Everything is bigger with the Cowboys. The wins are huge, the losses severe and the bus is a multimillion-dollar ordeal.
The Dallas Morning News reports Jerry Jones and his Cowboys staff will be bumping around the NFL Combine in style this week, because they will be riding to Indianapolis in a bus that likely has a seven-figure price tag.
That sound you hear is the people of America rolling their eyes in unison. It kind of sounds like annoyance mixed with jealousy.
America's team continues to be one of the most polarizing clubs in sports. However, despite what you think of the Cowboys, their owner or even their mode of transportation, you have to admit this bus is sweet.
The report issues that there is no official word on how much this ride actually costs, but it did state that "this model lists for $1.5 million to $2.5 million, depending on how it’s finished out."
Well, it seems this thing comes fully loaded, so let's just guess it's entirely possible the ceiling was reached.
The report also gives insight into the bus driver, Emory Tyler, who once drove freelance for the Secret Service and worked events such as the World Cup and the Olympics.
He then started driving for the Cowboys and has enjoyed quite the interesting ride:
Fans are drawn to the bus wherever Tyler goes. He stopped overnight in a place he calls “Nowhere, New Mexico” a few years ago on the way to training camp in California, a town so small that most of the streets weren’t paved.
He awoke the next morning to find a crowd circling the bus.
“People were there with kids in their Cowboys pajamas wanting to take pictures of me and the bus,” Tyler said. “I know I’m not a celebrity, but people want my autograph anyway. A lot.”
You would think a bus as audacious as the Cowboys' — even the muted precursor to this marvel —would draw the ire of the millions who proclaim other NFL teams as superior.
Well, you would might be shocked to hear America has been relatively mature when encountering the bus.
According to Tyler, there have been only two incidents of vandalism while he has been driving for the team. One featured a marker taken to the bus when the vehicle was in California, which took the driver only 30 minutes to clean up. Another was an egging the bus took while in Indianapolis.
Surprisingly, Tyler said people in Philadelphia have been very kind: "I was in Philadelphia with the other bus once during the off-season and I was surprised. It was so cool. The people there loved it."
The bus will be at Indianapolis to take Jones and the rest of his staff around town during the combine, but it was already unveiled earlier in the year at the Super Bowl.
The bus, named "The Elegant Lady," features three couches and nine TV screens.
It seems Jones will be quite comfortable at the combine.
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