Ancient Things That Were Popular The Last Time The Cowboys Won The Super Bowl

Darren - January 18, 2024

Ancient Things That Were Popular The Last Time The Cowboys Won The Super Bowl

Darren - January 18, 2024

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Nowadays we have an endless amount of entertainment available at our fingertips. We stream movies and TV online with Netflix , Amazon Prime Disney+ and YouTube TV. Meanwhile, we can listen to unlimited albums on Spotify and instantly download music from iTunes. However, people didn’t have it so easy in the ’90s.

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They rented videos from Blockbuster and spent ages pouring over all the different movies (via Harper Lee). There’s only one Blockbuster store left in the world in Bend, Oregon. There was another in Anchorage but it closed in 2018. They’re relics of the past, just like the Dallas Cowboys (via USA Today).

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Flannel Shirts

Like we mentioned before, the 1990s were a strange time for fashion because there were many dodgy trends. Flannel shirts were a staple of the decade as people decided that they wanted to look like lumberjacks. There’s nothing wrong with this of course but it’s as inexplicable as the Cowboys’ playoff game against the Packers in 2023.

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One of the reasons why it was popular was because many bands favored a grunge aesthetic. We’re talking about the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The ’90s was a simpler time for many reasons and the flannel shirt remains an enduring symbol (via Billboard).

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Friends became one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The show made stars of its cast members including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer. It entered its second season in 1996 so it was still growing in popularity. Many Americans favored Seinfeld over Friends but the latter had a wider global audience.

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Meanwhile, it remains as much of a cultural phenomenon in 2023 as it did in the ’90s. Fans mourned the tragic passing of Matthew Perry in 2023. The show represents a purer time before social media and when we valued our relationships. The Cowboys wish that they had its staying power (via Bustle).

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Yes, that’s right, calamari was one of the big trends of 1996. Americans discovered a new love for deep-fried squid and it began to appear frequently on many menus. It was very common as an appetizer and there was even a calamari index that reviewed the dish across the nation.


Most people associate it with Greek cooking but it transcended the cuisine. It is a problematic food because it’s not sustainable. Compare it to the Cowboys’ unique ability to cruise through the regular season and crash out in the playoffs. Calamari is easy to catch but there’s a tendency to overfish (via Insider).


Don’t Speak

It’s always fascinating to look back at the music of past years. Don’t Speak by No Doubt was one of the biggest hits of 1996. Technically, it came out on their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom. However, they released this song as a single and it sailed to the top of the charts and dominated for weeks.


Gwen Stefani’s voice gave the song an emotional power that resonated with fans across the world. Most people agree that it’s a phenomenal song and one that’s extra special because Stefani forged her solo career. It’s had more staying power than the Cowboys’ success because it’s hard to remember that anymore (via Genius).

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Denzel Washington

Washington remains one of the most respected actors on the planet. However, he was arguably in his prime in the ’90s thanks to many outstanding performances. He enjoyed hit after hit throughout the decade and this culminated in an incredible milestone. Washington became the first non-white man to win the People’s Sexiest Man Alive award.

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It might not feel like the most prestigious accolade but it was groundbreaking at the time. Washington deserved it too because his smile still melts hearts. Amazingly, he has maintained his success over the past 30 years since then. He could teach the Dallas Cowboys a thing or two about consistency.

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New York Yankees

The Yankees are the baseball equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys. They’re a global commercial juggernaut and one of the most dominant franchises in sports. However, they didn’t win a World Series between 1978 and 1996. Overall, ’96 was an incredible year because both the Cowboys and the Yankees claimed glory.

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Meanwhile, they’ve also been very inconsistent over the following decades. They ended the ’90s with a dynasty as they won four titles in five seasons. But they’ve only won a single World Series since 2009 because they also suffer playoff meltdowns. They’re another franchise that should be doing much better (via The Athletic).

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Action Man

Barbie was for girls but Action Man was for boys. Children loved the hero who fought his evil nemesis Dr. X. The character began life in 1993 but became a cultural zenith in the middle of the decade. That’s because his popularity spawned a franchise of animated movies and comic books.

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The Action Man line finally came to an end in 2006 after a dip in sales. Videogame consoles became increasingly popular so children didn’t want to play with real toys. Some people also think that Action Man espoused toxic masculine values. Maybe like Mike McCarthy or Dak Prescott after a playoff defeat (via Collider).

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Bill Clinton

Clinton was one of the most dominant politicians of the ’90s. The former Governor of Arkansas sought to bring the different sides of the U.S. together. He proposed a middle ground and won election in red states despite his Democratic status. Clinton became a two-term President after an election win in 1996.

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Perhaps the Cowboys are more similar to Clinton’s wife Hillary because victory appeared to be inevitable for her but she threw it away. Everybody knows about Clinton’s controversies including the notorious Monica Lewinsky scandal. However, he always retained a Southern charm that made people like him (via The Guardian).

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Every young man had an earring in their left ear in the ’90s. It was the ultimate sign of rebellious youth and being against the system. There was even a bizarre trend that if men had an earring in their right ear it was a sign that they were gay. This didn’t make any sense but that was the 1990s in a nutshell.

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Nowadays many elite athletes wear very expensive jewelry. It’s one of the clearest signs that they’re going to have financial problems in the future because they have no self-control. An insane amount of NBA and NFL players end up bankrupt but this doesn’t stop them. People are strange but it makes life interesting (via Shiels).

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Independence Day

Every year has big movies but Independence Day was one of the decade’s most iconic films. Will Smith became a superstar after his performance in the alien invasion blockbuster. Meanwhile, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum also starred in the giant hit. Only Jurassic Park had more box office success in the 1990s than ID4.


Critics didn’t love it but audiences lapped it up as it made almost $900 million globally. This was a gigantic smash hit despite arguably not being very good. That sounds like the Dallas Cowboys today because they’re a commercial juggernaut whilw the on-field product keeps falling short (via USA Today).