OK in truth there is the Cowboys and then there's anyone else on my list, and it's not close, but I do cheer for other teams. College allegiances play in here somewhat. I rooted for the Rainbow Warriors, who every year, brought in some national powerhouse and played them tough, but then lost (See Nebraska hate later). I liked Michigan back in the day (Wolverines! Red Dawn FTW) and I liked the Hurricanes, mostly because of that 1983 "championship" game vs Nebraska ( I HATED NEBRASKA ) where Tom Osborn (Mad respect for him) went for the win instead of the tie. 1. Cowboys. Growing up in Hawaii, there were two teams that were at the pinnacle when I started getting into football. The Steelers and the Cowboys. My stepdad loved the Steelers, Cowboys was an easy choice for me. Many of the teams I hate have to do with the teams that beat the Cowboys in the playoffs. My favorite Cowboys team of all time? It's close, between the 1991 team that was knocking on the door, doing what NOBODY expected, including the upset of the 11-0 Redskins at RFK including a successful onsides kick, an end of half successful Hail Mary (Aikman to Harper I believe), Aikman getting hurt in the 2nd half, and the Cowboys pulling it out in the end, and the 1992 team that figured out how to seal the deal. John Clayton was a local guy but already much renowned in these parts and he hated the Cowboys and LOVED to doubt them (he did come from Pittsburgh) and well, they pretty much owned after figuring out how to beat the Eagles (THAT D THO) and then beating the Niners and Bills. People always remember the Cowboys offense, but that season their defense was tops in the league as well. Oh and BILL BATES!!! 2. Seahawks - Living in or near Seattle for most of my life, I like the team a lot, and pretty much have since I moved here in 1988. LOVED Dave Krieg. Saw the epic TD pass where Dave Krieg eluded the grasp of Derrick Thomas, who had already sacked him 7 times, a then (and now?) record, and hit Paul Skansi in the end zone for the game winner. MUDBONE! Also in 1992, while my Cowboys were maturing into their championship form, the Hawks were suffering through arguably their worst season, but damn, their D was legit. I LOVED the 1992 Hawks D, Cortez deservedly won the Def MVP, and the rest of the team was just scrappy, making up for the pitiful, I mean by god the worst offense I've ever seen. 3. Browns - Confluence of events here. I got into studying NFL history pretty young. Otto Graham and Jim Brown. Just wow. Then they got the young QB from Miami, that Kosar kid. I LOVED Kevin Mack. And those corners in the 80s, Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield? They OWNED in the mid to late 80s. Two years in a row they lost to the Broncos in the AFC championship game. I was listening on my walkman radio as I was skating (skateboard) to my school for a basketball game when the fumble happened. JUST BRUTAL. Love the Dawgpound ethos. Just love the Browns. 4. Jets - Really the Jets of the early eighties. One reason. Freeman McNeil. well, Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko too, but mostly Freeman. They had an EPIC OT loss to the Browns in 86 or 87. Always seemed to run into the Dolphins in the playoffs too. 5. Saints - kinda have to include them. Born in Mississippi, my family down south is mostly Saints fans, especially when they came back from the Katrina mess and won the whole damn thing. The passion that at least my family feels for them still tiny in comparison for the passion for them Tigers. GEAUX TIGERS, lol. 6. Bills - My best friend (we went to high school together, but we forged our friendship working together at Burger King over Tecmo, football, and the Beastie Boys) was a Bills fan from Western New York (Wellsville) via Alaska, finally finding himself down here in Puget Sound. We played the shit out of TSB, always Cowboys vs Bills. It always seemed to come down to who could get their run game going. Those Super Bowls were tough, I'm kinda glad they were blowouts, but I really felt for him. 4 losses in a row. The Giants game, the Bills dominated but lost to better coaching and game plan. The Redskins game I thought the Bills got jobbed. Sure the final score was 37 14 or something, but when it was still close, Andre Reed. Nuff said. 7. Packers - Something cool about being the only organization owned by the people. And being one of the Original. I've had plenty of reasons to hate GB, especially after last season's "non-catch" in the playoffs, but I respect their history, LOVED Brett Favre (who also always lost to the Cowboys in the playoffs until he got to Minny) and well I guess that's it. 8. Steelers - Also a bit of a conundrum, as I have PLENTY of reasons to hate the Steelers, but I respect their organization and history. I like cheering for them when they're underdogs, but it's been a while. Tough teams always too. There's something cool about that. 9. Giants - Similar to the previous 2. I loved that they beat the Patriots in 07 (not so much that they beat the Cowboys on the way to the SB tho) Tough teams, tough Ds, and they had Parcells, probably my favorite coach of all time. 10. Ravens - Former Browns team and... CAN YOU SAY DEFENSE? When I was a kid, I was a member of the NFL kids club. They would send you stuff here and there and one of my favorite things was this chart for the NFL standings that you could take the pictures of each team's helmet and move them around to show the division standings throughout the season. It was cheap stuff, but SO COOL for me as a kid. I also loved the USFL, saw the first championship while I was visiting family in Mississippi as a 10 year old (my first time in the south since my mom took me to Hawaii as a toddler). Loved Anthony Carter at Michigan and he was HUGE in that game. They had this QB too, that I would learn to love later in the NFL, the Cajun Cannon, Bobby Hebert. Top 2 teams in USFL are Michigan Panthers and Tampa Bay Bandits (Bandit Ball! So cool. Burt Reynolds, Nate Newton, Gary Anderson (yes that Gary Anderson, not the keeker) Bottom 10 NFL teams. 