November 01, 2011
Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong was born in Dallas and named after former Cowboys receiver Lance Rentzel, so his ties to America's Team run deep. But after a tweet sent out in the wake of the Cowboys' 35-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Armstrong shouldn't be expecting an invite to Cowboys Stadium anytime soon.
The seven-time Tour de France champion took a shot at team owner Jerry Jones on his Twitter account, suggesting that the meddlesome owner should stop being so, uh, meddlesome:
It seems that almost everyone associated with the Cowboys gets ripped at some point during the season. If it's not Tony Romo's(notes) fault for throwing two pick-sixes, it's Jason Garrett's play-calling or Rob Ryan's defense or an inept offensive line or Dez Bryant's(notes) inability to get open. Jerry Jones stays relatively unscathed, despite his all-encompassing presence in personnel rooms and on the sideline and his hand-picked coaches who go from their introductory press conferences to the hot seat in record time.
Jones has earned the pass; those three Super Bowls in the 1990s and his gleaming, new Cowboys Stadium make him untouchable in Big D. Yet it can't be denied that it's Jones who wanted Romo and Garrett and disappointments like Felix Jones(notes), and that coaching under him involves keeping one eye on the field and one eye on the owner's box. He should be called out every now and then. All it took was another Texas-sized legend to do it.
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