Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/3/11

Is this guy serious?

I realize Cowboys fans are frustrated with Tony Romo for making a few bone-headed decisions yesterday that allowed the Detroit Lions back into the game, but I really cannot fathom any excuse for a grown man to decide he should teach his son to burn Romo’s jersey in retaliation.

Watch the video, which I just saw over at Black Sports Online courtesy of Robert Littal, and then let’s talk about it.


I tend to think that jersey burning of any kind is pretty stupid and pointless. For example, though I was disappointed myself that LeBron left Cleveland, I thought that Cavs fans burning his jersey – and thus disrespecting all of the things LeBron did do in Cleveland – was beyond ridiculous.

But for a Cowboys fan to burn the jersey of one of the five best quarterbacks in franchise history? There is just zero reason or rationalization for it.

And to set that kind of example for your son? Really? I suppose being a single guy with no kids, I have no basis for judging how other people raise their kids, so feel free to criticize me for discussing a topic for which I have no perspective. But you can be damn sure when when I do have kids, I’ll try really hard to instill a little more respect and perspective in them than this.

In the video, jackwagon dad says: “Tony, I’m sorry. But we just had to do this. The time has come.”

Yes, you had to do this.

You had to burn the jersey of a guy who played with cracked ribs so you could experience the thrill of victory. You had to set fire to the jersey of a guy who you should hold up to your son as an example of perseverance and self-belief. You had to light fire to the jersey of a guy who has never been in trouble, always displays respect for the game and sportsmanship, and who never shirks responsibility when he screws up.

Yes, you had to burn that guy’s jersey…with your young son who doesn’t know any better and isn’t in a position to make up his own mind about such things yet (but who will now be predisposed to such infantile acts of fan lunacy).

Forgive my language here, but give me a ******* break. Seriously.

As Rob points out in his article, “fan” is short for “fanatic”. I get that. We all do. And I know that I’m not always the most objective when it comes to the teams I love. But for goodness sakes have some perspective.

Just from a football sense, the vitriol tossed at Tony Romo is ridiculous. Sure, he does stupid things sometimes, and deserves criticism for them, but would you rather go back to the Chad Hutchinson/Drew Henson/Quincy Carter/et al days? If you’re going to lambaste Romo, at least offer up an alternative that would be 50% as good as he has been.

There are at least 15, and maybe more, franchises that would love to have Tony Romo as their QB. For all those in Dallas wishing for a new signal caller, just remember the old adage “Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.” Life is a hell of a lot better now for Cowboys fans than it was before Romo came along.

And moving beyond football, just think about what you’re doing here: you are burning a replica of another man’s work uniform because you are angry at how he performed his job. How pathetic is that?

Sometimes some of us take sports just a wee bit too seriously and do really dumb things because of it. Exhibit A is the video in the post. Rob summed it up best:

“Cowboys fan need to get a grip, it is just a football game. The whole thing is sick and demented.“

And it’s far from just this guy or Cowboys fans, many of whom are reasonable and even-keeled (even if a bit fair-weather, in general). Any sports fans who lose sight of the fact that ultimately these are actual people playing games, which just happen to be for really, really high stakes, need a reality check.

And Cowboys fans need to lay off Tony Romo. The guy is a good quarterback. He’s erratic, but he’s a good quarterback. And with the right team around him, he can take a team to the Super Bowl. Time will tell if it ever happens, but good luck even having a prayer at getting back to the big game without him.

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