ESPN via NFL Live and NFL First Take, tells us that the relationship between Dallas Cowboy’s Wide-Out, T.O. and Quarterback, Tony Romo is “very special.” Then, they cut to T.O. and Romo who confirm their “very special” relationship. And when I see that, I can’t help but remember some awfully vivid images from the 2007 Divisional Playoff game in Dallas.
One image is Romo’s 4th Quarter meltdown: screaming at his offensive line, unintentionally grounding the ball, getting penalized, getting sacked because he held the ball too long and then throwing an errant pass to a wide open T.O. that could have won the game. Another image is Jerry Jones, on the sidelines in shocked skeletal, disbelief when the Cowboys come up short. But, by far, the most lasting image is of T.O. bursting into tears after the game — allegedly trying to protect his “very special” quarterback friend from the press. Is that what he was really doing? Protecting Romo?
Just re-watched the game and post game. There’s T.O. telling the press, “We lost the game as a team,” as tears stream down his cheeks. “If you blame the quarterback, it’s so unfair,” he says –intentionally or unintentionally — reminding the press about Romo’s terrible 4th quarter and his controversial vacation with Jessica Simpson. “He’s my quarterback,” T.O. says, his voice choked with emotion. But, guess what. This whole diatribe comes at a point when NOBODY ELSE HAS EVEN MENTIONED TONY ROMO’S NAME! Why do that?
If you recorded the game and post game, I urge you to watch it again. You’ll see and hear that NO ONE ASKED T.O. ABOUT TONY ROMO! No one even mentioned Romo’s name. Why suddenly inject it into the conversation unless he wanted to shift the glare of the spotlight off him and onto his “very special” quarterback friend? Isn’t that a really sneaky, underhanded way of throwing Romo under the bus? Is that the “very special” relationship ESPN is telling us about? Yeah, right! With “very special” relationships like that, who needs enemies?