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They are America’s team. So why are they hated so much? The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo usually end up on the wrong end of someone’s joke. But why? They are a successful franchise, only dipping below .500 twice since 2003. Well it isn’t always about the team’s record. The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s version of a soap opera. Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades football mind and has been in charge of the Cowboys since 1989 when he bought the team using his oil fortune.
Jones has won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in 1992, 1993 and 1995. Since 1995 though, Dallas has never made it past the divisional round of the playoffs. It has gone through several quarterbacks since Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman hung up his cleats. Dallas has brought in selfish personalities like Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant. Jones is always looking to be in the headlines and have the attention on him and his franchise. Whether it’s making a trade up in the draft, building the new AT&T stadium with the biggest video board ever or this week trading for problem child Rolando McClain, Jones is always looking for publicity.
How about the Cowboys quarterback? Tony Romo has held the starting role since 2006 and has been a lightning rod for criticism. From dating Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson to committing the big turnover late in the game, Romo almost always finds a way to make his haters happy. Just search “Tony Romo” on Twitter and most of the posts are making fun of him. If you look deeper into the stats, Romo is a top-10 signal caller in this league. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, threw for nearly 5000 yards in 2012 and has the highest quarterback rating in the fourth quarter since 2006. All those numbers point to a great QB, yet all fans can remember are his fumbled snap in the 2006 NFC Wildcard game, his late-game interception in last year’s showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos or him and his team’s propensity to come up short in the big game. The last three seasons the Cowboys have finished 8-8 and lost the last game of the season with the division title on the line. They are like a bride that stiffs you, leaving you alone at the altar.
Jerry Jones has a big ego. Tony Romo has a smaller ego than Jones but it’s still pretty big. That’s who they are. Until they win a Super Bowl together, Romo is going to be remembered as one that disappoints late. Late in the fourth quarter, people cheer for Romo to turn the football over and the Cowboys to lose in the most excruciating way. They usually find a way. Jones wants everyone to think this is Jerry’s world and we are just living in it, yet this is Jerry’s world and most are just laughing at him.