In response to the Dallas Cowboys woes of late, one fan has taken it upon himself to withdrawal his loyalty to the team, and give it to the highest bidder--literally. The man put his allegiance up for grabs on eBay recently, offering to "begin rooting for, and become a die hard fan of , any NFL team of the winning bidder's choosing. "
The reaction to this in Dallas will likely be mixed.
The man who claims to be (or have been, more accurately) a lifelong fan of the Cowboys, has resorted to what could be aptly described as a sort of sports-fan-prostitution, for one, selling his supposed loyalty to the highest bidder.
His arguments against Tony Romo--that he plays golf, and chases women--are categorically off-base, offenses of which almost every player in the NFL is guilty (though most aren't as good as Romo at either); and the idea itself isn't really original (a University of Michigan fan held a similar auction last year), though the guy does point this out in the post.
That said, the auction should deftly illustrate the general sense of estrangement and alienation felt by a great deal of fans--and aside from that, it's kind of funny.
The guy does a solid job in the product (read: his loyalty) description in recounting the numerous transgressions on the part of ownership over the past two decades, from Jerry Jones' handling of Tom Landry, to his all-too-proud stance with respect to Jimmy Johnson, to the thirteen-year playoff drought, by which fans are still maligned.
What's more, half of the winning bid will go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation, a world-renowned charity aimed at raising awareness of, and a cure for breast cancer.
The fact alone that there's an auction of this sort out there is a reflection of the state of Cowboys Nation; that is, more than a few of them are pissed. And unless something changes, the loyalty-market might soon be flooded.