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By Mike Fisher

This is by a guy I highly respect and have had numerous conversations with:

SAN DIEGO – The visitor’s locker-room door at Qualcomm
Stadium that temporarily separated the losing Dallas Cowboys from inquisitors
featured thick iron bars and a coat of blood-red paint. Following Sunday’s 30-21
loss to the Chargers, there seemed symbolism in that door.




But what happened behind the iron-and-blood door is more
telling.




Dallas quarterback Tony Romo – whose measured demeanor is so
often unfairly mistaken for nonchalance – had just led his team from whence it
came: Back to .500 at 2-2.  And at 18-18
since 2011. And at 106-106 since 2000. In the last 10 seasons, the Cowboys have
started 2-1 six times. They have lost in their Week 4 game all six times.




The frustration etched on his face, Romo trudged into the
locker room. He’d completed 27 of 37 for 244 yards with a pair of TD throws to
Dez Bryant, accomplishments enough to contribute to a 21-10 halftime lead but
yet not nearly enough.




Romo balled up his right fist and unleashed a punch into the
glass front of a Pepsi machine.




“It’s tough to take right now,’’ said Romo later, having
composed himself and having escaped his fistfight with the giant refrigerator
unscathed.




And when Cowboys fans unclench their collective fist in
order to point fingers … Romo’s fault? Sure. Just make your open hand includes
a few dozen fingers.




Dallas victimized itself with a series of pass-catching
gaffes. Dwayne Harris, Bryant (six receptions for 81 yards) and Jason Witten
all took turns in that department, and the dropsies were topped off by rookie
receiver Terrance Williams’ fumble at the goal-line with with 2:42 remaining in
the game.




“You’ve got to make those plays,’’ coach Jason Garrett said.
“Those aren’t easy plays. Those aren’t easy throws and easy catches, but those
guys are capable of making them.’’




Defensively, the Cowboys couldn’t solve quarterback Philip
Rivers, who passed for 401 yards by abusing some of the best Dallas has to
offer: Mo Claiborne, Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, who returned an interception 52
yards for a touchdown late in the first half but then allowed Antonio Gates to
get behind him for 56-yard touchdown catch that sealed the outcome.




“We can't play one half,’’ said Lee, “and not play well in
the second half.”




But .500 results – game by game and even half by half -- is
the way of the NFL and it can be argued it’s in the DNA of these Cowboys. Jimmy
Johnson and his “Optimism Infection Theory’’ thrives on days like this. The “Blue
Jersey Jinx’’ does, too. Maybe part of the problem is the almost universal
believe that Dallas keeps “losing to inferior teams’’ when in fact the Chiefs
and the Chargers at home (sites of Dallas’ two losses) are not all that
inferior to a Cowboys team that hasn’t won anything in 16 years.




The Chargers are 2-2 and fully capable of being good and
bad. Take a number. Stand in line. Join the club.




And the Cowboys? They are charter members of The NFL Parity
Club. They are fully capable of dominating the Rams last week and then getting
outscored 20-0 in a second half this week. And it all circles back to .500,
back to even, back to a draw … Cowboys leaders like Tony Romo balling up their
fists and punching away but the win-loss percentage as unmoved as that Pepsi
machine.
1adam12

Really?  Punching a Pepsi machine?  I had no idea he was trailer trash, I just thought he had a knack for blowing opportunities in December and January.

Are we really supposed to feel sorry for football players?

I tried my *** off to play at that level.  Anyone getting paid like that to do something they absolutely love to do, has got life pretty good.  No, I don't feel sorry for Tony Romo... instead, I feel sorry for the fans.

Suck it up, and play football!  Break your throwing hand, and we just put someone else in.  Someone that can play in December.

And.  About the jersey curse:  superstition.  I have no place for that belief system as well.

Denver could mop up with our blue jerseys on!
Hawk

I don't know....but the Jersey curse seems to still be alive and well....lol

Funny how a team even in SD believes in the curse and you don't lmao

Another curse that's still working well is the Flutie curse on Wade Phillips.
BevoMav

1adam12 wrote:
Really?  Punching a Pepsi machine?  I had no idea he was trailer trash, I just thought he had a knack for blowing opportunities in December and January.

Are we really supposed to feel sorry for football players?

I tried my *** off to play at that level.  Anyone getting paid like that to do something they absolutely love to do, has got life pretty good.  No, I don't feel sorry for Tony Romo... instead, I feel sorry for the fans.

Suck it up, and play football!  Break your throwing hand, and we just put someone else in.  Someone that can play in December.

And.  About the jersey curse:  superstition.  I have no place for that belief system as well.

Denver could mop up with our blue jerseys on!


Maybe one of the dumbest replies I have ever read. You have no reading comprehension, and your grasp of what it means to lose is beyond ignorant. It's also obvious you are not and never will be a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Desperado

BevoMav wrote:
1adam12 wrote:
Really?  Punching a Pepsi machine?  I had no idea he was trailer trash, I just thought he had a knack for blowing opportunities in December and January.

Are we really supposed to feel sorry for football players?

I tried my *** off to play at that level.  Anyone getting paid like that to do something they absolutely love to do, has got life pretty good.  No, I don't feel sorry for Tony Romo... instead, I feel sorry for the fans.

Suck it up, and play football!  Break your throwing hand, and we just put someone else in.  Someone that can play in December.

And.  About the jersey curse:  superstition.  I have no place for that belief system as well.

Denver could mop up with our blue jerseys on!


Maybe one of the dumbest replies I have ever read. You have no reading comprehension, and your grasp of what it means to lose is beyond ignorant. It's also obvious you are not and never will be a Dallas Cowboys fan.



I think Adam is a fan, he just always wants to be right. When the Cowboys win Adam is usually wrong, we want Adam to always be wrong!
Hawk











1adam12

Wow.  Well, now we have trolls here, Hawk!

I have never understood when someone says, "you don't believe in God as much as me.", "you don't support your team as much as me.", "you don't wear a dress like me."

Whaaa whaaaa....

Yeah, I know a little bit about what it takes for someone to punch the wall/pepsi machine/whatever...it takes lack of control.  I have been very, very mad, and never once punched a door, a wall, or anything that wasn't also intent on punching me.  That doesn't make me less caring, it just means that I have better control, when things are out of control.

I'll bet it was just fine that Danny White, Roger Staubach, and even Tom Landry did not punch things...but why is it that they didn't?  They were not control freaks, they were freaky in control.

I probably read the article better than ya'll did...and my guess is, it took ya a lot longer to do it.  Yeah, it's like that.

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