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Monday, October 7, 2013

WHITT'S END: 10.7.13

      Whether you're at the end of your coffee, your day, your week or even your rope, welcome to Whitt's End

   *I don't blame Yu Darvish for giving up a run in a 1-0 loss. I don't blame Dirk Nowitzki for scoring 50 points but missing a late free throw in a loss. And I don't blame Tony Romo for 506 yards, five touchdowns but one late hiccup in a loss. Romo's only mistake Sunday was that he wasn't perfect. You go ahead and blame the best player on the field in the Cowboys' 51-48 loss to the Broncos. But I won't do it.

   *Evidenced by the five Super Bowl banners hanging in AT&T Stadium, America's Team doesn't deal in moral victories. Nonetheless, it was one of the greatest, most entertaining games in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. My Top 10 Whitty Comments are over at NBC 5's Blue Star Blog.

   *Marring Sunday's beautiful game was an ugly scene in the Cowboys' locker room, in the form of a "fight" between local media members. After sleeping on it I've decided not to name names because 1) I don't want to dignify their actions and overshadow the game; 2) I understand discipline, and possibly jobs, could be at stake. In general, what went down: A photographer from CBS 11 and on-air reporters from CBS 11 and ABC Channel 8 got in a turf war with a reporter from ESPN Dallas. Just jostling for position around Sean Lee's locker for a gangbang interview. It happens. I've been on both ends of this. Sometimes you're holding your recorder, it's in the "shot" of a TV camera and your arm gets gently nudged to move it down. No biggie. And sometimes there's something in your camera's view and you - hopefully politely - ask the obstrusive object to alter its position. Happens several times in every post-game locker room in every stadium every week. But on Sunday the ESPN Dallas reporter took offense to being having anyone dare "put their hands" on him. He bristled. He cussed. He physically challenged a photographer and a reporter. He caused Lee to end the interview and head to the showers. He was eventually escorted out of the locker room by Jerry Jones' body guard, Roosevelt. After being let back in, the glares and words and accidentally-on-purpose shoulder contact continued, prompting the Cowboys' public relations staff to prematurely close the locker room and usher all media out. It was unprofessional. It was embarrassing. The media - especially in the wake of a wonderful, milestone game like that - aren't supposed to be the story. Note to everyone involved: Grow up.

   *Speaking of media, I learned over the weekend that 103.3 FM ESPN's new afternoon show will be Matt Mosley paired with ... Tim Cowlishaw. It's the end of an era this afternoon as Metroplex icon Randy Galloway hangs up his headphones after one last show that ends at 6 p.m. Cumulus, the parent company of The Ticket, officially takes over operational control of the station at midnight tonight, so several changes looming. And how do you attempt to replace Galloway's 10-gallon voice? With another long-time area columnist. Mosley and Cowlishaw are great guys, each with a strong reporting foundation and a partnership that dates back to their time together at the Dallas Morning News. Will their afternoon offering ultimately threaten The Hard Line? Doubtful. Will I initially give them a listen? Definitely.

   *You say Romo choked. I say Romo was desperately trying to make a play when the situation dictated that a play had to be made. While the only pressure the Cowboys put on Peyton Manning all day was a facemask penalty, Romo spent the afternoon running for his life, getting sacked four times, improvising and generally morphing into Tony Football. On Dallas' last possession he was sacked on first down, setting up 2nd-and-16 from the 14. As Romo drops back to pass he again gets pressure - right up the middle, right in his face. Critics scream for him to just "eat the ball" and take another sack, because ball security is priority No. 1. True, but consider his thought process. The game is tied at 48 with two minutes remaining. There's immense, urgent pressure to score, what with Manning and the Broncos' offense having already produced points on nine of 11 drives. Being a conservative bus driver there and taking the sack results in a 3rd-and-24 from your own 6. You don't convert that, you punt and you know how the story ends. So, knowing he has to make a positive play out of negative situation, Romo steps up to throw a seam route to tight end Gavin Escobar. There are three Broncos surrounding the rookie target, so it's not a high-percentage pass. But he's open. There's a window, and Romo has been making those throws all day. But it deteriorates. As he starts to stride with his left leg, his left foot trips on the right foot of left tackle Tyron Smith, who has suddenly been shoved into the quarterback's lap. Romo's rhythm is instantly aborted. The stride in which he generates velocity on the ball is short-circuited. (Imagine a pitcher stubbing his toe on the mound during his windup). The ball floats more than zips, allowing linebacker Danny Trevathan to make a spectacular diving interception. If you think that's choking, so be it. I saw a great player attempting to make a great play. I can live with that. Unfortunately, the Cowboys died with it.

