In the last three years, the Cowboys’ season has ended with a loss in the NFC East Championship Game to the Giants, Redskins and Eagles. So, Jerry Jones, these days which team is your biggest rival?
“Oh my goodness,” the owner said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “I resent to this day the Giants coming in here a few years back and beating us with home-field advantage and then winning the Super Bowl. I admire it, but I resent it. I will always remember it. So it doesn’t take me much to get riled up over going to New York. Then of course, Philadelphia seems like the last few years has been a real nemesis for us, and certainly after last year. So all of these guys. The other thing I’d like to say is I love to have these rivalries. They’re big. They’re big city rivalries. They create not only a win, my town against your town, but I also know it’s a big deal for the NFL.”
At 7-3 and tied for first place in the division, the Cowboys will see plenty of their rivals down the stretch. It begins Sunday in New York, then the Eagles in Arlington four days later on Thanksgiving. In all, the Cowboys play four of their final six against the NFC East, climaxed by road games in Philadelphia Dec. 14 and Washington Dec. 28.
I’d say the honest answer is the Cowboys’ most bitter rival these days resides on a rotating basis. While not long ago it was Eli Manning and then Robert Griffin III, this year – and last – it’s undoubtedly the Eagles.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.