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Golf Needs Jordan Spieth to Win the Masters

When Tiger Woods announced that he would not be playing in the Masters this year, the price of tickets to the tournament immediately dropped by 20%. Throughout his career, even during his struggles in recent years, television ratings for all golf tournaments plummet when Tiger is not in the field. For all the talk in recent years about all the up and coming young golfers, Rory McIlroy has been the only one to show a glimmer of potential to become a true superstar, but his career has been in reverse since he signed his massive endorsement deal with Nike.

Much has been made of Tiger not having won a major since 2008, but only McIlroy and Phil Mickelson have won more than one over that stretch. For most of the majors since Tiger’s playoff victory at Torrey Pines we have seen a steady stream of little known first time winners, most of whom have been more likely to miss cuts than contend for another major. When was the last time anyone has seen Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, or Darren Clarke on television on a Sunday of a major? Even most of the next big thing 20-somethings have already started to fizzle before hitting 30. Anthony Kim may or may not still be a professional golfer. Dustin Johnson’s girlfriend get more coverage in Golf Digest than he does these days.

As if it weren’t bad enough that injuries were keeping Tiger out of action, the only other golfer who can truly drive TV ratings, Phil Mickelson, who is approaching his mid-forties and is battling arthritis, missed the cut for the first time in 1997. With the prospect of its two biggest draws nearing the twilight of their careers, golf is crying out for a new superstar to capture the public’s attention. How lucky would the PGA be if the very same year Tiger misses his first Masters someone takes his record as the youngest Masters winner ever?

Even if Spieth turns out to be a flash in the pan or only ends up with an average pro career, it would at least generate some buzz for the remainder of the year and give Tiger’s back a chance to heal and for Rory to get used to his Nike clubs. Fortune seems like it may be smiling on the PGA, as two journeymen vying for the lead, John Senden and Thomas Bjorn, fell back from contention on Saturday, while Bubba Watson retained a share of the lead and Ricky Fowler surged up the leaderboard. While Bubba or Ricky putting on a green jacket would be a much better outcome than most of the major winners in recent years, nothing would compare to a 20 year old putting on a green jacket on Sunday.

Northwestern Ruling Could Be End of an Era for College Sports

My initial reaction to the court ruling granting (subject to a lengthy appeal process) Northwestern college athletes the right to unionize was one of thankfulness that I don’t watch college sports. Whatever you think of college sports or the Northwest ruling, the undisputable fact is that college basketball and football will never be quite the same.

The students at Northwestern will eventually secure at least a partial victory at the end of the appeal process. The greed and hypocrisy of the NCAA has simply made them too easy a target. Had they made some concessions over the years to reflect the changing nature of college sports or shown some level of self-awareness, this crisis may have been averted. Perhaps, after allowing video game makers to use the likenesses of college athletes in exchange for millions of dollars, the athletes may have found it easier to accept not receiving any of that money if the NCAA had allowed enterprising athletes to make their own money off their likenesses, like selling autographed merchandise. Instead, the NCAA pretended that college sports was no different than it was 50 years ago, when it truly was student athletics and not a billion dollar industry.

95% of all criticism of the NCAA is entirely accurate, but I am not convinced that the decision is going to be as beneficial for the players as the critics are suggesting. For all of the NCAA’s faults, they deserve tremendous credit for finding a way to make basketball and football fans across the country excited about watching teams made up of players who for the most part are nowhere near as talented as professional benchwarmers. It isn’t just alumni either; the networks wouldn’t spend millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast Notre Dame football games if it were just former students that were watching.    Though it is true that players should be able to profit from their own likeness, it is also true that most college players only have a market for their likeness because of the NCAA.

Maybe it is just that I have never attended a major US college, but for the life of me I have never understood how people could become so fanatical about watching what is essentially glorified minor league sports only with much less competitive balance and the players get scholarships instead of paychecks. People who wouldn’t spend $10 to see a completive AAA baseball game played by professional players who are almost good enough to be in majors will happily spend a small fortune to join 70,000 other people to watch an amateur football team beat another by 50 points.

What the Northwestern players are actually asking for, though they may not realize it, is to be treated like the minor league players that they really are. The risk for the students in all this is that college football fans may wake up one day and realize they are actually watching minor league sports, and one with an average talent level much lower than the Canadian Football League. There are many former Heisman Trophy quarterbacks that have not been able to secure a starting job in the CFL. Up until now American sports fans have been acting like they are under some kind of spell that makes them believe college sports is on par with professional sports. What happens if the fallout from the Northwestern case breaks that spell?

