Tag:Tony Romo
Posted on: August 5, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Eye on Comedy: Pee-wee Herman visits Cowboys



Posted by Ryan Wilson

We feel comfortable writing this in permanent marker under "Things we never, ever (ever, ever) thought we'd see in our lifetime" -- Paul Reubens, in his full-on Pee-wee Herman get-up, having a meet-and-greet with the Cowboys owner, coaches and players.

Sound random? Well, it is. No one can explain exactly why Herman showed up … unless you believe his Twitter feed: "Trying out for the Dallas Cowboys!! (@ Alamodome w/ 2 others)"



We'll assume he was joking. But on the off-chance that he wasn't, we hear the Dolphins could be looking for a warm body now that Brett Favre has said he has no interest in un-retiring again.

For completeness, here's the "news report" from WFAA-TV:


How 'bout them Cowboys, indeed. Also acceptable: Yikes.

Hat tip: Shutdown Corner

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:03 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 10:19 am
 

Romo's wedding video is outstanding

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tony Romo shows what’s possible for your wedding video if you’re a romantic kind of guy who happens to have a pretty decent cash flow.

Basically, ahem, WEDDING VIDEO EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

Actually, the below video is pretty cool* (even if it doesn’t feature the flat hat that seems ever present on the Cowboys QB in post game pressers), but fair warning: If you’re thinking of proposing to your girlfriend any time soon (hell, even if you have a wife at home), don’t show her this video.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the video has been pulled off the intertubes so all we have is this screen grab of the two love birds. (Love that Romo is dressed up like Gopher from the "Love Boat." Nice touch.)

UPDATE II: Fortunately, we found the video again.

UPDATE III: It's down again. And we're officially done trying to put it up. If you haven't seen the video yet, you'll just have to use your imagination I suppose.

*Almost as cool as Joe Flacco’s wedding pictures.

Either she’ll want to know why you couldn’t pull off something similar. Or she’ll want to marry Romo herself (I mean, who wouldn’t want surround seating during the ceremony and fireworks when you’re departing the reception?).

That said, Mazel tov to the newly-wedded couple.




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Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Terrell Owens: not always a QB's best friend

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens is 37, and at some point in the not-too-distant past, he suffered an ACL injury. But according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Owens will not only be ready for the 2011 season, he will start. (Rosenhaus also said that Terrelle Pryor will be a "first-round pick.")

PR proclamations aside, the reality is that Owens is entering his 16th season, long after the time NFL players typically transition to life after football. But even if TO can summon one more productive season, there's another issue that will have a lot to do with him playing for his fourth team in four years next season.

Details via the National Football Post's Dan Pompei: "A front office man points out that [Owens] doesn’t always run his route the way he is supposed to and he leaves a lot of gray area for the quarterback. Last year, he led the NFL in most interceptions as a targeted receiver with 12, according to Stats, Inc. What’s more, he has led the league in the category with 43 interceptions over the last five years. And another issue with T.O? He was third in the league in drops last year with 11."

To his credit, Owens still put up impressive numbers in 2010. In 14 games he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. But it's not the first time Owens has been accused of loosely interpreting the playbook. In March, 2007, there were reports that he didn't know the Cowboys' playbook. At the time, the Dallas Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote that "Within the organization, T.O.'s lack of familiarity with the playbook wasn't a secret. Players knew. Coaches knew. Front-office personnel knew. After all, [Tony] Romo and others had to tell him the plays during practice, on occasion, so it surprised few when he wasn't sure what to do during games."

Owens refuted the claim saying "I knew my plays... I put everything I love on that." And to be fair, he racked up 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2006. For not knowing exactly where he was supposed to be on the field, TO was still one of the NFL's best wideouts.

But that was more than four years ago and Owens is now coming off knee surgery. Even if he has the playbook committed to memory, age and injuries may have finally caught up to him.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

D. Bryant (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said recently that he had "a handle" on a money situation that appeared to be spiraling out of control. As CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote Sunday, Bryant has been "sued by local jewelers, gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants and absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason."

Turns out, Bryant's view of his financial affairs isn't shared by the people he remains indebted to. ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins writes Monday that Bryant "still owes Colleyville jeweler and ticket broker Eleow Hunt a little more than $600,000 for jewelry, tickets and personal loans."
More on Dez

Whoever you blame for the current labor silliness, one thing is for certain: the owners can hold out a lot longer than the players. Partially because they have more money, but also because you seldom read stories of owners dropping 600 grand on "jewelry, tickets and personal loans."

When the Cowboys signed Bryant to a five-year, $11.8 million contract last July, it included $8.5 million in guarantees. That's a lot of coin to dump in anyone's lap, much less a 22-year-old fresh out of college.

The frivolous spending isn't surprising -- it's part of being young and impetuous -- but the owners knew that many players, especially those new to the league, wouldn't heed advice from their agents or union representatives to save money during the lockout. Which means that even players making well into six-figures could be short on funds any month now.  Paying for the clothes, the cars, the homes -- for themselves and family members -- adds up quickly. Since banks aren't in business to float interest-free loans, the money has to come from somewhere.

