Cowboys still own 'America's Team' title

Just look at how popularity across the nation hasn't suffered, even in the lean years

Updated: January 31, 2011, 10:20 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

This is a popularity contest, plain and simple.

It's not about victories and virtues. The subject of debate is which NFL team most captures the country's fascination.

That's the Dallas Cowboys. That is clear, judging by tangible measures of popularity such as television ratings and franchise values.

The point of playing the game is to win as many championships as possible. The Cowboys lost those bragging rights a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers claimed ...

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