February 14, 2013

Tony Romo is frustrating for sure — but most hated?

The Cowboys QB is on the list with Lance Armstrong.

Tony Romo is about to receive around 30 million of guaranteed U.S. dollars when his new contract is wrapped up, and any man with that kind of serious hip-pocket success is automatically disqualified when it comes to sympathy.

Plus, with that Redskins' game still a fresh memory, an NFL quarterback who threw those three picks deserves whatever verbal abuse that comes his way.

That's life. And that's strife.

Admittedly, however, the latest round of Romo hate to surface was enough to even curl Donald Trump's hair. C'mon, man. That's not right. That's not fair.

I'm referring to last week's report by Forbes magazine on the top 10 most disliked jocks in America.

Forbes, as you know, is a prominent financial magazine. I don't normally have a need to read Forbes. My long-standing financial philosophy is if you've got the money, spend the money. And when you run out of money, bum a loan until the next eagle flies on Friday.

But it's a magazine that has gained jock kingdom prominence over the years by running a variety of top 10 polls involving most every area of professional sports.

The list of most disliked jocks in America had the usual suspects, although newcomers on the list, Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong, tied at the top for most hated. Based on recent news events, that's understandable.

And then came the Tigers, the A-Rods, the Vicks, the Kobes, etc.

But landing at No. 10:

Tony Romo.

Even the Forbes people seemed surprised, as this was their take on Romo making the most disliked in America list:

"He takes a lot of heat for a good quarterback who has never harmed anyone or been in trouble off the field. But that's life with the high-profile Cowboys when you don't go to Super Bowls."

Romo makes the list. Ray Lewis doesn't. Just how valid can the list be?

Again, the initial reaction from here was "ridiculous."

But then came the second thoughts, and even the flashback to emails received over the past several years from the Cowsheep.

Fair or not, the hate is there. It's a football hate, and it's a personal hate, and that won't change until the Cowboys win a Super Bowl under Romo, which based on all known facts means the hate will never change.

And if you expand it nationally, yes, the Cowboys have the most fans in the country, and it's the team that is also the most disliked in the country, so take that combination, along with the ongoing frustration over Romo's play, and I'd have to concede the No. 10 ranking is probably legit.

Tony's problem, of course, is also his blessing. He's got game. He's a talented quarterback. But the other side of Tony -- the screw-it-up Tony -- tends to surface at all the wrong times.

It's a combo that causes immense frustration. The frustration boils over into a football hate.

The Forbes disliked list included only those who play the games. It didn't include owners. Otherwise, Tony would have been off the top-10 hook, replaced, of course, by Jerry Jones.

Actually, Jerry would have been an easy choice at No. 1, taking even Lance and Manti off that hook.

When it comes to negative reaction locally, Jerry and Tony are joined at the hip, and with Romo's new contract on the way, also joined at the hip pocket.

There are obviously no other members of the Cowboys' organization even close when it comes to negative kickback. The same can be said for our other teams, although Mark Cuban is inching in the Jones-Romo direction. But Mark is not yet in the same zip code as those two.

Tony's perception problem, however, is also completely different from all others mentioned above, including those on the Forbes list.

He's a good guy, and a good team guy, with his ego under control, and with his football priorities in order (despite the grousing over his golf game). For those who think role models are important, he's also one of those.

But Tony tends to screw up at all the wrong times in football games.

The frustration with him boils over. The football hate surfaces.

And then a magazine such as Forbes does a national poll, and Tony Romo comes in at No. 10 on the most disliked list.

That's life. That's strife.

But with no other Cowboys' option at quarterback, Romo is about to hit another financial jackpot. He'll have 30 million reasons to like himself, despite all the dislike.

Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.

Randy Galloway, 817-390-7697

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