Friday, January 02, 2009

Tony Romo = Don Meridith?

In the wake of the Dallas Cowboys awful showing in Philly last Sunday I read an article written by Jim Reeves of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Part of it states this about the Cowboys QB, Tony Romo:

Here’s the exact transcript of Romo’s response when someone asked him how he dealt with such a devastating loss. It made me proud of him ... and it made me flinch, too.

"I wake up tomorrow and keep living. You don’t [deal with it]. You just keep playing the game. It’s a fun game, and it’s enjoyable. We’re going to try to win next year. We’re going to try to get back in the playoffs, and we’re going to try to win a Super Bowl.

"If you don’t, OK. If you do, OK. Then you’re really a great player. If you don’t, you’re just a solid, good player, and I’ll have to deal with that, not you guys. That’s just part of the job.

"I’ve had a lot worse things happen to me than a loss in a sporting event, that’s for sure. If this is the worst thing that ever happens to me, then I’ll have lived a pretty good life."

In other words, folks, it’s just a game, not life or death, and he’s right. It’s a mature, grown-up philosophy, an attempt to try to put it all back into some semblance of proper perspective.

Only one problem. As much as I agree with Tony Boy’s candor and admire his willingness to state his life philosophy out loud, I seriously doubt that Cowboys fans were looking for rational perspective from their quarterback at that point.

They wanted heartbreak. They wanted pathos. They wanted their quarterback to stand there and tell them how bad he felt, how he would do anything in the world to change things if he could.

While I suspect that Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman both share Romo’s overall philosophy on life and games, I don’t think any of us ever heard either of them shrug and say after a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking loss, "Hey, too bad, but the sun will come up tomorrow."

For most Cowboys fans, the sun won’t come up again for many, many months.

They want their quarterback to not just understand their despair, but to share in it, not stand there with that smug, I-get-it-and-you-don’t half-smile, in that goofy-looking hat and tell them that things aren’t really so bad after all and that they could be a whole lot worse.

The season just ended in ignominy and disgrace, for crying out loud. Act like it. Don’t stand there offering homilies and life lessons, as sincere as they may be. For most Cowboys fans, it was the worst day of a truly horrible year.

To Read the entire article go HERE.

I couldn't agree more with Mr. Reeves, and after reading Romo's quote I couldn't help but think if he wasn't like another Cowboys QB who could never quite get the job done. Who by some reports had a somewhat laze fair attitude toward the game...Don Meridith. Now I am too young to have been around for those days but the stories I have heard about the Cowboys QB from the 60's sound in some respects a lot like the stories you hear about Romo.

Forgetting all of that for a moment...yes you are playing a game and a lot worse things can happen to you than loosing a football game...but it is your job. It is your job to win football games. If you don't win at least act like it bothers you so the people who pay your salary might actually believe that you give two shits about what you're getting paid outrageous amounts of money to do. As much as TO acts like a spoiled least you know he cares about may only be himself but at least he cares enough to try and do something to help himself.

Hey, Romo may go home and work his ass off trying to figure out how to win it all next year, I don't know what he does. But someone needs to tell him that perception is reality and if you want to act like getting drummed on Sunday is no big deal then maybe people won't think it's a big deal to come to the games or buy your overpriced crap anymore.



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