NFL commissioner Roger Goodell clocked in at number one on the top 50 list, but Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban also made the cut:
Jerry Jones, #19- No owner gets the biz side of sports like Jones, 70, who pushed through construction of the 110,000-capacity Jones Mahal (a.k.a. Cowboys Stadium) and presides over what Forbes deems America’s most valuable sports franchise ($2.1 billion). Despite on-field mediocrity of late, Dallas is by far the league’s most profitable team. Now, if only owner Jones would fire G.M. Jones.
Mark Cuban, #48- Dallas will most likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 2000, when Cuban bought the team. Dismiss the man at your peril. His roster is full of expiring contracts, and he has declared that “the Bank of Cuban” is open. Beyond his team, Cuban, 54, appears here for his force of personality, rare accessibility and willingness to embrace emerging technologies. If one of the many sports-tech ventures he’s backed happens to pop, it could dwarf his Mavs assets.
Forbes released its annual “Let’s All Weep Into Our Empty Wallets” list today, known to many with less-empty wallets as the World’s Billionaires List. As usual, Dallas-Fort Worth did fairly well, with 26 folks landing on the list, up from 23 last year. If charts aren’t your thing:
Twenty years ago, Jerry Jones might have been the most popular owner in sports. His Cowboys had just won the first of three Super Bowls, and public opinion was sky-high. Now, not so much. In a report released today by Public Policy Polling, researchers found that only 13 percent of Texans have a positive opinion on Jones, while 50 percent have a negative one. Fifty-two percent of Cowboys fans think the team would be better off with another owner, compared to only 14 percent who think the franchise would be worse off.
Jones isn’t the most unpopular athletic figure in Texas though. That ‘honor’ would go to Lance Armstrong who in spite of his native son status in the state is seen positively by only 16% of voters compared to 59% with a negative opinion, numbers that aren’t a whole lot better than what we found for him on recent Minnesota and Maine polls.
(There’s also some unimportant mumbo-jumbo in the report about Hillary Clinton possibly winning the state in the 2016 presidential election, and some words about how much Texans don’t want Rick Perry to run for president again. You know, unimportant stuff. The full report’s here.)
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will no longer call the team’s offensive plays, owner Jerry Jones told reporters today.
“It is not a step back for the Cowboys or a step back for (Garrett) individually to change the way that we are basically putting our game plan together or calling the plays on the offensive side of the ball,” Jones said, according to USA Today. “I’m assessing the fact that two and a half seasons with Jason as the head coach, we need to do some things different.”
It’s safe to assume various beat writers and columnists will rip this apart over the next few days, but one of the first reactions out the gate is from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal:
It makes no sense on a number of levels. Essentially, Jones is neutering his head coach. [Offensive line coach, possibleÂ saboteurÂ Bill] Callahan doesn’t have a long history as a play-caller and is more familiar with the running game. It’s almost like he’s trying to make Garrett quit.
Jones went into the offseason wanting change for the sake of change. Monte Kiffin was aÂ curious hire as defensive coordinator. If Jones wanted to go this far, he should have just fired Garrett at the end of the season.
— Jim Bob Breazeale (@broncohighway) January 11, 2013
Monte Kiffin is old enough to remember when the Cowboys used to win playoff games.
— John Kincade (@JohnKincade) January 11, 2013
The #Cowboys have hired 72-year-old defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and also announced they’re going back to leather helmets.
— Grant Boone (@grantboone) January 11, 2013
Around 5 p.m. yesterday, I got a text from Mooney. Edited for content: “Josh Brent is on the [humping] sideline right now.” We were both confused, I think, and I responded with: “Saw that. So strange.”
Turns out Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett were
in the same boat. From the Morning News:
Several of the Cowboys players called Brent and implored him to come to the game. They wanted him there. Since Brent is on the non-football illness list, he can show up at any time before the game like a player on injured reserve and gain access.
Owner Jerry Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones and head coach Jason Garrett weren’t aware that Brent was going to be at the game until they saw him on the sidelines. Brent eventually left the game once he realized he was being a distraction.
