Odd Internet Fact: Cowboys.com Is About Gay Men, Not the Dallas Football Team
Just how did oil magnate Jerry Jones, owner of the 49ers' long-time rivals, let the URL slip through his fingers? A website called DomainNameNews.com has the 2007 origin story:
The domain name brought in a $275,000 bid from a phone-in bidder at the recent TRAFFIC domain live auction in Hollywood, Florida. The bidder had been earlier identified to be a representative from the Dallas Cowboys NFL team. An inside source confirmed with DomainNameNews that the deal began to fall apart over a misunderstanding with the bidder on what the bid of "275″ actually meant. It appears the bidder thought they were buying the domain for $275.00 rather than $275,000.
Eventually, the current-cowboys.com owners, probably Eagles fans, swooped in. It remains unclear how often something like this has happened since then:
[30-ish woman, sitting at desktop computer in husband's home office, opens Mozilla.]
[Clicks "History" tab, planning to pull up interesting Dallas Observer cover story she began reading earlier that day.]
[Sees "The #1 Dating Portal Online for Gay Dating" in middle of list.]
[Stares at screen in shock.]
Seriously, though, the ravens.com thing is still really weird.