Seven Seconds on the clock! Romo down by five takes the snap, looks, heavy pressure, scrambles, all his receivers covered, precious seconds ticking off the clock: three, two, one. Romo sends a Hail Mary Bomb!
Instead of it coming down anywhere near his triple covered receiver in the end zone, the pass grazes the big screen.
The Cowboys call this play, Roof 66. The clock is reset and it's a free do over.
Fast forward to the last game of the season. Somehow the Cowboys are a half a game back for the last wild card spot. They are playing the Division leading Philadelphia Eagles.
It has been a long day for the Cowboys, three and out, three and out all day long. The run stuffing Eagles are dominating and the Cowboys Defense is in disarray. More players surround the oxygen bottles then are listening for adjustments.
Romo watches as another third down pass is batted away. His defense is gassed, no timeouts.
Coach Wade Phillips tells Punter Mat McBrair, "Goodell Goodell", to send two consecutive punts into the score board.
Well rested and tuned up, the Cowboys defense takes the field and makes the plays to save the game. The Cowboys are granted the proverbial Governors reprieve.
Philly goes three and out and the Cowboys go on to win the game.
Fast forward: after three years of shamrock lucky football, the Cowboys dedicate a life size bronze statue of Commissioner Roger Goodell at the stadium.
Secretly Jerry Jones is smiling, it's years later when it's discovered the statue is actually an inch short and there is a discreet wallet bulge, a small joke for the cognoscenti.
Although unlikely, it would be unfortunate for the outcome of a game to be determined by a SkyCam cable, but to place a permanent obstacle 10 yards wide by 60 yards long completely changes the game.
It's not even necessary to discuss the obvious problematic inability of Punters to kick a mile high Punt from the 45 in hopes of giving the kicking team time to surround the returner. Arena ball isn't this hokey.
The value of standout Punters is actually diminished.
Moreover, this is yet another example of Mr. Goodell's long list of train wreck decisions: small fines for fixing Super Bowls, indefinite suspensions, inability to lead, resolve or address the impending work stoppage, (think lockout).
! ! ! News Flash ! ! !
The leveling of attendance and impending television blackouts are more a direct result of Roger Goodell than the current economic conditions.