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33 comments:

  1. @beevomav .. I feel exactly like you about the last play by Romo..On first down he was sacked and it was a horse collar and on second it's as simple as he tried to step up and hit his Smith..messed up the pass..
    I asked a question. If Romo eats the ball or throws it away, the team goes three and out..What's the chance of the defense, they didn't make the Broncos punt all game, stops Peyton? That's why he took a shot. It's the only hope the team had..

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  2. Sounds like ESPN is going to be short a reporter. Someone will name names..

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    1. Calvin Watkins...

      Big bad Cal was the instigator and main ass hat. Brett Kelly and Joe Trahan were your other principles, the physical part was very limited. However, Cal has a history of this. He cant seem to behave like a professional in a testosterone charged environment. If there was any justice he would have his cowboys cred yanked, if not his job.

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  3. "You say Romo choked. I say Romo was desperately trying to make a play when the situation dictated that a play had to be made."

    Up until the minor disruption by John Wilkes Booth, Abe Lincoln saw a great play.
    Except for that Vietnam thingy, LBJ was a fine president.
    The Hindenburg had a great flight. Who cares about the landing?

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  4. Manning told the RB NOT to score on the last drive.

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  5. Its all Tony's fault blah blah blah, BS he hung 48 points through for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defense anyone? insert (crickets chirping here).


    Shelley

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    1. Threw not through, sorry grammar is a bit off this morning.

      Shelley

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    2. Way to go Shelley :)

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  6. Cowboys are not even in the damn game without Romo

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  7. Romo not only played brilliantly yesterday, but really has all season long thus far. I'd submit that only the QB they went up against yesterday has had a better season. 13 TDs versus 2 picks, 114 QB rating. When you throw for 500+, five TDs versus one pick and hang 48 and lose, the blame lies anywhere but the quarterback.

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    1. You're trying to insert logic and sense into Cowboy fandom. They'll huff and puff and lazily blame Romo like usual.

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  8. It's the same thing I said at the beginning, not a Romo hater, but seriously ask yourselves this question and answer it honestly, "What is becoming Tony's legacy in the 4th quarter?". Sometimes I start to feel sorry for him until I realize he has 130 million, a hot wife, and many other reasons for us not to feel bad about what is morphing into the Romo Curse. How someone can be money over and over again and blow it late every time....I have no answer for that.

    And yes, defensively, good Lord. I got 99 problems....and it's all on defense.

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  9. Tease a story then not give out the names? Tolling.....

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    1. It's trolling. Bells toll. And, Richie gave his reasons.

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  10. The BAD Radio open implied that it was Calvin Watkins

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  11. I like the site and normally line up with Richie on this stuff, but to not name names reeks of fear and hypocrisy. If a pair of Cowboys were involved in the fight he would name them in a heartbeat. This was an event that is being discussed openly, on-air, and to not put a name to this implies that you're protecting those involved. Media shouldn't be the story, but in this case they are. It's Richie's site, he can do what he wants, but ultimately this comes off as protecting one of your own. It's bad form and it sets a bad precedent. Plus, it's surprising since Richie has been so open about everything else. The fight happened - reporting names has no impact on the dignity of anything.