If you want to see football in the fall, this should be good news. Being broke serves as a catalyst to make progress on a new labor agreement, even the players have to make concessions they thought were off the table.

While it seems that Bryant is on the hook for at least another $600K, he sounds like he will be ready to go once the 2011 season begins. "From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said recently. "The relationship between Big Tony [Romo] and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Compartmentalization is a defense mechanism developed from perpetually being in the spotlight. In that regard -- being able to separate his personal life from his professional life -- Bryant sounds like a seasoned veteran.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Dez Bryant: 'I have a handle' on money situation

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one NFL player who's had arguably the most tumultous individual offseason, Dez Bryant of the Cowboys would be a good candidate.

He's been sued by local jewelers, he's gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, he's been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants, he's been absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason.

So, it's gotta be good for the team to hear that Bryant's taking care of business lately.

"I have a handle on it and it's done," Bryant said in response to a question about his financial issues. "It's in the past and I'm ready to go ahead from here."

Also nice: Bryant predicts that the lockout won't affect the NFL season!

"There will be an NFL season and I think we will start on time," Bryant said. "I know Dallas will be ready to go, and I'll be ready to put on my helmet and go to work."
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That's probably a stretch, but whatever -- anything Bryant can do in order to make sure he sounds totally gruntled is a good thing. Which makes the comments about relationship with the two most-famous faces of the Cowboys franchise, Jerry Jones and Tony Romo, also optimistic.

"From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said. "The relationship between Big Tony and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Bryant, in a wide-ranging interview, was also asked about the offense under the full-time guidance of Jason Garrett, and said he envisions it being "more aggressive."

"I think we'll be more aggressive this year with (Garrett) in charge," Bryant said. "I still have a bad taste in my mouth after starting 1-7 last year, and that makes me motivated and determined for this season."

All in all, if you're a Cowboys fan, you've got to be pretty pumped up about this whole sitdown at a department store in Oklahoma. Unless you're so cynical that you think Dez might have been coached-up before he got to the interview, which, naturally, featured tons of questions about stuff that public-relations people usually won't allow to be answered during a time of heavy labor strife.

That's not me being entirely skeptical about Bryant's interview; it does sound like he's kind of gotten things together after a bad start to the offseason.

Or, at the very least, he's hired someone who's taught him not to say stupid things publicly, which is a giant step forward anyway.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.29.11: Furloughs and fun



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • There are many of us think it’s deplorable for teams to gut staff or send their lowest-level employees out on unpaid furloughs (even if it might make good business sense) during the lockout? Well, it also makes Steelers LB Larry Foote mad. Said Foote in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "I don't know who they're trying to fool. How the heck are they laying people off? I don't get that part. That ain't right right there. That's affecting people's lives; they're not making millions of dollars, many of them are going check to check. It's the first time I actually got mad when I read that the other day. They're going too far. That's ridiculous now. The owners are starting to make themselves look like the big companies that move people outside the country. I'm not talking about the Rooneys, I know what they're cut from."
  • T. Romo and his wife, Candice Crawford (Getty).Also in the above article, Pittsburgh NT Chris Hoke said he thinks 90 percent of the league’s veterans are OK with the lockout. Said Hoke: “I want to be in training camp, but, if we're not going in now, when's the last time I could go work out 3-4 hours in the morning and have the afternoon with my wife? Never."
  • Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to Pro Football Weekly about No. 1 pick Cam Newton missing offseason workouts: “The Panthers are going to be like everybody else and (Newton's) going to be like everybody else, so we all have to adjust and deal with what we have to deal with. I'm not really overly stressed out about it, personally."
  • CBSSports.com’s own Len Pasquarelli writes about the how and why the two sides of the labor dispute actually could agree about the monitoring of social media

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 7:22 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Jerry Jones to attend Tony Romo's wedding

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Romo
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is getting married this Saturday. And Jerry Jones will be on hand. The lockout prevents owners and players from being in touch, but Jones told ESPN Dallas that he is getting around those rules.

"I've gotten special permission," Jones said. "But more than anything, [I got the] right ticket from him and his fianceé -- Romo's wife-to-be. [It's] one of prettiest invitations I've ever seen.

"So, yes, I will be there, and [I'm] proud for him. He's got the best end of this deal."

Romo is marrying former television reporter and Miss Missouri, Candice Crawford. Virtually the entire Cowboys roster is expected to attend the wedding and reception.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.20.11: Welker disappointed in owners

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Wes Welker said something recently about enjoying the lockout. He recently clarified it, stating that he was saying it as a joke. (If you've ever met or interviewed Welker, this makes much more sense than him saying it in a really serious fashion.) He seemed especially cheesed that the owners decided to use it against him in court. 
 
 
 
 
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