Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/14/12
This Sunday two of the most popular teams in pro sports collide again.The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Dallas Cowboys in a game which brings up many memories of game gone past. The rivalry goes back to the mid-70s when they met in two Super Bowls.This is now though, and both teams sit at an equal 7-6, knowing that a loss at the end of play this weekend would see them on the brink of elimination from extending their season into this seasons playoffs.The Dallas Cowboys have held the self proclaimed moniker of Americas Team for many decades now. The franchise gave birth to this tag through it's winning habits, and it's off field swagger, during their 70s boom period.Many teams have challenged this unofficial term. Not so much to take over the title but rather to show they would be more deserving. In fact in a poll just last year the Green Bay Packers topped a fans list as to who should be rightfully called the name. It even went as far to suggest that the Cowboys were the most hated franchise in the NFL.As mentioned before this weekends game is crucial for both teams, it seemed strange timing then when Pittsburgh passer Ben Roethlisberger made a somewhat off the cuff remark earlier this week.When asked about the play of Tony Romo, the Cowboys QB, he said."He plays for 'America's Team,' right?," Roethlisberger said. Then, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger laughed and added, "I think the Steelers are the 'World's Team.'"Big statement to make.For sure Pittsburgh have a deep rooted fanbase, and the roots do spread far and wide, but this is the kind of quote that can backfire dramatically. Sure, it may have been said in jest, a little dig at the Americas Team tag, but print that out and stick it on everyone of the Cowboys players lockers on Sunday afternoon, and it's a huge motivational tool.Without wishing to get into too much of a war of words, when asked about Big Ben's comment, Romo simply replied, "I think Ben knows how to have fun with you guys,” Romo said, via The Dallas Morning News. “He’s probably talked to you enough. He plays for a franchise that’s had great success over the years, for a long time in the NFL. We obviously have had success over the last 50 years as well, and I think you look at a couple of very, very strong franchises that have been around for a long time and it’s just great to play for organizations like this. I think that’s all he’s telling you.”So the small arms fire has begun. The real shootout begins in a couple of days.
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