by Jalapenoman on 12/09/11 at 12:44 pmDallas, Texas – (SatireWorld.com)
The New York Jets awarded a ceremonial game ball to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for his assistance in helping them win their Sunday night NFL game. Though it is not uncommon to give a game ball to a quarterback, it is unheard of to give it to the quarterback of the other team.
Jet’s spokesman Roger McDonald said that “we couldn’t have won this game without the fourth quarter efforts of Tony Romo. I mean, he gets his team down to the one yard line because of an incredible reception and run by tight end Jason Whitten, and then Romo fumbles away a sure score that would have iced the game for the Cowboys.”
“A few minutes later, he thows a pass to a double covered Dez Bryant who is not even open. Throwing the ball away or out of bounds would have protected his team and lead, but he gave us a huge assist by giving us the ball at the 35 yard line. We were able to drive the field and kick a game winning field goal after that pick.”
“After the Cowboys got the ball back, Romo muffed a snap because he wasn’t looking at his center when he hiked the ball. This cost the Cowboys a play and clock time when they could have tried to get down the field.”
This game is the first in their fifty year history of the Dallas Cowboys that they did not win when leading by fourteen or more points during the fourth quarter. Romo was just 5 of 12 in that fourth quarter and completed a quarterback rating of an abyssmal 39.6.
Romo, who also received a game ball from the Seattle Seahawks a few years ago for fumbling the snap attempt on a game winning field goal inside of the five yard line during the playoffs, said that he was honored that the Jets thought enough of him to do this. “Jessica Simpson got game balls from opposing teams before when she was my girlfriend, but it is a rare honor for me. I thank the Jets for thinking so much of my performance that they would respect me instead of their own mediocre quarterback.”
In a Sports Illustrated poll, Romo was once again voted the quarterback most likely to choke and the quarterback most likely to lose the most games for his team (his fifth consecutive year to win each award).
In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys started 1-7. Romo was the starting quarterback for the first six of those games. With him out due to injury, the team finished 5-3.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who refuses to admit he is wrong in sticking with this quarterback, said “we are proud of Tony and all of his great accomplishments and still believe that he is the quarterback to take us to the next level.”
Is “average’ the level above “mediocre?”