It’s no surprise for Cowboys training camp to draw cameras and mics from far and wide—they have a tremendous following ... but Germany?
"You may be surprised that there are a lot of Germans who know a lot about it …we get to hear it every week if there's some statistic wrong, if we name the team wrong, if we say San Diego Chargers, we get tweets immediately. Of course, there is a growing fan base," says German sports reporter Mattis Oberrch.
The German TV sports crew paid a visit to the other two NFL teams, training in their home state, Rams and Chargers, but in comparison to the Cowboys, they say this camp was more to their liking.
"We usually only we get to see the players on Sundays, when they’re playing on Sundays…the cameras are far away, we don’t get to talk to them, don’t get to hear them…here you kind of get to know what type of people they are. I mean we talked Travis Frederick, he was the nicest guy, he was really interested in talking to us," Oberrch said.
Another reporter agreed.
"Oh, I think it's special because there are a lot more media here…there are so much more media from Dallas here in Oxnard…at the Chargers camp I think there were two camera teams. That is nothing you can compare with that. I think the Cowboys are like, I think, a national treasure? I don't know if I can say that," laughed Christoph Dommisch, a sports reporter from Germany.
And it's hard for the Europeans not to notice the Cowboys trademark. No not the cheerleaders, but controversy.
"I think that is what is so special about the Cowboys, that’s why the media or the NFL needs the Cowboys…because you can talk about sports, but it's much better to talk much more on Tuesday on Wednesday about what Dez Bryant said…what is Sean Lee, is he the snake? Or not so…I think that’s why the people are interested in the Cowboys, right…that’s like a soap opera," Dommisch added.
And despite all the controversy that took place in the first week of the Cowboys training camp, the German reporters say they think the Cowboys are pretty cool.
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