You’ve seen the headlines: the Dallas Cowboys are out for revenge on Sunday, after the Green Packers knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Tell you what, this old timer wants vengeance too – but the other way around.
For years, the team that Packers fans loved to hate was the Chicago Bears. Lately, that’s switched over to the Minnie Vikings.
For me, though it’s always been the Cowboys. By always, I of course mean since 1960, as they’ve only been in the league about half as long as the Packers.
Between the Lombardi years and the Holmgren years, long-time Green Bay fans suffered mightily. Of all the games that we dreaded, it was Dallas who made the contests seem like men versus boys. I also recall that the Packers often hung around until near the end of the third quarter, at which time the Cowboys got serious about putting the game away. We all knew what was coming. No team ever had the Packers’ number like the Cowboys did back then.
I decided to go back in time and see how accurate my recollections are.
Vince Lombardi went 5-0 against the Cowboys, the last one being in the NFL Championship game on New Year’s Eve of 1967. Yes, the Ice Bowl!
The Cowboys onslaught commenced in 1978. From 1978 through 1996, the two teams met 14 times; Green Bay won twice, both in 1989. These were excruciating games to watch. Even when the Packers led in the third quarter, and I recall they often did, the Cowboys were so superior they could easily get serious – like throwing a switch – and wind up winning by three or four scores. I still have nightmares.
Then, from 1997 to the present, things returned to where they should be, with the Packers winning eight of 12 games – including six of the last seven. Overall, the Packers hold an 18-17 edge in the series.
I hope Green Bay brings back some of the players from the 1980s and 1990s to talk to the current team about how pitifully the Cowboys beat up on them during those dark ages.
As for me, I’ll always view a Cowboys game as a time for vengeance, but with the Packers doing the venging.