I am that person that hates to see the end of a era. There’s something bittersweet about saying goodbye to the people you grew to love especially in the sports world. The end of an era is coming for a lot of my current sports heroes. In the NBA the classes of 2002 and 2003 are by far my favorite classes. They were loaded with guys that made me enjoy the NBA again. A few guys from years before are still relevant in the NBA but that class is about to reach the point where you start circling the opportunities to see them play the next few years because father time is ready to start calling them to the land of the retired.
The NFL is a different animal all together. Sometimes players have to be moved because they are just too expensive or because the team needs to switch things up. Today I have to let go of my quarterback. Tony Romo has been the centerpiece of my fandom for the Dallas Cowboys for almost 8 years now. People will always fault him for his lack of wins in playoff games, but if we’re keeping it real, he only clearly lost one of those games with the botched snap. Other than that, you can’t really say he’s been the reason that the Cowboys haven’t won but a few playoff games during his career.
The Cowboys cut Tony Romo today. They are in dire need of some cap relief and letting Romo go will help with that a little. Romo clearly has a little tread left on those tires and will be a great pick up for whatever team gives him a chance. He’s proven he can be as good as anyone in the league when healthy but that’s been his biggest problem lately. I’m sure over time I will adore Dak Prescott the way I love Tony Romo. It just takes time. You have to go through the highs and lows together for that love to resonate. After a lot of time questioning them, watching them grow, and then finally finding a reason to hold on to them, it’s incredibly hard to let go.
Favorite players are like girlfriends you just can’t shake. You still love them, but you already know it’s better that you let them go somewhere else so you can start over. The problem is you know this one. You know what they do and how they do it. There’s a sense of comfort there and you appreciate the fact that if nothing else, they are consistent.
In the end I wish Tony Romo well. If he wins that Super Bowl without me, I’ll feel a little sorry that we couldn’t have won it together, but I will be happy that he showed everyone that he’s capable of winning one. It will be like watching the girl you love walk down the aisle with another man. It’s gonna hurt a little but in the end, you’re both better for it.