 

Roger Goodell Earns His $44 Million by Convincing Us PEDs Only a Problem in Baseball

One of the more covered stories in the baseball pre-season has been the return of Barry Bonds as a special instructor with the San Francisco Giants. One might think that 7-time MVP and holder of both the single season and career home run records would be an uncontroversial choice as a coaching hire, except for the fact that Bonds achievements have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. Bonds has admitted to one time unknowingly using a banned cream, but few people believe that his use of PEDs were quite so innocent. Mark McGuire, an admitted PED user whose single season home run record was broken by Bonds generated similar attention when he became a hitting instructor with the St. Louis Cardinals a few years ago.

Bonds and McGuire are both eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but neither has come close to getting elected despite putting up some of the most impressive numbers of all time. Likewise, Roger Clemens, who is ninth all time in career wins, was denied entry into the Hall over suspected drug use.  The problem of PEDs is not just a preoccupation with Major League Baseball, but across the country and the United States Congress has even devoted time to the issue. In fact, it was Roger Clemens’s testimony to Congress that caused him to face to perjury trials, neither of which found him guilty.

The consternation with PEDs in baseball is baffling when compared to the NFL, which has been rife with such drugs for decades. Many ex-football players have admitted to steroid use, including Terry Bradshaw, who won 4 Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, though he has said that they were only used to recover from injuries. His steroid use has neither kept him out of the Hall of Fame nor prevented him from having a successful post-football television career with Fox. Despite all this, NFL stars have never been called before Congress to testify about drug use.

Star NFL players routinely test positive for PEDs and their suspensions are treated as if they were just another minor injury keeping them out for four games. Rodney Harrison was suspended for 4 games late in his career for taking a banned substance, and now he has a very prominent role on Football Night in America. This past season the Seattle Seahawks had multiple players suspended for PED violations, but there wasn’t any discussion about that possibly tainting their Super Bowl winning season.

Positive tests and suspensions aside, if steroids and other PEDs have been such a problem in baseball, which is not a contact sport and most players look like normal human beings, it is reasonable to assume that they are even more widely used in a contact sport like football where strength is more important and where many players, particularly lineman, look like freaks of nature.

When it was revealed that Roger Goddell, the commissioner of the NFL, made 44 million dollars last year, many people were outraged. But when you consider that he has seemingly been able to use some combination of black magic and Jedi mind tricks to keep the public from caring about the rampant drug use in his sport, even as they continue to delay testing for HGH, it actually seems reasonable when you consider that is only twice as much as the MLB commissioner makes.

Detective Marty Hart is the Yellow King

I am convinced that Detective Marty Hart is the Yellow King, or at least is one of the people involved in the Gulf Coast killings.  I finally clued in to this a few days ago and confirmed it by going back and re-watching parts of old episodes. The writer has actually been quite blatant in his clues but people like myself have often been distracted from the clues by Rust’s continuous and irritating philosophical blather, the creepy guy with the scars, and the fact that the police suspect that Rust may be the killer.

I came to this conclusion not just from the clues in the story, but also from thinking about how story writers write stories. The writer in this series clearly wanted to create a mystery, and so it doesn’t quite fit that the series would end simply by arresting the scarred man and exposing the Tuttle family as being involved in the series of murders. A writer who puts together such a rich and ambitious series such as this is not going to end it with a predictable, telegraphed ending; he will want to shock his viewers with a surprise ending. If you paid close attention though, you will not be quite so shocked when Detective Hart is exposed as a killer.

The very first episode actually provides what are, in retrospect, quite blatant clues that Hart is the murderer. For no apparent reason, in a scene where Hart arrives home on the day of the murder, we are shown a brief close-up of his fly tying kit. This is not simply a prop in the background; the director explicitly focuses on it. A short while later in the episode, when Marty and Rust are speaking with the coroner, we are shown a close-up of the twig sculpture that the murderer left by the body. If you look closely, you can see that the twigs are tied together with various colored twine, not unlike the tread in Hart’s fly kit. Directors do not make those kind of close-ups for no reason. In case the clue wasn’t obvious enough, later in the episode when Rust is at Marty’s house for supper he comments on the fly tying kit. Looking back on it, the writer is actually slapping viewers in the face with this clue, but since it is only the first episode it just blends in with all the other moving parts in a rather busy storyline.

