Does anyone remember the 1988 John Carpenter movie called “They Live”? I have often thought there were many similarities with that movie and Tony Romo. It’s a story of a guy who stumbles across a pair of sunglasses that when worn wakes him from the trance he has been under and shows him exactly how the world is. Without them it showed how the world is actually brain washed to live a certain way. The world was hypnotized by messages on things they would come across in everyday life like magazines, billboards, labels on food or even road signs. To these people nothing was wrong and life was good, but what they didn’t know was that they were being controlled by a higher power. When this person stumbled across these sunglasses he saw what the world was really like. These sunglasses woke him up and as he looked through the sunglasses he saw what all those signs, billboards, magazines and labels really said. Messages like “obey”, “consume”, “watch TV”, “stay asleep”, “marry and reproduce”, “do no question authority” and other messages that had the whole world hypnotized. When it comes to Tony Romo it’s almost the same type of situation. People have been hypnotized since he became the quarterback of the Cowboys. It’s as though people without these sunglasses have been brain washed into thinking things like “Romo for life”, “In Romo we trust”, “Romomania”, “he will lead us”, “America’s QB”, “All hail Romo”. Every magazine, every news article, every sign, every label are all normal to Cowboys fans because they don’t know that they have been hypnotized into a Tony Romo world.
I know all of this because until recently I was part of that Tony Romo world. I was asleep for a long, long time. I was lucky enough to find the special sunglasses that woke me up and made me aware of what was really happening. I am hypnotized no more. I am finally awake and it feels so good!!
I’ve probably heard every excuse in the book as to why Romo has not led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl since becoming the starter during the 2006 season. Some believe it’s just not his time. Others believe that with a break here and there Romo would have a ring or two just like the Giants Eli Manning. I recently read that Tony Romo’s career completion percentage is higher than Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Troy Aikman. That may be true and he may have pretty impressive regular season numbers, but as the Cowboys quarterback the team has made the playoffs three times and is 1-3, never going further than the second round. Manning, Brady and Aikman have eight Super Bowl rings between them. But as each season passes with no Super Bowls and recently not even the playoffs the excuses continue. It’s written time and time again that Cowboys fans must continue to believe in Romo. That he has the ability to become elite and get the Cowboys back to the Super Bowl. But there comes a time when people have to be woken up from their dreams. Please put on the sunglasses and take a look around. I’m not saying it’s all Romo’s fault that the Cowboys have not reached a Super Bowl. But there comes a time when the team needs to realize that they can’t go any further with certain players and that they need to move on. Can anyone say this team is closer to a championship or even closer to competing for a championship now than they were five years ago?
When do the excuses stop? It’s time to put the sunglasses on and see Tony Romo for what he really is. He is a very good quarterback with some good stats, but maybe, just maybe he has also reached his potential. Maybe he is what he is and that’s all. It’s not a bad thing, but at the same time the Cowboys need to realize that maybe Romo can’t get them any further as their quarterback.
This whole ordeal started back in 2006 when he stepped on the field against the Giants when he replaced Drew Bledsoe. He was new life for the Cowboys and a breath of fresh air. He was something different and he was winning games with his gunslinger type of play. He was fun to watch and he was winning games which was when the brain washing started. We were led to believe that maybe Romo was the chosen one. Then in 2007 the brain washing went even deeper when he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and home field advantage. Tony Romo could do no wrong as far as the fans were concerned. But maybe it had a lot to do with the fact that the fans were so desperate for a quarterback since Troy Aikman retired that they fell hard for Romo, me included.
I was the biggest Tony Romo fan around. I supported him, cheered him on and wore his jersey proud. I made excuses for him when things went wrong and put him so high on a pedestal when he won you would have thought I was talking about Joe Montana. But after this past season even though he put up good numbers again, I realized that maybe things weren’t as good as I thought they were. I put on those sunglasses and they woke me up from the trance I was under. I saw a good quarterback that has won some games and also lost many heartbreaking games. I asked myself if Tony Romo was any better in 2011 than he was back in 2007 or 2009. My answer was not really! Sure he throws a lot of touchdowns and for a lot of yards, but as far as a player and a leader has he really improved any? It seems to be the same song every season when it comes to Tony Romo. All the shoulda, woulda and coulda’s when discussing Romo’s career with the Cowboys.
Even though the sunglasses have broken the trance I also understand that Tony Romo is not going anywhere. He is the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. But what happens after 2012 if he puts together another decent season, but fails to get the Cowboys to the next level? What happens if he loses more games like he did against the Jets and Lions in 2011? What happens if quarterbacks like Alex Smith or Matthew Stafford lead their teams to Super Bowl Championships? There still be so many people out there who have not tried on the sunglasses and the excuses to give Romo more time will still be spoken. To those people I offer the sunglasses of truth. Put them on and wake up to what is really going on. Almost every season it seems like the Cowboys are one of the favorites, but then teams like the Giants, Steelers, Saints and Packers come out of nowhere and become world champions. Aaron Rogers has grown into an MVP with the Packers. And as much as I hate to admit it Eli Manning has progressed every season and has become an elite player in the league.
There is nothing wrong with change. There is nothing wrong with moving in another direction. The Packers moved on from Brett Favre and the Eagles moved on from Donovan McNabb. It has happened to many teams over the years.
It feels good with the sunglasses on and to see things for what they really are, but at the same time it feels horrible knowing that nothing will be changing as the Cowboys and Tony Romo stay together. Maybe a change would work for everyone at this point. Maybe Romo would benefit from going to a new team. I read an article recently that the Cowboys would be lost without Tony Romo. That is exactly what I’m talking about as far as being hypnotized. I don’t understand that thought process. What has Romo done that would make anyone believe that 2012 will be any different for him than his other seasons with the Cowboys? I want to scream and wake the world up. I want to make sure everyone gets a pair of these special sunglasses so they will wake up and see things for what they are. It’s time for a change with the Cowboys and Tony Romo. It’s time to move on in a new direction. I beg everyone to please just put on the sunglasses and see for your selves!