A day after the Green Bay Packers stomped all over Jerry Jones' debacle of a pro football team, Packer fans should take extra pride in the beat down the Packers administered in front of a national television audience.
You see, Jerry Jones hates the Packers. He hates small market teams in general. He has made it his mission in life to rid the NFL of revenue sharing. He sees the entire concept as an antiquated idea from a bygone era. He and some of his fellow owners (ie Danny Snyder) see the NFL as a place where they can basically pump as much cash out of their brand as possible.
Because that's all it is to them - an investment. Oh sure, Jones and Snyder and their ilk like to play their little general manager games, with Jones presiding over the Cowboys drafts as though he were in the most expensive fantasy football league ever put together. But Jones knows that winning, while nice, is secondary. Making money is the name of the game. Jones made a big stink fifteen years ago when he went up against the NFL in regards to sponsorship deals and this year he decided he needed to be the only owner with his own merchandising deal. (A deal which may backfire on him.)
Think about the misery that team has been through since Jones took over football operations from Jimmy Johnson. Even after he supposedly "got it" and hired Bill Parcells, Jones couldn't help but do idiotic things like ram Terrell Owens down the teams throat. Why? Not because it made any football sense whatsoever, but because Owens was good for business.
That's all it is to Jones - big business. Big city business. Nothing for the quaint little hamlets like Green Bay to be bothered about.
Which is why it is so satisfying for the representatives of the little town of Green Bay to host Jones and his motley crew and kick their ass repeatedly up and down the field for all the football-loving world to see.
Just look at the respective general managers.
Ted Thompson is a football guy. He makes decisions based on what he thinks will help the Packers on the football field.
Jerry Jones can make all the football decisions he wants - but he is always thinking about matters on the periphery. Sponsorships. Marketability. Merchandising. Anything and everything that has nothing to do with the game of football. Jones can fire all the coaches he wants - as long as he is calling the shots in the football operations he will always be the problem in Dallas.
Packer fans should take pride that their team, which is the epitome of everything Jones wants to see disappear from the NFL, beat the Holy Jesus out of his overpriced fantasy team last night.
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