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Tony Romo: Cowboys Are Going to Win a Super Bowl

Tony Romo has received criticism from many sources. Former players are ripping him, saying he doesn’t understand how to play the quarterback position. Opposing players are delighted by his choke jobs. Cowboys fans are burning his jersey. Even when he receives support, that gets shot down.

Romo says he tries to ignore most of the criticism, but he did hear what former Cowboys star Deion Sanders said. The former All-Pro cornerback declared that Romo is not the guy who will lead a team to the Super Bowl.

Unsurprisingly, Romo disagreed.

“Every once in awhile you hear things that come out but that’s not something you search out,” Romo said. “I mean honestly, Deion is welcome to his own opinion about stuff. Deion is Deion. He is what he is.

“We’re going to go out here, we’re going to play good football. This team is going to win a Super Bowl at some point. It’s going to be exciting when that time comes.

“And when we look back, we know who was on what side of the fence during the tough moments.”

If Miles Austin and Dez Bryant healed over the team’s bye week, I can see the Cowboys offense putting up some monster numbers. It’s easy to envision the Cowboys having success, and only a fool would firmly decide that Romo won’t be a Super Bowl quarterback; you never know what is going to happen.

Even if Romo and the Cowboys eventually win a Super Bowl, it won’t change that he has choked away games this season that he shouldn’t have. They blew a big lead to the Jets, and an even bigger lead to the Lions. That shouldn’t happen — even Romo would agree.

Aaron Hernandez Eats Grilled Chicken at Locker to Mock Red Sox, Boston Media

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez ate a piece of grilled chicken in front of his locker while meeting with the media Thursday. The choice of food clearly mocked the Red Sox, and potentially the Boston media.

The Boston Globe reported that some Red Sox pitchers habitually drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games in the clubhouse during games. Most people laughed off the fried chicken part, wondering what that had to do with the team’s collapse. By eating the chicken, Hernandez appeared to mock the media. But Hernandez also had a piece of grilled chicken, rather than fried chicken, to make it seem like he wasn’t an out-of-shape slob like the Red Sox pitchers.

You can watch the entire video at NFL.com, but it’s pretty uneventful. You have to figure Hernandez will be disciplined for his joke. Not only does this veer from the Patriots’ four rules for dealing with the media, but it’s also similar to the Wes Welker press conference that mocked Rex Ryan. Welker’s joke resulted in a benching during a playoff game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happened to Hernandez.

Jim Schwartz Gives Monday Night Game Ball to Lions Fans

How can you not get wrapped up in what the Lions have accomplished this season?  Detroit hasn’t had a winning season since 2000 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999.  The last time the Lions won a playoff game was 1991.  Only three years removed from becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, Jim Schwartz has his team sitting at 5-0 and looking like a lock for the postseason.

On Monday night, the Lions won their first Monday Night Football game of the 21st century.  No more brown paper bags and mid-season walkouts.  Detroit fans can now focus on forcing false start penalties and supporting their team.  In fact, they did such a good job of that against the Bears that Schwartz has decided to award them the game ball.

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Bill Belichick Compares DeMarcus Ware to Lawrence Taylor

One of Bill Belichick’s rituals leading up to a game is to praise the opponent.  He does it week in and week out as part of his routine of giving reporters nothing to write about. This week, however, he took it a step further. When answering questions about Cowboys sack machine DeMarcus Ware, Belichick compared him to one of the best defensive players the game has ever seen.  Not only that, the person he compared Ware to happens to be someone he coached.

“I mean, he’s the best player we’ve faced this year,” Belichick said according to the Dallas Morning News. “He does all of the things you want him to do. He’s strong against the run. He can rush the passer. He’s great in pursuit. He’s got power. He’s got speed. He’s got good technique. He’s good in pass coverage. He gets a lot of depth. I mean, he’s an asset to your pass coverage. If you want to drop him, I’d say all those same things about Lawrence Taylor.

“Lawrence had a tremendous career. Ware has had a great –what is it — six years or whatever it’s been. He’s been great in that time and looks like he’s still going strong. I’m sure he’ll be able to continue at this level for quite a while longer here as far as what it looks like right now. He’s a guy you’ve got to account for on every snap. You’ve got to know where he is and he could definitely disrupt any play if you don’t handle him.”

In reality Belichick is saying all this stuff to make sure his team doesn’t underestimate the play-making ability Ware brings, but that is still a heck of a compliment coming from someone who coached L.T. from 1985-1990.  Ware said he was flattered because Taylor is someone he has “idolized.”  If Dallas wants to have a chance at beating the Patriots on the road, Ware will need to channel his inner L.T. more than he ever has.

Calvin Johnson Now Rocks a Megatron Transformers Hat (Picture)

Calvin Johnson is hands down the best receiver in the NFL. When you’re as good as he is at making plays, you do what you want. That includes embracing your nickname in any way you please. According to MLive.com, Johnson busted out the Transformers Megatron hat you see above on Monday night after the Lions beat the Cowboys to improve to 5-0.

The symbol on the hat is that of the Decepticons, which is the group of Transformers Megatron leads. Roy Williams gave Calvin the name back in 2007 because of his size and physical ability, and as Justin Rogers of MLive.com pointed out it has to be one of the sickest nicknames in sports. When you have the ability to burn a defense the way Johnson does, it’s only fitting that your nickname should equate you to a massive machine. Expect to see a massive spike in the sale of these hats in the coming days.

Aaron Rodgers Chuckled After Learning that Tim Tebow Had Higher QBR

Much ado was made when it was learned that Tim Tebow had a higher Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) than Aaron Rodgers last weekend. QBR is ESPN’s new creation that rates quarterbacks on a per-play-evaluation. Tebow was fifth among quarterbacks for week five scoring an 83.2. Rodgers was sixth with an 82.1 (full ratings here). When you compare their overall stats for the week, Rodgers appears to blow away Tebow:

Rodgers: 26/39 396 yards, 2 TDs/0 INTs; 1 att -1 yard
Tebow: 4/10 79 yards, 1 TD/0 INTs; 6 att 38 yards, 1 TD

ESPN provides a lengthy explanation why Tebow ranked ahead of Rodgers, and it actually makes a lot of sense. Don’t try explaining it to Rodgers, however, because he may laugh in your face.

Speaking during his weekly visit on WAUK-AM in Milwaukee Tuesday, Rodgers said he chuckled when he saw that Tebow had a higher rating than he did.

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Pete Carroll Makes LeBron James Seahawks Jersey (Picture)

There’s been a bunch of kooky talk this week about LeBron James playing professional football. It all seemed to be in jest, and a reference to the NBA lockout. He’s also not the first basketball player to talk about flirting with the NFL; Ron Artest and Nate Robinson have too. Pete Carroll, being a master networker, encouraged Robinson to try out. Now he’s flirting with LeBron.

After reminding the Heat forward what the NFL minimum is, Carroll tweeted a picture of a custom-made Seahawks jersey with LeBron’s name on it.

LeBron still hasn’t won a championship in the NBA, so his chances of leaving for the NFL in a Michael Jordan moment are slim. That won’t keep Carroll from capitalizing on a moment for good publicity.

Like we said when Pete asked fans to coordinate the Seahawks’ offense, the man knows how to work the public.