Who do you root for (or more appropriately root against more…) this weekend when the hated Cowboys play the hated Giants?
The Cowboys still try to lay claim to the title of America’s Team and were incredibly easy to hate whenever Michael Irvin took the field. Though I would argue that the Packers are now the nation’s feel-good team and the Patriots are America’s so-good-you-hate-them team. The Cowboys have Terrell Owens, but he has practically been a model citizen this season. Working against them is Tony Romo. He's the best QB who’s most important highlight is a botched snap. Romo looks like he’s started to read too many of his own press clippings and the “who’s-he-dating?” string of starlets is pretty tiresome.
The Giants have completely over-achieved this season – a season that started for me really looking forward to Tom Coughlin’s team imploding. It looked like I might get it as they stumbled down the stretch nearly squandering their all-but-locked playoff chances. They righted the ship though, made the playoffs, played the Patriots hard in Week 16, and controlled the game in an impressive road playoff win at Tampa Bay last week. The offense is run by ultra crybaby Eli Manning – who was too good to play for the Chargers and has QB number more like Rex Grossman than his brother. Seriously, if this guy’s last name didn’t end in “anning”, he’d be on the road to journeyman back-up*. Add to that uber-putz tight-end Jeremy Shockey and you have a team that ranks pretty high on the unlikable scale.
As hard as it is to say, I will be rooting for the Cowboys this weekend. But make no mistake, I’ll easily be rooting for the Green Bay-Seattle winner over either of these!
* I know, someone I know thinks he’s dreamy, but wow, do I ever not get it.