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Tony Romo seems to be in the headlines quite a bit.  Whether he’s breaking up with Jessica Simpson, finishing second in a golf tournament, or watching his favorite ex-WR’s new reality show, Romo has kept his name out there.  In the fantasy world, it’s his game we’re worried about.  The Cowboys are hoping it’s addition by subtraction with T.O. moving on to Buffalo.  Roy Williams gets the opportunity to be the #1 WR with an actual QB.  His favorite target, much to T.O.’s dismay, Jason Witten is ready for another big year.  Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin are decent options at Wideout.  Plus, the Cowboys have a trio of solid backs in Marion Barber III, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice.  With Jessica out of the picture, perhaps he’ll spend a little less time tending to her needs…not that I blame him.

Playing in the NFC East he naturally has some tough matchups on his hands.  In addition to the pair of games against the Giants, Eagles, and Redskins he faces Carolina, the Packers and Chargers who I expect to improve dramatically, and the Raiders who are tough against the pass.  The only easy weeks appear to be Weeks 4 & 5 vs. Denver and Kansas City and Week 15 against New Orleans.  Fortunately for Romo and his fantasy owners, the Cowboys should have enough firepower to put up numbers regardless of the matchup.  I’m not thrilled of his playoff matchups against San Diego, New Orleans, and Washington, but not enough to dissuade me from taking him in the 5th or 6th round.  I think he’ll come in somewhere in between his amazing 2007 season and his somewhat disappointing 2008 season with 3800 yards and 28 TDs.  Oh, and he’ll probably add another hot, blonde singer as a girlfriend before the season starts.

Enough of the Boot Already

23 January 2008

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          Is he limping here?                            How about here?
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Is anyone else tired of ESPN‘s 24-7 coverage of Tom Brady’s sore right ankle?  In the age of instant media and overexposure, Tom Brady’s foot has taken on a life of its own.  They have actually documented that he wore cowboy boots and dress shoes since the infamous “boot” photos were taken.  I’m sorry, but when did the NFL become a hot topic for paparazzi?  I say, thanks, but no thanks TMZ.  You can keep your Britney Spears, your Paris Hilton, and your Lindsey Lohan gossip.  I don’t care.  Just leave the sports world alone.  We don’t care if Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson are staying at the Motel 6 in Lost City, West Virginia.  Just let us watch the game in peace.

The funny thing is, ESPN will likely be left scratching their heads for a while on this.  The Super Bowl is still 11 days away, and the Patriots are as likely to give you injury information as the “Soup Nazi” is to allow you to loiter in his line.  Speaking of Soup Nazi, I wonder if Eli turned in his strong performance against Green Bay because he was pissed that they wouldn’t let him watch Seinfeld reruns.  In my opinion, there is way too much time between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.  Is a two-week layoff really necessary?  I’m sure it’s the last thing the streaking Giants would want.  I know it gives them time to get healthy, but will they lose their edge in their layoff?  I guess we’ll have to wait over 250 more hours to find out.  If the first quarter of the game is sloppy, the layoff and nerves are most likely the cause. 

Personally, I have and will continue to avoid EndingSportsPleasureNationally.  I don’t need to eat, sleep, and drink the Super Bowl.  I love sports as much as the next guy, but too much is too much. 

Well, now that I got that off my chest, I better head over to PerezHilton.com to see what Tom and Gisele had for dinner last night.

Tom Brady was…well…Tom Brady was Tom Brady.  He was on fire.  He was cool and calm.  He delivered under pressure.  He didn’t force things.  He took what the defense gave him.  He made a couple passes that required good grabs by his receivers.  His two incomplete passes were catchable.  He was a model of what a QB should play like.

Brett Favre was pretty darn good himself.  He didn’t panic when his team got back early.  He didn’t change the game plan and revert to the Farve of old.  He let his running back redeem himself.  He spread the ball around, and continued to look for Greg Jennings in the Redzone.  His off-balance underhand throw was a pass that only #4 could have made.

Eli Manning crept a little out of his brother’s shadow yesterday.  He took the show on the road, and didn’t back down to the heavily favored Cowboys.  He didn’t set the world on fire, but he did not make the mistakes that have plagued him from time to time.  He did enough to win.  That’s all that matters.

Philip Rivers played a solid game.  He had 264 yards passing and three TDs.  With Gates hurting, he turned to Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers.  He ended up hurting his knee making him questionable for next week.  His backup, Billy Volek, scored the game-winning TD on a QB sneak. 

