

    You wanna know how America got to be a superpower? It happened because there were people in this country who WORKED to make it happen. Even during the Great Depression, Americans didn’t go looking for a handout unless they HAD to. Welfare didn’t exist then. Disability didn’t exist then. People wanted jobs, not free handouts. Manufacturing and farming is what made America a superpower.

    Entitlement is ruining America. People who think they are entitled to come here illegally and feed off the system without paying into it. People who think they are entitled to have the government pay them to stay home rather than them going out to work for their money. People who feel they are entitled to money for their own mistakes, like suing someone when you spill coffee in your lap. People who feel that they have a right to what you’ve worked for, simply because they call themselves a minority.

    America is no longer the Land of Opportunity, but now is the Land of Opportunism…..people just looking for a chance to screw someone over, or to get a free ride.

    There are plenty of hardworking folks in America, plenty who do what’s right. But unfortunately, none of them work in Washington, DC. And Washington, particularly now, are all about taking care of people who need a swift kick in the ass and be told to go out and start working rather than sitting at home with your hand out.

  88. mistersmith22 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    This isn’t what “entitlement” is.

    An entitlement is when you’ve earned something, and contributed to it and built it up…like Social Security. Everyone working today is entitled to their Social Security because we’ve been contributing with each check.

    Wanting something even though you have NOT contributed is a “sense of entitlement.” People feel as if they deserve something though they contributed nothing. This is what the Cowboys meant.

    This can be a good thing in a competitive atmosphere — confidence and feeling like you’re the best goes a long way. Or it can make you play half-assed because you expect to win…like Dallas has for the last few years.

    I also wrote all this because people watching cable news have been convinced “entitlement programs” are bad things…well, I know I’d sure like my SS and Medicare checks when I’m old…

  89. drunkenagitator says: Aug 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    “Entitlement” is just a popular buzzword that dumb people toss about to appear smarter than they really are. It doesn’t mean anything. Football isn’t rocket science. The Cowboys haven’t been successful lately for very obvious reasons, namely that their players and coaches aren’t that good and their owner is an egomaniac who thinks he “knows” football and is prone towards making really dumb personnel moves. Jerry got lucky in the early 1990′s, he hired a good coach and they drafted good players. Since then they’ve done the opposite.

  90. jsrdc says: Aug 24, 2011 1:34 PM

    @qdog112,

    “Their mainstay used to be the interior line, now it’s all about the skill players, none of which show consistency”.

    WRONG. Jason Witten has been nothing BUT consistent. Doug Free has been since he took over for Flozell. As has DeMarcus Ware. As has Bradie James. As has Jay Ratliff. As has Tony Romo (when not hurt). You are delusional if you think the skill players haven’t been consistent.

    The Cowboy’s O-line just got a whole lot younger, and will be better for sure. The O-line will be good. There will be growing pains, which is expected, but Smith, Arkin, Nagy, and Costa will all likely develop into very good O-lineman, and Hudson Houck is one of the best in the business at developing the young guys. Kosier and Gurode are very solid vets, and will perform well this year. Colombo was a liability. Davis is still good, but has lost a step. Having said that, I suspect Leonard Davis may be back as insurance and depth, and at a very reasonable price.

    The “America’s Team” designation is ridiculous and outdated, and I am a long time Cowboy fan. I never liked it, but as you see with the “dream team” tag, these stupid titles stick. We all know Philly isn’t a dream team. They will be fortunate to get into the playoffs and then to even win a first-round playoff game, which they haven’t done since 2008.

    Talking about entitlement is the subject of this article. All you Eagle fans, listen up – when week 17 rolls around, let’s revisit the dream team status. Let’s see where the team is at that point, and let’s compare notes.
    Too many Eagle fans (phillyisinvading) are automatically predicting a division win (entitlement), and many are talking SB. This division is up for grabs, REGARDLESS of what team got what player(s) in the draft and FA. Too many season-ending injuries have already occurred, and many more will happen as well. Too little training camp time to get the team on the same page. Philly has a new D-coordinator (who was never a D-coordinator before), there will be different chemistry, there are still O-line and LB concerns, and WR is still a concern at this point unless Maclin comes back healthy and ready to play week one. Smith won’t be a factor until later in the year, if then. This will be a tough season for many teams, Cowboys included.

