I’m not gonna lie. The comical implosion of the vaunted Dallas Cowboys was more than even I could have hoped for.
I am not a football fan, as I’ve mentioned before. And if I were, I think it would have been beaten out of me by living in the same town as the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t follow the team, but I listen to The Ticket all day long, pretty much every weekday, and that’s all they talk about. So, while I wouldn’t recognize DeMarcus Ware if I met him at the QuikTrip, I can tell you that he’s one of their better players and one of the few leaders on the team and Jerry Jones should keep him around.
I also know that Jerry Jones just loves to sign troublemakers. Three years ago he signed Terrell Owens and last year he signed Pacman Jones. I would not be surprised if he met Michael Vick at the prison gates on the day he’s released, to sign him.
Terrell Owens, it seems to me, has divided and conquered the Cowboys locker room. When they signed him, I thought it was funny, because I very rarely believe that a player that has already ruined two teams is not going to ruin the next one. Owens made a spectacle of himself in the first year, then they were 13-3 the next year, then he decided it was time to demand his stats.
Pacman Jones had been in all kinds of trouble with the law and didn’t seem to think any of it was his fault, yet Jerry Jones thought he could straighten him out. He paid a bodyguard to watch Pacman’s every move and he still got in trouble.
Owens has a different style of ruining a team. He gets a few people on his side before he starts alienating the rest. That way he has defenders when his team tanks trying to appease him.
The Stars had a troublemaker, but the minute they decided he wasn’t going to change, they got rid of him. That minute came way before the infamous one in front of the Canadian cameras, too. They were already developing a plan to move him and just not having any luck.
Sean Avery wasn’t smart enough to get people on his side first. I don’t know how long he though he could get away with the kind of stuff he was doing, but it only took 23 games before it was all over. And he had nobody to defend him.
Of course, it was a blatantly stupid thing to do to sign Sean Avery. Even people like me could see it couldn’t possibly work. But I will give Brett Hull credit for cutting his losses when he did. He didn’t defend the guy and go around the coaches to appease the guy and he didn’t tell Dave Tippett to coach him or else. When it became obvious it wasn’t going to work, he was willing to admit it.
One of my suspicions when Hull was talking during the summer about what a great kid Avery was, if people just got to know him, was that he was remembering back when Avery was a rookie and could be pushed around by veterans a little bit. And I doubted very seriously that Hull was still day-to-day friends with him — I bet he shook hands with him, maybe even met for lunch when their teams played each other occasionally — but he wasn’t day-to-day friends with him all these years.
[Hull] acknowledged Avery was not the “fun kid” he remembered when they were teammates in Detroit.
There’s a big difference between the Stars and the Cowboys. The Stars want to be thought of as an elite and high-class organization and they work hard to uphold that image. The Cowboys don’t care what we think of them, as long as we’re talking about them.