The first episode contains an even more blatant clue when Hart’s wife wakes him up on the living room chair the day after the body was found. During their conversation she says “I missed you these past couple of days”. It is just slipped in as a seemingly innocuous comment, but it is actually very important. They found the body of the murder victim the previous day, so why was Hart spending time away from home for several day? I believe the answer is that he was out killing someone. Writers write script lines for a reason.

The clues in the first episode may be subtle, but there was nothing subtle about the clue that came half way through the series when Detective Hart shoots Reggie Ledoux through the head. At the time we assume it was in a fit of rage after seeing the young children that Ledoux had enslaved. Looking back though, it is not quite so clear that it was a spontaneous act of rage; it may have been to keep him from talking. During the first episode when Rust is having supper with the Hart family, Marty says that he has never used his gun in the line of duty. If Marty had never fired his gun on the job in his entire career, it is odd that he was so quick to shoot a bound man in the head at close range. As terrible a sight as the bound children might have been, that was not an act you would expect of a man who had never killed someone before.

Finally, the writers give us a clue to the solution when Marty says to the investigators “What’s that old saying about the detective’s curse? Solution was right under my nose, but I was paying attention to the wrong clues.” We are lead to think at the time that Detective Hart was one the one who missed the solution, but it was in fact the viewers who were looking at the wrong clues.

Rob Ford’s Search for Acceptance

Rob Ford’s Oscar weekend trip to Los Angeles and appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show has turned into one of the most talked about events of the year. Vladimir Putin may be able to seize parts of Ukraine, but even he hasn’t been able to knock the Toronto mayor from the front pages this week. Whether Mayor Ford’s goal was to promote Toronto or simply generate some good publicity for himself, he clearly did not succeed. With the exception of his admirably loyal brother Doug, the reaction has been almost universally negative, with commentators expressing a mixture of disgust, disappointment, and even mockery. The consensus from the various reactions was that the visit highlighted again how Rob Ford is not fit to be mayor of Canada’s largest and most (self) important city. Valid as all the commentary has been, I had a much different reaction to the mayor’s late night appearance. I felt sorry for him.

Watching the mayor flush red and sweat as Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at him, I realized not that he is someone with addiction issues, as that has been clear for some time, but why he is someone with addiction issues. While many in Toronto saw a liar and a buffoon being taken to task for his behavior, I saw an insecure and naïve man trying unsuccessfully to gain acceptance. Everyone who had ever watched Jimmy Kimmel on TV knew that he would roast the mayor during his appearance, but Rob Ford somehow seemed of the opinion that Kimmel was his friend and would go easy on him. This need for acceptance is a common theme for many addicts, and it can explain much of the mayor’s erratic behavior.

Many have questioned how the mayor of Canada’s largest city, who is the son of a well-respected politician and businessman, could be friends with seemingly disreputable criminals, drug dealers, and hard drug users. Some would say the reason is simply that the mayor is himself a criminal and drug user, but I disagree. I can’t help but think that the reason that mayor has such questionable friends is that he was never accepted by the white upper class Toronto society. The mayor has been quite open about his distaste for the Toronto “elites”, but I strongly suspect they disliked him first.

I am not from Toronto but I have met enough upper middle class Torontonians to know they would turn up their nose at someone like Rob Ford. Finding it impossible to fit in with the society he was born into, it is not quite so surprising that he would befriend those who are the opposite of upper class elites. His friends may not always be law abiding citizens, but they accept him for who he is, or at least pretend to. Nothing highlighted the difference between the upper class society Rob Ford was born into and the society he chose than Toronto media’s initial reaction to the now infamous Steak Queen video.

When the video was first release, the initial headlines were that the mayor was drunk and speaking “gibberish” at a restaurant. As it turns out, he may have been intoxicated but he wasn’t speaking gibberish at all. He was speaking Jamaican Patois. The people who wrote much of those initial headlines were from the respectable Toronto upper middle class, who may write sympathetic articles about Jamaican immigrants from time to time, but would never actually socialize with one. If you are not familiar with upper middle class Toronto, you cannot appreciate just how improbable it is that someone born into the upper class establishment like Rob Ford would wind up speaking quite good Jamaican Patois.

