January 28, 1996. Bill Clinton was president. The first Toy Story was in theaters along with Braveheart and Apollo 13. Full House was still on TV. Cal Ripken, Jr. was still playing for the Orioles. People were dancing to The Macarena. Seriously.

Carrie-Anne and I had one daughter back then. Whitney was about to turn three.

January 28, 1996 — twenty years ago today — is the last time the Dallas Cowboys played in a Super Bowl.January28Again

Thank you, Jerry Wayne.

A lot has happened since then. The DVD has been invented. You’re no longer rewinding the movies before returning them to Blockbuster. Cameras no longer use film. Facebook has been invented. Since January 28, 1996, an estimated 1.58-billion people have been born on this planet. Carrie-Anne and I have had two daughters since then who have both obtained drivers licenses. But the Cowboys have not been to a Super Bowl.

Atlanta has been to a Super Bowl since then. The Bears have played in the Super Bowl since then. So have the Saints and Tampa Bay. Tennessee, the Rams, Philadelphia, Carolina, the Seahawks. Even the Oakland Raiders have played in a Super Bowl in the past twenty years. But not the Cowboys.

Every single team in the NFC has played in a Super Bowl in the past twenty years except for four: Washington, Minnesota, Detroit, and the Cowboys.

Thank you, Jerry Wayne.

The Texas Rangers have been to two World Series. The Dallas Stars have been to two Stanley Cup Finals. The Dallas Mavericks have been to the NBA Finals twice. The Texas Longhorns have played for two national championships.

January28GreenThe Cowboys are 162-158 since January 28, 1996. They’ve qualified for a divisional playoff game only four times in those twenty years, losing all four.

Since January 28, 1996: Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett. No Super Bowls.

Randall Cunningham, Anthony Wright, Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo. No Super Bowls.

Twenty years ago today seems like a long, long time ago.