You would have thought a Roman gladiator was going to come out of the tunnel onto the midfield star to play quarterback last night the way NBC and Jerry Jones overloaded our senses with the awe, glitze, and glare, of the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Instead, America was treated to another episode of Tony Romo: Buckling Under Pressure.
Despite what Jerry and the Sunday Night Football crew tried to convey, this stadium's opening did not culminate with the reinvention of football. It's still played for 60 minutes, between the hashes. And turning over the ball 4 times and taking it away zero times still gets you beat 100 times out of 100.
It's too bad the team still stinks it up when all eyes are on them and the pressure is on. Remember Philadelphia last year? How about when they closed Texas Stadium against Baltimore? Or that 13-3 team that lost at home to the same Giants in the 2007 Playoffs?
...and too bad Tony Romo saved perhaps his worst perfomance in his career for Opening Night. I'm sure Mr. Jones appreciates that.
...and really too bad that Wade "Mr. Fix It" Phillips and his defense- now with even more hand-picked players in Brooking and Olshansky- still struggle generating a pass rush and consistently look lost in pass coverage. Mr. Fix It will be Mr. Pink Slip come mid-January when the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs again.
Enjoy the new stadium, Cowboy fans. It's the only thing you'll be celebrating this year.