I don’t make too many posts on this site. Between my job and my 2 week old son, my time for writing is limited. However, that doesn’t stop me from checking in every day and reading everyone’s opinions. I’ve tried to write a few more detailed items in the past, usually when my emotions over my favorite team are especially strong (i.e. after the playoff losses each of the past two years). This will be the first I’ve actually finished…
Let me start by saying I’m a HUGE fan of the Cowboys. Tony Dorsett was my idol growing up. I remember the 99½ yard run like it was yesterday. I blamed Danny White for every playoff loss in the ‘80’s. I struggled through the 1-15 year and thought (think) the early ‘90’s teams were the best ever. Throughout it all, through the good times and the bad, I’ve stayed loyal.
I believe in second chances. I started as an entry-level shlub at my company and moved up to Director, making every mistake imaginable along the way. I always feel it’s not the mistakes you make once, it’s the learning experience you get from them that’s important. But if you continue to make the mistakes, then we have a problem.
This brings us to our beloved team. Through the thick and thin, I’ve supported Jerry Jones. There are too many teams that worry more about profit than about winning (I’m in Finance so I’m being totally hypocritical here), and Jerry has always valued winning more than anything (and understanding that winning brings in the profits). When he made his mistakes in the late ‘90’s, I chalked it up as a learning experience. When he hired Bill Parcells, I thought “Wow, he finally gets it.”
The first couple of years were good. He listened to Parcells and the talent level improved and the bad seeds left. Then things started to change. First it was T.O. I couldn’t stand him when he was with the 49ers, and I outright hated him with the Eagles (I live in Eagles country, so it was unbearable). He’s made the best of his situation with Dallas, but there’s always a worry.
Then, there was Tank Johnson. I really don’t think Tank is a bad guy. I think he’s learned his lesson. But again, the character issue comes into play.
Now we have Pacman Jones. I don’t care what anyone says, this guy is an ass. He doesn’t get it, and he never will. I don’t care if he does make our team better. I don’t like it today and I’m not going to like it tomorrow.
I wish I could feel that we’re done with this, but we’re not. There are constant rumors about Chad Johnson. I think the guy is funny on his touchdown celebrations, but there is no evidence to show he’s a good teammate (actually, all evidence points to the contrary). I would love to get Anquan Boldin or Roy Williams, but please, no Chad Johnson.
Today, I read this rumor at ProFootballTalk.com. Do you think anyone reads that and doesn’t immediately think Dallas (5 out of the first 10 commenters listed Dallas)? It’s the first thing I think of when I see articles like this.
I personally can’t take this anymore. When does it stop? I love to see my team win as much as the next guy. My wife hates in when Dallas loses because I’m in a bad mood for 4 days. But, in the past few weeks, my interest has waned. For a while, I thought it was just burnout from the season. But when I saw that article today, I realized it’s not burnout. I’m not proud of my team any more. I cringe when I see an article about Dallas, but it’s invariably about some turd that’s linked to the Cowboys in some way.
I’m making an open plea to Jerry Jones. Stop the madness. Winning at any cost is what’s gotten baseball in the mess it’s in. It’s what’s caused ProFootballTalk.com to have a Days Without an Arrest meter that rarely makes it to double digits. There are great talents throughout the league that are also great guys. Everyone wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Stop picking the jackasses! While I’m at it, stop looking for the “Wow” factor. “Wow” leads to big names and big egos. “Wow” leads to the New York Yankees having the biggest payroll and no championships. “Wow” is what Dan Snyder does. “Wow” is for guys without a plan. The Dallas Cowboys don’t need a “Wow”. They are the “Wow”. Please Jerry, let me be proud of my team again.
Like I said earlier, it's important to learn from your mistakes. I don't think Jerry has. I feel like this is Jerry "Pre-Parcells" Jones. Taking flyers on guys in the draft. Trading around incessantly on draft day. I'm scared the talent on this team is going to drop because we have too many unreliable guys with bad character and too many guys that only Jerry saw as having great upside.
My rant is now done.