Did you see it last night?
Cowboys 41 Eagles 37
An exciting game if there ever was one. Back and forth. Offensive explosion. And a few boneheaded plays. When the dust settled, the Cowboys were 2-0. The Eagles were 1-1.
The rivalry goes back to the early sixties. There’s something about the Cowboys that stirs deep, deep anger in the City of Brotherly Love more than any other team — including the Giants.
Here it is…you ready? The JFK Assassination.
Moments before the world was shocked and Eagles fans found a new enemy.
Think I’m kidding? I’m not.
The booing, the hatred, the all out disdain that Eagles fans love to bestow on the Cowboys dates back to the first game the Boys played in Philly RIGHT AFTER JFK’s assassination. Philly fans, in what was obviosuly cloudy, grief stricken, perception somehow blamed the Dallas Cowboys for the death of this nation’s beloved 35th president. “They’re from Dallas. They Killed Kennedy” That was the reasoning. Ask any 70-something blue collar, Irish-Catholic, Democrat from Philly and they’ll tell you the sentiment of that time. “Cowboys? Oh, they killed JFK.”
Now you know. The city famous for booing everything and cheering life-threatening injuries of opposing players somehow got it in their heads that the Dallas Cowboys pulled the trigger. Yes, you heard right, Oswald or the guy on the grassy knoll, or Castro, or whoever it was, were actually practice squad members of the team. Guilt by association to the tenth degree. It happened in Dallas…so, Dallas is repsonsible.
I’m not kidding.
They really and truly felt this way — then.
And now? Aside from the “everything’s bigger and better in Texas” bravado, the five championships, the who’s-who list of Hall of Famers, the cheerleaders, and the prestige second only to the Yankees — the real “original” reason Eagles fans hate the Cowboys probably isn’t even known, let alone remembered by any Eagles fan 50 or younger.
That’s because it all goes back to a dark and terrible day in Dallas in November of 1963.