On Saturday, December 20, the Dallas Cowboys took to the field for the last time at their home of Texas Stadium to play the Baltimore Ravens. At the beginning of the season, it seemed the football gods smiled down on the Cowboys by scheduling the Baltimore Ravens, a team with a first year head coach and quarterback as the last opponent they would play in the stadium.
Coming in with a record of 9-5, America's team was still in prime position to earn a wildcard spot. There were several Cowboy hall of famers in attendance to close it out. Jerry Jones might have wanted to dust off their old jerseys and put them. They could not stop the running game and Tony Romo was unable to lead his team back from behind.
Well, the Cowboys opened up their brand new multi-BILLION dollar stadium this past Sunday with a record crowd of over 105,000 people.
Jones looked very happy with himself, shaking hands with several people in his private box during various stages of the game basically just because he could. He also invited John Madden and even former president George W. Bush to commemorate the opening.
A lot had been made about the stadium's huge jumbo screen that had to make you wonder why anyone in attendance would watch the action on the field. Well, no kicks hit the tron, but with Jeff Feagles directional kicking, you have to wonder if perhaps Jones had that in mind constructing the stadium to combat him. It didn't work.
Their opponent was the New York Giants, a team that Romo probably still has bruises from (physically and psychologically) their playoff meeting in Dallas in 2007. A bit of irony, it was the Dallas Cowboys that played the New York Giants in THEIR brand new stadium for the first time back in 1976. Once again, it would be the road team that spoiled the homecoming.
But as opposed to the way they closed out their old stadium, it definitely wasn't the opponents' running game that did the Cowboys in. It was their own quarterback and captain, Tony Romo. His only bright spot was RUNNING in a touchdown. Through the air, he threw three picks that all led to Giants touchdowns.
As the game went on, Jones's box demeanor changed from exuberant to seemingly scared. A few points the camera even caught him picking his nose. Romo himself put on the pouting sad face with the backwards cap that we've all seen many times before.
Now everyone is going to get on Romo's case about this, including me as you've already noticed. Obviously, that means nothing, but when former Cowboy players are critical, specifically Troy Aikman, himself a former quarterback of the Cowboys, Romo definitely earns my Least Valuable Player of the Week award, otherwise known as the Nappy-Headed-Ho of the Week award.
A poll conducted on ESPN asked if the Cowboys would ever win a Super Bowl with Romo under center. EVEN THE STATE OF TEXAS voted no. It's the first time I've ever seen a map America shaded all one color. Jones got rid of Terrell Owens and kept Jason Garrett to help out Romo. If only he could now acquire of leadership demeanor to give to his quarterback.
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