Honest Interview: Tony Romo

I was fortunate enough to get an interview with Dallas quarterback Tony Romo the day after his team’s heartbreaking loss to the Packers. In a raw, emotional, and Honest Interview, Tony tells me exactly how he feels.

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Nate Raby: All right, the mic’s on. Tony Romo, I really appreciate you sitting down with me.

(source: NFL.com)

(source: NFL.com)

Tony Romo: Aren’t you the blog that makes fun of me all the time?

Raby: No, I think you’re thinking of “literally every other blog in the universe.” Anyway, let’s get started. Continue reading

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The NFL is Cheating for the Cowboys #nflconspiracy #injusticeforlionsfans #nosarcasmatall

Hey, you there with the Stafford jersey and the tin-foil hat on. Come here, I have something to tell you.

Closer. I have to speak in whispers because this is top secret.

We’ve heard you screaming about conspiracies in the NFL. About how the refs rigged the game so that the Cowboys would beat the Lions, about how Jerry Jones paid money to the NFL and to Chris Christie for their support. About how the NFL VP of Officiating was seen partying on the Cowboys party bus in an article that has gotten five times the traffic now than it did when it was originally published 5 months ago. And I know all of your friends have called you crazy, and people have presented logical information against it, and your wife is going to leave you because you’ve done nothing but curse Roger Goodell and sit on the couch for 18 hours.

But I’ve got some information that might brighten your day.

You’re right. There is an NFL conspiracy. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Jerkface: Wildcard Edition

“I have a bye,” you say into your phone.

“What are you talking about?” your boss replies.

“I have done my job so well all year that I get a bye this week.”

“Get into work right no…”

The call drops. Must have been a bad connection.

This is Monday Morning Jerkface.

...ugh

…ugh

What will now be known as “the pick-up game”

When a playoff game earns a nickname, it is usually good for the league. It usually means that the end of the game had a play so exciting that it earned a place in the hearts and minds of football fans forever.

This is not one of those times. Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Stuart Scott

It’s easy now, in this modernized, cynical, update-at-every-minute world, to hate ESPN. They represent the over-sensationalism of sport, focused on viewership more than journalism. Entire websites have been built to dissing the Worldwide Leader. Deadspin and Awful Announcing use ESPN faux-pas as regular platforms for discussion and mockery. People blast personalities like Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless for their political-talk-show-style method of sports talk. So I am not special in any way when I say I am not a fan of the network, and haven’t been for quite some time.

I am also not special when I say that in my childhood, ESPN was the only network I ever watched.

I attribute my knowledge and love of sports to weekends of Sportscenter and The Sports Reporters. I could watch the same episode of Sportscenter on repeat three or four times on a Saturday morning, quoting along when I knew a funny line was coming. And among all of the memories I have of those weekends is one man always there, smiling beneath his signature mustache, always ready with a snappy quote and a knowing smirk.

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Stuart Scott and Rich Eisen were my educators in sports journalism. They presented sports in a quick, humorous, and understandable way. Scott in particular captured my attention with his great quotables, his laugh, and his effortless style and delivery.

As I grew older, I developed my own sports opinions and began to watch ESPN less and less. But every time I did watch, he was still there, an elder statesman by that time, easily making the change from new-era hip broadcaster to trusted veteran. He more than anyone at ESPN had an effect on me. I laughed harder at his “This is Sportscenter” commercials, thought harder about his opinions and pieces, and cried harder this morning when I learned of his passing.

Stuart Scott will always be an inspiration to me and countless others who want to do nothing more than talk about sports at any given opportunity. I did not know him, nor do I have any personal story like so many of the tributes that I’ve seen this morning. But I have memories of those mid-to-late-90’s broadcasts that made me think “I want to do this one day.” I have always seen him as an inspiration for the craft, and now after his death to cancer I see him as an inspiration to so much more.

Thank you, Stuart Scott, for being the kind of man that people are proud to know, to remember, or even proud to watch work your magic on television for years. Your defeat of cancer in the way you lived your life will always be an inspiration to us all.

Boo-yah, Mr. Scott. Rest in Peace.

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Hey Everyone: I Know Who is Going to Win the Wildcard Games! (SPOILERS INSIDE!)

It’s that bittersweet time of the year again, folks.

The playoffs.

It’s that time of the year when we are forced to balance our excitement about the most important football games of the year, with the realization that someday soon our Sundays will be willed with adult things like errands and yard work. But fret not my friends, and live in the moment.

In case you haven’t noticed, this is a football blog which means that we are obligated to pretend we know who is going to win football games. So here goes!

Record: 0-0

Mood: Accurate

Pretty good summary of the Ryan Lindley experience

Pretty good summary of the Ryan Lindley experience

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

Who would win in a fight: Time limit draw. Let’s just be real for a second here – a Cardinal can’t beat up a Panther and Panthers can’t fly. Continue reading

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