America Really, Really Wants the Cowboys to Lose to the Redskins on Sunday

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The Dallas Cowboys, despite a season defined largely by extended periods of mediocrity, improbably, inexplicably find themselves on the cusp of their first playoff berth in three years. It all comes down to Sunday. If they beat the Redskins, they're in. If they lose, they're out.

One would expect that America would be thrilling to the prospect of its favorite football team finally returning to postseason respectability. Not so. America -- at least the one that votes in ESPN SportsNation polls -- seems to be over the 'Boys.

Roughly three-fourths of respondents in a SportsNation poll indicated they'll be rooting for the Redskins to beat the Cowboys on Sunday night. As you can see from the map above, the preference holds in every single state except Texas, where Dallas is favored by a relatively slim 55-45 margin. Just to put that in perspective, that's two points worse than Mitt Romney.

The poll was enough to lead BuzzFeed to pen an obit of the "America's Team" nickname, not that anyone has deployed that phrase in a serious fashion this millennium. BuzzFeed bolsters its case by linking, inexplicably, to a Reddit thread about the Chiefs. (To quote from BuzzFeed's comments section: "Regardless of content, is this what passes for an "article" any more? Journalism is dead." Response: "It's Buzzfeed. If you're looking for hard hitting news I suggest you look elsewhere.")

The survey should come with a number of caveats. As of this morning, 180,000 people have responded, an infinitesimally small portion of the football-loving population. Keep in mind, too, that the voters all voluntarily responded to a SportsNation poll, which tells you something. Finally, the Redskins have Robert Griffin III, who is absolutely impossible to dislike, sort of like a teddy bear who happens to be freakishly good at picking apart your team's defense. So take the whole thing with a grain of salt.

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21 comments
CherNoBill
CherNoBill

This isn't news.

The Howboys stopped being 'America's Team' over a decade ago.

They aren't even the best team in Texas.

Don Elam
Don Elam

Ya know, there's life outside of taking an political angle on everything. Get over it, yo.

texasambulance
texasambulance

@Dallas_Observer No but the Arlington Cowboys seem to!

Ben Hamilton
Ben Hamilton

The same America that voted for the last president? I'm not surprised.

Mark Cain
Mark Cain

Still jealous over the 70's, 80's, and 90's.

bfiery
bfiery

@HarryHog Cowboys for the NFC east and playoffs? Would be awesome to see the redskins play the vikings in MN. Go skins! #httr

DallasRedskins
DallasRedskins

@HarryHog The Observer is a rag, not a paper by any stretch. They can cry like the rest of them Sunday night.

citycoyote
citycoyote

For the good of the nation, the Cowboys must humiliate the D.C. team on its home turf. It's a physical cliff thing, everyone's talking about it.

Ben Ito Towers
Ben Ito Towers

Everyone loves to hate America's Team. Go Cowboys!

iwearblack
iwearblack

It's not like they'll have a chance at winning if they get into the playoffs anyway... The Cowpats are just awful, especially in the post-season.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

er'body loves polls. snooze. Wake me when the other guys from Arlington report to spring training.

Ben Hamilton
Ben Hamilton

Everybody loves to root against the Cowboys.

Shawnte Brown
Shawnte Brown

Redskins fan and Im/we are going to the superbowl in NOLA!!! 2013

Pat Scales
Pat Scales

I have to admit, I am one of them...Let's go RG3!!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@iwearblack but now you're talking about them being awful in the post-season, whereas a few weeks ago.....to this long suffering fan, that's what i call progress. may be pathetic, but i'm enjoying this season with some no-name players that refuse to quit.

iwearblack
iwearblack

@ChrisYu If (and that's a BIG IF) the Cowpats beat the Redskins and get into the playoffs, they'll be at Seattle... That didn't go so well last time, and it's likely to be a more thorough beatdown this time...

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

@IWearBlack

Actually, since they would be the NFC east division winner, the Cowboys would have a home game not a road game.

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