True Grit

Romo overcame adversity and remained clutch with the game on the line.

I’m just going to start with this right up  front.  As a Cowboys fan, I haven’t been a big fan of Tony Romo, the most polarizing figure in Dallas.  There are several wide ranging opinions within the Cowboys fan base.  Some say stick with him, some say get rid of him, some say you’re not a really a loyal fan if you express doubts about him and the scenarios go on an on.

I just can’t get comfortable watching him play.  He has a well known track record of making the worst possible mistake at the worst possible time in the most pressure packed situation.  His game against the Jets just intensified the non stop scrutiny he is already under.  Comparisons were made between Romo and LeBron and who was worse in the fourth quarter.  Falling behind in San Francisco had a lot of Cowboys fans (me included) sitting there with our arms folded with that “What you gonna do now?” look on our faces.  If things were ugly last week, imagine what would have happened if they had stumbled out of the gate 0-2.  So after his performance Sunday, I have to give credit when and where credit is due.

 When you go 20-33 for 345 yards with 2 TD’s and no picks that’s a good day no matter how you slice it.  Do it with a fractured rib and a punctured lung and you’re a pretty tough hombre’ and you may change some people’s perception of you in the process.  It’s not Willis Reed game 7 type stuff but it’s nothing to sneeze at, which is extremely painful with a fractured rib and punctured lung.

To top things off, Romo isn’t ruled out for Monday night’s home opener against the hated Redskins.  But he, and the entire Cowboys fan base, has to realize that he’s walking a very fine line.  He’s one good hit away from missing the bulk of the season forcing a repeat of last year.   Everyone is one good hit away, but when you step out there already wounded the chances are tend to increase just a little.  It would be nice to still play the old 18 week schedule that had two bye weeks.  The Cowboys could use back to back byes.  But that’s not the case, Jessie Holley and the rest of the guys healthy enough to be out there will have to continue to step up.  A win Monday puts the ‘Boys right back atop the NFC East and makes the rough start to the season that much more of an afterthought.

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.