It is that time of year again. A time where football fans whose team is not in the Super Bowl can at least get some satisfaction and pride from supporting their team throughout the years. A time where they can enjoy the accomplishments of the players they have watched, shared the joy and pain with, and thankfully, Super Bowls.
On Saturday, the 2006 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced. And once again, the Dallas Cowboys and their fans will get screwed over by a group of jealous journalists.
Sadly, it happens year after year. Dallas Cowboys of the 70s, players that were voted to the all decade team, do not have their bust in Canton. Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, and Bullet Bob Hayes are players of note who have been shunned over the last couple of years.
Let's think about it. How can one of the most successful team in pro football and the 70s, a team that went t0 5 Super Bowls, and never had a losing record have only 5 players in the HOF? It boggles the mind.
Dr Z of Sports Illustrated has admitted it. There is a bias against the Cowboys when it comes to the selection process. They do not like the fact the Cowboys are America's Team. They hate Tex Schramm for having the smarts to ride the tag the NFL gave them and market the hell out of it. Jealousy should not prevent players from being admitted to the Hall of Fame.
So on Saturday, I will be hopeful to hear Rayfield Wright and Troy Aikman have been selected. It would be nice to hear that Michael Irvin will go in as well. But as I have learned from the past, I will not have my hopes up.
If Troy Aikman does not make it, it will definitely piss me off. You can say what you want about his stats. His numbers are good. Not necessarily great when compared to QBs like Marino, Elway, or Favre. But how many Super Bowls did they win? Aikman won football games. He save his best game for the big games.
Aikman was and still is my favorite all time Dallas Cowboy. I hope to be wearing an Aikman jersey come Sunday to honor his selection. Yet, I know it is not a lock. Only because he was a Dallas Cowboy.
And it shouldn't be that way.
Photo of Troy Aikman posted as a special favor for the Blonde.