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Training camp conflict forces Romo to pass on American Century Championship

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A year ago, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was favored to win the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament held at Lake Tahoe and broadcast by NBC.  This year, Romo is guaranteed to finish behind perennial long shot Charles Barkley.

Romo isn’t listed among the various pro athletes and others who’ll make the trek to Tahoe in a press release issued by the organizers of the event.  With the Cowboys playing in the annual Hall of Fame game, Romo and his teammates will be opening training camp this weekend in Oxnard, California.

If the Cowboys weren’t opening camp, it would be interesting to see if Romo would have played, given his new perception-is-reality approach to football.  In past years, it seemed like he spent too much time golfing and not enough time focusing on his full-time job.  Now that he has received a big-money deal and a mandate from owner Jerry Jones to be more like Peyton Manning, Romo has put the golf bag away.

This year, the favorite is five-time winner Dan Quinn, at 7-2.

Other notables are John Smoltz (5-1), John Elway (10-1), Jerry Rice (30-1), Ray Allen (40-1), Steph Curry, Chipper Jones, and Aaron Rodgers (50-1 each), Alex Smith, Dan Quail, and Michael Phelps (100-1 each), Steve Spurrier (200-1), and Shane Battier, Ray Romano, and Urban Meyer (300-1 each).

(Regardless of where Meyer finishes, it won’t be his fault.)

Meanwhile, Barkley once again has been installed as a 500-1 underdog.  And I continue to look for someone who will loan me $500 billion to bet against him.

UPDATE 2:09 p.m. ET:  A prior version of this item omitted reference to the fact that the Cowboys are opening training camp.  Our friends Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Ed Werder of ESPN independently supplied the reminder, without calling us idiots for not connecting the dots.  We appreciate both gestures equally.

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17 Responses to “Training camp conflict forces Romo to pass on American Century Championship”
  1. leftygun says: Jul 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    Great to see him focus solely on football at the age of 33.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    Meanwhile, the RG3urrection continues in DC. Thank god we have a real quarterback. #GodsTeam>AmericasTeam

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 16, 2013 1:55 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 16, 2013 1:50 PM
    Meanwhile, the RG3urrection continues in DC. Thank god we have a real quarterback. #GodsTeam>AmericasTeam

    _________________

    Why didn’t you tell us you are religious? I now feel bad for picking on someone with a double digit IQ. I apologize.

  4. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 16, 2013 1:56 PM

    Seriously, who is sponsored by starter? It is not 1990.

  5. jtbaudendistel says: Jul 16, 2013 2:01 PM

    Nothin wrong with playing in a Golf Tournament. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been negatively effected right?

  6. ccjcsr says: Jul 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Let’s hear the Romo Bashing….. Guy can’t take a dump without being scrutinized but I guess that comes with the territory of being the QB of The Most Valuable Franchise in the NFL!

    #CowboyNation

  7. larryallensjockstrap says: Jul 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Rodgers, Brady, Peyton it doesn’t matter who the Cowboys have at QB he would still be heavily scrutinized by the media and especially the Dallas media. Like Romo is the only QB that plays a ton of golf…. smfh

  8. dezolationangel says: Jul 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Romo>RGI-II-III-IV-V-VI an so on and so on……

  9. smalltownqb says: Jul 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    The odds on Romano are very kind.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    Leave it to Aaron Rodgers to put his golf game ahead of watching film or working out with his teammates. This lackadaisical attitude will come back to bite him.

  11. ripster65 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    ccjcsr says: Jul 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Let’s hear the Romo Bashing….. Guy can’t take a dump without being scrutinized but I guess that comes with the territory of being the QB of The Most Valuable Franchise in the NFL!
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    Alex Smith, in one post season, has as many playoff wins as Romo. Kaepernick, in 10 pro starts, has more post season wins than Romo. Enjoy your “QB of the Most Valuable Franchise in the NFL”. You’ll never hoist that trophy w/Romo at the helms. He’ll toss it away.

  12. obmig says: Jul 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    If he’s working out instead of playing golf I will be impressed, but I bet he still shows up at camp looking like a soft dough boy just like every other season.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jul 16, 2013 3:52 PM

    They left Ponder off the list. Chances are that he plays golf better than he plays QB but that’s not setting the bar very high.

  14. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    idk why he doesnt go for the gold championship– bec as long as ELI is in the division no team other than the giants will get a ring in the east.

  15. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    Poor Romo. Dallas fans are so dumb that they don’t recognize that without Romo they are a 2 win team. Aside from Romo, Bryant, Ware and Witten the rest of the team is garbage. Not a one would start on NYG and we’re only a 9 win team.

  16. kmartin173 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    LMFAO. Yeah, golf is why Romo is “scrutinized”. Couldn’t have anything to do with all the pick-sixes and 1 career playoff win.

  17. garcia7168 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:33 PM

    “Now that he has received a big-money deal and a mandate from owner Jerry Jones to be more like Peyton Manning, Romo has put the golf bag away…”

    and is opening a Papa John’s in Arlington!

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