The Hater’s Goodbye to Tony Romo

“This is a approach your career ends. Not with a crash yet with an Adam Schefter twitter during 6:35 a.m.”


—T.S. Eliot

On Apr 4, 2017, we woke adult to a news that Antonio Ramiro Romo, statistically a biggest quarterback in a story of a Dallas Cowboys, was done. In a intolerable spin of events that no one could have predicted, a 10-year starting quarterback for one of a NFL’s flagship franchises incited in his pads. For a CBS blazer. A CBS blazer that he pried from a cold, relentless reason of Phil Simms’ passed hands in some poetic, round of life shit. Romo’s NFL career finished in a same approach his broadcasting career will begin: The beginner with 0 knowledge will succeed a maestro who never saw it coming.

Sorry, Phil. When it’s your turn, it’s your turn.

A obvious Canadian-Jamaican-British-Houstonian poet once said, “They roar out my failures and wheeze my accomplishments.”

That line should be stamped on a board underneath Romo’s bust in Canton.

Yes, Romo is a Hall of Famer. To consider differently is absurd. we mentioned he was statistically a best quarterback in Cowboys story in a opening divide since we know a Aikman throng would carillon in with “RANGZZZ.” The MOST touchdowns Aikman ever threw in a deteriorate is 23. The FEWEST touchdowns Romo ever threw in a deteriorate where he started 13 or some-more games was 26. Romo also owns only about each Cowboys flitting record value noting. He is prosaic out a best quarterback to ever wear a Cowboys uniform. Period.

The aforementioned accolades of Romo’s tend to get whispered. Let’s get to a things that’s fun to roar about, though. Some of a failures that Romo has never been means to shake giveaway from. We’ll run by a few:

Wild Card game: SEA vs DAL (Jan. 6, 2007)

There’s zero to be pronounced about this botched reason play that hasn’t been pronounced already. Something of note, however. The second-string quarterback customarily binds a snap on additional points to keep defenses honest and prepared for a fake. Romo started a deteriorate on a second string. He changed adult a abyss draft to starter in Week 8. Jon Kitna should have been holding snaps for 10 weeks by this point. Romo wasn’t even ostensible to be out there. Poor man can’t ever locate a break.

Divisional playoff game: NYG vs DAL (Jan. 13, 2008)

Dallas went 13-4 and cumulative a Wild Card bye. This diversion came down to Dallas carrying a round on a Giants’ 23 while trailing, 21-17. Romo threw a 4-yard execution to Jason Witten, dual incompletions, and a game-clinching interception to R.W. McQuarters. There’s not a singular essence on a world who even knows what a ruin R.W. even stands for. Not even R.W. McQuarters himself.

Week 17: DAL vs PHI (Dec. 28, 2008)

A win-and-you’re-in game. For all a marbles. Season, multiplication title, and a playoff mark were all on a line. Romo went 21-of-39 for 183 yards and put adult a 55.8 passer rating. Longest pass of a diversion was from Witten to Owens and to this really day we still don’t consider that was a drawn adult play. Dallas got a donkey WHUPPED. 44-6.

Divisional playoff game: DAL vs MIN (Jan. 17, 2010)

Favre-led Vikes steamroll a Cowboys 34-3 and for a second deteriorate in a row, Dallas gets sent home with Romo unwell to lead his offense to a touchdown or strike 200 yards passing.

Week 17: DAL vs NYG (Jan. 1, 2012)

Win-and-you’re-in diversion for a multiplication pretension and a playoff spot. Dallas loses. 31-14.

Week 17: DAL vs WAS (Dec. 30, 2012)

Win-and-you’re-in diversion for a multiplication pretension and a playoff mark (stop me if you’ve listened this one before.) Romo goes 20-of-37 for 218 yards and dual TDs. He also throws 3 INTs, including a game-clinching collect late in a fourth quarter.

Divisional playoff game: DAL vs GB (Jan. 12, 2015)

Dez held it. Or not. This one is on a refs and a rulebook, yet of march Romo throws a many argumentative incompletion in NFL playoff history. Some guys have all a luck.

To be clear, Romo came by distant some-more than he blew it. It only so happens that he blew utterly a few games where Dallas’ deteriorate was on a line. However, it’s a new regime in Dallas now, and even a many doctrinaire Romo supporters will begrudgingly acknowledge that they cite a measured, risk-averse character of Dak Prescott and his 23:4 TD to INT ratio to Romo’s heart attack-inducing, Favre-esque relapses. The highs competence not be as high with Dak as they were with Romo, yet a float is many smoother. Romo was a rollercoaster. Dak is a Cadillac.

We’re rare about who we give passes to and who we confirm will henceforth bear a blame, no matter a circumstances. There’s customarily no rhyme or reason on because or how we lot out these designations. Some people are Ferris Bueller. Others are Meg Griffin. That’s only a approach shit goes.

Unfortunately for Romo, he drew a shitty finish of this deal. However, Romo is no untimely plant here. Throwing a season-ending collect in a home playoff diversion to a multiplication opposition cornerback who has a name like a Secretary of State in a Rutherford B. Hayes administration will dawdle longer in peoples’ memories than pulling off a 2011 Week 12 game-winning expostulate opposite a Dolphins.

Quarterback of a Dallas Cowboys is a singular many scrutinized position in all of sports. No matter how shrill a whispers of Romo’s success become, they will never drown out a screams of his failures, even in retrospect. This competence seem unfair. It competence seem that Romo held a tender deal. It competence seem as if Romo doesn’t merit this legacy. But as a obvious conduct of confidence and travel for a grassroots Baltimore curative house once eloquently stated, “Deserve got zero to do with it.”

Sorry, Tony. When it’s your turn, it’s your turn.


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