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America does not believe in Jerry Jones

A country divided in its politics is united in its opinion of Jerry Jones the general manager.

Bob Levey

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.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.