Mr. Jones and Me
The football season is finally upon us! Let the weird begin. Safeties and unnecessary roughness penalties determined games. The Chiefs-Jaguars contest (if you could call it that) had a final score (28-2) never before seen in the NFL. The Giants, NOT the Cowboys, had 6 turnovers in one game. Peyton is on track for over 100 TDs. Danny Amendola already got hurt. Okay, some things never change.
Perhaps the weirdest thing though was a quick pan to Jerry Jones’ box at Cowboys Stadium where Mr. Jones was flanked on his right by none other than Governor Chris Christie. On further thought though, Christie being at the Giants-Cowboys game makes perfect sense. He is equally open about his support of Dallas and his support that the Giants and Jets belong to New Jersey, not New York.
Christie did an interview with NFL Media’s Melissa Stark about Super Bowl XLVIII being held in New Jersey and made some very convincing points. Among his arguments for the misnomers, Christie said that the Giants and Jets play in New Jersey, practice in New Jersey, and most of the team members even live in New Jersey. The connection between the teams and New York, at this point, is much more symbolic than literal. I do not see their names changing in my lifetime and I think Christie recognizes that, he would just like everyone to know where the Super Bowl in February is ACTUALLY being held and that is NJ not NY.
Regardless, Cowboys Stadium was still the perfect place for him to be on football’s opening Sunday. One could make the argument that the Jets were home AND playing against former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano’s Buccaneers. So there was ample reason for Christie to be at MetLife yesterday too, but I would say he made the right decision despite the Jets eking out a victory at the Meadowlands and the Giants losing to themselves as much as they lost to the Cowboys last night in Dallas.