Dallas Cowboys: What’s with all the Tony Romo bashing?
A knee-jerk reaction to all the bashing of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that goes on around the web and media, especially during the offseason.
I don’t get it.
I understand the level of hate for quarterback Tony Romo. He plays for the Dallas Cowboys — the epic center of football franchises in the NFL, and there’s a case for the Cowboys being the most recognizable sports team in the world.
So there’s that.
What I don’t get is the constant bashing of one player over and over as the greatest choke artist in sports. I am not crazy; nor do I posit that the undrafted quarterback hasn’t thrown and interception or two in crucial moments. Because the truth is he has. More than once. There is no denying that.
It’s understandable to call a quarterback a choke artist and have fun with it if he were hovering over a 55 overall Madden video game rating. But Romo isn’t a 50s overall type of player. He never was.
Tony Romo has been one of the leaders in the NFL, statistically and otherwise — earning the “C” badge he wears near his right shoulder pad.
So forgive me a bit but, when an article like this from SBNation.com posts a marathon series about “Romo’s Biggest Chokes,” I have to take a backseat for a second. This isn’t the first time (nor will it be the last) that my eyeballs scroll through pieces like these.
I get it’s down time in the football world. I have no problem with fun — I am no stranger at poking fun at players on this writing platform.
But what gets me playing mental gymnastics with this type of Tony Romo conversation is the fact that the quarterback is a much, much better player than these writers and commentators give credit for. It’s almost as if these hecklers preach through a similar prism — a pair of glasses that, when worn, causes a distinguished case of myopia.
I admit: I have tried on those glasses once. Especially when Romo, the center of the heart attacks, was at the driving wheel steering the team off a cliff. It happens to quarterbacks. To all those who suit up on Sundays.
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