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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Cowboys-Giants? Whatever ...

By Kevin Seifert

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- So, it's the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys in the NFL's showcase season opener?

That's fine.

Doesn't bother us a bit.

We don't need them, and we don't need their fancy glitter and pregame concerts.

The Green Bay Packers seemed a likely bet to oppose the Giants in that Sept. 5 matchup. The league opener typically does not pit division rivals, and the Packers appeared to be the most nationally appealing opponent once the NFL revealed its punishment for the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

But how could we forget? The Cowboys are America's Team. Their games against the Giants are usually entertaining, and if nothing else, we know the team wanted to serve up the Giants an opponent it has already crippled by stripping it of $10 million in cap space.

No big deal.

We're fine with it.

Memo to the Cowboys: Since the NFL started this tradition in 2004, the visiting team has never won. Overall, the defending Super Bowl champion has won its past 12 games dating back to 2000. Good luck and don't let the door hit you on the way home.

Related: I am well aware that I wrote Sunday this announcement wasn't expected this week. It wasn't. Things changed. Carry on.