1. 49ers - The catch. Was coming home from a visit to family on the Big Island and heard the catch on the radio on the way home from the airport and saw the ensuing drive (yes the Cowboys had a chance to answer after the catch) and ensuing non Pass Interference call as we got home right as the catch happened. The Niners were pretty big in Hawaii too, Can't get over my hate for Joe Montana and the Niners. Deep wounds here. 2. Eagles - Honestly, the Iggles would probably be the next on my like list at number 11. Often known for their D, I love teams that play D. 1991 D was one of the best ever imho. But man, Buddy Ryan and then Andy Reid just did a number on the Cowboys over the years. My favorite Eagles victories were the ones after so many losses in a row. In 1991 the Cowboys travelled to the the Vet to take on the Eagles, who also were on a tear, even though they lost Cunningham in week 1 and Mcmahon injured as well, the Eagles started their 5th QB that season, Jeff Kemp. The Eagles D was no joke, and well, beating the Eagles seemed like it would never happen. It did! I went to my friend's house to watch this. He was huge eagles fan, and we were just about to embark on a huge rivalry in Tecmo Super Bowl (Eagles vs Cowboys was the other matchup I played the most). When Kelvin Martin returned that punt for a TD, I flipped my shit. Then later, the offense finally was able to punch it in on a short pass to Playmaker after a longer catch and run by 88. My friend since has flipped allegiances to the Seahawks ( I will never let him forget about that). I love the Eagles, but I friggin hate the Eagles. The other win that was my favorite was the 2003 game where Parcells finally got this team to play like a well coached team. Andy Reid tried to open the game with an onsides, a ploy that had previously worked during the Cowboys being 5-11 three years in a row under Campo. This time it didn't work, as the Cowboys caught it on the bounce and ran it in. I love Parcells. 3. Redskins - They would be higher on the list if they were any good recently, but they seem to really just be in shambles since the Snyder took over. Great rivalry, and if this were 1991, they would be close to tops over the Niners for hate. 4. Lions - 2 blowout losses in 1991. Regular season and then the playoffs, when I thought the Cowboys were the only team left that could derail the Redskins juggernaut. They went into Motown, and Beuerlein finally did what he had done a good job of avoiding, throwing those picks. He got pick sixed early, and people remember a crazy Barry Sanders run, but that was late after it was decided. Erik Kramer was the reason. He just picked Dallas' secondary apart. MURDER might be a more appropriate term. These two losses really hurt my feerings. Still bitter. 5. Broncos - Since those wins over the Browns in consecutive AFC championships, I hated the Broncos, and hated Elway. Moved to Seattle and got to see a LOT of them. People around here had some funny Elway put downs. The one time I remember cheering for them and Elway was in that Super Bowl vs the Packers. I am glad Elway won a title. I still hate the Broncos. Buck the Froncos. 6. Patriots - A close 2nd to the Eagles for my number 11 spot perhaps. I loved the 2001 team, underdogs beating the unbeatable Greatest Show on Turf. Belicheck, no matter the bad stuff, is a coach. A coach's coach. I love that defense was their forte. He was an innovative summammabitch. Plenty of reasons to hate the Pats, but mostly it's the reverse effect of success, kinda like I'm used to so many hating the Cowboys in the 90s. Cheating or whatever, I don't know how much their cheating really helped them to win. Belicheck is a great coach. All you need to see to know this is that last play of this past Super Bowl. He got a rookie DB prepared to make a play when it was needed most. A rookie DB saw, diagnosed, and executed. There's a reason it happened, or rather had a chance to happen, cuz regardless that was physically an amazing play, but he doesn't even know to make it without the coaching. Sounds like I like the Pats, but they're on my hate list here, lol. #success 7. Dolphins - Never liked them. Respect Don Shula and Marino and all, but never liked them. That year that "The Catch" happened, we got to watch that EPIC game in the playoffs vs the Chargers while visiting family on the Big Island. That game was so wicked! Kellen Winslow became one of my NFL heroes that day. Not only for the crazy catches he was making being so dehydrated, but also he blocked FGs! (at least one) 8. Giants - Divisional rivals. Won 2 Super Bowls in the last 10 years while the Cowboys have won zero. Eli Man. The 2007 playoffs especially. I was in Louisiana for my sisters funeral, got to watch that debacle while I was down there. I blame Wade Phillips more than anything, for starting Marion Barber instead of Julius Jones (Barber was the closer, save him for down the stretch when you need to run it late!) Eli made the plays. People place that on Romo, especially the last play which was an INT and some getaway with Jessica SImpson, but they are delusional to blame the last play on Romo, he had no time and needed to force the issue. The D gave this up late in both halves. 9. Steelers - History baby, history. 10. 49ers - just because #principle A final note. On my way down to Mississippi as a 10 year old, I had one other event strike me in a "you know where you were when" such and such happened, a la Kennedy got shot type stuff. I was on the plane when I heard from someone that Joe Delaney had died, trying to save 3 children from drowning, and he drowned himself. That really struck me because Joe Delaney WAS THE REAL DEAL! I heard about it on the plane probably because it happened in Louisiana and thus someone on the plane probably from those parts. It was just really sad.