Since the 1970’s, the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry has been one of the most fierce rivalries in all of sports. In recent years, however, some have suggested that the intense hatred between these franchises and their fans has fizzled out due to mediocre records and free agency. The diehard supporters of the teams disagree.
After asking several Redskin and Cowboy fans what this rivalry means to them, I received one common answer from both sides: Everything. One Cowboy fan admitted that a friend of 16 years is “the enemy” during game time, and their friendship takes a backseat to the rivalry. A Redskin fan declared that a Cowboy loss is every bit as important as a Redskin win, and he would gladly watch his beloved Redskins go 2-14 every year if those two victories were against Dallas. There were tales of crazy bets, including one where the loser of a sweep would have to get a tattoo of the other team’s logo, and another where the loser had to wear a jersey, shirt, or hat supporting the other team every day until the beginning of the next football season. There were memories of Clint Longley on Thanksgiving Day, Santana Moss spoiling a Monday night celebration at Texas Stadium, and John Riggins and the Hogs running the ’50 gut’ play ten straight times to put Dallas away in the NFC Championship game. Cowboy fans called their boys “America’s Team” while Redskin fans scoffed at the arrogance it takes to call yourselves something like that. The Redskin faithful made fun of Tony Romo’s “stupid smirk”, while their enemies mocked DeAngelo Hall’s “big mouth”. There were countless stories and derogatory comments from both sides, but one thing remained evident: these fanbases still hate each other.
Whether you’re a Cowboy fan who is still upset that LaVar Arrington ended Troy Aikman’s career, or a Redskin fan seeking revenge for that ugly loss in week 3, your adrenaline will go sky high on Sunday afternoon, and your blood will boil each time your opponent scores. Throw the records out the window, and get ready for another brutally physical game between the two teams who hate each other the most.