I think everyone enjoyed the Romo email segment Monday, so I wanted to offer a bit more of the fun so that everyone can realize that we don’t make this up. Below, please find a random sampling of the anti-Romo emails we have received in the last 24 hours. Then, below that, find my thoughts on the controversial young lad. It must be fun being a QB in this league:
Date: 12/7/2008 4:41:44 P.M. Central Standard Time
What do you think of Turnover Tony today? Pro Bowler my a--.....
I never want to hear
Date: 12/7/2008 6:25:19 P.M. Central Standard Time
I never want to hear that romo is a jedi ever again. Can't say It's the cold because big ben has been alright.
Date: 12/7/2008 6:38:47 P.M. Central Standard Time
So, I got to listen to you two knuckleheads all week in The Ticket promos referring to Romo as a "Jedi". So, do Jedis throw 3 int's and have a QB rating of 44.9 in a big game against a possible Super Bowl team. Romo is a Jedi against teams like Seattle and San Francisco. I'm still waiting on him to win a big game.
I hope you guys can get over your man crush of Romo and see this guy for what he is. I know there is potential for greatness but, let's hold off on annointing him a Jedi until he actually wins a big game.
Subject: Maybe You Two Will Finally Get Off the "Jedi" Crap...
Date: 12/7/2008 6:49:30 P.M. Central Standard Time
Granted I haven't listened to you two "dudes" in quite some time as you guys have "dude"-ed me to death (the show should really be called "Dude Radio"), but if things have still been the same, GET OFF THE JEDI CRAP. HE IS NO JEDI, HE IS FAR FROM IT.
He might be one some day, but he is not one now. Three turnovers tonight? Yeah, you can blame the 4th & 10 on Witten, but still, when it is clutch time, he chokes too much. He can't nut up often enough when it's time to do so. Looks as if he & Jess can start having a fun off-season early.
I am tempted to listen to tomorrow's show to see if anything bad will be said about the anointed one (and I don't mean Obama). If you two "dudes" have stopped this Jedi chit & if he is not an untouchable for criticism, then my apologies. But I doubt it.
Muser & Hardline P1,
Date: 12/7/2008 7:04:53 P.M. Central Standard Time
Being an long time Cowboy fan, Romo reminds me of Danny White. Great against the weaker teams but he can not win the big one. I like him but, he's not like Troy. The identity of this team is Romo and four turnovers just will not do it. The sad thing about this is I am really pulling for this guy.
I've heard you say so many times that the mistakes that Romo makes really doesn't matter. Well I beg to differ...
Date: 12/7/2008 9:19:47 P.M. Central Standard Time
HEY BOB, JEDI HUH?
JEDI MY A--, B----ES
Date: 12/8/2008 8:00:37 A.M. Central Standard Time
Now, can you please take your mouth off of Romo's teet for at least one week? Niiiiiiiiice game, Tony. Please tap the brakes on the stupid Jedi talk until this guy wins something.
Date: 12/8/2008 9:01:11 A.M. Central Standard Time
It’s official. He’s a big game and December/January choker ….. the monkey is on his back now like it was on Peyton Manning’s for years. Good luck Romo. Good luck Cowboys fans…
Subject: Tony Homo
Date: 12/8/2008 9:04:42 A.M. Central Standard Time
Bob were you really on the pre-game show campaigning for Homo to be in the MVP mix if he had a good game in Pittsburg? Are you high? How do you feel now? He is looking more and more like Brett Favre everyday. You are a frigging idiot to even be discussing this interception machine for any award. This guy is a pretty spare QB who looks good against mediocre teams but any team with any semblance of a defense makes this guy look very junior varsity. Every guy form Wisconsin is not great. Let your homerism go. He sucks!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Romo the Jedi
Date: 12/8/2008 11:31:38 A.M. Central Standard Time
Please read this email. I read your blog today and it seems your tired of people
emailing you and telling you that you are wrong about Romo. Well had you and Dan not anointed him a Jedi before accomplished anything aside from breaking a tackle or two you would not be receiving the backlash.
Since you and your show insist on praising him as you do, expect to keep getting the email and quit crying when people point out his flaws.
If you take off your rose colored glasses and look at him as a player you will see the following, he always makes poor decisions, he rarely goes to his 3 or fourth receiver. If he doesnt throw to the first guy its a dump pass to MB3 or in yesterdays case that dude. Not to mention his accuracy is terrible, he is constantly throwing behing receivers, or over their head.
He lacks the clutchness in critical situations, I think its his lack of competitiveness(in his world he has already won he has the girls, money and fame we all know he knows exactly with to tell the media), Dallas has another "star" number 41 on that team that plays at the AAC.
Getting to the playoffs is not enough, a win in the playoffs is mandatory!!!!!!
