There are times when people must put aside their differences for the greater good. Natural disasters, wars, final episodes of beloved television programs and, of course, pizza from a national chain.
Yes, dear friends, it seems like the good people of Papa John's Pizza have finally found a way to bridge the gap between Cowboys and Redskins once and for all. Tune in to the opening game of the season on Sept. 12 right here on NBC -- shameless plugs make for big bonuses -- and you'll get to see Jerry Jones and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder together in a commercial designed to sell a little pizza.
The pizza producers posted pictures from the shoot on their Facebook page on Wednesday and it looks like a fine time was had by all. And why not? As Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog points out, both teams have marketing deals with Papa John's and neither man has ever appeared to be afraid of letting the spotlight find them since purchasing their teams.
In fact, no matter how much you might want to see the Cowboys crush the Redskins on opening night, the only thing that's wrong about this situation is the assertion that "Only Papa John's Pizza can bring the Cowboys & Redskins together!"
As big market owners of NFL teams, Double J and Snyder have a lot more binding them together than moderately priced, moderately tasty pizza pies. They want to win, obviously, but they also want to make money and, as the ongoing labor negotiations will make clear, they want to keep more of their money from being shared with their less successful brethren. You'd like them to have more of a rivalry, something along the lines of Papa John and Little Caeser perhaps, but the truth is much different.
All of that makes rational sense but there's still a deep wish that this post could end with Double J whacking Snyder across the head with a cement loaded pizza box as retaliation for the 'Skins paymaster daring to impugn the video screens at JerryWorld. Maybe Double J is just holding that back for the sequel.
Revenge, like pizza, is best served cold.
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