It’s a little strange whenever a story emerges concerning the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins that isn’t marked by abject mutual disdain, particularly in the week leading up to a game between the two old rivals, but that’s exactly what we got on Tuesday when a piece in the Washington Post described the relationship between ‘Boys owner Jerry Jones and ‘Skins owner Daniel Snyder.
We wouldn’t be naive enough to think that, in today’s NFL, two ultra-wealthy, ultra-visible owners would really be enemies, even if their teams hate each other with the passion of the Cowboys and Redskins--such unyielding allegiance went out with bellbottoms and unironic mustaches, at the latest; but we also couldn’t imagine the two vacationing together.
Apparently, though, such is the so-called “off-season friendship” shared between Jones and Snyder, who recently joined forces to peddle Papa John’s Pizza. The resulting two-way love-in, chronicled in the Post may warm the cockles of your heart; but more likely, it will cause you to vomit a little in your mouth.
"I know first-hand how much Dan puts into it," Jones said of Snyder. "I know how much he put into it when he bought it. He paid the most that had ever been paid for anything in sports when he bought it. Having said that, I'm amazed that his team has not been [in] and won a Super Bowl, because of the energy he's put into it, the financial contribution that he's made to it. It's surprising to me. And I'm not gonna get into the word luck, bad luck, anything like that, but...."
In characterizing the Redskins’ inability under Snyder to reach the Super Bowl as “amazing,” Jones may have outdone even the most chauvinistic Redskins fan. But, perhaps, that’s what friends are for. According to Snyder the two don’t speak much during the season, but come spring, they’re back in BFF mode.
"We just hit it off, became friends," Snyder said. "In the offseason, we've vacationed with families together, spend a lot of time. During the season we don't talk much, other than before pre-games a little bit. ... So we've been fortunate that we're friends in the offseason, friends off the field, but when it comes to the rivalry we both give our heart and soul to it."
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