With all due respect to the rabid Dallas Cowboy fans in our city, wouldn't it be amazing if the NFL would franchise in San Antonio? It's no secret that the NFL does like the Alamo City, but there are some strong football forces of nature that will never allow that to happen.
Hardcore NBA and MLB fans might disagree, but the fact is the fact, nothing moves the meter in professional sports like the National Football League!
I find the dynamic fascinating. San Antonio sports fans LOVE their Spurs, and they also LOVE the Dallas Cowboys, and at the same time they DESPISE those Dallas Mavericks. I think it's fun, and interesting at the same time. Cities from state to state are rivals, even if they don't want to admit it, but one thing the Metroplex and the 210 area code will always agree on is America's Team.
As I said before, the NFL likes San Antonio, and they would probably love to have a franchise in our city, but they also understand that the prospects of that are very much slim to absolutely none. I can't really speak to the marketing campaign the Cowboys PR office has put together over the years, but whatever it was/is, it sure has/is worked/working! But then again, the Dallas Cowboys are referred to as "America's Team" and maybe the brand simply sells itself.
Consider the Houston Texans for a moment.
Yes, there are Texans fans in San Antonio, but it's snowflakes compared to the number of Cowboys fans. It's not even close snowflakes.
In fact, that's the first thing I learned about this city upon arrival, ten days before training camp opened at the Alamodome.
"Vinnie", they said, "San Antonio is Dallas Cowboys crazy! You won't believe the amount of fans that will show up for training camp practices!" And you know what, they were right!
The NFL global machine that the Dallas Cowboys are, cornered the market in this city long ago. I remember last season, the Cowboys missed the playoffs, the Texans were in. Did San Antonio have interest in that? Not really. Just those select few of you in this city that exist to root for the Texans, and God Bless I say, but like I said before: snowflakes.
My viewpoint on this issue could be argued to be on the NFL side of the fence. And that's fair, I love the NFL. I don't think there's anything like it.
College football purists will, of course, disagree, and that's fine. But the NFL is huge in this country, huge! So that's why I constantly wonder if San Antonio would accept an NFL franchise if the commish came calling.
But then I think, why would the NFL mess with our city? This community is Dallas Cowboy crazy
All I have to think about is the unfortunate mistake last season. The CBS network left the Buffalo/Dallas game before the start of the fourth quarter, a game in which Dallas was comfortably ahead, and switched to another more competitive game. One of the worst days of my professional career!
The number of negative phone calls (venom), emails (more venom), and Facebook postings (even more venom) told me all I needed to know about the PASSION this city has for the Dallas Cowboys. I would argue that it's just as intense as the Cowboys home city itself!
I think the NFL would love be in this city, but I don't think the NFL would ever seriously consider it. They understand what's happening with the Dallas Cowboys and our wonderful place called home!
But then again, the NFL is a sports god, and I just wonder if they would ever get serious about relocating a franchise to San Antonio? Training camps are not so far away these days. I don't like to wish days away, but definitely looking forward to being back in the football groove!
Enjoy the draft everybody! I'm sure your favorite team will draft exactly what you think they shouldn't! LOL
Vinnie, KENS 5 Sports