Writer: Jameson White
As most know, the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs this season. Dallas had an up and down year, and whether it was three-game winning streaks or three-game losing streaks, inconsistency proved to be the team’s downfall. It has now been 22 full seasons since the Cowboys last Super Bowl win. Likewise, a team in the NBA has taken a path that is like that of the Dallas Cowboys, in how they had a multitude of championships in the 1990’s, yet suffered through highs and lows since their glory days as champions of their league; the Chicago Bulls.
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- Jerry’s Ownership- Each franchise of the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Cowboys came onto new ownership in the 1980’s. Jerry Reinsdorf bought a controlling stake in the Bulls for $9.2 million, and turned it into a franchise that is today worth $2.5 billion, according to Forbes. Jerry Jones purchased the Cowboys for $160 million in 1989 and morphed it into the most valuable franchise in the history of sports, worth just under $5 billion. With these values, both teams became globally recognizable brands.
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1. The Championships- Both the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Cowboys won the most championships in their respective leagues in the decade of the 1990’s. Starting in the beginning of the decade, both had quickly become powerhouses in each of their leagues, due to a couple of reasons. Both teams named their legendary head coaches (Phil Jackson and Jimmy Johnson) in 1989, which set them up for their 90’s dynasties yet to come. Next, the stars of each respective team were coming into the prime of their athletic career. For the Cowboys, it was Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin. For the Bulls, it was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
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2. The 2000’s Dynasties- The Cowboys and Bulls have seen new dynasties, in opposite conferences, led by legendary “G.O.A.T” players and coaches, take over the 2000’s. These teams are the New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and San Antonio Spurs, with Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan.
3. The Inconsistency- The previously stated dynasties have helped to show more inconsistency between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bulls. Both have had great teams that made the playoffs and been the number one-seeded team in their respective conferences. Yet, with those top seeds, it has not meant success in the playoffs, as neither have even gone back to the championship game since they last won it.
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4. The Injury Plagued Star– After each respective franchise’s leaders (Michael Jordan and Troy Aikman) retired, they struggled to find a new face. Throughout a carousel of players, both franchises found a new star. For the Dallas Cowboys, it was Tony Romo. For the Chicago Bulls, it was Derrick Rose. They quickly gave each respective franchise a glimmer of hope. However, just as quickly, hope would be lost whenever either Romo or Rose would go down with a season-ending injury; with both of these stars, injuries have been cursed by the injury bug.
Currently, the Chicago Bulls are one of the worst teams in the NBA, sitting in rebuild mode. The Dallas Cowboys, however, are in full win-now mode, as they have the young stars and players in place to win for the next decade and try to reclaim their place atop the NFL landscape. Both franchises were kings of their respective leagues in the 90’s decade, but suffered through a rough go of things since their dynasties were dismantled. Sometimes, the rise to the top is just as fast as the fall to the bottom.