    The Cowboys are under the radar, and the Eagles now get to experience the heat and hype of the spotlight. Let’s see how you guys like it and handle it for once. The Cowboys have that attention every year, justified or not (rarely justified), and now Cowboy fans get to sit back and watch the leech press salivate all over another team. I love it. It will make the fall of the dream team that much more enjoyable from my perspective.

  91. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    I know…..Let’s blame it all on Bill Parcells, after all he hasn’t coached there since the 2006 season….Wait, who hired him again?….Nevermind…

    ——————————————————————

    Same guy that hired Jimmy Johnson. So what’s it going to be? Are you going to put it all on Jerry Jones or just the bad things? How many Super Bowls has the GM of your favorite team put in the trophy case, Eagle fan? Go back as far as you like, as many GM’s as you like.

  92. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    It starts withTony Romo ….. no quarterback has ever gotten less out of his natural ability.

    ——————————————————————

    Ever heard of a guy named Michael Vick? Some say he’s the most gifted natural athlete the game has ever seen. He was a first overall draft pick! What’s he gotten out of his natural ability that undrafted Romo hasn’t? He’s got one more playoff win than Romo and one of those wins was more in spite of him than because of him (117 passing yards and 52% completion rate). Congrats?

    What’s the difference between Vick and Romo? The answer is: hard work and intelligence. Oh, and about 15 passer rating points. And Romo’s not a convicted felon. I could go on but you get the picture.

  93. zeussuperman says: Aug 24, 2011 2:37 PM

    melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    Actually no. NFL Films made up that name with no real evidence to back it up. Anyone will tell you (based on fans that show up at away games) that the Steelers and Packers are the only real competition for that title.

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    Actually…

    “I saw all these fans in away stadiums. Hey, they’re the most popular team in the country. How can I use that? Why don’t we call them “America’s Team”?” – NFL Films editor Bob Ryan, on the NFL Network’s Top Ten Nicknames show.

    The NFL has officially declared the Cowboys nickname “America’s Team” is the #1 team nickname in the NFL. And that’s how this argument ends, folks.
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    That’s how the argument ends, folks… in 1970-whatevertheheck.

    Good thing it’s 2011 now. The NFL is way more popular now than it was when the Cowboys were given the nickname by an NFL films editor who wanted some splashy way to market a hot team in the league.

    Since then, “America’s Team” has been declining in skill and accomplishment and really doesn’t deserve the nickname anymore. Just because the “Steel Curtain” existed in the ’70′s doesn’t mean the Steelers can use the same nickname on their 2011 defense, no matter how good they are.

  94. zeussuperman says: Aug 24, 2011 2:43 PM

    m2karateman says: Aug 24, 2011 12:35 PM

    “People who feel that they have a right to what you’ve worked for, simply because they call themselves a minority.”

    ————————————-

    I don’t think you meant it in a racist way, you were just on an anti-liberal screed, but you DO realize that just as many dumb, inbred white meth-addicts suck on the teat of the U.S. Government, right?

    It’s not all black folks and Latinos with their hands out.

  95. zeussuperman says: Aug 24, 2011 2:48 PM

    mistersmith22 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    This isn’t what “entitlement” is.

    An entitlement is when you’ve earned something, and contributed to it and built it up…like Social Security. Everyone working today is entitled to their Social Security because we’ve been contributing with each check.

    I also wrote all this because people watching cable news have been convinced “entitlement programs” are bad things…well, I know I’d sure like my SS and Medicare checks when I’m old…

    —————————————–

    Thank you for your opinion, it was well written. It’s good to see someone that doesn’t mainline their political opinion straight from whatever piece of propaganda Sean Hannity is reciting.

  96. jsrdc says: Aug 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    @ zeussuperman,

    I agree mostly with your last post. Let’s discuss one aspect of it, however:

    “Since then, “America’s Team” has been declining in skill and accomplishment and really doesn’t deserve the nickname anymore.”

    It has been since the ’96 season (not the late 70′s) that the Cowboys have been declining, but more in accomplishment due to poor execution. Skill is only one aspect of accomplishment. Coaching, chemistry, execution, team health, player’s ability to learn, conditioning etc, etc, also play a part in that. I remember a string of coaches and certain players inabilities to execute at their position were very much part of why the Cowboys declined after their 3 SB wins. Lack of skill played a part in that, but was less important than execution/accomplishment, as I believe most pros have the skill set to be able to achieve, given they buy into and execute the system and scheme.

