A North Texas football team is hoping to give Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just what he wants for Christmas.
The undefeated Aledo Bearcats will play in the Class 4A Division II state championship game this weekend at AT&T Stadium. Fans plan to show up for the game wearing sweatshirts that poke fun at Jerry's team.
The sweatshirt says, "Dear Jerry, We heard you need a winner. We will be there this weekend. Hang tight. Love, Aledo."
They are being sold for $25 through Merch Haus, an Aledo-based apparel company. The owners of Merch Haus say that they're frustrated with the Cowboys' recent performance while playing against and eventually losing to the Green Bay Packers.
Disgusted after that game, the owners wrote a note to Jerry Jones on their employee board, reading, "Dear Jerry, We hear you need a winner. We will be there this weekend. No worries!!! Love, Aledo."
From there, it went to social media, and now, it's the hottest slogan on hoodies in Aledo.
"The orders coming in were initially from Aledo proper," said Cory Bergen, one of the Merch Haus owners. "Then Fort Worth, then Dallas. Now we're seeing them from New York, Washington, Illinois and so forth. So it's really spread, and it's taken us off guard."
The Bearcats are, for the fourth time in five years, headed to the state championship.
"Jerry could just take a couple of tips from Aledo High School coach, maybe they'd be a winning team, too," said Jerri Akers, a Bearcats fan. "And we love our Cowboys; don't get me wrong. But I think we're all frustrated."
"My son and my husband thought it was hilarious as well," said Bearcats fan Debra Brossette. "They're a Cowboys fan, but Aledo fan as well. So, they just thought it was so funny."
Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan hopes it doesn't jinx their game against the Brenham Cubs, and he offered some kind words to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.
"I hope Jerry takes it as being funny," said Buchanan. "You know, the Cowboys are struggling, but we're all Cowboys fans around here."
About 250 hoodies have been sold so far.
The game between Aledo and Brenham will air on FOX Sports Southwest at noon Saturday.
Aledo was recently named the nation's single season scoring leader. The team regularly pummels opponents.
The team was in the news earlier this season after a 91-0 win. A parent on the opposing team accused the Aledo coaches of bullying, but a formal investigation found no grounds for the complaint.
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