Everyone knows about the Tony Romo “Swoon” every year around December. The Cowboys triggerman is usually very efficient through Dallas’ annual Thanksgiving game, but come December a different Romo usually emerges. Over the last two years Romo’s record is 21-8 before December and 2-6 after the start of the holiday month plus he is 0-2 in playoff game starts.
Of course Cowboys’ fans have offered a lot of reasons why Romo has faded down the stretch, namely inexperience. Owner Jerry Jones even had his own theories why his Cowboys including his star quarterback can’t get it done late in the season – last playoff victory was in 1996. The charismatic owner went so far as to rid his team of supposed 2008 distractions — cutting malcontent receiver Terrell Owens in March 2009 and also severing ties with safety Roy Williams, veteran DE/OLB Greg Ellis, off-the-field maniac CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, and talkative troublesome DT Tank Johnson plus released former Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart.
However one person that you cannot blame for the quarterback and team’s “problems” any longer is entertainment starlet and former Romo girlfriend Jessica Simpson. As entertainment magazine People reported that earlier this week – apparently right before a planned “Ken and Barbie” birthday celebration for the femme fatale — that Romo had indeed severed ties with Simpson. The pair had been dating since 2007 and unfortunately for the Cowboys coincidently it was right around the time of the team’s very disappointing divisional playoff round 21-17 loss to eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Romo and Simpson made headlines by vacationing in Cabo, Mexico the week before the crucial game. After the Cowboys’ disappointing loss to a Giants team that they had defeated twice in the regular season, Romo was blasted everywhere. Even Cowboys legend Troy Aikman was very down on Romo by saying, “You don’t go to Cabo the week before a playoff game, you just don’t do it!”
Earlier this offseason Jones emphasized the need for Romo’s leadership and focus to increase in order to bring the Cowboys back to playoff glory by saying, “I think his leadership role will naturally foment… him exerting leadership is a big ingredient to us winning “. Was Jones really saying, “Lose the blond and get serious”, apparently so as Romo is now a single quarterback again.
Everyone knows that Antonio “Tony” Ramiro Romo does have some talent as shown by his two Pro Bowl appearances and numerous Cowboys’ single season passing records, including 36 touchdown passes in 2007, in only 39 career starts. However the NFL is all about winning late in the season when things are at their toughest. So I will not be sold on Romo’s leadership until he can will his team to victory in situations like last year’s Week 17 “Win and Your In” game in Philly – passing numbers of 21-39, 183 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT with 1 Fumble that was returned for a touchdown in a bad 44-6 loss.
For Eagles and Redskins fans looking to continue Romo’s kryptonite “blonde” ways, maybe they can find a way of getting Britney Spears’ cell number to the star-crossed quarterback.