The sad thing to me is that Rob Ford may not even be as accepted by his working class, immigrant friends as he thought he was. Though he no doubt has some staunchly loyal friends, not all of them are quite as good friends as he thought or we wouldn’t have nearly as many leaked videos and photographs.

As someone who doesn’t live in Toronto, it is obviously easier for me to take a more sympathetic view of Rob Ford. Every journalist who has covered the mayor has been lied to or at least mislead over the past few years, and Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale even had the mayor go so far as to imply that he was some sort of threat to his children, before retracting his comments under threat of lawsuit. I would not have much sympathy for the mayor had he directed such accusations at me.

Rob Ford may have again made a public spectacle of himself in Los Angeles, and he may not be fit to mayor of such a big city, at least in his current state. But for all his faults, I can’t help but see him as someone who is in genuine need of help rather than the cartoonish oaf that he is often portrayed as.

 

 

Tony Mandrich Casts Dark Shadow Over Jadeveon Clowney

There are hundreds of young players at the NFL combine this weekend, but virtually all of the attention will be focused on one player; Jadeveon Clowney. When he became a YouTube sensation a year ago by knocking the helmet off an opposing running back in the Outback Bowl, he was instantly declared a virtual lock to become the first exclusively defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and be the number one overall selection in 2014. Many were so convinced of his hold on the number one overall pick that they argued he should sit out 2013 altogether to protect against a possible injury.

In the end Clowney decided to play and had a surprisingly lacklustre year that was long on excuses and short on sacks or YouTube highlight videos. As for that Heisman Trophy, Clowney never even managed to get into the discussion. Not only did he miss out on the Heisman, but his status as the presumptive number one overall pick has become increasingly precarious, as pundits have begun questioning his commitment to the game, even though he is unquestionably the most physically gifted player at his position in decades. 25 years, to be exact. If Jadeveon Clowney falls down the draft board, part of the blame will belong to a hulking Canadian by the name of Tony Mandrich.

In 1989, Tony Mandrich was drafted 2nd overall (ahead of the likes of Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas), which at the time was the highest and offensive lineman was ever picked in the draft. Much like Clowney, Mandrich possessed an unprecedented combination of size, strength, quickness and overall athleticism for someone at his position. The 330 pounder not only displayed incredible strength by bench pressing 225 pounds an eye popping 39 times, but ran a 4.65 40 yard dash, which was faster than many running backs. At the time there was no question that he would be great, it was just a matter of how great and whether he would someday become the greatest offensive lineman of all time.

As it turned out, physical gifts alone were not sufficient to ensure a hall of fame career. Far from being a star, Mandrich was a bust in Green Bay, where he was cut after three disappointing seasons. After being out of the league for a few years, he managed to catch on with the Colts, where he managed to string together three respectable, if unspectacular seasons before retiring due to injury.

Had it not been for Tony Mandrich, NFL teams would have thought that once in a generation physical gifts would to at the very least guarantee a standout professional career. Unfortunately for Jadeveon Clowney, teams now know that is not necessarily the case.

Gay Football Players Fear Media More Than Teammates

Since the news broke last week that NFL prospect and SEC co-defensive player of the year, we have been bombarded with punditry, much of it inane, but some of it insightful. For all of the seemingly endless points and arguments made over the past week, to my knowledge not one of them truly zeroed in on the real lesson from this news; that gay players are more scared of the media’s reaction rather than their teammates.

Michael Sam admitted to his Missouri teammates that he was gay this past season. These teammates were not 30 year old professionals who have PR reps and endorsement contracts; they were young men in their late teens and early twenties, many of whom had not ventured far from their small hometowns before heading to college. These were all guys who displayed the toughness and ferocity necessary to get signed out of high school to an SEC football program. So what happened when Michael Sam told his teammates he was gay? Not much.

The team had one of their best season’s ever; they lost to Auburn in the SEC championship game and then won the Cotton Bowl. There wasn’t so much as a hint of discord on the team, and Sam had the best season of his career. Not only did his teammates not publicize his coming out to the press during the season, they have not given a single negative quote since the story went public.

A reasonable person may conclude based on last season’s results that Michael Sam’s sexuality isn’t that big an issue in 2014 and whatever success he has in the NFL will solely depend on what he does on the field. That conclusion would be backed up by the largely positive public comments that have been made by players and executives. The few negative public comments have tended to be quickly walked back with the usual “taken out of context” type clarifications.

