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Fragile Cowboys on brink of self-destruction

If you're wondering if the Cowboys are in serious trouble, they are. Any more frail and they'd break into tears, Gene Wojciechowski writes.

Updated: October 22, 2008, 9:36 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- About an hour before his team ralphs on itself, loses its third game in four weeks and goes into full crisis mode, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is walking on the Edward Jones Dome field with his two plainclothes security guards and the team public relations director. He stops to tell a story.

"I asked a man one time who had 300 restaurants, 'How do you find all those cooks? How can you find people who can cook 24 hours a day?'" says Jones, whose left jacket lapel ...

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