Believe me I get it. I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan for many years and I’ve seen the highs and lows that come with starting each season thinking this is their year, only to see it all go up in smoke. And lately it’s been very disappointing to see them lose the last game of the season, when a win would have put them in the playoffs. But it is what it is, and not much different than what the fans of many other teams go through each year. As avid fans, we do a lot of reading to see what’s being said about our favorite team. Whether it’s other columns on this site, other sports sites, or that big newspaper in Dallas, there will always be someone writing something that ticks us off.
For me, it’s been columns about how badly they handled the draft this year. As I have written in previous columns, the Cowboys draft process has been much better since Jason Garrett took over as head coach and we see the results with players they have selected during that time. So I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, at least until we see a particular selection was a bust. I still haven’t forgotten about all of the irritated fans that called radio sports shows to complain about the “lousy” selection of Emmitt Smith way back when.
Other columns that irritate me are usually about Tony Romo, how bad he is, how the Cowboys will never win with him as the quarterback and how he is not worth his new contract. I would sure hate to see the Cowboys record with another QB in Romo’s place. Many plays have been made with Romo running for his life against the opposing pass rush and there are very few QB’s in the league that can do that. And when the Cowboys got way behind and had to depend on Romo to use the hurry-up offense to get back into the game, he was nothing short of stellar.
And let’s not forget about him coming back into the game against San Francisco, with broken ribs and a punctured lung, willing the Cowboys to victory. Whether you believe it or not, more than half of the other teams in the NFL would love to have Romo as their QB and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up that big contract in order to secure his services. Whether it makes sense to pay all of that money to one player is a subject for future discussion.
OK, so I have detailed the kinds of stories that bother me and why. But everyone is welcome to their opinion and that’s that. If I identify a particular writer that always has something negative to say and that I usually don’t agree with, I can choose not to read their columns. What I don’t do is resort to calling that writer names in the comment section at the end of the story. Whether you agree, or don’t agree with what someone writes, you ought to a least be courteous. At least that’s the way it used to be before one could hide behind a pseudonym created for anonymity on the internet.
I expressed opinions in my column a week ago that seemed to upset quite a few fans. Badmouth Tony Romo, that’s OK. Express an opinion that Miles Austin’s best games are behind him, that’s blasphemy. I received many comments from readers, most of them disagreeing with me and I do stand corrected about any salary cap savings, unless they were to trade Austin. But at some point, as they have in the past, the Cowboys will have to bite the bullet. So I have to ask, if not now when? I suspect there will always be dead money involved with this player, whenever the decision is made to move on.
But I digress and need to get back to my point. So you disagree with me? Is the name calling really necessary? Can’t we just agree to disagree? And if, as one reader said, all of my columns are stupid, then why are you still reading them? The classic comment though, was the reader that called me a moron and a retard, even though admitting in his comment that he had not read the story. Apparently the title was enough for him to form an opinion.
By all means, let’s all stay passionate about our favorite team, but let’s also realize that opinions are like noses, in that everyone has one, and respect that others don’t always agree with us. In short, treat others as we would like to be treated.