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.