Tony Romo Hoax

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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.

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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.

College Football Week 1: Takeaways

9/6/16

Very few things live up to the hype the way week 1 of the 2016 college football season did. Underdogs pulled off monster upsets, the number one team in the country looked dominate, and there was even an historic comeback featuring two ranked teams. What more could you ask for? Many fans are a bit cautious about this week in college football, using cliche’s like, “week 1 doesn’t matter” . Correction, the first game doesn’t carry the same weight for every team. To some teams, week 1 was extremely important.

For the University of Houston a week 1 victory against Oklahoma was huge. A team like Clemson or Alabama however,  a week 1 victory against Auburn and USC meant little. Regardless the most important result from week 1 is, did your team win?

Some fans and critics of University of Tennessee, are panicking because of the overtime victory against Appalachian State.  The reason is, a lot of fans believe that Tennessee has an opportunity to win the SEC east this year, but an overtime victory against an FCS school doesn’t make that prediction sound plausible. Vols fans should stop panicking though, the team won and that’s what matters most. Mississippi State lost to South Alabama on a last second field goal miss. Fans in Knoxville should be much happier than the fans in Starksville. They probably are.

The point is, stop panicking if your team lost, but if your team did win; rejoice! With that being said, these are the biggest winners and losers from week 1 in college football.

WINNERS 

University of Houston- I will not be humble about this, I believed Houston had a real shot a being a Cinderella, and they came through. Not just beating Oklahoma, but doing it in a dominant fashion. Going into the game I thought the game would be close, I believed the Cougars defense would have trouble containing the Sooners running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine. Perine got hurt early, and Mixon made some explosive plays, but the Cougars defense adjusted and shut that offense down. Houston really gave itself a shot to get into the College Football Playoff, but that is still a long way from happening. Houston needs the Oklahoma to win in this binary scenario, win the Big 12 and defeat Ohio State on Sept. 17th.  Without both of these, Houston won’t get in. The Playoff Committee was designed to make sure the NCAA makes the most amount of money it can, and the size of Houston’s fan base doesn’t help that cause. Not to mention, Houston is essentially playing a two game schedule. Oklahoma and Louisville are the only tough teams on their schedule. So they need those teams to win as many games as possible, to help Houston’s resume. Obviously Houston must go undefeated as well to make the Playoff.

Texas- Big win for Charlie Strong and the Longhorns. Texas not only saw a return to national prominence, but also home field advantage. It’s been a long time since DKR stadium sounded the way it did Sunday night. Texas used to be a place opponents feared to come to because of the noise, and just maybe that weapon is back for good. Beating Notre Dame was important, and it has put the rest of the Big 12 on notice.

Toledo- Yes Toledo! Toledo destroyed Arkansas State 31-10. Now neither of these are going to be in the national conversation for the playoffs, and neither team will have the opportunity to upset a potential playoff team. With that being said, what a win for Toledo. Arkansas State is a good program, and will likely repeat as Sun Belt conference champions at the of the season, and Rockets just beat them down in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

LOSERS

LSU- Les Miles should have lost his job last season. Not because he can’t coach, but because of his loyalty to Cam Cameron. Cameron is the offensive coordinator of the Tigers and has been a disaster since he stepped on campus. If I’m the Athletic Director at LSU, I am getting rid of Cameron. He can’t continue to call plays for a team this talented. It is not all Quarterback Brandon Harris fault the offense is not putting up the points a team with this many weapons should. Cameron’s play-calling has been predictable, boring, and unimaginative. He has got to go! This is the same man who was the Head Coach of the 2007 Miami Dolphins that started 0-13. His claim to fame is being the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Charges who had Ladainian Tomlinson. In 2006, Tomlinson rushed for an NFL record 28 touchdowns. After that Cameron ruined the Dolphins. Then got the coordinator job with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008, where he was often criticized for his play-calling before he was fired. The Ravens went on to win the Superbowl the year after they dumped Cameron. Since he has been the coordinator at LSU, where they have had talented players on offense that include; Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, La’el Collins, Jeremy Hill. These are not just college stars, they are NFL starters. Cameron had these players at his disposal and has been about as creative as a grey jacket. Cameron continues to be a complete disaster for a coach who one-time coached the number one scoring offense in the NFL. Since he has been at LSU the offense has ranked (23rd, 5th and 57th) an average of 28th in the country. To be fair, the three years prior LSU was (46th, 17th, 59th) ranked an average of 40th in the country. So he has improved the offense, but not up to the expectations a reasonable observer would expect. Maybe it’s time for both to go.

Ole Miss- The Rebels came apart like the pants on cheap suit Monday night. After taking a 28 to 3 lead, Florida State scored 33 unanswered points. Hugh Freese and Chad Kelly are going to be thinking about that one for a while. With a lead, Kelly committed four turnovers, the only four of the game. Meanwhile the Rebel defense must have thought FSU would quit, because there was a clear lack of effort after gaining the big lead. Freese deserve a lot of blame for this loss, and its because they didn’t adjust to playing with the advantage on the scoreboard. The final time of possession for Ole Miss was 17 minutes and 21 seconds, compared to Florida States 42 minutes and 39 seconds. Ole Miss outscored the Seminoles for the first 26 minutes of the game. In 6 minutes and 11 seconds later, FSU was leading 29-28. Unbelievable.

UCLA- It’s not the end of the world for the Bruins, but that loss was bad. The PAC 12 is up for grabs this year and losing to Texas A&M doesn’t change that. However, to only score 24 points on a defense that has been as bad as A&M in recent history, has to be a red flag. Not only did they fail to put up points, but the Aggie’s looked like superior athletes at times. That was not a good look for UCLA.