Crappy Anniversary, Cowboys fans.
Today marks 20 years since the last time your team sniffed a Super Bowl. On Jan. 28, 1996 the Cowboys beat the Steelers to win Super Bowl XXX. Since then … nada.
I’ve documented their staggering inability to advance to even an NFC Championship Game. But a Super Bowl?
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Having just concluded a 4-12 season, there’s a whole generation of fans who can’t fathom America’s Team winning a title – much less three in four years.
“I’m the most surprised person in Mobile, or the country, that we haven’t been back to and competed in a Super Bowl,” owner Jerry Jones said during this week’s Senior Bowl practices in Alabama. “But I know firsthand that you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse. And I’ve experienced it. And consequently that fact has always driven me to know that it’s just around the corner. There’s a pony in here somewhere.”
Wait, there’s a what? In where?
For the last 20 seasons it’s been more pigs than ponies. The Cowboys’ last title was so long ago that their head coach was then a backup quarterback.
“Lifetime ago,” Garrett said about Super Bowl XXX. “But at the same time, like a lot of things in our lives it seems like yesterday. I have very vivid memories of those experiences and that’s one of the interesting things about life. It’s amazing how time passes as quickly as it does, but the things that were significant in your life you remember like they just happened to you.”
We’re about to zoom from Super Bowls 31 to 50 without the Cowboys.
In 1996 I would’ve bet every penny against that kind of drought.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.