This morning, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KTCK-AM (1310) morning-show hosts Craig Miller and George Dunham that there are only so many things he can do with failed place kicker Mike Vanderjagt. "I don't think it impacts him to stare at him real hard, do you? That hasn't worked," Jones cracked about the former Indianapolis Colt who missed two gimmes against his former team on Sunday at Texas Stadium, to make it five misses for the season so far. And maybe Jerry makes an extremely solid point.
Because, the thing is--and how's this for a transition?--more people were staring at Vanderjagt Sunday than they have at any other NFL kicker all season long. CBS says the Cowboys-Colts game Sunday was the highest-rated pro football game of the season thus far, pulling in a 15.8 rating/29 share in households--which translates to more than 20 million people around the country tuned into see Vanderjagt pull his two kicks wide to the right. CBS also says that was more than twice the amount of people who dialed up the Sunday night game on NBC between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Those are Olympics numbers, y'all. For God's sakes, those are Grey's Anatomy numbers--in others words, No. 1 numbers.
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Say what you will about a team flirting with mediocrity (or a Super Bowl...or something), but that's the second time this season the Cowboys have drawn an enormous audience: On October 23, when the Cowboys debuted Tony Romo during the 36-22 loss to the New York Giants on ESPN's Monday Night Football, it was viewed by the largest audience in cable television history--15 million viewers, or a 12.8 household rating. So stop starin' at Vanderjagt. He doesn't like it when you watch. --Robert Wilonsky