ESPN's SportsNation pollsters asked America if the Dallas Cowboys can "ever be legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Jerry Jones as GM?" The results are in, and it was a landslide. All 50 states went Red -- meaning no.
133,771 ballots were cast, with 74 percent of the popular vote going for "No" on this proposition. Unfortunately for Cowboys fans desperate for a return to glory days and football fans at large tired of Tony Romo's slapstick comedy stylings, Jerry Jones is both Dallas' general manager and owner, and is thus, constitutionally speaking, a despot not answerable to popular vote or dissent.
Jones' reign began in 1989, and he executed, along with consigliere Jimmy Johnson, a masterstroke of a trade that sent Herschel Walker to the Vikings in exchange for a king's ransom of players and draft selections that eventually turned out Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper and Darren Woodson, among other stalwarts of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s. Yet the Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996. The fans are restless.