Frank Schwab

  • Jerry Jones keeps hoping for playoff expansion to help his mediocre Cowboys

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 mths ago

    Jerry Jones joked on Monday about voting for playoff expansion because it might help his Dallas Cowboys get in the playoffs. Har har. A bit awkward, but whatever.

    Then he repeated the same thing on Tuesday and it's harder to tell if he's joking. For all his faults, Jones is way too competitive to beg for the NFL to make it easier for his team to make the playoffs, rather than putting his efforts into winning more games ... right?

    He reiterated his hope for expanded playoffs to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after NFL owners tabled a vote on expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14 until the fall:

    Jerry Jones to reporters on expanded NFL playoffs: “The sooner the better for the Dallas Cowboys.”

    — Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 20, 2014

    I mean, this guy's just begging to be made an example of.

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  • Minneapolis, with its publicly funded new stadium, wins Super Bowl LII bid

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 mths ago

    New Orleans had a perfect record when it came to Super Bowl bids. But, NFL owners like rewarding cities that build expensive publicly funded stadiums even more than they love the Crescent City.

    Minneapolis will be the home of Super Bowl LII in 2018, beating New Orleans in the final vote on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. The NFL has made it clear that if you build a stadium, as Minnesota is doing with the help of $498 million in public funds, it will do everything it can to get your city the big game. Nothing else matters. Not the fan experience, the weather during the week, or anything else. After all, NFL owners might want their own new stadium someday, and they'll want the tax money to make sure they don't pay for it. Minnesota’s new dome will open for the 2016 season.

    “I think it had a great deal to do with it, and we want to thank our public for giving that support,” US Bank CEO and Minneapolis Super Bowl committee co-chair Richard Davis told NFL Network about how much public tax money led to winning the bid. “It’s $498 million, one of the largest public-private partnerships, I think in the history of the NFL.”

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