I love Dallas. I love everything about it. I've been living in the Dallas area for my entire life, and I will never live anywhere else. But of everything I love about the city of Dallas, the Cowboys rise above all. That's why I couldn't believe my eyes when I found Blogging the Boys about six months ago. I lurked for a while until I finally summoned up the courage to join.
That was actually a big deal for me because I never sign up for anything. I think I may even be the only eighteen year old that refuses to have a Facebook account. So here I am, six months later, and I've finally gotten the courage to write my first FanPost. What better topic to write about in my first go at it than why I love this site that has become my homepage? Sorry it goes a little long, but I just couldn't stop writing.Reason 1 : The football knowledge here is second to none
When I was first coming here, I couldn't tell you the difference between a 34 and a 43. (Just a hint, it's not players' jersey numbers, which is a very stupid thing I thought the first time I heard the term) All I knew was touchdown for Cowboys = good, and touchdown for not-Cowboys = bad. Also, screw the Eagles. I knew that too. But now, I can smugly tell one of my friends that Rob Gronkowski absolutely does not play "tide end". Tide? Really? He's not washing clothes here, he's dancing horribly after his team just lost the Super Bowl. Okay, and maybe catching some passes.
I give full credit to not only the writers here at BTB, but also the commenters for really knowing their stuff. Just reading things on this site has helped me learn so much about this very complex sport that goes way beyond just "Touchdown good". It has actually gotten to the point that I can go to friends' houses and family gatherings and have grown men come to me, a teenage girl, to talk about football. It's quite a sight.
Reason 2 : The Cowboys coverage here is also second to none
Before BTB, I was stuck trying to get my Cowboys information from various news outlets like BSPN and NFLNetwork. Sad, right? What little they did talk about the 'Boys was usually so tilted and biased that it made me nauseous. "Tony Romo pulls yet another oh no! Will he ever get it right?! Let's ask Warren Sapp!" No. Just... No.
My first time on BTB, I read an article about a preseason game and read through every comment to see what people were thinking about some of the younger players. I had literally never seen anything like this before, and I was swept off of my feet. This was also the first time that I saw Holland referred to as Lumpy, which was hilarious.
The updates on the final roster cuts sealed the deal for me. You just can't find a better place for coverage of the Cowboys. On top of that, everybody here seemed to genuinely like each other. That brings me to the most important reason of all.
Reason 3 : We are a family
Here's kind of a funny story. After I joined, but before I commented, I saw somebody leave one of those "This is my first comment" comments and it was green. I was scared to death for a second because I thought that everybody's first comment was automatically green for everybody to see. That horrified me.
Then I realized that it was green because everybody was welcoming him/her with open arms and giving them a newbie rec. That pleased me (me gusta, if you will). So I made my first comment and, wouldn't you know it, I was welcomed with open arms too. Just like a family. I immediately felt like I was part of the community.
I debated with people (Mensa), and I joked around with people. By the way, just about everybody in here is hilarious, and I almost made that its own reason. But the best example I've seen of BTB being a family came last week when I first read Paul's story. It broke my heart and uplifted me at the same time because I saw what our community was capable of doing to be there for one of our own. Then I watched everybody rise up in Paul's defense when we thought that he had been wronged by the head of another blog. Heck, I'm one of the least confrontational people this side of Gandhi and even I was ready to go over and kick some internet @$$ until it got resolved. That whole situation solidified my idea of BTB as a family and actually inspired me to write this today.
I love BTB, and I love my BTB family. We cheer for our Cowboys win or lose, we protect our own, and we fight about Romo.
And that's what it's all about, really.