The Panthers could be hosting the Dallas Steers on Sunday.
Somehow, it doesn’t have quite the same ring as Cowboys, does it?
When the team was originally created in 1960, they were called the Steers.
That didn’t last, so the name was briefly changed to Rangers. That didn’t last either because a minor-league baseball team in the area didn’t fold as expected, forcing the franchise to find another name.
Cowboys, someone suggested.
That just might work, the owners decided.
Since we’re in history class, here’s another tidbit:
The Cowboys didn’t call themselves America’s Team.
The nickname came from a man named Bob Ryan, who was doing the voiceover on an NFL Films feature about the team in 1978. The intro went like this:
“They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars. They are the Dallas Cowboys, America’s Team.”
By the way, America’s Team is 122-123 since 1997.
If you’re wondering, the Panthers are 3-8 all-time against the Cowboys and haven’t beaten them in the regular season since 1998.
You might say the Panthers are due.
Last week: 4-9 (even spin doctors can’t help).