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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys introducing ‘Jerry Wipes’, a multi-purpose novelty
PHOTO: Jerry Wipes, inspired by a viral video of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones getting his glasses cleaned, will be sold in the Dallas Cowboys online store. Jerry Wipes aren’t the first instance of the polarizing NFL owner poking fun at himself – or making money.
The Dallas Cowboys won their season opener against the New York Giants last week, but the breakout star of the game wasn’t anyone on the field. It was Jerry Jones’ glasses.
Jones, the highly visible and polarizing Cowboys owner, stole the thunder from his team’s road victory over the Super Bowl champion Giants when video footage taken of Jones watching the game showed him casually handing off his glasses to be cleaned by an unidentified man sitting behind him in the owner’s box.
The video went viral, and the questions (and jokes) flew. Who was the man cleaning Jerry’s glasses? Some sort of manservant from a bygone era of kings? Is the billionaire Jones really so rich that he can’t be bothered wipe a smudge off his own glasses?
Not quite. The glasses-cleaner turned out to be Jones’s son in law, Shy Anderson, who offered an explanation of the spectacle (sorry) to Alan Peppard of the Dallas Morning News:
"Jerry never talks to anybody during the game. He is so focused. But he started asking, ‘Where’s [Cowboys tight end Jason] Witten?’ I was looking over his shoulder and I could see his glasses were completely smudged. I said, ‘Seriously, Jerry? Let me see your glasses.’ I actually had an eyeglass cloth in my pocket."
So it was just family members watching out for each other, more than an extravagance of the uber-rich. But that isn’t stopping Anderson and Jones from cashing in on their brief Internet fame.
One week after he was caught by NBC cameras wiping the eyeglasses of Jerry Jones during the NFL game, the son-in-law of the Dallas Cowboys owner said he’s hoping to capitalize on all the attention by selling a product inspired by the infamous moment.
Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that Anderson has taken good-natured ribbing for wiping the glasses. Anderson, who is married to Jones’ daughter Charlotte, has run the Dallas Desperados, an Arena Football League team, as well as other business interests.
Anderson has designed a line of eyeglass wipes printed with the words “Jerry Wipes” on them, to be sold in the Dallas Cowboys’ online store. No word yet on the price, or for how long the wipes will be sold. “It started out as a joke, but let’s see how far we can take it.” Anderson said.
It’s all par for the course for Jones, who is no stranger to hamming it up, laughing at himself, or making money. During his 24-year tenure as owner and general manager, he has turned the Dallas Cowboys into the most valuable pro sports franchise in the NFL and the United States, worth $2 billion. He’s also starred in a series of ads for pizza chain Papa Johns, in which he both break dances and raps. So Jerry Wipes aren’t the first or last time Jerry Jones will cash in on an opportunity.
To watch interview video, click on picture above or HERE. Enjoy!
NFL Network aired the latest segment of Deion Sanders’ conversation with Brett Favre on Tuesday, the chat turning to the quarterbacks Favre enjoys watching today.
He praised the usual suspects, calling Peyton Manning a “GM on the field,” proclaiming Drew Brees to be “in a league by himself,” and (perhaps begrudgingly) saying Aaron Rodgers “handles the cast around him perfectly.”
But Favre saved his most interesting comments for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo , the player he says he can most relate to.
“Romo is probably more like me than any of those guys,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s good, because I think way too much is cast upon him. Good or bad.
“It’s Dallas. And much is expected. But he’s carried those guys, man. I mean, I’m watching last year, and I like Tony. And I like the way he plays. I think at times he’s underrated.”
Favre apparently believes Romo has to deal with teammates who aren’t fully plugged into the Dallas gameplan.
“But I’m watching, and right before the snap, he’s telling guys — and you’ve probably seen it, too — he’s like … ”
“They don’t know what they’re doing!” Sanders jumped in.
“How in the world are you gonna have a positive play when the ball’s coming and you’re telling guys (where to line up)?” Favre went on. “But he’ll make something out of nothing.”
Favre faced plenty of pressure in his career, but Romo might actually have him beat. Favre was always loved when he was with the Green Bay Packers , win or lose. Romo is in an unending audition for respect. Fair or not, he will always be held responsible for the Cowboys’ shortcomings.
By Dan Hanzus
The New Orleans Saints are still far from deciding how to replace coach Sean Payton during his one-year suspension, league sources told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Wednesday. People familiar with the situation also told the newspaper that Bill Parcells has yet to be offered a position with the team.
Parcells, who has two Super Bowl victories under his belt, told USA Today on Wednesday that he feels "an obligation, a responsibility to help" Payton, his friend and former colleague. But he has also indicated that he and the team are just having preliminary discussions at this point.
Though Parcells went golfing with Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Tuesday, Parcells characterized the outing as merely an attempt to get to know Loomis better.
A source who was familiar with the trip seemed to corroborate Parcells’ account, telling the Times-Picayune that Tuesday "was really more about golf than coaching, nothing final was even mentioned."
Payton was suspended for all of next season by the NFL because of the "bounty" program that the team implemented under the direction of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
It has been speculated that Parcells could fill in for Payton as an interim coach. Parcells’ friend, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, said that eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame — which would be delayed by an additional five years if Parcells were to return for the 2012 season — would have an impact on his decision. Parcells, however, told Newsday on Wednesday that worries about the hall are "not even a factor right now."
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