When his words aren't set to rap music in a pizza commercial, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tends to ramble, running roughshod over grammar and clarity.
He was at his best Saturday morning when he joined the ESPN GameDay crew as guest game picker. Host Chris Fowler made the mistake of letting Jerry give an opening statement about the wonderfulness of having GameDay set up in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium surrounded by Alabama and Michigan fans awaiting tonight's Cowboys Classic game (7 p.m., ESPN) in Arlington.
Time was tighter than Jerry's first face lift. Fowler kept saying, in effect, "quickly" when asking picks from Jerry, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, and Jerry finally got his drift. With the clock ticking down to the Penn State-Ohio game, Corso saved the day, singing the Michigan fight song before donning the elephant mascot head, thus picking Alabama to win.
Jerry did go with Miami "as a sentimental" choice because of Jimmy Johnson and Michael Irvin, and Virginia Tech because Frank Beamer is a special teams man like his coach at Arkansas, Frank Broyles. Much of the rest was lost in translation.
His Ownership, of course, can laugh all the way to the bank. He said he dreamed of sunny days like Saturday "with the first screw" that went into Cowboys Stadium, which has established a great season-opening game, hosts the Cotton Bowl, and has a big foot in the door for the inaugural college football playoffs.
— Vince Langford