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Jerry Jones As a Sociology Experiment

Grantland’s Bryan Curtis writes here about how Jerry Jones symbolizes what he calls the New Oilman.

…Jones was signaling a shift that he – along with Mark Cuban, T. Boone Pickens, and others – has accomplished. When we used to talk about an utterly shameless, super-rich, “larger than life” Texan, we talked about an oilman. Now, we’re more likely talking about the owner of a sports franchise. J.R. has given way to J.J. The Texas sports owner is the new über-Texan, the man who embodies the state’s gonzo mythology.