Tony Romo Hoax

flag-bearers_in_cowboy_hats_whip_up_enthusiasm_in_the_crowd_with_a_brisk_run_with_flags_displaying_the_dallas_cowboys_lone-star_emblem_at_the_cowboys_home_field_att_stadium_in_arlington_texas_lccnDespite press conference, Tony Romo will Start at Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in coming weeks.

Chip readers for debit and credit cards are a waste of time. A big ass waste of time. Instead of customers’ swiping there card and having the machine read it so, they can complete their purchase in a timely manner, they now have to wait.

Customers’ used to be able to pay for item’s at a store by swiping there card. The machine would then reads the card quickly and instantly respond to the prompt answers. It is the most convenient way for customers’ to make payments. Now however, if customers’ have a chip on there card, they must use the chip reader.

Customers’ insert the chip side of the card into the machine. Then wait for the machine to read the card. Debit or credit? Then they wait some more. Cash back? Then they wait some more. Pin number? Then they wait some more. Approved. Now wait for a receipt to print.

Is this a ploy to get people to interact? Maybe the powers want the customers to be less hostile to the customer service representative at the store. The chip is a waste of time.

Chip reader’s can be found all over AT & T stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play. It is fitting that chip readers are at AT & T stadium where the Cowboy waste time coming up with ploys.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s press conference on Tuesday.  Romo held the press conference to publicly support his teammate and quarterback Dakota Prescott. Was this a ploy?

The attending press as well as the people watching at home, wasted a good portion of their day on this nonsense.

“We all know something magical is happening to our team. I’m not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows that I have his back. And I think I know that he has mine.”

Romo addressed the rhetoric on sports T.V. shows, radio and newspapers, by reading a statement. The rhetoric, that is largely being pushed by the team owner Jerry Jones, is that when Romo is completely healthy, he will be inserted into the starting line-up.

Romo injured his back during a preseason game 10 weeks ago.

Dak_prescott_2016.jpgRomo did the right thing by publicly supporting Prescott. The Cowboys have the best record in the NFC and last weak defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Romo doesn’t want to be a distraction when he is the back-up quarterback Sunday, when the Cowboys play the Baltimore Ravens.

“He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do,” Romo said about Dak.

Please don’t fall for any of this. Romo’s press conference was a sham and he is purposely misleading the public about the quarterback situation with the Cowboys.

For starters, the Cowboys have seven games left to play this season. While Prescott has played stellar through the first nine, that doesn’t guarantee his stellar play will continue. The Cowboys are in position to make the playoffs and potential have a first round bye.

Romo has led the Cowboys to the playoffs three times since 2006, when he was named the starter.

So even though Prescott has already accomplished a lot, the season is not over. If Prescott begins to struggle and put the playoffs and the first round bye in jeopardy, are the Cowboys going to stick with him? Of course not.

Romo is not stepping aside. What he meant to say was he isn’t going to lobby to the Cowboys brass after a win like he did last week, for a the starting job. 

Would Romo have read that statement after a loss? If the Cowboys were 7-2 or 6-3, would Romo have supported Prescott after a win? Probably not. There is a lot at stake for the Cowboys. If the winning stops, the lobbying will start.

Another reason why no one should believe Romo, is he knows how limited Prescott is.

Prescott is a better version of Tim Tebow as a quarterback. The similarities are obvious between Prescott and Tebow. Both thrived in college under Dan Mullen’s offensive system.

Dak_Prescott_20151105.pngMullen, who is the head coach at Mississippi State, was the offensive coordinator at Florida when Tebow was the starting quarterback.

Early success in their NFL careers is another similarity between Tebow and Prescott. Tebow, during his second year in the NFL, became the starting quarterback for the struggling Denver Broncos and helped them reached the playoffs.

Both seem to have a unique leadership ability. Prescott and Tebow attitudes make their teammates play harder and smarter.

