Dallas Cowboys: I'm Glad I'm Not a Fan

Aren DowCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2009

As a Green Bay Packers fan, there are obvious rivalries. The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings always leave a bad taste in my mouth, but there is another franchise I equally despise.

The Dallas Cowboys.

In the mid '90s, the Cowboys beat Green Bay at every turn. It is well known that Brett Favre never beat the Cowboys at Irvin. Three straight years, 1993 through 1995, the Cowboys outmatched the Packers in the playoffs.

The Cowboys claim to be "America's team" when we really know Green Bay holds that title. But I digress.

I have had no sympathy for the Cowboys and their fans.

Until now.

Jerry Jones is killing his team. He is squeezing every ounce of life out of the Cowboys and his coaching staff to give himself more power and control.

Now bear with me, because my nerdiness will now seep onto the page here.

Jerry Jones is Governor Tarkin. Yes, Governor Tarkin from Star Wars.

Jones is building his colossal $1.3 billion Texas Stadium, a stadium that he believes may be more important to his legacy than the three Super Bowls he won with the team. Jones believes that a giant hunk of steel and glass will be remembered more than winning the ultimate game.

It doesn't matter if Jones is right or not. As a Cowboys fan, that can't be what you want to hear.

The stadium will be the epicenter for sports for the next five years. Jones has college football games, the 2010 NBA All-Star game, the 2010 Cotton Bowl, Super Bowl XLV, and the 2014 Final Four lined up to play in the arena. That's just so far.

Jones is building his Death Star. The station that Jones believes will obliterate any other structure. It seems to be more important to Jones that the symbol of Dallas is the stadium rather than the Cowboys.

He is building this mammoth wonder and sacrificing the team that will actually play in it.

Now, in his latest command, Jones has ordered his employees to keep their mouths shut. Even head coach Wade Phillips.

Wade already has enough problems in the locker room, and with the Governor now ordering him to keep quiet to the media, this just lends itself to more problems.

Snatching what little power Wade had left, Jones is leaving Phillips helpless. If a player for the Cowboys has a problem, why would he even bother talking to Phillips. If he wants any support within the organization, he has to go through one person—Jones.

Jones is impossibly trying to keep a tight grip on his team, no matter how hard he tries. In the words of Princess Leia, "The more you tighten your grip Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

There will be leaks. People will talk. Even Jerry Jones cannot make every decision run through him.

So while I feel no sympathy for Governor Jones, there is a twinge of sorrow within me for Cowboys fans. The Cowboys have the talent to win; they just need the discipline. Jones cannot be the one to provide that, however.

If I were a Cowboys fan, I would be furious. Jones is sacrificing the team for his own personal gain and power. Until he is gone, they will have a hard time overcoming that playoff hurdle.