NFL Week 15 Fantasy Focals and Foibles

Dan BentonCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2008

As we head towards the final throes of the NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys seem to be headed towards their annual late-season meltdown that has become customary in recent seasons. Terrell Owens and Tony Romo are becoming vehemently estranged partners in the faltering Dallas offense.

The annual "Terrell Owens is unhappy with his current quarterback" full-length feature is now playing full screen on the NFL entertainment plaza. Like the crawler at Times Square, the rift is becoming a full screen opera of the soapiest category. Owens usual litany of Romo is throwing to him; Romo likes other players better; Romo only is throwing the ball to the players he likes; etc., etc., etc. is now presented for all to see again.

This scenario almost can be considered a holiday favorite, like Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Great Life, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Owens has played this stage before with Jeff Garcia in San Francisco and Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia. In his latest sniveling in Dallas, Owens has to realize that his act is getting old.

His career as a Cowboy whiner might be in its curtain call. That noise he might be hearing in conjunction with his complaining might not be the accompaniment by a Cowgirl, but that of the famous Fat Girl curtain call. Eventually, teams will realize what a cancer in the locker room Owens truly is and always becomes.

For me, however, the image of the Cowboys falling apart, with Wade Phillips looking lost and bewildered under the headsets, with Jerry Jones stalking the sidelines holding his jaw firmly in resolve that this really hurts his marketing outlaw agreements with sponsors, and Terrell Owens spouting on anyone and everyone warms my heart thoroughly.

Now, to offset the moans and groans and screams emanating from the Dallas sidelines, Romo will try to get Owens the ball more. In doing so, opposing defenses will be looking to feast on the insecurities that the Dallas offense beings to each stage they play on in every city they visit.

Additionally, Jerry Jones should also remember to question the manhood of his best running back, Marion Barber, and his injured pinkie toe again this week in the press conferences. That usually helps bring out the best in the people you are relying on carrying you to victory, and has proven out so successfully by the Cowboys annually.


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