A Thanksgiving circus

by - March 25, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

Rumor has it that the Cowboys and Raiders will be playing on the national stage on Thanksgiving Day. This will be a battle of two of the biggest underachievers in the league owned by madmen (Al Davis of the Raiders and our beloved Jerry Jones of the Cowboys) who seem to be in competition with each other as to who is the craziest. Why does the NFL want to allow this to happen? Is it not an embarrassment to the league? If not, then it should be! It’s like when you were a kid and your friends were coming over to your house – you tried everything you could to get your dad to put his shirt on so as to conceal that unsightly gut that hangs over his belt, keep him from telling embarrassing stories about you, and keep him from saying or doing anything else to embarrass you in front of everyone (after all that’s what dads do, right?). It is a difficult thing to keep him from acting on all his embarrassing tendencies, but you would try to prevent some. On Thanksgiving Day the NFL apparently is going to let it all hang out. Those of us who are Cowboys and Raiders fans will be choking on or puking up our turkey, and the rest of the league will indeed be thanking God that their teams aren’t run by either of these men.

The only positive I can see from this is that maybe this game will expose something. It will expose the fact that maybe the NFL needs to intervene and not allow owners to appoint themselves to any role (such as GM!!!) within their respective organizations other than owner. Maybe it will cause the NFL to be more careful in approving the sale when a potential madman buys a team. Maybe it will cause the NFL to start allowing fans to petition and take their team away when the owner has indeed gone insane with power and makes himself president and GM.

Interesting will be an understatement to describe what we will see on Thanksgiving Day. Who knows, we may see Jerry on the sideline calling in the plays and Al Davis running out onto the field to attempt the game winning field goal. I hope I’m wrong. Hopefully it will turn out to be a very competitive and thrilling game to watch. But as long as Jerry and Al are running this circus, let’s just be prepared for the biggest nonsense we can think of…and be prepared for something even worse just in case.

7 Responses to A Thanksgiving circus

Luis

March 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am

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You know what would really make me throw up my turkey? Losing to the Raiders. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit, just thinking about it.

In all seriousness, this match up is a joke. It's bad enough that NFL fans have to put up with Detroit every year, now they have to watch the Raiders immediately following it? The conspiracy theorist in me – which is admittedly very dormant – suspects that this was set up on purpose as a means to pump up the NFL Network game in the evening. Denver-NY provides a much more compelling match up than GB-Detroit and Dallas-Oakland, rivalry notwithstanding.

It's bad enough that people are complaining that the traditional Detroit and Dallas games should be done away with. But the NFL is doing them no favors by not at least giving the Cowboys a decent match up.

Personally, I couldn't care less what people say about the Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving Day. They're as synonymous with the holiday as pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. But throwing the Raiders into the mix is like ordering chicken fingers at a fancy restaurant. It's just not right.

Mike

March 25th, 2009 at 11:07 am

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I'm with you. This is a signature game not just for the Cowboys, but for the NFL – why can't they treat it as such by creating a decent matchup. I know the league isn't officially in the business of predicting how teams will perform each year, but that's obviously something they do when determining the primetime matchups. They figure out who is going to be decent this year and/or a big TV draw and schedule the games accordingly. Why can't they treat the Thanksgiving games that way to by scheduling a marquee opponent? As you mentioned, they certainly seem to have done that with the primetime game that night. Awfully fishy…

Luis

March 25th, 2009 at 11:17 am

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Seriously, would it have killed them to have the Redskins play the inaugural Thanksgiving game at the new stadium? At least that way they could keep their psychotic owner angle and give us a match up that might actually interest someone. But alas, common sense must have taken a back seat during the NFL's money grab (I'm talking about their new deal with DirecTV).

Runner

March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

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Jerry directs everything, including the general nature of play calling, anyway. I fail to understand why he can't hire a real GM, get out of the way of the football people, and enjoy all of the activities that keep other owners busy. If he did that, the flawed organizational structure that now exists would be fixed, and maybe there would be accountability by everyone, including the GM. As it stands now, our GM is accountable to no one. Our Head Coach, whomever that might be, is powerless and is minimalized by ridiculous GM moves like the Gag Order. While I have been a JJ fan for years, I have definitely changed, because it is HE who is the constant during the years that we have not won a playoff game, much less a Super Bowl. He must step down. He must. The fans must demand it in a way that forces his hand. We deserve it.

Mike

March 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

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preach on, brother! unfortunately, jerry's crazy ways insure that it's harder and harder for real fans to demand it. he'll certainly sell out his new stadium and the cowboys will always be a big tv draw. until it hurts his pocketbook we true fans are on the outside preaching to fellow outsiders, i fear.

Runner

March 26th, 2009 at 12:48 am

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Jerry directs everything, including the general nature of play calling, anyway. I fail to understand why he can't hire a real GM, get out of the way of the football people, and enjoy all of the activities that keep other owners busy. If he did that, the flawed organizational structure that now exists would be fixed, and maybe there would be accountability by everyone, including the GM. As it stands now, our GM is accountable to no one. Our Head Coach, whomever that might be, is powerless and is minimalized by ridiculous GM moves like the Gag Order. While I have been a JJ fan for years, I have definitely changed, because it is HE who is the constant during the years that we have not won a playoff game, much less a Super Bowl. He must step down. He must. The fans must demand it in a way that forces his hand. We deserve it.

Mike

March 26th, 2009 at 2:45 am

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preach on, brother! unfortunately, jerry's crazy ways insure that it's harder and harder for real fans to demand it. he'll certainly sell out his new stadium and the cowboys will always be a big tv draw. until it hurts his pocketbook we true fans are on the outside preaching to fellow outsiders, i fear.