It appeared last week to be a case of reality hitting Jerry Jones right in the mouth. Forty-five minutes of Q&A with the media at the opening of Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, and not once did that mouth utter such words as “Super Bowl” or “Lombardi Trophy.”
Some local longtime Jerry-watchers termed this as “progress,” meaning an admission his 2014 edition of the Cowboys is a tainted product, not worthy of even Jones’ normal opening of training camp ridiculous BS.
As one of those longtime Jerry-watchers, I disagree about progress. Football reality has been sucker-punching Jerry for nearly two decades now. The man can take that punch. He simply can’t take the truth that he’s a football failure.
Why no mention of “Super Bowl” in Oxnard last week? He’s 71. He forgot. It happens, believe me.
And believe it that Jerry remains delusional when it comes to him correctly recognizing his role in the demise of a once-proud franchise.
Jerry destroyed the Cowboys. Period. But you know well the rest of the story.
In the midst of his ongoing football product destruction, Jones has built a mighty financial fortress. His bottom line trumps anything in the sports world, and also repels the constant criticism of football incompetence.
Jerry makes monster money by being a football failure. It’s great work if you can get it.
But for everyone else, particularly our three other local pro franchises, success on the field-court-ice is the lifeblood of the financial bottom line.
For the Stars, the Mavericks and the Rangers, they can’t Jerry-rig it.
Prosperity happens only with success, and that prosperity allows those teams to continue to feed the bear, a feeding that hopefully expands the success into the future.
The Rangers, of course, had it going, and then lost it. And now they’ve lost their way as a franchise. Headed for the embarrassment of 100 L’s this season, what is the future? When is the future?
The 2015 season? There is hope if everything goes right, a .500 season next year would be possible. But a strong contender in the division or the league? Dream big, you dreamers.
The Mavericks won a world championship three years ago, but then came a brainstorm that bombed. Blowing up the team was an ownership decision that ranks right there up in infamy with Jerry running off Jimmy in 1993.
Well, OK, nothing is that bad. But it was still stupid. Mark Cuban is basically Jerry in a tight T-shirt.
But after three meager seasons since the world championship blowup, the Mavs’ moves this off-season are positive and productive. Tyson Chandler. Chandler Parsons.
If Dirk stays healthy. If Tyson stays healthy. If the backcourt play is good enough. Well, despite a killer conference on the west side of the NBA, the Mavs might be top four in the West group. Might be.
It’s the Stars who have the brightest future. Coming off the bottom of the NHL barrel, general manager Jim Nill has this franchise moving in the right direction, and moving that way in a hurry.
Is the goalie good enough to take the Stars higher and higher? Legit question, with an answer still to come.
But Nill has made the Stars exciting again.
Sometimes, however, amazing success just happens. There was no logical explanation for the Mavericks’ run through the NBA postseason in the spring and early summer of 2011.
But a world championship happened.
And the Rangers’ back-to-back World Series trips went totally against the conventional logic of what fuels that kind of success.
It was the most dysfunctional front office in sports.
The “Nolan Guys” against the “Daniels Guys.”
On the baseball side, there was immense hate between the two groups. There was also a dislike, or more like a distrust, between Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels, but they actually worked together rather well. They seemed to be good for each other, and good for the Rangers.
Starting in 2008 when Ryan was hired by then-owner Tom Hicks, all baseball and business decisions had to be approved by Ryan.
Daniels never made a trade or an acquisition that Ryan didn’t OK or initiate, despite what media misinformation you will read, including in this newspaper.
Daniels, however, was constantly pushing behind the scenes for more power, and the backstabbing paid off. Jon found a welcome ear in co-owner Ray Davis. Shockingly, co-owner Bob Simpson eventually went along with the idea, and at the moment I’m wagering that ol’ Bob seriously regrets that mistake.
By November of 2012, Nolan was out as the boss. Daniels became the love child of Bob and Ray.
Daniels has now been in total charge of baseball for the last two seasons. Check the results.
Bob and Ray were fools. Daniels is now scrambling to save his baseball reputation.
But to see how well the dysfunction worked during the World Series years was, yes, hilarious. To see what has happened since the Daniels gang “won” is sickening.
You never know when or how success will happen, except, of course, with Jerry being in total charge of the Cowboys.
No, that doesn’t work. No, it will never work. But Jerry still laughs all the way to the bank.
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