Just a quick thought before we head out to practice…
Yesterday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised more than a few eyebrows for some comments he made during the pep rally before the team’s first practice. (Yes, there was a pep rally, complete with cheerleaders.) It was loud, the band was playing, the fans were cheering, and Jones was amped.
Jones told the screaming masses to “come to Cowboys Stadium and watch us beat the Giants’ ass.” Crowd went nuts, reporters (like this one) reached for Twitter. Cue pandemonium.
It led to some reaction today, specifically from the Cowboys peeps and Giants fans, who are going nuts. Coach Jason Garrett wisely sidestepped the remarks, saying, “Jerry Jones owns this football team and he has owned it for 23 years, so he can do anything he wants.” Asked if he wants to add anything about beating Philly’s ass, maybe, Garrett cracked, “Nah. We don’t make any guarantees around here.”
Smart man. That Princeton education pays off (which is tough for me to say, considering I always hated Princeton when I was at Columbia.) Backup linebacker Victor Butler was asked for his reaction, and he kinda shrugged. “What’s he supposed to say? I support him 100 percent.”
I think Butler has the right idea. What is Jones supposed to say? I guess he could say nothing… but we know that’s not going to happen. I guess he could say that they want to beat the Giants butt, which maybe could have been more kid-friendly. But whatever, they use that word on network TV now. We have all heard it.
It wasn’t an interview, it wasn’t at a press conference. It was kinda like Tom Brady said at a pep rally before the Super Bowl last year how he hoped to be back at Gillette Stadium celebrating with the fans. Duh. What’s he supposed to say? I hope we lose and have nothing to celebrate? It was a pep rally, and in the context, it was fine.
Jones does seem like he likes what the Giants did last year and how they were built, even if their success came at his team’s expense. I don’t think he meant to diss (do people still use that word?) them. The other thing is, Jones obviously likes his team. If you gave him truth serum (not that you need to) he’d probably tell you his team is going to beat the Giants’ ass. Sounds like it’s what he really thinks, and I think there is a reason for that.
Anyway, glad he gave us something to discuss so early in camp…