 Peyton Manning -  Manning threw for a ton of yards (402) and three scores.  The Chargers did something you don’t ever want to do.  They gave him not one, but two chances to add to his comeback totals.  It wasn’t there though.  He took some odd shots down field when they just needed to move the chains, and he look panicky throwing incompletions in his last two fourth down attempts.  He was facing pressure both times, but not to the point where he couldn’t have planted both of his feet and fire a strike rather than attempting on off-balance miracle.  If he hung in tough and took the hit to deliver a better pass, we’d be talking about another Patriots-Colts playoff game.

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Tony Romo – The good news for Tony is that he has all the time in the world to take Yoko Romo to any paradise he sees fit.  Of course, the bad news is a second straight playoff game goes up in smoke.  Tom Brady dates hot, famous women.  I’ve never heard of him taking a vacation during a playoff run.  I’m not blaming Jessica Simpson, but Tony should have known better.

David Garrard – He played a near-perfect game.  Problem is almost have to be perfect in order to beat the Patriots.  Going into the game, the Jaguars running game and defense were considered to be the recipe that could spoil the Patriots chance at a true undefeated season.  Unfortunately for them, Bill Belichick had way too much time to prepare for them.  He basically took away the running game, and simply took what the defense gave him.  Garrard played an outstanding game.  He just had the misfortune of playing the New England Patriots.

Matt Hasselbeck – Matt played a decent game.  It’s tough playing on the road in the snow without a running game.  It didn’t help that D.J. Hackett and Deion Branch were limited.  Saturday just wasn’t his day.

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A friend of mine (JDIN827) on SportingNews is asking for participation in the “Great Blog Crossover Challenge”. The assignment calls you to write about your least favorite player on your least favorite team.

I am going to do a two-parter. I can’t decide between Terrell Owens or Alex Rodriguez. Why not cover both? Since I dislike the Yankees more than the Cowboys, I’ll start with A-Rod.

A-Rod is easily one of the best ten players to ever strap on the cleats and step on a baseball diamond. He is a force on offense and usually a solid fielder. He gets a lot of bad ink for being a selfish player, but how many players would be willing to switch positions so easily? When you consider he’s a better shortstop than A-Rod, it makes it even more impressive. He gets a lot of heat for not showing up in the playoffs. What about the numbers he puts up to get his team into the playoffs? The playoffs are a much different animal than the regular season. Does he press a little too much? Probably. I just wonder why the fact that Barry Bonds is a .245 (.200 pre-steroids) hitter in the playoffs never comes up. Or the fact that Barry has just one pre-steroid playoff home run. How about Ted Williams only having one playoff appearance? Or the fact that he hit .200 without an extra-base hit and just one RBI. How about Willie Mays’ .247 playoff batting average with just one home run and ten RBI in 25 games. Just because their playoff numbers aren’t good, doesn’t mean they aren’t exceptional ball players. I know A-Rod gets plenty of heat that he deserves because of the position he puts himself in, but he gets much more than he should.

My other oh so favorite guys is Terrell Owens aka MeO aka Terrible Owens. I used to really like T.O. He is a gifted player who plays with a lot of emotions. I thought it was kind of funny when he celebrated on the Star. I liked the Sharpie celebration. Then he starts to badmouth Jeff Garcia and forces a trade to Baltimore. He gets mad at that and forces his way in Philadelphia. Everything started off so well. The Eagles were winning. T.O. and McNabb were setting the world on fire. Then he gets hurt. Most guys would have packed it in, but T.O. was determined to return. Was it to make more money and achieve more fame? I’m sure that accounts for some of his desire to return. I also think some has to be contributed to his love of football. Say what you want about the guy, he does love this game. He plays it as hard as anybody in the league. He brings a lot of baggage with him, but on that field he is determined to succeed. T.O. and Parcels clashed. Really? Who could have seen that coming? Wait, everybody could have. There really weren’t any T.O. issues this year. He came up with a goofy line about getting your popcorn ready, but I can’t get mad at a guy for being lame. Yesterday when the questions were swirling about how Yoko Romo (aka Jessica Simpson) is to blame or Tony Romo is to blame, he said “that they lost as a team”. Was he sincere? That’s the $25,000 question. Honestly, I think he was. He may have hammed it up a bit for the cameras, but I think he does have a good relationship with Romo and is upset with the unfair criticism he received. Blaming Jessica Simpson or Romo’s relationship with her for the loss is plain stupid. Was it wise for Romo to go on vacation during the playoffs? Probably not. However, I wouldn’t say that’s the reason they lost. The Giants were just a better team down the stretch, and it showed on Sunday.

There you have it. Even though I’m not fond of these guys, I am willing to go on record to say how good they are. One is the best player in baseball. The other is the best receiver not named Randy Moss.

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