Tonight at 7 p.m. in Philly, the 7-0 Dallas Desperados play the 8-0 Philadelphia Soul -- you know, the team owned by Jon Bon Jovi? Moments ago, Sports Illustrated posted a lengthy Q&A with Bon Jovi about tonight's ...um ... historic contest of undefeated Arena Football League teams. Bon Jovi, of course, was in town a couple of weeks ago, and he talks to SI about his relationship with the dude who owns the Desperados -- you know, Jerry Jones? Turns out, after Bon Jovi's show at the American Airlines Center, he hung backstage with Tony Romo and Jason Witten and, during his stay in town, was given a tour of the Cowboys' new Arlington digs by Jones hisself.
I still hate the Cowboys. That doesn't mean I hate Tony Romo or Jerry Jones or Charlotte Jones or Stephen Jones. I love and admire their family immensely. In fact, I'll tell you something for the first time. The truth of the matter is I probably wouldn't have signed the contract to buy the Soul had I not had a meeting with Jerry Jones. Having a football rivalry is cute. That's sports.
But I went out of my way to make sure the entire Desperados and Cowboys organizations were invited to my show in Dallas. So Romo was there and [Desperados quarterback] Clint Dolzell was there and the Joneses were all there. We're all buddies. They took me over to see their new stadium. But, you know, after all that nonsense they know damn well not to mess with me when it comes to my football. I bleed blue. [Laughs] So they'll come out and we'll razz each other but the minute it's over its all hugs and kisses and let's go get a beer.
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