I can think of only two times the Cowboys wanted to be like the Detroit Lions, and neither happened in the last half-century.
One was in selecting a silver-and-blue color scheme in the early ’60s, even if they chose different shades. The second came in 1966 when president Tex Schramm got his pal, commissioner Pete Rozelle, to make Dallas the second stop on the TV dial every Thanksgiving.
Beyond that, neither the Cowboys nor anyone else really wants to emulate the Lions, now 0 for 53 in Super Bowl trips. I mean how could America’s Team ever be tossed into the same company with a club that struggles to be Detroit’s Team, at least when the Red Wings are putting the puck in the net?
And yet here we are. The Cowboys are 5-4, trying to hang onto their share of the NFC East lead before the schedule becomes more brutal, and they find themselves up against a Lions team they are reluctantly starting to copy. Dallas likes to think of itself as something special, a unique brand that has the TV ratings and the weekly attendance to prove it.