Every player knows that there are, and has always been, gay players in the NFL. One player was even arrested for having sex with another man in public in the 1960s and neither his coach nor his teammates seemed to have any major issue playing with him. Of course, that was back in the days before 24 hour sports TV and radio stations. If the sports media seem a little out of date in their take on this topic, it may be due to the fact that they had their stories written a decade ago and have just been waiting to insert a player name.

My comment above about writers having their Michael Sam columns written a decade ago was only half in jest. The most important skill for any sports writer is not insight or analytics; it’s making a deadline. The truth is many self-professed high minded journalists would destroy someone’s life without a moment’s thought in order to make a deadline or get 5 minutes on the Dan Patrick show.

It’s the media who will go trolling for negative sound bites and quotes from the maybe 5 percent of NFL players that will have a major issue playing with Michael Sam, rather than the 95% who simply want to focus on doing their job and getting a big contract. It’s the media who will make any shy or closeted gay man avoid going on a date with Sam out of fear of seeing their picture on a newspaper or website. It is the media who are going out of their way to legitimize the absurd suggestions that Michael Sam will be some kind of destabilizing influence in the locker room.

One of the best examples of the idiocy coming from the media is Steve Phillips, the former GM of the Mets and now morning show co-host on Mad Dog Radio. While he said that he personally would have no problem with a gay player, he said on air that it would be a difficult dilemma if a player were to come to him and express his discomfort showering with a gay player. Really? All NFL players have frequented fitness facilities for their entire adult lives, and since gay people work out as much or more as straight people, the average professional athlete has showered in front of a gay person hundreds of times. Not to mention the fact that female and gay athletes are in the dressing rooms after every game.

Michael Sam may well lead to a locker room blow up next year, but while a fellow player may provide the spark, it will only become an issue with the help of the media, who will be standing by waiting to pounce with their gas cans and oxygen tanks.

Please Tiger, Make Them Stop

During the lead-up to the Super Bowl, we were bombarded with media discussions about the need for Peyton to win his second championship in order to secure his legacy as an all-time great. That discussion has been ongoing really since Manning one his first Super Bowl, before which the media were obsessed with discussing how Manning needed to win one Super Bowl. I’m not sure how much pressure Manning felt, but I couldn’t help but feel it myself.

Now that the football season is over, the sports media have now turned their attention to writing weekly columns on whether or not Tiger Woods will be able to win his 15th major. In fact, before the Super Bowl even started I read an article on Fox Sports about how Tiger was already off to the worst start to a season ever, which I found interesting only because I had not realized the golf season had started.

I may be one of the few people who root for Tiger Woods more since his sex scandal and career decline. When he was in his heyday, I hated how arrogant he was and how his playing partners always seemed to collapse on Sundays a la Mike Weir in the PGA. I can’t say I like Tiger, but I now cannot help but cheer for him in majors and feel his frustration when he consistently finds ways to lose on the weekend. It doesn’t even bother me when he occasionally gets confused by the rules of golf, although for full disclosure I am someone who has taken the occasional mulligan from the fairway.

After a 5 year Groundhog Day stream of “what’s wrong with Tiger” and “can Tiger catch Jack” blather I just want him to win a damn major so I can stop reading the same article over and over. I can’t stomach another article about how Tiger should go back to Butch Harmon (who only started coaching Tiger after he demolished the Masters record) or how today’s players no longer fear him. It’s been five and a half years since Tiger last won a major and four years since anyone has offered any remotely original or intelligent analysis on his lack of success in majors. Please Tiger, make them stop. Win a major this year and give the golf media something new to talk about.

The Super Bowl is Not a World Championship

I am really looking forward to this Super Bowl. Not only do I like both teams, but it is great to see the best teams from each conference meeting in the final game, not just because they are deserving but because increases the likelihood of a close, entertaining game. I personally like both of the teams playing today. I would like to see Peyton Manning get another Super Bowl ring but I would also love to see Peter Carroll’s refreshing approach to NFL coaching pay off with a championship.

No matter who wins the game tonight I will likely still find myself annoyed and cursing at the screen. It will have nothing to do with the players, but rather the announcers and media who insist on referring to the Super Bowl Champions as “World Champions”. I find this habit annoying when it happens in other leagues, but it is particularly galling when it pertains to football, as not only is it a league championship, but it is a league with teams from only one country.