Prescott passing abilities make them different. Prescott is an efficient passer, something Tebow never was. Tebow was an effective passer, Prescott is both. Prescott passing keeps the offense on schedule. Cowboys have a 47 percent success rate on third down because the Cowboys have a short distance to tavel for a first down (ranked 4th best in the NFL). As opposed to third and a long distance for a first down, which is the situation Tebow constantly put his teams in. Broncos converted 31 percent of third downs in 2011, the year Tebow was the primary quarterback (3rd worst).

Prescott passing might make him better than Tebow but he is not a better option than Romo. He is limited as a quarterback and might be peeking as a player at this point of the season.

Prescott like Tebow, handle’s adversity poorly while playing quarterback. Instead of standing in the pocket and waiting until the absolute last minute to throw the correct pass. Prescott like Tebow is prone to run, something they were taught by Mullen.

If Prescott continues to run away from pressure he will eventually run into traps. Traps that Romo is already aware of.

Prescott is in the developmental stage as a football player. Are the Cowboys prepared to risk the potential of this season on Prescott’s development? Of course not, that is what Jones has been signaling to the press after football games and during this week.

“I really don’t want to sit here and think that we got two quarterbacks ready to play and one of them not be ready because he didn’t take some snaps out there,”Jones said according to ESPN.

jason_garrett_dak_prescott_september_2016

Finally, Prescott also appears to be playing with a limited playbook. Something that benefits him and the team because it restrains coach Jason Garrett.

Unfortunately for Prescott, Garrett has proven that he can’t suppress his appetite for points and yardage. Eventually Garrett, will surrender to those desires at the expense of strategy.

One of the biggest reason’s Romo has only been to the playoffs three times in the 10 years he’s been a starter, is that Garrett asked too much of him. Romo had the responsibility of scoring to cover up for the bad field position the team would have. He was asked to score to cover up the bad defense that the Cowboys had.

Garrett never fixed those problems because his desire to score points. Prescott has forced Garrett to pay attention to those team issues. Last year also helped Garrett focus on those issues. Yet, the darkside of Garrett lurks and he will want to use Romo to put up points, at the expense of winning.

That means Prescott is on the hot seat to keep producing and improving at linear trajectory. This won’t and has never happened.

What Romo did on Tuesday was put on an act. Romo wanted to assure Cowboy fans that when he replaces Prescott, that it wan’t a ploy.

Jerry Jones interview highlighted the Cowboys ture plan.

“It’s not a goodbye,” Jones said Thursday. “I think Tony has got five years left of really competing for a Super Bowl. I believe Tony will be the quarterback on a Super Bowl team. I believe that strongly. We’re talking generic now, and I have no plans for him not to be part of the Dallas Cowboys. Not a consideration.”

The return of Romo will start Sunday. Prescott is expected to struggle against a fierce Ravens defense. The Ravens are known for having a brilliant defensive game plan that limits their opponents. Of course, that could also be said about the Steelers.

Expect for Romo to play. The Cowboys could use a new winkle for teams to adjust to. Romo could be a unwelcome surprise for the Ravens. It would also give teams something else to spend time and get prepared for.

At least then Romo wouldn’t be wasting everyone’s time.

Your least favorite team is ruining Sports for the rest of us.

 

Brian Wright

In the world of business, the goal is to make money. If you have higher profits then you have cost, than your business is doing well, no matter what people say. That is the ultimate bottom line and the NBA, NFL, MLB, soccer clubs are doing just that, making money. They make so much from T.V. contracts, that the leagues can be secure for the near future in terms of profits. The only thing that may hurt any of these sports leagues is if fans quit watching, but the impact wouldn’t be felt for years. That’s the beauty of guarantees, however the prominent professional sports leagues should worry about how organizational structures and the head scratching moves of poor performing teams, may one day,( as far away as that day may seem) will turn fans off.

Eventually these intense fan bases will stop supporting minor & major markets of the teams because….THEY HAVE NO CHANCE AT WINNING. Fans will realize the opportunities to win the world championship have been continually squandered. Lack of ownership direction and certainty, coaching firings, bad scouting and drafting, and poor on field product are turning fans off.

