Povich, clearly an educated man who was also a bit of a crusader obviously, captured the entire History of that franchise’s racism in one line. It was, and still is, a remarkable example of great writing that makes an impact. Do you think the writers covering that team today could come up with anything as poignant and thought provoking as that line? I don’t have that kind of faith in the TMZ and National Enquirer element of today’s media.
Do I blame the writers for not being as eloquent and interesting as the legends of old? No, I actually don’t. I’ve seen evidences of almost every writer who covers the Cowboys submitting something that is moving and thoughtful. In fact, I often loved how the same media reacted to the colorful comments of Bill Parcells. He made them think, and not just about how they can take every comment and turn it back to Jerry Jones, which is sure to stir up crap with the readers. The problem is that these pieces far too often don’t stir anger. A wise old cowboy once told me an interesting piece of advice. He said, “Anyone who stirs up crap ought to have to lick the spoon.”
What stories am I talking about? How much traction did the story of Tony Romo changing an old couple’s tire at midnight in a shopping mall parking lot get? About as much as that flat tire did after it blew. How much traction did the story of Jay Ratliff taking Jerry Jones’ private jet to his grandparent’s funeral get? Not much, and that was despite the incredible fact that his Grandmother could have survived that fire, but chose to climb into bed and die with her husband who was invalid. What about the story of Romo taking a homeless man to a movie? Almost nothing.
Where they really missed the boat is the story at the end of last year that involved the death of Jerry Brown and the trials of his best friend Josh Brent. My best guess is that having never played football the writers simply don’t realize how amazing that story was. Oh sure they reported on the death of a promising young player. They told you all about the DUI aspect of the accident. They told you the two were best friends. From there they chummed the water and wanted to smell blood.