If you’re familiar with the Dallas Cowboys, then you know why the team continually flounders in mediocrity, regardless of the level of talent on the field at AT&T Stadium each week: Jerry Jones and his incompetence as an NFL general manager. But if you don’t know that much about Jerry’s foolishness when it comes to running America’s Team, his latest comments about possible NFL playoff expansion will fill you in on the last 17 years of misery in the heart of Texas:
“From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500…you can have that team win the Super Bowl. That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs.”
Wouldn’t you expect that from a man who wonders why his perennial 8-8 NFL team hasn’t made the playoffs in the last four years? Ladies and gentlemen, this is what’s wrong with America: Something is too hard, so the participants try to change it to make it easier. It’s the BCS and participation ribbon philosophy all rolled into one disgusting monstrosity. So it’s no surprise it came from Jerry’s mouth.
Jerry really wants to win, but he’s more concerned about making money than winning, although the two typically go hand-in-hand in the NFL. However, he has managed to keep the Cowboys “relevant” for the better part of the past two decades despite just one playoff win over the past 17 seasons, and that’s really all he cares about; he said it himself.
The NFL would be extremely foolish to expand its playoff tournament. Out of every major American sport at the college or pro level, the NFL has the best postseason system, hands down. Unlike the NBA, less than half the teams qualify and only once has a team with a losing record (in a full season) made it. The only possible complaint one might find is the fact a division winner could host a Wild Card team with a better record, but other than that, it’s perfect.
Jerry wants to ruin that so that his 8-8 team can have one more shot at winning a game that matters each season, but Cowboys fans don’t want that. They want a team that actually makes the playoffs and actually wins the NFC East division title game in Week 17 at least once in three straight tries. Jerry’s ignorant thinking that his team could win the Super Bowl by playing in some sort of sub-Wild Card game after losing a winner-take-all contest in Week 17 says it all and thus, Cowboys fans are sentenced to this misery for the rest of Jerry’s days.