New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers figures patriotic fervor and nationwide support for 9/11 victims will make the New York Jets “America’s Team” — at least for one day — when they play the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL Sunday night game in New York.
The game falls on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
By Sunday night, anyone with eyes and ears will have seen and heard everything there is to say about 9/11, its aftermath, and 10 years of remembrances. But the NFL isn’t missing a chance to seize the moment by putting two of its most marketable teams together in New York and offering pregame and halftime ceremonies devoted to 9/11 tributes.
Myers is probably right — it’s human nature to root for underdogs. That’s why the New Orleans Saints temporarily became America’s Team in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina ruined the Superdome and forced the team to play all its home games that season in unfamiliar stadiums.
On the other hand, Dallas is now home to former President George W. Bush.
Doesn’t Dallas deserve some “underdog love” for having to endure the constant presence of the most damaging president in modern history? The guy who courted corrupt bankers and used misguided patriotism and moralistic mumbo jumbo to justify subverting American freedoms? The guy who used 9/11 sentiment as an excuse to start an unjustified war in Iraq that made a few VIPs really rich but pretty much screwed the pooch for the rest of us?
No, Dallas doesn’t deserve squat because that city embraced Bush like a hero after he returned home from Washington.