Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones while speaking to the media said, “I’ve been here 23 years. I’ve been here when it was glory hole days and when it wasn’t. I want me some glory hole.”
The reference raised some eyebrows and caused some chuckles.
Apparently, Jones was making reference to the oil and gas industry and not an explicit reference, as Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple quickly clarified.
In response to Dalrymple’s explanation however, Jones said laughing, “that’s news to me” reverting it back to a crude joke.
The term “glory hole” in the oil industry refers to the hole drilled, from which oil flows and rises to the surface through flow lines and to the production facility.
It’s been well documented that Jones, is an oil man through and through and that’s where and how he made his money. So it’s no surprise that Jones would reference the oil field in addressing his team. Aside from all the grins and giggles though, Jones’ comments tell the story of a frustrated owner.
Jones, obviously referencing the success enjoyed by the Cowboys in the early to mid 90’s, wants to relive those “glory hole days.”
What I hear in those comments, as funny as they seem, is an owner making it clear that he wants another championship before passing the torch to his son, Stephen Jones.
Stephen, as Jerry has said is being groomed to take over as general manager.
In the oil business the “glory hole” is what brings you the oil. If you get oil, you’ve hit the jackpot. The only way for the Cowboys to do that is by winning a Super Bowl. The owner’s intentions are clear; it’s time for the players and coaches to execute.
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