Eventually fans are going to be turned off to these teams that can’t at least pretend to be moving toward fan goals and expectations. Yes how fans feel matter, because if a franchise loses enough fan support, the team will eventually feel the economic impact because:

  1. Cities won’t be so excited to give in to the ridiculous demands of terrible sports franchises for stadiums.
  2. Poor ratings mean networks will pay owners less and less for T.V. deals because no one will watch those games. (When is the last time you saw the Professional Bowling in Primetime)
  3. Merchandise sales will go into the tank because players will be too hard to follow because they change teams so much.
  4. Great athletes will play another sports because the game will lose its luster. Not to mention football participation being down for a lot of reasons.

This doomsday scenario is far off but is real, and sports franchises should worry about carrying the bad sports franchises from contract to contract. Some of these sports franchises have been bad partners. To save time focus on the NFL.

WHO?

 

Map showing NFL ticket sales by state

The NFL is the most popular league in the United States and makes the most money, the NFL is king. The bad teams however, are not feeling the love, check out this map of popular NFL teams by state. Did you notice Florida and California? In Florida the NFL has three teams, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa. In California the NFL has 3 teams.

depositphotos_90600282-Tampa-bay-buccaneers.jpg

 

Tampa Bay won ticket sales for games in the state of Florida, YAY! If you look at the ratings numbers for the NFL in 2015, you’ll notice that the Buccaneers did not even play on National T.V. last year. Combine that with the firing of coach Lovie Smith after two season, along with a lot of other coaches in the last 5 years, plus the team isn’t bring in free agents this offseason ( or popular players that sell tickets). Which means the team is rebuilding again and Jameis Winston is the man who will make the team worth something right. Maybe? If he can stay healthy and win games. Winston started every game last year but the Bucs only won six games, a improvement from the year before, but that doesn’t guarantee they will win six again. The Bucs haven had a winning record since 2010, when they won 10 games but failed  to make the playoffs. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007. Since, the team has made won in (terms of games) 9, 3, 10, 4, 7, 4, 2, 6. Not exactly a linear upswing, its hard to image (though it happens) fans will continue to save the Bucs by selling out games because the team is not very good. Then what will the Bucs, move? Where to LA or London, where they are starving for football. That might be a good option but by then those T.V. deals will be up and no T.V. or internet streaming company will pay to put the Bucs on. There is also that Jameis Winston thing too.

The Bucs are the most popular team in the state, how much longer will fans pay to see professional football in Florida. The Dolphins and the Jaguars are not exactly alternatives.

stock-photo-nashville-tennessee-usa-january-lp-field-is-a-football-stadium-in-nashville-is-home-to-272537591.jpg

 

The Tennessee Titans are a mess, the ownership in particular, Amy Adams- Strunk had to tell season ticket holders recently that the team is not for sale. Which will hopefully and mercifully stop fans from going through the rebuilding process. But look at that map again, who outside of the state of Tennessee cares about the Titans. Kentucky is a northern neighbor and the football fans in that state pay for Cincinnati Bengals tickets. Geographically those football fans would rather drive north to see the Bengals rather then the Titans. Paying to see other teams is true for football fans in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Not to say that football fans from those states do go see the Titans at all, college football is also huge in the states mentioned before and its, reasonable to say that most football fans pay for one and watch the other from home. Merchandise sales were not amazing, the Titans had one player in the top 50 of jersey sales in 2015, at no. 9 Marcus Mariota. To compare  the 49ers who won only 5 games had 5 and one of those players retired. (Patrick Willis). The team did trade for Demarco Murray and they have the fist pick in the draft but they are a long way away. Will the fans be patient enough?

Again the day the next time a sports league hurts for money is not in the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean people wont eventually take there money else because of the lack of faith in the organization from fans. If sports teams continue to drag fans year after year through rebuilding another process. Then the leagues will begin to suffer. Sports has it’s luster in the world but its not invincible.