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Hey Cowboys, Vengeance Is a Two-Way Street

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.

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Rob Born

Someone else said it first but I popularized it: “Athleticism is important in athletic pursuits.” It took three years, but the Packers finally listened. My new mantra: “Trading down is fine, but never trade up.”

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7 Comments

  1. Cheese October 5, 2017

    Cowboys fans will have you believe that the only reason the Packers beat them in the playoffs twice recently is because of the refs.

  2. Tucson Packer October 5, 2017

    I hope Aikman and Romo do the game!! (heavy sarcasm)

  3. PF4L October 5, 2017

    That is one great picture. You have to give that dude props for paying up.

  4. Big B October 5, 2017

    The other aspect of all those ass kickings was they invariably were always played in Dallas. I still have the hat from The Showdown in Titletown when the Pack finally turned the tide and restored order in the Football Universe. The people own the Packers and as such, they are the True America’s Team.

  5. TyKo Steamboat October 5, 2017

    Respect for pioneers like Al Davis & Jerry Jones. If you love football & what the game does for you. Tip of the cap to a couple of the legends. RIP Al, my favorite non-Packer figure of all time. Jerry also. I grew up hating him & the Cowboys since I started watching in 1993. But Jerry is a living legend.

  6. Mike K October 6, 2017

    If I remember correctly, Green Bay did upset Dallas Once in 70s. Bart Starrs first win as Coach. It was shocking considering Green bay was 0-4 at the time. 1975 I believe?

  7. Mike K October 6, 2017

    I will always remember the 1978 blowout. We were pretenders that year, got out to 6-1 start & faded badly staring with Dallas blowing us out in Milw.