“Fame is fleeting. That stuff comes and goes. You know, as soon as I play poorly … you won’t be doing this interview–you’ll be interviewing the next guy.” – Tony Romo
These are not the words of a guy whose mind is 100% focused on football. These are the words of a guy who is doing everything possible to milk his 15 minutes of fame. And that’s exactly what Tony Romo seems to be doing. From his dalliances with famous women to his well-documented vacation prior to the biggest game of his career, Tony Romo sure seems to be enjoying himself. And now we have news of his attempt to qualify for the US Open golf tournament.
This round of golf, if viewed in a vacuum, is completely innocent. I mean, no one says that a guy can’t enjoy a nice round of golf every now and then. It’s healthy and normal to have a hobby or two. But this wasn’t just any round of golf. This was a round of golf in preparation for a weekend tournament in June – June 18-21, to be exact. Most NFL quarterbacks would look at that date on the calendar and say, “Well, I can’t very well be playing golf that weekend.” But not Tony. He’s just trying to enjoy the “big picture”.
The reason Tony shouldn’t have been eyeing a golf tournament on that particular weekend is because the Cowboys are scheduled to have a mini-camp. This mini-camp will be important for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that it will give him and Roy Williams a chance to start working on some chemistry in the passing game. It would also give Jason Garrett an idea of what he can start doing with the offense. Can you imagine what a disaster it would be if they had to have Jon Kitna running things because Romo was off playing golf? I’m not sure that even Jerry’s parrots at dallascowboys.com could sugar-coat that one.
So what gives? Why would Jerry allow his franchise player to show such complete disregard for such an important event? I can only imagine what Troy Aikman might think. He has already stated that Romo hasn’t quite grasped what it means to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He’d be flabbergasted if he were to find out that Romo would be playing in a golf tournament the same weekend as a mini-camp. So how is it that an analyst for the Fox network seemingly has more regard for the team’s well-being than its General Manager? It certainly baffles the mind.
Now, the kool-aid drinkers may suggest that Romo had no intention of playing in the US Open. That maybe he did it just to see if he could qualify, since it is something that he’s been trying for years. Well, even if that were the case, what would he do if he were to qualify? Would he just not show up? Would he act the humanitarian and give his spot to the runner-up? Why put that poor sap through all that?
Alas, it’s all a moot point. Romo shot a triple bogey on the 16th hole, which ended up being his undoing. Imagine that, Romo’s penchant for choking in the clutch actually worked out in the Cowboys’ favor. Funny old world, isn’t it?