Jerry Jones Should Thank Nolan Ryan, Ron Washington and Company

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Jerry Jones Should Thank Nolan Ryan, Ron Washington and Company
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Did you think when Jerry Jones built his shiny silver football palace down the street from the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that his ball club would become the "other" team in town?

Me neither.

Here we are in the most wonderful time of the year in Texas, the heart of football season, and the team we all eat, drink and sleep to is just 1-4 and threatening to fall completely out of contention before they reach the halfway mark, and no one in the Dallas/Fort Worth area seems to mind very much.

Only one thing could possibly ease the tension at Cowboys' headquarters: a first-ever trip to the World Series for the beloved Texas Rangers.

For that reason, Jerry Jones should send a few cases of ginger ale (the Rangers don't do champagne in deference to the best ball player to ever wear their uniform, Josh Hamilton) over to Nolan Ryan and his team. He might send a "Thank You" card, as well.

While Jerry's boys continue to underachieve, fire one miscue after the other and defend the seemingly indefensible rhetoric of its head coach, the unlikely journey toward a world championship continues for the Rangers. Who said this was a football town?

If you happened to see game six of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Rangers, then you know there are plenty of amped, rabid, ecstatic baseball fans in these parts too. They just needed a reason to cheer.

Now they have one.

So does Jones, who ought to be the biggest fan of the Texas Rangers. If they should close the deal with a World Series championship, he might get a pass on the entire 2010-11 football season. We might even forget how disappointing it is that we won't become the first home team fans in NFL history to cheer our team to a home-field Super Bowl victory.

Why? Because before we host our first-ever Super Bowl, we will welcome the World Series to town.

Go Rangers! R

ight, Jerry?

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