For many sports fans, their biggest dream is to play their favorite sport professionally, and the only thing that comes close would be to actually own their favorite team.
Of course, that’s mainly because there isn’t a sports fan in the world who doesn’t believe he or she could run their favorite team better than the current owner.
And honestly, it’s easy to see why when there are owners like this NFL owner who once again opened his mouth and proved that he’s a certifiably insane person.
In 1989, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys franchise for $140 million, which would be the equivalent of about $300 million today.
Obviously, with the average NFL franchise now being valued at $3.5 billion, and the Cowboys being the league’s most valuable franchise at $6.5 billion, Jones’ purchase of the team was easily one of the best investments he could’ve made.
And for the first decade of his reign, the team flourished, winning three Super Bowls between 1992 and 1995, and winning fewer than 10 games and missing the playoffs just once between 1991 and 1998.
Since then, though, the team hasn’t come close to duplicating that level of success.
In fact, in the 22 seasons since 1999, the team has made the playoffs just eight times, winning 10 games or more six times, and winning just three playoff games total.
Despite the media constantly overhyping them and pretending they’re still capable of being the Cowboys of old at any time, Dallas has consistently been one of the worst franchises in the NFL.
And as he ultimately makes all of the team’s coaching and roster decisions, the blame for the Cowboys downfall sits squarely on the shoulders of Jerry Jones, and no one else.
Recently, he once again proved just how poor his decision making and judgement are when he told the media that he believes former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is undoubtedly a future Hall of Fame inductee.
But in quintessential Jerry Jones fashion, he didn’t stop there either, going a step further to claim that Romo was also a slam dunk first ballot Hall of Famer, and should be inducted into Canton in his first year of eligibility in 2022.
“Well, I think there’s no question in my mind that Tony is skilled, at a skilled level, and had accomplishments statistically that were there,” Jones claimed. “The fact that we did not have a Super Bowl during that time is always going to be in the conversation as to where Tony Romo will rank — not rank, but where he’s acknowledged. You’re talking to a guy that he would be a first-round ballot with me, and I don’t apologize for that.”
Of course, a quick scan of Tony Romo’s resume instantly proves that Jones is once again as wrong as any human can possibly be.
In ten seasons as the Cowboys starting quarterback between 2005 and 2014, Romo won more than eight games just three times, made the playoffs just four times, and only won two playoffs games, both of which were Wild Card games.
On top of that, Romo threw for more than 4,000 yards just four times, made the Pro Bowl just four times, led the league in any statistical category just twice, was never named to the NFL’s All-Pro first team, and never won a single individual award.
Not only is Tony Romo not a first ballot Hall of Famer as Jones claimed, Romo isn’t even worthy of ever being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
His resume does not come close to stacking up with other quarterbacks who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the only people who can even suggest that he may be worthy of being enshrined in Canton are homer Dallas fans who are biased toward Romo.
Dallas fans should have been done with Jones years ago as they watched him run their favorite franchise into the ground year after year, but if it wasn’t for some fans, hearing him claim that Tony Romo is a slam dunk first ballot Hall of Famer should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
This is the guy who is making all of the decisions that impact your favorite team after all, and if his judgement on Romo’s career is that far off, he clearly is not even capable of making football decisions for a middle school football team, much less a NFL franchise.
But until his time on earth comes to an end, Jerry Jones is going to continue to believe that he should be the one making all of the decisions for his team.
And unfortunately for Cowboys fans, that is the very definition of insanity.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.