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Jerry Jones Taking a Beating From Nat'l Media

Fair or not, Jerry Jones has become a scapegoat for the shortcomings of Super Bowl XLV



    Jerry Jones Taking a Beating From Nat'l Media
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    Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 21, 2009 in Arlington.

    In sports movies, it’s not surprising to see teams from Texas, and often Dallas, cast as the bad guy.

    Baseketball; Bad News Bears 3; The Express; Semi-Pro; the list goes on. In Any Given Sunday, the “Dallas Knights” even called Texas Stadium home, their owner, played by Charlton Heston, clearly a fictionalized Jerry Jones. Even in Little Giants, the bad guys were the Cowboys.

    Perhaps this is related to the polarizing nature of the Dallas Cowboys, or maybe it’s the rest of the country’s way of sticking it to us for producing the Jonas Brothers. At any rate, in most cases, a team from Texas (or Dallas) playing in the big game is usually a prerequisite of us pissing off the rest of the country, or audience.

    But with stories emerging daily, detailing cases of mismanagement of the big game last week--certainly not all of which were the owner's fault--Jones is being vilified for reasons (almost) wholly independent of his polarizing football team. Since last Sunday, the avalanche of criticism has been charging down the hill, and whether the debacle was Jones’ fault or the NFL’s (probably both), the Cowboys owner is being skewered in the press.

    Jerry Jones has only himself to blame for the Super Debacle,” Brian Frederick of the Huffington Post begins. “He wanted this to be the biggest, most extravagant Super Bowl ever -- and now he knows how Icarus must have felt.”

    Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, meanwhile, declares that New York / New Jersey will be a much better host city than was Dallas-Fort Worth when the Super Bowl heads northeast in three years.

    “It was here in Dallas last May that NFL owners voted on the fourth ballot to give New York the Super Bowl in 2014,” Myers wrote this week. “And it was here in Dallas in the last eight days that New York learned how not to run a Super Bowl when its turn comes up in three years.”

    There are really more of these journalistic clubbings of our sometimes beloved owner than can be detailed here. And though we could argue that Jones is only as much, if as much, to blame as the NFL; that the weather here was an aberration; that no one could’ve foreseen the magnitude of that storm in North Texas; we’ll just go the petty route, and remind these Northeastern writers that the Rangers totally spanked the Yankees in the ALCS last year.

    But good luck without Andy Pettite.