I really had no intention of mentioning this topic in the least. However, there was an historic event on Monday in the NFL which brought this back for me. The Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 25-24. The Cowboys defense allowed 3 points. QB Tony Romo threw five interceptions – two were returned for touchdowns. The Cowboys won the game because the defense stifled the Bills and eventually forced turnovers late. The Cowboys placekicker had a game for the ages by nailing two long field goals and a textbook onside kick.
If anyone wants to see how two QBs are perceived after awful performances, look no further than Monday’s contest between the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw five picks and he is being celebrated for his grit and resolve.
ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski tries to snuggle up to Tony’s nutsack. That little Romo throws five picks and gets compared favorably to Tom Brady. What a country!
USA Today’s Skip Wood kneels down for a whiff. Hmmm! Hmm! Romo!!
The Dallas Morning News’ Jean-Jacque Taylor beats a path to Romo’s doorway. “Cause he’s got personality!”
There are at least 1,000 national stories covering some aspect of the game. Google the love fest for yourself. It all stands in stark contrast to the reviews of McNabb’s struggles against the New York Giants last week. Of course the Eagles were playing a superior team and without their star running back – and their coach’s gameplan was abysmal, but that’s another discussion for another time.
If “white” folks stumble across this post, be sure to remind me that “this has nothing to do with race.” I already know. It’s because the Cowboys are popular; because Romo’s a new guy; because Romo’s likeable; because Romo’s mobile and he makes things happen; because Romo’s not involved in any controversy; because Romo smiles all the time; because Romo’s whatever…you fill it in. I wonder if he dodges the bullet if the Cowboys lose this game. We’ll never know. Next week’s game versus the New England Patriots will not offer the media or anyone else an opportunity for substantial criticism of the young QB. Every QB needs to see the Pats a few times before they can reasonably be expected to beat them.
Funny stuff – no matter how you slice it. And if you’re name is McNabb, that slice will have “a little extra.”