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Fennelly: Jameis World and Jerry World are very different places

Dak Prescott, left, is still Dallas’ No. 1 QB, coach Jason Garrett says. But Tony Romo, right, is still in owner Jerry Jones’ sights.

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Dak Prescott, left, is still Dallas’ No. 1 QB, coach Jason Garrett says. But Tony Romo, right, is still in owner Jerry Jones’ sights.

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott will play against each other Sunday night. Bright lights.

They have been face-to-face before.

"I've met Dak once, at the Peyton Manning Passing Academy," Winston said. "Actually roomed with him. He's an amazing guy. I'm so happy that he's having the type of year that he's having, along with (Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott)."

"I definitely admire the work he does at being a great leader," Prescott said of Winston. "We created a little friendship at the Manning camp."

They operate in different worlds.

Winston, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, has the Bucs pointed at the playoffs.

Lay on with the rose petals before his feet!

Prescott, a fourth-round pick, at one point guided Dallas to 11 consecutive wins and already has the Cowboys in the playoffs.

But would you know it?

Jameis is ensconced. No noise in the system.

Prescott? The kid who until a few weeks ago was a solid league MVP candidate has struggled lately, three straight games with less than 200 yards passing. That can mean only one thing:

It's Jerry Time!

Cowboys nutty owner Jerry Jones has inserted himself into the conversation, as always, though Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has stated that Prescott is the starting quarterback going forward.

In a truly memorable Jerry turn, Jones, when asked what it would take for Prescott to be benched in favor of veteran Tony Romo, invoked: a Supreme Court obscenity case.

"I don't have a definition for it, but you know it when you see it," Jones told a Dallas radio station.

It harkens to late Supreme Court justice Harry "Potter" Stewart. In a concurring opinion in 1964, Stewart famously noted that though hard-core pornography was hard to define, "I know it when I see it."

Note: Justice Stewart's first name was not Harry. It was Potter. Just trying to see if you're awake.

Jones isn't helping Prescott. The kid might be looking over his shoulder if he begins to have a bad night against the Bucs. The Romo legions will boo. You know, just like the anti-Romo legions once did.

Crazy place, Jerry World.

You don't hear noise in Jameis World.

He's the guy.

True, there is no Romo behind him.

There also are no owners in his locker room holding interviews after games. No Glazer Radio.

The Glazers don't meddle publicly like that.

Oh, they meddle (and have coach pink slips to prove it), but never openly during seasons.

There is peace and quiet in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs have their quarterback of today and tomorrow.

The Cowboys do, too.

"We've won 11 of the 13 games he started," Garrett said of Prescott.

It's Jerry being Jerry.

It's Cowboys fans being Cowboys fans.

"I really just don't pay attention to it," Prescott said. "I don't give it any thought. Playing for an organization like this, there's always going to be talk. It just makes you better. I'd kind of like that chip on my shoulder to grow."

Back in Tampa, peace and quiet and Jameis.

Meantime, former NFL receiving diva Terrell Owens will reportedly fly to Dallas this weekend for a tearful reprisal of "That's My Quarterback" in the stadium parking lot before Sunday's game.

Which quarterback Owens was talking about will be announced at a later date.

Not true, but you get the idea.

There is Jameis World, and there is Jerry World.

Two different places.

I know it when I see it.

Contact Martin Fennelly at [email protected] or (813) 731-8029. Follow @mjfennelly.

Fennelly: Jameis World and Jerry World are very different places 12/14/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:17pm]
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