So this weekend, Don Van Natta dropped a bombshell report on Jerry Jones’s power struggle with Roger Goodell. My god it was awesome. I haven’t read such captivating journalism since, well, Van Natta’s last expose on Jones. What a writer, what a story, and what a feud we have brewing in the NFL. The general consensus amongst fans seems to to cheer on the demise of both parties here. Oddly enough, as a Cowboys fan, I wouldn’t mind that either.
The case for wanting Goodell gone is obvious to sports fan or any American for that matter. There is no need to rehash how terrible he’s been in a blog. The case against Jerry, as a Dallas fan at least, is much more complex…
To many older men, he’s a philanthropist that delivered three Super Bowls and enough euphoria for a lifetime. However, for those of us who came of age after Jimmy Johnson hurt his pwecious wittle feelings, he’s an egomaniac who delivers one playoff win per decade. His performance has easily been a 0 on the binary scale. He’s chilled out some and the Prescott era might save us, but this could have just as easily been a Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook era. Not good.
On the business and marketing side, I’ve alway been of the belief that Jerry Jones is overrated as shit. The Cowboys were America’s Team before he bought the team. Tex Schramm built this brand – not Jerry. Those TV negotiations were nice, but for the most part Jerry stumbled upon a product that marketed itself.
If Jerry beats Goodell, then that’s awesome. If they both go down in this fight, that’s fine too I guess. America’s Team will reign supreme in the end no matter what.
Now on to some dope tidbits from this story…
League Financing for Jerry World
We learned that Jones was originally so loyal to Goodell because of help in getting the league to finance AT&T Stadium. That’s interesting… I personally hate the stadium. The video board is sick, but everything else is actually kind of bland. It’s also in Arlington, which blows. The NFL was better with Texas Stadium and no Goodell.
Phony Market Research
Apparently Goodell’s chief market marketing officer presented market analysis to owners that showed the NBA as the least popular sport in America. That might be the most preposterous thing I’ve read all year. She (of course) still has this job somehow. That is some Grade-A swindling right there.
One of Goodell’s biggest victories against Jones this year was refusing a league mandate for all players to stand during the anthem. Say what you want about the protests, but a league mandate would’ve been the most tone deaf option imaginable. Not a smart move by Jones.
At a league meeting two years ago, Jones scoffed at the concussion issue and referred to it as a “pimple on a baby’s ass.” That was dumb as shit.
Bob Kraft Is a Pussy
“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones told Goodell. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a pussy compared to what I’m going to do.”
Fuck. Yes. Holy fucking shit. And that right here y’all is why, despite all the bullshit we put up with, Cowboy nation is still down to ride or die with Jerry Jones. LFG