A few years ago, a reader sent us this photo of the phone in Ed Snider’s box. They were seated there for Wing Bowl – which is a free-for-all at the Wells Fargo Center – hence their access to the owner’s box.

Now, maybe most owners have something similar. I’m pretty sure Jerry Jones has a contract killer on call for hated officials and head coaches. But just look at the destinations of the speed dials– the (then-)GM, the locker room, the PR guy (Zack Hill– spelled wrong), LOU NOLAN, and the video replay booth(!!!). Ed Snider, quite literally, had his fingers on the pulse.

He’s caught a lot of flack in recent years – from me included – but you can’t deny his passion to win, which is in stark contrast to the knucklehead currently in charge of the city’s basketball team. And it’s hard not to laugh when you picture him sitting in his box, sipping an aged Malbec, and screaming at Lou Nolan to summon an official so he can read him the riot act over a blown offsides call. The dude was one of a kind.