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Ryan Craig

Move your scoreboard, Jerry

Posted August 26, 2009

We get it Jerry Jones - you’re rich.

Now move your scoreboard.

This past week, the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys played the first football game ever at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

Of course, given that nobody is actually talking about a single scoring play or tackle from the contest, you could be forgiven for forgetting that it was an actual NFL preseason game.

For that, we have Titans rookie punter A.J. Trapasso to thank.

That’s because Trapasso was the one that struck Jones’ $40 million HD scoreboard with a kick in the third quarter that brought the game to a halt, caused the NFL competition committee to convene for a special meeting, and exposed Jones for the egomaniac he is.

Apparently, $1.15 billion can’t get you a good architect these days.

Either that, or Jones spent too much time making sure he decked his incredibly posh stadium out with the world’s largest high definition screen and not enough figuring out how to keep it from interrupting play.

What’s worse is that now that the screen has become an issue, Jones has developed a case of alligator arms.

Like that annoying friend that doesn’t want to help pay the check after dinner, the billionaire owner of “America’s Team” would rather create more work for the players and the league than drop a few more bucks.

It is estimated that it will cost $2 million to move the giant screen high enough to avoid being struck by a punt in the future.

I know that sounds like a lot to you and me, but we’re talking about a guy that just spent ten figures building a monument to himself. You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t feel even one iota of sympathy for the man, especially when he probably makes that much coin every game in hot dog sales.

Jones is simply in denial that something could be wrong with his billion dollar baby – the compilation of concrete and steel that he had hoped would seal his NFL legacy for generations to come – and it’s pathetic.

As it stands, teams are told to replay the down if a punt strikes the screen.

Replay the down on special teams? Force 22 players to spend more time in one of football’s most dangerous situations? That sounds like a guy who cares about his team and its opponent.

I’d love to see ole Jerry’s face if one of his best special teamers tore an ACL covering a kick for the second time after having to replay fourth down.

We all know you’re arrogant, obnoxious, and narcissistic, Jerry, there’s no reason to add stubborn to the list.

Move the scoreboard.
 

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  • tarheelskier Aug 27, 3:10 p.m.

    baseball stadiums have ground rules. football stadiums can have them too. why not say that any... View More

    — Posted by at3lehman

    Interesting....

  • at3lehman Aug 27, 9:47 a.m.

    baseball stadiums have ground rules. football stadiums can have them too. why not say that any punt hitting the scoreboard is an automatic touchback or an automatic first down. that would be rather exciting.

  • tarheelskier Aug 26, 7:28 p.m.

    Can't believe it but I agree 100% with everything BDF said.

    Why do people in this country hate rich people???

  • BlueDevilFan Aug 26, 7:23 p.m.

    I strongly disagree. Why would you try to spin Jerry's bank account into this? Here is the deal in simple terms:

    1. The height of the scoreboard was built to NFL regulations.

    2. A ball hit the scoreboard and that makes the NFL realize their regulations probably needs to be changed.

    3. If the NFL wants it moved, they should pay.

    Would you like to build a house and have the City of Raleigh come tell you to move it because they changed their mind about how far it should be from a road? And, make you pay for it out of your pocket? Oh, I'm sorry...if you are rich then you should pay, right?

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