Now that the country has learned about democracy and technology and their combustible love-child known as the White House’s “We The People” petition page, it was only a matter of time before someone asked President Obama to step in and fix the mess at Cowboys Stadium.
We, the Citizens of the Great State of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys fans worldwide, have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long. Request the Executive Branch’s immediate assistance in removal of owner and GM, Jerry Jones. His incompetence and ego have not only been an extreme disappointment for way too long, but moreover, it has caused extreme mental and emotional duress.
Some other petitions currently on the site, to prove that this is the real deal:
Yeah, probably, but no one in the organization’s going to say that. Sean Payton, the exiled head coach of the New Orleans Saints, recently had his contract voided by the NFL, opening the door to a return to Dallas. Payton served as the team’s assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005, owns a house in Southlake, and won a Super Bowl with the Saints.
“I don’t know anything about other club’s contracts, I don’t know any details. It’s just totally, not anything to do with the Cowboys or our team at all. I put those kinds of things, (they’re) beyond me,” said Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones. “I don’t know what created the speculation. It has no (base) from anything we’ve heard or anything like that.”
Yahoo! columnist Dan Wetzel had other thoughts:
Garrett is now 16-16 as a head coach [he took over the Cowboys in the middle of the 2010 season]. He was a gamble then. He is no less a question mark now.
Jones, reminded of his forever optimism, recited a past comment where he said he liked the direction of the franchise.
“Well, I liked the direction when I said it,” he acknowledged. “So I’m just saying I don’t like our direction when we’re sitting here having lost [Sunday night].”
The Cowboys’ owner letting off steam in a quiet, frustrated locker room is becoming a common occurrence. The NFL may have just sprung Sean Payton into free agency at season’s end.
It’s a long shot marriage, but at some point what doesÂ Jerry JonesÂ have to lose by asking?
— Matt Barrie (@Matt_Barrie) November 5, 2012
— Matt Barrie (@Matt_Barrie) November 5, 2012
Seriously, what was he going to do, though? Rub Romo’s shoulders and rock him to sleep?
Like anyone remotely connected with a media outlet, yesterday I was sent an email by the PR team for Papa John’s pizza. The email contained a link to the chain’s new commercial (seen above), featuring a rapping Jerry Jones. I struggled with whether to post it here on FB Nation and ultimately decided I didn’t want to just promote a commercial that is not nearly as entertaining as it would like to be.
But then I got to thinking about some other news from yesterday, that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is apparently subject toÂ a set of behavioral rules imposed by the team. (Though Jones says there aren’t any special rules.) Bryant apparently now has a midnight curfew, can’t go to strip clubs, etc.
That information, and Jerry’s latest pizza-pushing, got me thinking that it might be time for us, the Dallas-Fort Worth public, to impose some special rules of our own upon the Dallas Cowboys owner:
Longing to turn the Cowboys around, Jerry Jones says he “wants me some glory hole!” (This is a family blog, so look it up.) Rich Dalrymple throws up some spin that doesn’t make sense. The DMN plays Jerr-uh’s clueless comment in deadpan style. The merriment continues.
An alert FrontBurnervian points us to the picture of Jerry Jones hanging out barefoot with Redskins owner Dan Snyder on Magic Johnson’s yacht. I am told that last Monday, Jerry threw a party for his wife, Gene, in Monte Carlo. Kenny Chesney provided the entertainment. All of which makes me think about “I’m on a Boat.”
The Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have been linked at least since the 1990s, when the ‘Boys’ nationally televised, Thanksgiving Day half-time show was expanded to kick off the Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign. But during a breakfast speech in Dallas today, Jerry Jones (pictured) put the connection between the two outfits in a whole new light.
The Salvation Army has a pristine, significant brand, the Cowboys owner told a gathering of the Army’s national advisory-board members and local business leaders at the Hilton Anatole. And, he went on, “I’m into brands. I never thought I’d be into brands.” When he bought the Cowboys, Jones said, “I wanted to coach football. That’s why I got here.” Then he added: “I’m joking. That’s an inside joke here in Dallas. They tear me up on this.”
Gordon Keith calls this the Zapruder film of Jerry Jones’ hair. Up and to the left. Up and to the left.