Tony Romo Drops Out of U.S. Open. Is Golf A Distraction For Romo?

June 7, 2010 by

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Well, it is about that time of year where everyone talks about how Tony Romo is unfocused because he’s not playing football 24/7 and actually tries his hand at golf.

Well, Tony Romo has tried out for the U.S. Open the past couple of years, and he tried out again this year. Well, after starting off strong, he had a little bit of a bad run, and has decided to drop out of the running after a pair of triple bogeys and what not. The exact link is right here: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/060810dnsporomoqualifying.7cfb419d.html

Well, I was actually curious about Romo’s hobby, and it was a family member who sparked my interest and got me to address it.

Since I finished this last semester of college, my family has been discussing the possibility of going on family trips over the summer or to see some friends.

The only condition I have is that I have to bring my laptop with me and have internet access to keep you guys updated.

Well, I was on the phone with arguably my favorite relative and definitely my favorite uncle. My uncle is one of the sweetest, yet at the same time, strongest men that you could possibly find. I could talk to him about things that would terrify me if I had to talk to my parents about them.

I guess everyone has had a relative like that. He also is very smart, very well spoken, and he needles me at times because he lives in Utah while I’m from Texas. He isn’t particularly fond of the Cowboys, but I think he only teases me about them because I’m passionate about them, not because he detests them.

As we were talking about the evil that is Kobe Bryant, (He’s a Jazz fan), and how he wanted the Celtics to win, eventually the conversation got to the the ultimate sport, football.

My uncle was curious about how I felt about Tony Romo’s offseason hobby of golf. He really thinks that Romo should be working out on football 24/7 because that’s his job for one thing, and if Romo intends to win a Super Bowl, he needs to get his priorities straight.

He suggested I write about it, and well… here I am. I’d like to know what you guys and gals think about Romo’s hobby.

Personally, I’m not against it. In fact, it might be good for him. Certain studies have shown that if one focuses nonstop on something, they can put excessive stress on the brain.

Like you would rest your arms after working for several hours in a field, it might be a good idea to rest your mind with something else.

I know football is a physical sport, but when you are a quarterback, it becomes just as much mental. You have to know the plays, the audibles, the snap count, which receiver is better at certain routes, who is the first receiver you are looking for, who is the alternate receiver, who’s blocking that linebacker coming in on a blitz, is there a running back in the flat to dump the ball off to if you get in trouble, etc.

So, is it wrong for Romo to play golf and go on these PGA tours or whatever they are to see how good his game is?

Otto Graham won seven titles as a quarterback for the Browns in the 1940s and 50s, and he would play golf with his teammates in their free time.

Another key points is those two words “free time,” Romo isn’t obligated to play football 100% of his time. He, along with all the other players in the NFL, have time to themselves. Some of those guys spend time with their wives, or their kids, some do charity work, but we don’t complain about them do we?

Tony Romo is a bachelor without kids, so is it wrong for him to spend his free time doing golf? It’s athletic, he’s walking long distances, he’s out in the sun away from donuts and candy bars. He’s having fun and resting his brain from football.

He’s doing nothing different than Tom Brady or Drew Brees, who are spending time with their sons, but because we actually know about it because of the media coverage of the golf tour, a great number of people mock him for it.

I have not read any account that Tony Romo does not take football seriously. I have not read any article about how he skipped practice or showed up with a beer in his hand and slacked off.

For my uncle to doubt Romo’s loyalty to the team and to the fans is unfounded.

After all, Romo has been constantly improving year in and year out.

In 2007, he threw 19 interceptions, in 2008 he threw 14 interceptions, and last year, he threw only nine interceptions while still throwing the same number of touchdowns he did in 2008 (26).

His quarterback rating of 97.6 last year was his highest in his career. He averaged 280.2 yards passing per game last season, another career high along with 4483 yards passing.

Add in the fact that he was awarded Player of the Month by the NFL for December, a month that had not been kind to him in the past, and Dallas won a playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

He’s getting better every year, and I don’t want to jinx it, but he may just bring a Lombardi Trophy to Dallas.

And here we are talking about golf.

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    4 Responses to “Tony Romo Drops Out of U.S. Open. Is Golf A Distraction For Romo?”
    • Chad Anderson says:

      It’s the fact that ROMO is such and idiot that people take aim at his dispondence toward being a quarterback. He lacks the mental tools to ever win a superbowl or even get to a superbowl and as Cowboy fans we are stuck in limbo until Romo is gone and we have a legitamate competitor under center. 9-7 is great if your a regular fan, but if your a Cowboy fan nothing less than a win in Febuary matters.

    • Cody says:

      i have no problem with romo playing golf and i agree with the notion that only thinking about football can be bad for you. everyone just likes to give romo a hard time and they will continue to do it until he wins a super bowl. so come on tony, lets hush the haters and bring the lombardi trophy home to dallas this year

    • Nate says:

      Its one thing to spend “free time” working on a hobby, its another thing dedicating an amount of free time to be good enough at something to compete at its highest level. There are dozens of other highly proficient golfers in the NFL that would be able to succeed playing golf at the highest level if they dedicated enough time to it, and these same people are highly dedicated people or else they wouldn’t be playing on sundays, yet they haven’t which indicates that Romo is sacrificing time that others choose to spend elsewhere working on his golf game. You yourself noted Otto Graham playing golf with teammates, you surely must admit there is a huge difference between playing golf as a hobby and taking it seriously enough to try to compete at a professional level.

      You can go and note Drew Brees and Tom Brady spending time with their family in the offseason, hell Drew even played golf with Arnold Palmer and spent some time in the middle east, but that has come to an end for Drew now that organized football activity has started. That is why people think Romo isn’t focused enough, he is always seen laughing it up and making headlines for things not related to football even at times when football is all he should focused on. Yes most of it is unheralded but at the same time he brings it all on himself.

    • craig denman says:

      Romo made the right decision.

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