Super Bowl, Texas Style

Jerry Jones is not an entirely sad nor is he exactly a happy person this week.

 


Jerry Jones is not an entirely sad nor is he exactly a happy person this week. with the Super Bowl being played in his house this week.

Everything is done bigger and better in Texas (just ask the people that live there, they’ll be more than happy to tell you). When you have the means that Jerry Jones does at his disposal the word ‘bigger’ takes on a whole new meaning.

It started with his stadium. Cowboys Stadium opened up last year with all the fanfare that comes with a structure as lavish as his. The home of his Dallas Cowboys replaced the former home (Texas Stadium) that had a hole in the roof so God could watch his team at the start of the 2009 season. In true Texas/ Jerry Jones style it is the largest domes stadium in the world (the roof retracts so God can still watch his team).

The ‘Jerry-tron’ as it affectionately became known quickly drew headlines and righteously so. Movie buffs would kill to watch their favorite action movie on a screen that stretches from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.

Is the biggest? It has even been certified as the biggest. A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records made it official at the Carolina game September 29, 2009 (which they won 21-7).

When he was awarded Super Bowl XLV Jones saw a new opportunity to make something that is already one of the biggest events on the planet even bigger. He was going to make history.

The Dallas Cowboys have been primed for success over the last few years and with the Super Bowl coming to his town Jerry Jones had every reason to believe that this year would be the year. His quarterback had gotten over his late season issues the previous year. His defense was solid, his offense chock full of weapons; there was literally nothing in the way of the Dallas Cowboys becoming the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl that it was hosting.

That is, except for the team itself.

In true Texas fashion the implosion that was the first half of the Cowboys season could only be measured by the depths of the failure that the season quickly became. The crowning touch on the aborted Super Bowl run was the hit on quarterback Tony Romo that broke his clavicle and effectively ended any chance of an epic turn-around.

The disappointment may have discouraged other owners from making the Super Bowl and the events leading up to it as big as he would if their team was there, but not Jones. What he wanted is no secret; how he feels about missing the opportunity also no secret.

However, there are still records to be had and partying to be done. If there is anything that Texans know how to do its throw a big enough party that no one will care who won or loss; it’s the party that matters know. Although Jones is a California boy by birth (born in Los Angeles) he’s been in Texas long enough now since taking over the Cowboys in 1989.

His natural born showmanship combined with what is undoubtedly the best staff that money can buy will make sure that when the teams and fans leave Cowboys Stadium after the game next week they will remember their time in Texas.

The players certainly will. When the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers got to their hotel rooms they all found a gift waiting for them that was uniquely Texan—a one-of-a kind custom made saddle. Giddy up football fans!

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