Sunday, January 13, 2008

Concession Speech

For the rest of the season, I'm officially a Packers fan.

I don't want to talk about it right now, other than to say that when the ball was intercepted in the endzone to end the game and the season, I had a moment of utter dispair. After I stopped the Tivo from recording, deleted it, and turned the TV off, my wife said quietly, "I'm sorry."

"I can't believe we lost to the GIANTS..."

Then, without saying another word, I walked up stairs, flossed and brushed my teeth, took a deep breath, went downstairs again and joined my wife and kids at the table.

I said, "Ok, I'm over it now."

Thanks for one hell of a season, Cowboys. Thirteen and three, first round bye in the playoffs, and a young, talented roster to take us into the future.

Not too shabby.

14 comments:

Shesawriter said...

If you were a true fan, you'd be crying in a tall glass of whiskey muttering expletives to yourself. LOL!

Just kidding. Sorry for the loss. I love the cowboys, btw.

Bailey Stewart said...

At the beginning of the season, all I wanted was for them to improve upon last years season. I got my wish. They won the freakin' NFC East!

I'm also backing Favre and the Green Bay Packers from this moment on.

p.s. I knew we might be in trouble when I saw it was the 13th. LOL

Beth said...

If you have to lose to anyone, it may as well be a Manning. LOL No, I felt bad for my husband too. The whole Colts losing thing, he looked so crushed. I screamed and groaned, but he just felt horrible.

I'm a Giants fan for the rest of the season, but to tell you the truth, I really don't care ... as long as the Pats lose!

Minnesotablue said...

The Packers have always been our biggest rivals but I got to tell you, that Brett farve is something else. For the very first time I will be cheering those Packers on. Our team sucks!

Edge said...

Ya know, New York had everything to prove and they had momentum. Dallas had the Jessica Simpson distraction. Romo is going to have to learn how to keep his head on track during the season. You would have thought his debacle last season was enough to get him focused.

What bothers me is that after 3 years you hit the top of a winning cycle. Well, now we're at season 3. I think TO Owens needs to step up and be a leader, a real leader on the team.

~Jef

Scott said...

Tanya - I'm this close to being a true fan then. But ten years of hoping and frustration have taught me that in order to stay sane (and married) I have to keep it all in perspective. The bottom line is that Tony Romo and anyone else on that organization doesn't know or care about me in the slightest. To me, it really is just a game. But during the season it's an adventure.

Bailey - You called it on the 13th. Go Pack!

Beth - I have no such hopes for a Manning. Go Pack!

MinnesotaBlue - Your team is an up and comer. I see a great future for Adrian Peterson.

Edge - I have to disagree with you. In fact, I am checking out of the post season doldrums because the media is going to tee off on the Cabo vacation and blame it all on Tony Romo's lack of focus. I say hogwash. He played a great game. Take away one drop and this game was totally different. Only two Romo mistakes can be really pointed at, one actually: the intentional grounding. Okay, two, when he held the ball too long instead of dumping it. The Giants line really created pressure in the second half and forced a couple bad throws. No, Tony was just fine. The team lost that game, and for the most part, the team played great. If I'm going to blame anyone or any part of team play, I'm calling it on the offensive line for not giving Romo more time. Twice he had wide open receivers that with a second more of time he could have connected. And on defense, two offsides penalties on drive killing third downs would have made all the difference. The first turned a would-be punt into a touchdown. That's not on Romo.

Kaycie said...

I'm wearing black today. I'll be over it later. Tomorrow, maybe.

I'm totally with you on the Packers. If my beloved Cowboys can't win, I'll take the Packers. I love Brett Favre.

Alan said...

As an aside, that's good role-modeling for the lads. Learning how to accept defeat is a valuable lesson-along-the-way. Surely they knew how much you wanted them to win, so now they see how to take it. I hope you get to witness Jackson using the phrase, "Okay, I'm over it now."

Meanwhile, what's this I hear about T.O. defending Romo while near tears? EVERYBODY has a mancrush on this guy! AWESOME!

Scott said...

Kaycie - It's nice to see another Cowboys fan around!

Alan - Yeah, I thought of that too. And for sure they did know, because daddy was none too happy after watching the fifth damning mistake, especially three missed opportunities for touchdowns simply dropped (in one case Crayton just let up, arggghhhh).

I heard about that too but I haven't seen it. I don't care what anyone has to say about TO. He's a fighter and a winner, and contrary to popular belief, a wonderful teammate. I had to stay away from the postgame funeral, not wanting to see the smug media with their I-told-you-so attitude. Dallas lost this game. That's a far cry from New York won it.

magnetbabe said...

T.O. crying was a joke. Where was all this sincerity with the other teams? I think he was pissed off that everything has been Romo Romo Romo lately, not TO TO TO and wanted to bring back some of that spot light. Too bad ya'll lost to the Giants. As much as I love Peyton, I can't quite stomach Eli.

Right now, I'm backing the Pack. It would be awesome to see Brett go all the way. Then maybe he'll retire and leave the Vikes alone. ;)

Bailey Stewart said...

Actually Magnetbabe, TO has been a great teammate - I'm surprised. He hasn't caused any problems and has been very supportive of the team.

You said it Scott - Romo isn't to blame. Too many perfectly thrown balls dropped, not enough time in the pocket.

The media around here has been pretty good - they all picked the Cowboys to win.

Garrett has been approached by Baltimore - but Jones has said he would match the offer financially to keep him. I hope he stays for more reasons than one - I've seen a lot of young coordinators go to the head job and totally fail. I'd also like to see Garrett climb up into the head coaching position when Phillips leaves.

Scott said...

Nat, take it from Bailey, who was opposed to TO coming to this team from the beginning. Both Bailey and I know exactly where you're coming from, but TO has won over even the most biased fan that he is a true team player. I read about my team every single day during the regular season, and I can tell you that no player has been more scrutinized by the media than Terrell Owens. If he frowns on the sidelines reams of paper are wasted on what might have motivated it. He earned that attention with the Forty Niners and the Eagles, but since he's been here, and especially this year under Phillips, Garrett and Williams, he has blossomed as a person, a teammate, and even as a player. TO was sincere; I have no doubt.

Kathleen said...

Hey, we're going to be rooting for the same team for once. ;-)

Sorry about the Cowboys, but only for your sake.

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

You should really be walking the streets in nothing but a cowboy's helmet screaming drunken obscenities.

The cops would let you off, considering the circumstances.