    Also, regarding your above quote, I agree, the Cowboys don’t deserve the nickname anymore, and I have felt that way for a long time. However, it isn’t the TEAM or the FANS responsible for this. It is the leech press that have been beating that dead horse for far too long. The Cowboys STILL have an unbelievable fan base, but in the recent era of football, being that it is so popular, I agree with an earlier post that Football should be called “America’s Game”, and no one team should be known as “America’s Team”.

    The only people still harping on the “America’s Team” title are haters anyway.

  97. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    Good thing it’s 2011 now. The NFL is way more popular now than it was when the Cowboys were given the nickname by an NFL films editor who wanted some splashy way to market a hot team in the league.

    Since then, “America’s Team” has been declining in skill and accomplishment and really doesn’t deserve the nickname anymore. Just because the “Steel Curtain” existed in the ’70′s doesn’t mean the Steelers can use the same nickname on their 2011 defense, no matter how good they are.

    —————————————————————

    What part of “The NFL has officially declared the Cowboys nickname “America’s Team” as the #1 team nickname in the NFL” did you not get? This didn’t happen in the 70′s. It happened in 2009.

  98. zeussuperman says: Aug 24, 2011 3:55 PM

    @ jsrdc

    All really good points, I’d say the Troy-Emmitt-Irvin years really cemented “America’s Team” with the reputation/public perception it still carries today, even if the nickname itself is much older.

    As an Eagles fan, I’m sure the same thing is going to be made out of the words “Dream Team” for seasons to come by haters and the idiot media. I don’t know many Philadelphians that like it at all.

    While I love harping on Cowboys fans, if I were one I’d hate the name “America’s Team” — if you’re a resident of Dallas/FW, you should resent that moniker. It’s not America’s team, it’s YOUR team. Trying to institutionalize bandwagon fans dilutes that, at least in my opinion.

    And while I certainly don’t blame the fans for keeping the nickname alive, you can’t shift all the blame from the team. Maybe the players and coaches don’t care about it, but Jerry Jones certainly seems to revel in the nickname and reputation.

  99. jsrdc says: Aug 24, 2011 4:42 PM

    zeussuperman,

    I am definitely one of the Dallas fans that absolutely do not like the “America’s Team” nomenclature. It is both outdated and ridiculous.

    I will agree that JJ will ride that title as much as he can, but he is the owner, he didn’t create the title, but if it will be of help with revenue and attention, he will be all for it. And all owners have revenue as their #1 priority, whether they admit it or not. That is the way it goes, and even though you have your owners who are perceived to be “good guys”, ALL owners follow that rule. There isn’t an owner who doesn’t want more revenue coming in from their team.

    JJ started with nothing and spent every last penny he had to buy the team. A big gamble, to say the least. He wants badly to win, he absolutely has a big ego (like all owners), and he has successfully ran this franchise for 20+ years as a revenue juggernaut. The team hasn’t won as much as expected, but isn’t that the case with most teams? People can criticize all they want, but he has done this through hard work and successfully marketing of the team. He will always be hated, but I think most of it is unjustified. People will always have their reasons, and that is the way it goes.

    The people of Arlington voted to have the new Cowboy stadium built there. It wasn’t forced on them (and this is in response to an earlier post). This will bring in year-round events, including, of course, the NFL games. It was expensive to build, but nothing new, as construction costs are high despite the weak economy. Besides, the cost was 500 million less than Meadowlands stadium that has no roof or a jumbo-tron. How do you explain that one?

    Lastly, the press will never stop with the “dream team” title, nor will the rest of the league’s non-Eagle fans. That will be the reality of the situation, and if it lasts as long as the “America’s Team” title, get used to having the expectations high and palpable, and having it repeatedly thrown in your face (especially if you don’t make it to the playoffs or win the whole thing). You will get a taste of what Cowboy fans have had to deal with for far too long.

  100. Land Snark says: Aug 24, 2011 5:06 PM

    A big thank you to melonhead and skinsfandcdan83 for the comic relief today.

    Your comments have me in stitches.

    It’s good to see you have the fire even if your teams don’t.

  101. bigjb123 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:21 AM

    Hey the Eagles won a title in the 60s and the 40s can we talk about them? Stop looking in the past! The Redskins have been a joke for a while and Cowboys a were 6 10 last year for real? You guys are morans!

  102. knucklebucket says: Aug 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    bigjb123 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 8:21 AM
    Hey the Eagles won a title in the 60s and the 40s can we talk about them? Stop looking in the past! The Redskins have been a joke for a while and Cowboys a were 6 10 last year for real? You guys are morans!

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