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Open Letter to Jerry Jones and Fellow Cowboys Fans

I'm probably the biggest Cowboys fan on the planet, as I was baptized into fandom. 

I'm here to spare my fellow Cowboys fans of a lifetime of grief: so long as Jerry Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys, they will never return to the Super Bowl. 

This has nothing to do with the makeup of their roster, which they have nearly perfected this season, because it has everything to do with management and culture. 

Teams win with effective leaders and purposeful players, and dynasties are made from the cultures they create. 

The winning tradition of Cowboys football was resuscitated by Jimmy Johnson in 1989, but it was prematurely sacrificed in 1994 for the benefit of Jerry Jones' ego as Jones pressured Johnson out of Dallas before winning their final Super Bowl with Johnson's unit in 1996. 

Since then, the Cowboys have endured a twenty-three-year drought, without a single NFC Championship appearance over that stretch, posting a regular-season record of 186-172 (.519). 

For comparison, Tom…

Kipchoge's Marathon: Inspiring or Not?

This past Saturday, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge journeyed even further into uncharted running territory by dipping under the two-hour mark in a tailor-made marathon in Vienna. 

The event, appropriately named the 1:59 Challenge, spurred just as much bewilderment as excitement, especially in the running community, where competitive athletes and recreational runners alike entered into fierce debate on the subject.



In the aftermath of the event, I was personally struck with a range of emotions and curiosities as a result of what I had just observed, in particular what it implies about the direction of the sport of distance running.

Over the course of my life, I have found inspiration in cases where people had triumphed in the face of adversity and unideal circumstances; in particular, the most profound inspiration has taken the form of triumph amidst relatable conditions, which allows us to begin to imagine the significance of any achievement.

Mankind is unque…