Life as a football fan can be tough. Simply put, it can be devastating pain and suffering. This, of course, is just one side of the spectrum. Life as a football fan can also be joyful and full of victories. As fans of the Dallas Cowboys, in particular, we’ve had a lot of fun over the past quarter century, but the one certainty for that entire time frame has been that it all ended in pain and suffering.
But you know what? On Sunday the Cowboys will run on the field inside AT&T Stadium and at some stage we can all be convinced that this year not only but will be different. Optimism in that weird way is beautiful.
Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones can sometimes be a different kind of optimist, though. By Jerry’s own admission, he can often be too optimistic. He said that when the training camp opened this year as an example, he said that one of his drawbacks in life is that he doesn’t necessarily recognize the negative things that happen.
No one is suggesting dwelling on the negative, but negative experiences (pain in general) can be used as a learning tool. We can recognize the mistakes and losses we face in life and hope that they will grow into people who will not make them again in the future.
During his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jerry was specifically asked about his optimism for the 2022 Dallas Cowboys season and whether it’s any different from the first. His answer was… unique.
The spirit of this message is a little good if you allow yourself to feel especially bright and sunny. Jerry is saying that for most people “1 and 1 is 2” which means that most people (in this case the NFL team) see things one way and therefore live and work in that world.
Jerry has always been a risk taker. You can’t do “1 and 3 in 1”, but sometimes when you put your money in the vending machine that second bag of potato chips drops and you get more than you paid for. Anyone who has followed the Dallas Cowboys over the past 30 years is well aware that they have chosen to work from a holistic philosophical standpoint.
Ultimately, not recognizing that “1 and 1 is 2” if we’re being honest is unwise. While there is beauty and hope in optimism, it is often noted by people that hope is not a strategy. To properly play by the Rules of Engagement you must know, understand and accept the Rules of Engagement. Showing that the yield can be 3 as opposed to 2 ultimately inhibits the ability of the Dallas Cowboys, in this case, to actually find the proper result.
Welcome to football season.