Jerry Jones Is Terrible…Well, Still Terrible
The NFL has been in the news cycle all day for all the wrong reasons after the replacement officials, lovingly referred to as “those f******* scabs” by frustrated fans everywhere, put forth one of the poorest efforts ever for officiating. We ran down the worst offenses yesterday, but people are still steamed after the terrible and controversial ending to the Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. We won’t hash out the details again because RAGE, but the fallout has been far reaching.
Players have taken to social media to voice their displeasure, extending even beyond those directly affected. Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, a fake Frank Gore, and countless others have taken to Twitter to tell the world, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in particular, that there needs to be resolution. Fans have talked about boycotting the games for Week 4, but that’s not going to happen becasue FOOBAW, so we’ll have to settle for leaving 70,000 voicemails for the league office and hope that someone gets the message. Let’s just hope the person taking that message isn’t Jerry Jones, cause he’s terrible and thinks everything is awesome.
Jones, owner/GM/ruiner of the Dallas Cowboys, has been staunchly anti-NFLRA through this entire ordeal. He’s spoken out on behalf of the replacement official several times, patting them on the back and telling them all what a great job they’re doing! Well, what about last night Double-J?
“I didn’t see that ending last night,” Jones said on KLDR-FM. “I cut it off about halftime.”
Well, I guess that makes sense. Jerry is an older gentleman with a lot on his plate, and those primetime games can stretch pretty long into the evening (especially with the replacement refs conferencing every five minutes to see if anyone knows what they’re doing). So we’ll give the old guy a pass.
But surely you’ve heard about it, right? It’s been everywhere!
“I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out,” he said, quickly switching the subject to praise Seattle’s team.
Well now you’re just being disingenuous, JJ. What newspaper wouldn’t include that the game ended in sheer pandemonium that rocked the NFL’s position against the locked out refs to its very core? Was it the “Only-What-I-Want-To-Hear Daily”? They really can’t be trusted to give you the whole story. It’s right there in their name!
But surely you see the importance of working to some kind of agreement with the regular officials, right?
Asked if he got a sense of the fans’ anger about replacement referees that he’d consistently been supportive of, Jones mentioned that “very much working to get this resolved and will continue to work to get this resolved” with the locked-out officials. He then awkwardly transitioned to pumping up the parity of the league, pointing ou that there were only three undefeated teams after three weeks.
“We can have all kinds of what-ifs,” Jones said. “We’ve played three games and we’ve got 16 to play. It’s exciting. It gives use a lot to talk about on our shows that we have.
“But fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it’s great. Lot of competition.”
He’s pulling some kind of elaborate prank, right? Is he honestly trying to sell that things are better with these replacement refs and that everything is hunky -dory? He can’t honestly believe what he’s saying, can he?
If he does, he should be institutionalized. Football has been the most popular sport in America by about a hundred miles for many years now. They’re so popular, that they’ve largely been bullet proof on any number of sticky issues. And by and large, they’ve been right. But the replacement refs are not good for the game and the continued support of them by the NFL and owners like Jerry Jones is disenfranchising a lot of consumers that have been under the spell of the NFL for some time. Keeping this up for too much longer will start to break that trance.
But JJ is a businessman, and a rather successful one at that. You don’t make that much money and amass that much power and influence without knowing everything about everything going on in your business. His used-car salesmen schtick is an act that he’s bought into to sell the NFL’s position that these guys are great and that nobody needs those silly regular referees! Which means that Jerry Jones is lying to you in order to avoid paying more for competent referees.
And that is why Jerry Jones is still terrible.