Friday, October 21, 2011

NBA Heroes: Tony Romo

In case you haven’t heard, the NBA is still locked out.Thus far the league’s labor strife has resulted in negative press for both the owners and players union, with the gap between Commissioner Stern’s demands and those of Derek Fisher and the players actually widening during negotiations.  For a time, it appeared that all hope for an NBA season was lost, and that the league’s momentum had dissipated following an extremely successful year.  It would take a miracle for the league to stave off a total public relations nightmare, and be inspired to accelerate negotiations with a new sense of urgency and purpose.  It turns out this miracle’s name was Tony Romo.

By all accounts, Tony Romo was and is a good kid, having risen to stardom in the Lone Star state despite having no measurable accomplishments other than an unorthodox delivery and reputation for being a“winner”  (despite having never won anything of consequence during his professional career).  But in addition to being a “winner” Tony Romo is nothing if not the consummate teammate.  Seeing that a fellow professional sports organization was in need of something to distract the media and American people from its folly, Romo decided to take one for the team and start creating a media storm of his own.  First there were the Jets on opening night when he threw Darrelle Revis a tight spiral to end the game, then the Detroit Lions roared back (pun intended) to beat the ‘Boys behind three Romo turnovers.  Immediately afterwards the media began asking the tough questions: Does Tony Romo struggle in the spotlight?  Does he give away games like gives things away every day?

There was an easy answer (yes) but more importantly there was a storm of media coverage; ESPN and other sporting news networks could not get enough of the Cowboy’s collapses.  Suddenly the NBA found itself largely ignored, its lockout fading into the background.  This quiet allowed both the owners and players’ union to reevaluate their positions and approach negotiations with increased tenacity, liberated from the yolk of media scrutiny to compromise rather than maintain battle lines.  Furthermore, the lead negotiators on either side must’ve had but one thought after witnessing Tony’s selfless performances: “we better get this deal done, because nobody likes a choke artist”.  By throwing himself under the biggest bus of all (America), Tony reminded the NBA just how important it is to not suck in the final stretch, and to emphasize execution over vacations to Mexico before the playoffs.

The results of Romo’s efforts have been clear: NBA negotiations have resumed and included multiple 16 hour workdays for negotiators, while public outcry has shifted from the NBA’s selfishness to Romo’s inability to maintain leads in games.  David Stern, the NBA, and people everywhere can now rest easy because when it comes to the lockout, Tony Romo is determined to suck so much that people completely forget about it.  If that’s not heroism, God help us all.

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  1. is his defense, you win super bowls to have the opportunity to go to mexico with jessica simpson. i think he goes even if he has to miss the second half of a playoff game.

  2. I wish the NBA lockout would be solved soon or some future hall of famers will end up biting there career.