Thursday, October 18, 2012
How the Cowboys became the biggest, loudest, most hated football team in America
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DALLAS You don’t have to love football to understand the impact of the Dallas Cowboys on our region, as Krys Boyd unpacks in the following Think interview with Joe Nick Patoski. His new book, The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America, uncovers why a team – with a relatively mediocre winning history – represents not only the NFL, but much of what people understand about the city of Dallas, worldwide.
Patoski wrote the book for die-hard fans in order to dispel myths and ignite legends, but football lovers are not the only audience who will enjoy the story that traces the football club’s history. The organization's background illuminates the team's foundational role in both America’s biggest entertainment conglomerate – the NFL – and also Dallas’ cultural identity. In the 1960s, Dallas could be confused for any midsized, Midwestern city, but the rise of Dallas as a market-center is invariably linked to the team's rise. “[It] made Dallas the first glamorous city between either coast since Chicago in the early 20th century," Patoski said.
He continued, "[The blue star logo] telegraphs a whole lot about who we are, whether it's rightly or wrongly interpreted ... I don't think Dallas would have the identity it does without that football team."
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