Even though its baseball team made it to the last two World Series and its basketball team is the reigning NBA champion, Dallas -- and the entire state of Texas, really -- remains football country.
They didn't make "Friday Night Lights" about Game 7 of the World Series.
And that's all to the good. Because if Dallas took its baseball that seriously who knows the emotional carnage we would have been dealing with after the Texas Rangers came within a strike -- twice! -- of winning the World Series in Game 6, only to lose in extra innings. A night later the St. Louis Cardinals won the title.
The same thing happened to the Boston Red Sox in 1986, when they took a two-run lead to the bottom of the 10th against the New York Mets in Game 6. That's the game that ended with Mookie Wilson's ground ball squirting under Bill Buckner to score the winning run. The Mets rallied again in Game 7 to win the World Series, giving rise to the legendary Curse of the Bambino.
That won't happen in Texas. Twelve hours after the World Series ended, fans were already filing into college football games. And Sunday night the Dallas were scheduled to meet the Philadelphia Eagles.
Still, Rangers Manager Ron Washington said more people were beginning to care about his team, which drew nearly 3 millions fans during the hottest summer on record.
"It was nothing but the Dallas Cowboys," he said of the sports landscape when he first arrived in Dallas five seasons ago. "People love winners. And the Dallas Mavericks became a champion, a world champion, and the Texas Rangers began to develop four years ago, each year making progress.
"Last year we got an opportunity to go to the World Series. And in this business, I don't really consider yourself a winner until you can get the big one, which is the World Series. But we managed in four years to get there, and now in the fifth year we're there. I've never seen so much red, white and blue on the road with a "T" on it since I've been here. I mean, we have fans everywhere now, and we have great fans here that come out and support us. You know, and it's only because we're a winner. Everybody loves a winner.
"This town has changed, and I think the Texas Rangers have had a lot to do with some of the changes," Washington said. "But the Dallas Mavericks have, also, and the Dallas Cowboys have always. I know I'm happy to be in Texas."