HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 29: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attends a PlayStation 2 Pre- Super Bowl party at The Whiskey in the Hotel Icon January 29, 2004 in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
As if Jerry Jones needed a stroke to his gargantuan ego.
But small and mid-sized business executive website Portfolio.com decided to give Mr. Jones a pretty big one on Thursday, as the Dallas Cowboys were named the top franchise in the NFL using some formula that takes a bunch of stuff into account to make a team that has one playoff victory since the mid 1990s a better franchise than the New England Patriots, or even the Super Bowl XLVI champion New Orleans Saints.
The craziest part of all of this is, these rankings are for this current year only, not over the history of the NFL, in which case the Cowboys' selection would be totally acceptable.
The formula used to rank the 32 franchises included 2009 record, average win/loss margin, playoff performance, average home attendance, percentage of available seats occupied and the estimated value of the franchise. With all those factors put together, Dallas seems be still the most logical choice as "America's Team", which apparently is unbeknownst to Jacksonville Jaguar running back Maurice Jones-Drew. If I remember correctly, the Jaguars had many local blackouts last season for not selling out their games.
Anyway, behind the Cowboys at No. 2 was the Super Bowl champion Saints, followed by Indianapolis and New England, as the NEW YORK JETS?? rounded out the Top 5. The Jets went 9-7 last year but managed to find their way into the AFC Championship Game.
With the opening of the Jones Mahal last year, the Cowboys averaged more than 89,000 people per game, while last-ranked Oakland averaged less than 45,000.
You know that makes Jerry Jones flash a creepy smile bigger than the one at Emmitt's enshrinement speech.