Subject: Romo sucks, and I've said so since the first time he took a snap
Date: 12/8/2008 2:23:44 P.M. Central Standard Time
Romo is not even among the top 10 QB’s in the league, and you homers can’t seem to accept that. As troy has said, and as Joe Montana has said, the way you judge a quarterback is how he performs in the post-season, period. Romo LOSES in the post-season…As a life long Cowboys fan (who has been watching football longer than any of you dim bulbs, with the exception of Rhyner, and I actually remember the games I saw (unlike Rhyner, who was watching many of those games in the 60’s and 70’s through a cloud of cannabis smoke….sound familiar Dan?). We could have had Brady Quinn and decided that Tony Homo was our QB….wow…when Quinn brings Dan’s beloved Browns back from the brink of death over the next two or three seasons, remember that he could have been the next Troy Aikman for our Boys…
Michael W. Eaton
Subject: Shilling for Romo
Date: 12/8/2008 4:07:11 P.M. Central Standard Time
You were a much better sports reporter before the ticket was sponsored by the Cowboys. You have a family, I understand you need your job, so I accept your unabashed fawning over Romo. Maybe I can find you a work around, so you can kind of talk bad about him with doing so directly. Check out an old Green Bay QB who backed up Favre. He was then traded to the Saints, and looked like a world beater. He was mobile, dynamic, a little bit mistake prone, but that was OK. Then he signed a big contract. Now he is out of the league.
He was hyped in much the same way Romo is now. Look at his stats in 2003, the guys was great. Now he is out. My friend, you can act like a legit sports reporter again, not a shill. Make the point that Romo is the next Aaron Brooks, and you will look like a real sports genius, and you won't have to be Jerry's whore when you do it.
To review my take on Tony Romo: I believe that Tony Romo is the real deal. I believe he is one of the very best QB’s in this league, and I believe that he will someday win a Super Bowl as the QB for the Dallas Cowboys. These are all predictions, not based on his previous accomplishments, but rather based on what I believe based on observation, conversation, and analyzing his total package of skills.
Now, I also believe he has been very good, and that he is a victim of circumstance as it pertains to the unreal bar of expectations in this city, but do not confuse the two separate discussions. The last paragraph is just what I believe. If you believe the opposite, not only are the odds in your favor, but there is no resolution until he either wins a Super Bowl or leaves the Cowboys. But this paragraph can be discussed with just a little analysis and some sweet looking html tables.
Shall we begin?
First, we can all admit that being QB in this city means that you will always be compared to Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. Not just Troy and Roger, but the best of Troy And Roger. Allow me to inject just a small amount of wisdom into the conversation, by comparing the first 3 years of each man as a Starter in the NFL and for the Cowboys:
|1989||0 - 11||9||18|
|1990||7 - 8||11||18|
|1991||7 - 5||11||10|
|Total||14 - 24||31||46|
|1971||10 - 0||15||4|
|1973||10 - 4||23||15|
|1974||8 - 6||11||15|
|Total||28 - 10||49||34|
|2008||7 - 3||22||11|
|Total||26 - 10||77||43|
Playoff Record in first 3 years as Cowboys QB:
Troy Aikman: 0-0
Roger Staubach: 5-3
Tony Romo: 0-2
There is one thing to note here. When Roger Staubach won his first playoff game, he was 29 years, 11 months old. Tony Romo is 28 years old right now, and Troy Aikman had his 3rd Super Bowl won at the age of 29.
Here is another fairly impressive number that you may not be aware of. Since, 2006 -When Romo took over as QB, here are the combined TD/INT numbers you should check out (please take special note of how many of the players on this list had already established themselves in the league before 2006. The point is that he is being compared with pretty much all veteran QB's while he is starting his career as a starter):
Again, not trying to make the case that this is an apples to apples study. But since the start of 2006, Tony Romo holds his own with any and every QB not named Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. And yes, it is not a difficult deduction to say that he has better numbers in some regards than even the Super Bowl Ring Wearers, Big Ben and Eli. They, of course, hold the ultimate trump card, but if rings were all that mattered, then John Paxson was a better basketball player than Charles Barkley and Karl Malone, right?
And this business about his being a Interception machine? Well, do you notice how many players on this list have as many or more interceptions as the machine? Eli? Roethlisberger? Brees? Oh, my. Who knew?
I realize I have put my eggs in the Romo basket, and yes, I cringe when he appears to be a bit too “Hollywood” for my taste. But, I would like to say that I believe Tony Romo is the real deal, and while he may be a far cry from Mr. Staubach and Mr. Aikman, I would also say he is a far cry in the other direction from Quincy, Bledsoe, Vinny, Hutchinson, Henson, etc.
I will continue to add to this study as time allows, but allow me stop for now.