I hate the Cowboys. I'm a lifelong Seahawks fan who lives in North Carolina, so to be completely honest I don't have a lot of love for any of those mass-market teams. However, the Dallas Cowboys and all their "America's team" nonsense are particularly bothersome to me. I'm pretty sure that I hate them. The refs served last week's playoff contest between Dallas and Detroit up to the Cowboys on a silver platter, and that doesn't make me like them any more.
Plus, now I have to listen to a fresh batch of garbage about the "great" Tony Romo from the Dallas faithful, most of whom hated this guy prior to this season. Seriously, people are talking about this dude like he's some living legend because he finally put together a good season, and he's still 2-6 in win-or-go-home games--after the officials gave him a freebie at Detroit's expense last weekend! He's the best QB around, that's what some of the talking heads and a lot of the dimwitted fans are saying, and I'm sitting here wondering what it is that they're smoking. Why is he so great all of a sudden? Because he has a really good QBR? What trophy are they giving out for that? Dude is mediocre at best. Okay, he has nifty stats. Nifty stats are a dime a dozen for mediocre quarterbacks in this passing era. Get real. Winners win--and that includes the month of December and beyond. Romo is looking to cover some new ground this weekend, and the ground he has covered isn't exactly legendary. Save the coronation for someone who gets to hoist a trophy in a few weeks.
I hate the Cowboys and I'm pulling for Green Bay this weekend. I would be pulling for Green Bay anyway against Dallas, but now I have extra reason to root for the home team. Yes, I'm a fan of ESPN's First Take. Yes, like any of you who are also fans of the program and aren't bathing daily in Tony Romo Kool-Aid, Skip Bayless is driving me positively insane. He must be stopped. If I hear another inflated speech about the glory that is Tony "I have never even sniffed a Super Bowl victory" Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, my head may just explode. If I have to listen to another ridiculous monologue about a so-called team of destiny that hasn't enjoyed a meaningful post-season run since cellphones were roughly the same size as bricks, I may toss my television out the window. I need a Green Bay win for my sanity. I need a Green Bay win for Stephen A. Smith, who has to endure this senseless blather at close range. I need the Packers to win on the behalf of America, a country that has many sports teams and certainly isn't involved in an exclusive relationship with an incredibly popular and frequently-discussed franchise that hasn't really accomplished anything of significance since they put more than two bars on NFL helmets.