The Super Bowl is a league championship. Teams are made up of people mostly from the United States but with some from Canada and some kickers from Europe. A world championship is when individuals or teams various countries play against each other. The World Cup is a classic example of this. Everyone on each team is from the same country. Argentina could not trade players with Brazil or England. This distinction should be pretty clear but it has proven strangely difficult for many in the media.

I can come up with only two possible reasons why this is the case thought neither make much sense. The first is that these people simply cannot understand the difference between a league championship and a world championship. Given that you would likely have to have at least average or better intelligence to find yourself on TV talking about the Super Bowl, this seems unlikely. It is more likely that they haven’t given it much thought and are simply lazily repeating a commonly used phrase, much like the people who use the nonsensical “I could care less”.

The other reason is that people think that merely being a Super Bowl Champion does not carry enough prestige, and so they feel the need to tack on “World Champion”. The Super Bowl is biggest event in the United States and one of the most watched sporting events in the world after the Wold Cup Final.

The winner of tonight’s game will be the Super Bowl Champion. That is a great honor. Call it what it is.

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys?!

Just when Dallas Cowboys fans thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse, the team takes its organizational dysfunction to an otherworldly level by hiring replacements for Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin without actually firing them. Last year, when Jerry Jones brought in Bill Callahan to take over play calling duties from the erstwhile offensive genius head coach, Jason Garrett, many football commentators pointed out that this could cause problems. Those predictions were later validated after the Cowboys blew a huge halftime lead against the Packers in week 16 and Jason Garrett appeared to blame Bill Callahan for his play calling and Callahan deflected questions back to the head coach. In order to fix the problem, Jerry Jones decided to put a third cook in the offensive play calling kitchen with the hiring of Scott Linehan.

The dysfunction is by no means confined to the offensive side of the ball. After the surprise hiring of the 73 year old Monte Kiffin, who was coming off an unsuccessful tenure as his son’s offensive coordinator at USC, the team had one of the worst defensive performances in its history. Unsurprisingly, the Cowboys replaced him as defensive coordinator, but did not fire him, instead choosing to give him another role and title, thereby planting the seeds for future discord and possibly undermining the authority of the current coordinator, Rod Marinelli.

The only potential benefit of this latest fiasco is that it does make clear the real problem with the Cowboys. In recent years, it has been accepted fact that Jerry Jones is not doing a good job as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, but that is not entirely correct, or at the very least is too general a statement. You may not realize it from all the negative press, but Jerry Jones has been doing a respectable job of drafting and acquiring talented players. The Cowboys have had as many as 9 Pro-Bowlers in recent years, and Jones deserves credit for drafting stars such as DeMarcus Ware and Dez Bryant and for signing an undrafted player by the name of Tony Romo. The problem with Jerry Jones the general manager is not his ability to acquire talented players; it is his judgement in hiring coaches.

Jerry Jones is a good old boy, with old being the increasingly operative word as each year goes by. He has demonstrated a maddening tendency to hire experienced coaches with a proven track record of mediocrity. While other teams look to hire the star up and comer out of college, like Jim Harbaugh or Chip Kelly, Jerry Jones goes after Wade Phillips, a senior citizen with a long career as a competent but unspectacular head coach. Bill Callahan, had not worked in the NFL for as a head coach or offensive coordinator in over a decade when Jerry Jones hired him. Monte Kiffin, who was one of the most respected defensive minds in the game in his day, had not had any great achievements in recent years and had just had a terrible performance at the college level. Even Jason Garrett, who might seem to the untrained eye as an example of Jerry Jones picking a fresh face, was not nearly as fresh a face as it appeared. Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Cowboys for 8 years.

The underlying theme in Jerry Jones’ approach to hiring is that he prefers coaches that need him more that he needs them. When you hire people that nobody else wants you don’t have to worry about them talking back to you or not doing what they are told. It is telling that the coach that Jerry Jones liked the least, Jimmy Johnson, was also the coach that had been the most successful. Jimmy Johnson called the shots as coach of the Cowboys, was on the right side of the most lopsided trade in NFL history, and  and delivered back to back Super Bowl wins, yet Jerry Jones couldn’t stand that Johnson got most of the credit for all the success. 19 years after their last Super Bowl win, it appears that Jerry Jones would still rather take the blame for failure than see someone else get the credit for success.