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November 3, 2012

Romney the new Romo, Horns need Viagra and Aggies in the black

Courtesy Texas A&M Athletics
The Texas A&M Aggies broke out all-black uniforms for their game today. It is the first such change for the team since the 1920s.

Sometimes I just want to write about sports but with election coming down to the wire, it is hard to keep political  thoughts from being interspersed in my head with thoughts about whether Mack Brown should stay or go at the University of Texas or why the NHL is trying to kill off its entire fan base in the states.

Even this morning as I was checking high school football scores to see what might make for an interesting matchup during the upcoming prep playoffs I couldn’t hold them at bay – this is after all the year that cheerleaders from my home state fought and won (at least temporarily) the right to display Bible verses on banners at public school football games.

So, by the time I was checking out this weekend’s schedule of college and pro football action it came as no surprise when thoughts of this year’s presidential race popped up in my head as I saw that the 3-4 Dallas Cowboys would face off with the undefeated Atlanta Falcons (7-0) Sunday, and Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was predicting a victory for the Star-Bellied Sneetches.

“I know the record is not what we want it to be, but the ball is bouncing strange ways,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ” When that thing starts evening out, we’re going to be great, and we’re going to keep playing. We’ve got to win this week, and we know it, and we’re going to.”

It’s not exactly the boldest prediction ever made by a member of the Ryan family, particularly his bigger (in every way) and bolder fraternal twin Rex whose weekly predictions of success for the New York Jets have become comical in the era of  the Sanchez-Tebow quarterback conundrum.

There is some merit to his thought process. Ryan’s defense is ranked No. 4 overall in the NFL and the Cowboys offense is ranked seventh, a formidable combination that should make them a threat to beat just about any opponent they lineup against – until you factor in the face of the franchise and his seeming inability to step up his game when it really counts. Yep, Tony Romo has hall-of-fame numbers, a winning smile and unfortunately for Dallas – epically poor closing skills. He is raw talent that never fully matured, a poor man’s Brett Favre and these days probably fills more pews with Cowboys fans  praying he won’t make a mistake at the end of a close game, rather than for him to make a difference.

That got me thinking, is it me or has Mitt Romney slowly morphed into the Tony Romo of politics? He is undeniably skilled at what he does, but people are not sure if he can get to the next level. He’s surrounded by stubborn rich old men prone to saying foolish things, and just when it looks like he is about to take his party to a come-from-behind victory he always manages to turnover the political football to the opposition before the goal line and Republicans, much like Dallas fans, are forced to watch as Team Obama scoops it up and takes it to the house for the score.

I guess we will find out Tuesday if Romney can shake the stigma, as for Romo the jury should have been out two or three years ago. He may yet go on to do great things in the NFL, but they probably won’t happen in Dallas.

Black Saturday
Don’t think I’m bagging on the Cowboys. I’m an equal opportunity basher and my Texas Longhorns haven’t exactly been something to call home about this year. In fact if my mother was still alive – an avid fan of anything I do who kept track of the team from my first step onto the 40 acres every season until she died – would ask, “What’s wrong with those boys?” It’s a question I wouldn’t even claim to be able to fully answer. I just know that either Manny Diaz needs to get his (by all accounts coming into the season) talented but underperforming defense some mental Viagra and quick, because if Texas gets any softer on the run starting today at Texas Tech the Horns could go winless the rest of the season.

That would be a shame considering that their former rivals the Texas A&M Aggies aren’t having nearly as much trouble as Texas fans had anticipated their first season as members of the SEC. The Aggies entered this weekend ranked No. 16 (6-2, 3-2 SEC) and boasting the top offense in the conference.

Things are going so well apparently that the school, which usually sticks to its traditions like gum to the underside of a schoolboy’s desk, decided to drop their maroon and white uniforms for the first time since the 1920s today for their game against Mississippi State. The Aggies wore all-black uniforms designed by Adidas when they hit the field this morning.

 



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