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Does high-profile Jerry Jones help or hurt the Cowboys?

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10:46 AM ET 12.29 | The Dallas Cowboys' home locker room after a game is suffused by a bright halo of light from a wall of TV cameras encircling the central figure in the room. It's not Tony Romo,DeMarcus Ware or some other critical player bathed in all that false sun, but owner Jerry Jones, who beats his own team to the microphones just minutes after it comes off the field. Which is when it becomes apparent that the largest column-free structure in the world is not Cowboys Stadium, but rather the self-sustaining ego of the man who built it. Most NFL owners exist more in the abstract than in our vision. We glimpse them sitting deep in the shadows of their skyboxes, surrounded by retainers, or traveling by black-windowed limo to a private tarmac, seldom obvious unless they hire or fire a head coach. Then there is Jones, who is so indelibly ever-present, sometimes standing on the sideline late in a game in his titan pose, arms folded in judgment, or milling about the locker room amid players stripping off sweaty gear, as if he too just played the game. He is always available for his close-up, and for his weekly radio show, the main actor in the psychodrama that is the Dallas Cowboys. Among the things we will see is whether the Cowboys can ever succeed with an owner who leans on them so heavily, and insists on being not just their general manager, but their principal face, in-house critic, motivator and backseat driver.

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December 29, 2012  11:00 AM ET

The Cowboys Are No Longer America's Team, Bro.

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December 29, 2012  11:05 AM ET

...the best policy. Who is "Johnson"? My Johnson means well, too. But that doesn't make him right.

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December 29, 2012  11:22 AM ET

Love him or hate him, the dude does have three rings. I wish he would be somewhat more obscure, but what you gonna do.

December 29, 2012  11:23 AM ET

Is Ringling Bros helped or hurt by its ring leader?

December 29, 2012  11:23 AM ET

The Cowboys are Jerry's toy. They won't become a winner anytime soon but that doesn't matter, he's having fun, so let him.

December 29, 2012  11:24 AM ET

It's gotten to the point where you can't even make fun of it anymore. It's just plain old sad.

December 29, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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and he certainly knows more football than any other owner...

What proof is there of this?

December 29, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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What proof is there of this?

All of the announcers on TV say it's true, so it must be.

December 29, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Maybe we should ask Jay Ratliff his opinion on this matter.

December 29, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Just like Al Davis.. as Jerry is growing older.. his decision making is crap.. its all ego now

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December 29, 2012  11:45 AM ET
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Maybe we should ask Jay Ratliff his opinion on this matter.

Jay was out of adderall when he lost it!

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December 29, 2012  11:56 AM ET

Sticking you fingers where they don't belong in sports is never good. See the Ford family with the Lions, never won anything.

December 29, 2012  11:56 AM ET

Hasn't this story been written fifty times already?

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