The headline on the Dallas Morning News Cowboys Blog sounds like serious bulletin board material, up there in big, boldface sans-serif type: “T.O. on DeAngelo Hall: ‘At the rate he’s playing, I’m looking forward to a big day'”.
This seems like an awfully roundabout way of saying “I hope the new guy is covering me, because the two guys they had on me last time really shut me down,” and Dallas blogger Tim MacMahon doesn’t hesitate to call him on it.
Of course, T.O. will probably see a lot more of Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers than Hall this weekend. And he didn’t fare so well the last time he saw them despite Tony Romo forcing 18 passes to him.
The Dallas Morning News blog, in fact, is just a constant ray of sunshine for the Cowboys. The titles of recent posts paint an exceedingly cheery picture of the current state of the team:
Time for a pep talk from Tashard Choice?
(Choice is the Cowboys third string running back, semi-legendary for a pregame speech at Georgia Tech.)
When will we see Felix Jones in the open field again?
(Not a rhetorical question.)
When is Roy Williams going to start contributing?
(Also not a rhetorical question.)
There’s only one reason to have any confidence in Cowboys
(To save you the time of reading: it’s their talent level.)
Cowboys on TV: Here’s a surprise…I think
(The “surprise” is that they’re still scheduled to have the A-list announcing crew, which shouldn’t really be all that surprising, honestly.)
On the whole, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an outlet of the Dallas media seem so … down about the Cowboys, so devoid of swagger. It’s actually a little scary. If you believe that the cornered team is the most dangerous — and I do — stories like this from the hometown media should be a cause for concern.
One other note from this blog: I’m pretty sure Tim McMahon is being sarcastic with this post about Jason Campbell going to Disney World, but no one in the office here was quite sure. Either way, I find it amusing how angry his commenters still are about Romo’s pre-playoffs trip. If they had won the game, everyone would’ve credited it to his relaxed attitude and desire to “just have fun”. It’s worked for Brett Favre for years.