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Are the Cowboys still "America's Team"?


Are the Cowboys still "America's Team"?

"America's Team?" Says who?

That is basically what a lot of people are saying these days about the Dallas Cowboys, who earned that nickname thanks to an enterprising NFL Films producer in 1978.

Yes, the team that visits M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday has the most iconic helmet in the NFL. And the most iconic cheerleaders.

But "America's Team"?

"We don't buy into that," said Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, an Alabama native who grew up a big Cowboys fan. "It's another football game."

The luster is surely tarnished a bit on the stars on those helmets, seeing as the Cowboys haven't reached the Super Bowl in 16 years. In the decade of the 2000s, the Cowboys have a record of 98-98.  In other words, it's been awhile since "America's Team" was America's best team.

"The Dallas Cowboys, aka America's Team," writes the Orlando Sentinel's Jerry Greene. "I have some questions about that: Which America are we talking about? How long ago? Why?"

Well, to answer that, we go back to 1978, and NFL Films producer Bob Ryan.

According to this NFL.com feature --  in which "America's Team" was named the No. 1 nickname in NFL history -- Ryan was working on a script for a season highlight film about the Cowboys.

"I saw all these fans at away stadiums. Hey, they're the most popular team in the country," Ryan explained. "How can I use that? Why don't we call them America's Team?"

Cue to the awesome, incomparable narration of John Facenda and some classic NFL Films footage: ""They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars," intones Facenda. "They are the Dallas Cowboys. America's Team. "

Greene, for one, isn't buying it any more.

"We've bought that load of goods for the last 34 years primarily because team owner Jerry Jones fervently believes it. And the irony is that the one face we do recognize is his — an owner. And yet, somehow, Forbes says the 'Boys are worth $2.1 billion.

Uh, again, why? They are the model of mediocrity, winning one playoff game in last 15 years. Granted, we love their cheerleaders. And I guess we should be impress by the stadium/palace that Jerry built that even includes a Victoria Secret store.

You can buy "lace trimmed panties" inside Cowboys Stadium although I'm not sure if you can wear them there....

Shouldn't the Green Bay Packers be America's Team? Small town that owns its own team? Or the Steelers or maybe, Lord forbid, the Browns? Isn't that more American than a palace where they sell lace-trimmed panties? Or am I just out of touch with what America is wearing these days?"


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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.