This Friday, there was a megastar spotted at Joe Cotten's Barbecue in Robstown. It was none other than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Although I was not lucky enough to meet the quarterback that I have grown to become a fan of, it bugs me that people still heckle him about his mistakes.
Many people may have seen a specific YouTube video late last year from a man, I think, named Chris Crocker.
Crocker defended troubled pop singer Britney Spears after her VMA performance.
Allow me to bite off from Crocker and say a simple statement.
Leave Tony alone!
Look, I am aware that as the starting quarterback there is a lot of weight on his shoulders.
It's hard to believe that even after he fumbled that snap against the Seattle Seahawks during Wild Card weekend a year ago, people are still pestering him about it.
It's as if the 2007 regular season did not matter to many people.
Obviously the playoffs are a whole new ball game.
Romo set a new team record for touchdown passes with 36 touchdowns.
He also passed for over 4,000 yards.
Although he did throw his share of interceptions, as long as Romo threw for 300 yards, the Cowboys were practically guaranteed a win.
So after Dallas's tragic loss during the NFC Divisional Playoff against the New York Giants, Romo was, once again, the one getting the finger pointed at.
Now, in his defense, I will explain why it is not Romo's fault that the Cowboys lost against New York.
1. The vacation had nothing to do with it.
I am so sick of people talking about his break with his girlfriend, pop singer Jessica Simpson, in Mexico.
Does it upset me that he took some time off to enjoy a few days with his new girl? Slightly. I think Coach Wade Phillips did not focus on the situation the Cowboys were having. December was a terrible month to be in a Dallas uniform. They went 1-2 and Romo threw one touchdown and five interceptions. Phillips should have kept him and the rest of the team focused.
Besides, the vacation is none of our business in the first place.
2. The receivers could not catch.
Did anyone else notice how many passes were easily missed by tight end Jason Witten and receivers Patrick Crayton and Terrell Owens? It was disgusting.
They had so many opportunities to advance the ball closer to the end zone, but that seemed nearly impossible for any of them.
Romo was doing his job. You throw the ball to an open man, and the receivers are to catch it. It's not exactly rocket science we are talking about people.
3. The Giants were on fire.
This team was riding high on an eight-game road-winning streak. The way quarterback Eli Manning had been playing leading up to this game was almost near perfect. I can't even take away from his performance against the New England Patriots, in which they lost, 38-35. Manning threw four touchdown passes, and the Giants looked good despite losing.
I guess you can say it was a credible loss.
Plus, it was the third time the Cowboys and New York met in the season.
Dallas had won the previous two meetings, and many believed it was impossible to beat them three times.
4. Dallas's offensive and defensive lines were pathetic.
Apparently the lines did not know the appropriate time the ball was snapped, because they gave New York several opportunities to get easier first downs after committing several false starts.
Long third down plays became manageable after those penalties, making it much easier for the Giants to get closer to the end zone.
In addition to that, the offensive line did not help in protecting Romo when it was much needed near the end of the game.
They kept getting closer and closer to the goal line, but it seemed too far out of reach as the Cowboys faced fourth down.
5. The defense should not have given New York the game-tying touchdown at the end of the first half.
It looked like the team took it easy on the Giants at the end of the second quarter. In fact, it turned out to possibly be the difference maker in the game. With Dallas ahead, 14-7, the Giants had less than a minute left in the first half.
The Giants looked like they walked over the Dallas defense, easily scoring a touchdown in 46 seconds. That should not have happened. Manning maintained his composure as the Giants charged 71 yards towards the end zone to tie the game up at halftime.
I just don't get it. It's like the Cowboys are football's version of the New York Yankees. Just like Alex Rodriguez, people like Romo until he messes up.
For the next six years, he will be the Cowboys quarterback and I think he will continue to improve. I know it is easier said than done, but the 27-year-old has proven that he belongs there. He should no longer be the scapegoat if the team plays terribly.
What's sad is that his interception in the end zone was etched in everybody's head as the papers the next day said Romo was a choke job…again.
The bottom line is that the team lost the game, not Romo.
It's time to focus on the entire game and not just one mistake.
Hopefully the Cowboys will do just as well, if not better, in 2008.