Cowboys-Redskins a shadow of what it used to be

It once captured the country's attention and forced it to choose sides. Now, like many other so-called rivalries, the Cowboys-Redskins is just another game, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: November 3, 2006, 1:00 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The Cowboys-Redskins relationship, political correctness aside, never really had a chance.

When the idea to place an NFL franchise in Texas surfaced in the late 1950s, Washington owner George Preston Marshall was vehemently against it. It was an ugly struggle. At one point, the Dallas group purchased the rights to "Hail to the Redskins" and held the fight song hostage until Marshall relented. On Jan. 28, 1960, the Cowboys were born at the league's annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.


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