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    1. If you wanna blame me for not naming names and not being the reason someone loses their job, I can live with that "mistake."

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  12. Jeff with Gbag had some numbers, I haven't looked them up to verify them, of Romo having 20 4th quarter come back victories and the highest 4th quarter passer rating in the history of the NFL. But, he's the quarterback of the Cowboys, if he's not winning every time in the 4th quarter, we don't care. I'd still like to see the numbers on that, who the competition was, etc. If he throws that int in the first quarter but he still has the same game and they lose, we're putting it ALL on the defense, aren't we? Funny how we look at things like that, isn't it?

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    1. One more thing Richie, what will Spittle do when Mosley/Cowlishaw is outproducing B&S? You know it's going to happen. The bumps in people listening to B&S have been when Cowlishaw is a +1.

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    2. How long until Spittle tries to sign Galloway? Certainly this won't be Galloway's real retirement will it? If he does go to The Fan, it seems likely either Ben & Skin or New School would be the show replaced.

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  13. Heard this observation somewhere today (I'd give credit it I could remember) and it went like this: What are the Cowboys without Romo? Nothing...Where are the Cowboys going with Romo? Nowhere. It just seems like we've seen this movie all too often. I really am a fan of the guy, but there becomes a point where you just can't defend him. As the old adage goes.."in sports, once is an accident, twice is a trend". What a tremendous performance that will be overshadowed by one screwup.

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  14. Chili or chilly?

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  15. I agree with comment above at 221pm. Not to name names is cowardly, especially after teasing the night before "I'll name names Monday"...it stinks of trying to get more views.

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    1. Nope. It's called a change of heart. I talked with a couple guys involved and am convinced me revealing their names might've lead to their firing. A couple extra hits on my website ain't worth someone's career.

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    2. I know! You're so powerful! LOL!

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  16. A's win. Enough said.

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  17. It was the punk Calvin Watkins (again) who got into it with Joe Trahan and some camera guy with CBS 11.

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  18. Always been a big Cowboys fan, but haven't been fully invested for 5 or 6 years. I still watch every game, and still want them to win, but by taking a step back emotionally, it's allowed me to enjoy the games more and not get so upset when they lose. Deep down, I think I blame Jerry, because I don't trust him to build a playoff contending team. I've never been one to bash Romo. He's made his share of mistakes, especially when it counts, but name me the last good QB they've had. Yep, Aikman. Name a Min or TB QB better than Romo in their history? Look, it sucks that he threw that pick, but for the first time in years I was using the words brilliant and spectacular when watching his performance on the field. That game was crazy good. I wish they would have won, but they wouldn't have done it without him. He's not elite in this league, but I'd say top 10, give or take.

    You don't win in this league without defense. That's what let them down yesterday.

    As for RW changing his mind about naming names, most likely he received some sage advice after his tweet yesterday that allowed him to change his mind. He knew it would come out, even here on his blog. He didn't have to be the one to out the guy. Anyone who suggests its just for page views, I respectfully disagree, since he's got a track record for delivering on this sort of thing.

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  19. Richie, If this has been mentioned before, I guess I missed it....but - is the ESPN Dallas website and reporters a separate entity from ESPN Dallas Radio? If not, is Cumulus also taking over management of the ESPN Dallas website and reporters? I'm trying to figure out who that offending reporter from ESPN Dallas last night in the locker room reports to....

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  20. Listened to Gallo's last show today. Almost teared up a couple times. Have listened for 25 years. I know Gallo is about 69, but he's a "young" 69, and in a bidness thats not really age related as long as you're good. Everyone deserves to relax ,retire I guess, but what is he gonna do? Play golf everyday? I hope he does find another radio show. None of these "politically correct" pussies will bash Jerry Jones the way Galloway does.

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  21. So what your saying is only smart people have good jobs and agree with you? And stupid people have bad jobs and disagree with you. Lol way to single out your readers.

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