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WMTPG 10 -- Don Van Natta on Jerry Jones

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by boundforboston, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    I hope Double Down isn't mad but...

    Don Van Natta Jr.'s profile on Jerry Jones: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11420510/dallas-cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-wants-known-football-man
  2. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    Finally got around to reading this after everyone and their mother were tweeting about it. To spare everybody from a page-long post about why it's great, I'll be somewhat brief.

    Van Natta Jr. took a gamble and showed up in Atlanta with the hopes of talking Jones into a profile. It's very similar to what Gay Talese did to get to profile Joe DiMaggio, but Van Natta got a figure that was more open to the idea. Also, there's a strong parallel between DVNJr.'s hotel encounter and the way Jones approached the AFL's owners.

    The piece works because of the details, the pages and pages of reporting, the anecdotes and the multiple layers of conflict, among many other things. I'm one of many Cowboys fans that can't stand Jerry and yet I somehow liked Jerry at the end of this piece.
  3. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I agree, it is hard not to like the guy.
    He's an audacious showman in the P.T. Barnum vein.
    If anything, he tries too damn hard.
  4. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    This is very true. He tries too damn hard and he is ridiculously insecure for someone who has been as successful in business as he has.

    He is a very likable guy. If you get him away from the podium, it's amazing how insecure he is.
  5. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I don't see this chapter ending for the Cowboys in any other way but an Al Davis scenario.
    With essentially a lost decade of football, which the Cowboys are working on, mad emperor at the helm.
    And then Stephen will get the team, and he's supposed to be more volatile than his father.
  6. JPsT

    JPsT Member

    The access, and the lengths he went to get it certainly help the piece. DVN did an excellent job explaining how he got the access without ever making the story about himself. It's not until the fourth section that he explains how he got the access.

    The other thing that stood out to me is that while it's clear Jones go above and beyond in granting DVN access, it doesn't appear he let that color the piece at all. It's not at all a love fest and it comes off pretty harsh on Jones at times.
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