Jerry Jones' nightmare is coming true
Having to watch the Eagles play for a Super Bowl in his stadium is the final dagger
With all due respect to the great Roger Staubach and the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee, it's time to back out of the big game. As I watched in person quarterback Michael Vick do the unthinkable and bring his team back from a 31-10 fourth-quarter deficit to the New York Giants in the Meadowlands, it became clear to me that the Philadelphia Eagles would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in early February.
This is Jerry Jones' doomsday scenario. He'd dreamed of watching his team play in a Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Now, it's almost guaranteed that the Cowboys' most hated rival will come swaggering into town. We know that Jones is close friends with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and often plays elaborate pranks on him during expensive dinners, so that's who he'll be rooting for in the playoffs.
The league has embraced the Vick redemption story, awarding the man with the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award an unprecedented three times in one season. Vick leads the NFC in the Pro Bowl fan voting. If he plays in the Super Bowl, it will be one of the most highly rated games in years. And it doesn't matter who he plays against, although I've penciled in Bill Belichick's team just for convenience sake.
The New England Patriots will represent the AFC and stay in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. The Eagles will be in Las Colinas for the week, where they'll have access to gorgeous Lake Carolyn and a canal system that has so far warded off most tourists. Jones will be forced to make numerous public appearances with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, who has been talking about the possibility of this happening since the day North Texas won the bid.
Knowing that Vick and the Eagles were headed to town in early February, Jones secretly petitioned to have the game moved to Houston. (The league has always wanted to return to Rice Stadium for a Super Bowl, but the wooden seats haven't passed muster). And unfortunately, Texas owner Bob McNair, a man who wears spikeless golf shoes to games, is busy preparing to host the Texas Bowl between Baylor and Illinois next week.
Jones will try to put a happy face on and talk about division pride, but this will truly be the one of the low points of his career. I've looked at every conceivable playoff matchup, and there's not a team that can hold up against Vick. I realize that the Chicago Bears slowed Vick at Soldier Field, but they'd have to play that game in the Linc. The Eagles have the Giants' number with six consecutive wins. And Vick would absolutely love the opportunity to face his former team at the Georgia Dome.
The sooner we start facing reality, the easier it's going to be. The Philadelphia Eagles will play in the first Super Bowl held in North Texas. And that will provide one last indignity for the Cowboys organization.
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Matt Mosley covers the NFC East for ESPN.com and the Dallas-Fort Worth sports scene for ESPNDallas.com.