Those of you that have read The Football Educator’s past articles and followed me through Twitter or other social media understand my affinity for history and the role it plays in making sound decisions. There are those in professional sports that won’t make a move without looking at the past and there are others that appear to make the same mistakes over and over, year after year. My take is probably somewhere in between, not letting history paralyze the necessary decisions to build a champion, but also realizing the importance of knowing where you’re going through knowing where you’ve been.
The historical significance of rivalries, whether at the college or professional level, is really “insignificant” when it comes to comparisons that extend beyond a few years. Players come and go, and the dynamics of a particular team will ebb and flow with the turnover of a roster or change in coaching. But that doesn’t change the feelings of the fans and their respect or disdain for an opponent and the associated historical rivalry. Michael Burke of TheLandryHat.com takes a look at an old NFC rivalry that’s had its ups and downs over the years, but overall remained a constant competitive matchup – Cowboys vs Rams.
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The Cowboys Vs. Rams Is a Historically Even Matchup
By Michael Burke – TheLandryHat.com
In their entire History in the NFL there is no team that the Dallas Cowboys have played more evenly than the St. Louis Rams. Consider this as evidence of this claim. The all time series between the two teams is currently tied at 11-11. The series was also previously tied at 10-10, 9-9, 8-8, 7-7, 6-6, and 1-1. The two teams have faced each other 11 times at the Cowboys home field and 11 times at the Rams home field. Each team is 6-5 at home in the series and 5-6 on the road.
On top of this in the post season the teams have faced each other 8 times, which is the most times for any opponent the Cowboys have faced in the post season. You guessed it, they are 4-4 against each other in the post season. It just doesn’t get much more even than that Historically.
The Rams got their genesis in Cleveland in 1936. They were not the first NFL team in the city of Cleveland. In 1920, the NFL’s inaugural year the Cleveland Tigers played. Prior to that year, from 1916 to 1919 they played as the Cleveland Indians, which was very common for early football teams to take the mascot name of the established local baseball team. For 1919 and then in the NFL in 1920 they were the Tigers. Then in 1921 they again called themselves the Indians. They folded after the 1921 season.
In 1923 another team formed as the Cleveland Indians. This team changed their mascot name in 1924 to the Bulldogs. They operated until 1927 as the Bulldogs and then folded. In 1931 the third edition of the Cleveland Indians was created. They lasted 1 year.
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