Who says the NFC East lacks great competition?
I found a divisional matchup this week in Washington, D.C., that has it all: money, power, egos, endless controversies and, um, record-breaking performances (if you count the Cowboys' historically inept defense).
For the past 14 years, the once-storied rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins has unraveled into one long, ugly race to the bottom between Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder. For all the headlines and attention we shower on these two teams and their owners, the truth of the matter is that, in that span, the Cowboys and Redskins are a combined 30 games under .500 with three whole playoff wins and not a single sniff at a Super Bowl between them.
This year is no different.
Jones has assembled maybe the worst defense in history and spent more than $100 million on a quarterback not worth a dime under pressure, and Snyder's man-crush on Robert Griffin III has led to a complete meltdown in D.C.
That means the only real competition we'll see this weekend is the one between Jones and Snyder for the title of Worst NFL Owner.
Heading into this epic showdown, the Flem File has the tale of the tape on Jones-Snyder (edge goes to the loser of each category).
JONES -- 119 wins, 119 losses (.500) and 1-5 in the playoffs.
SNYDER -- 104-134 (.440) and 2-4 in the playoffs.
ADVANTAGE -- Granted, a humongous difference between these two is that the Cowboys have three Super Bowl rings during Jones' reign. However, to be fair, since 1999 when Snyder bought the Redskins, the Cowboys have only one playoff win in a span when the Raiders -- the Raiders -- have four wins in the postseason. My friends, if this is America's team, America is in deep doo-doo. Edge: JERRY
JONES -- Shortly after buying the team in 1989, Jones fired the Cowboys' legendary and dignified Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry, saying later that the way he handled the situation was one of his biggest mistakes as an owner. You don't say?
SNYDER -- Although he loves to recall how, at 6, he was awestruck after walking into RFK Stadium while holding his father's hand, one of his first acts as owner was to rip the name of beloved former owner Jack Kent Cooke off the stadium. It's now named after a delivery company.
ADVANTAGE -- No one.
JONES -- Jerry World is worth $1.3 billion and has a lingerie store and works of art worth more than most of his players (on defense, at least), but somehow he couldn't get a few rows of seats built in time for Super Bowl XLV, leaving 400 fans without a place to sit. Well, at least they enjoyed the nice Texas weather.
SNYDER -- He once charged fans to attend training camp, hit them up for $25 parking on Fan Appreciation Day in 2006 and sued season-ticket holders who could not pay for their seats during the recent recession.
ADVANTAGE -- Snyder gave Steve Spurrier $5 million a year but wanted 25 bucks for parking on Fan Appreciation Day? Edge: DANNY