Yes, Chris Cooley’s comments about Tony Romo have already received too much attention.
Yes, we’re going to give them more attention. It’s for a good reason; Cooley wrote a long and thoughtful post about the topic and we wanted to pass it along.
“In a league full of glad-handing and ass slapping between competing teams, I actually care about the organization and fan base that has supported me throughout my 8-year career,” Cooley writes. “While I feel an honest respect for all NFL players, I show no remorse in cheering against another team, especially the Cowboys. If it sounded like I was delighted by Tony Romo’s failure last week, I was.”
Thank you. Cooley goes on from there to point out that it’s not personal with Romo. He also responds in hilarious fashion to a lot of the nasty Twitter messages he’s received.
Admonishing Cooley like he’s some fourth-grader is a joke. The more that I read about the NFL of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the more I realize there was far more “trash talking” then. You want players to root against each opponents. It’s boring to get the same fake sound bite over and over.
There is nothing worse than hearing phony moralizing from people who take sports too seriously. When there is a rare player like Cooley that has a little fun, we kill him for it.
We leave with an actual response from ESPN’s Skip Bayless about Cooley’s quotes:
“Way, way, out bounds. I lost a lost of respect of Chris Cooley,” Bayless said with a hushed tone as if someone had died. “He comes across as some lame-brained, knee-jerked Redskins fan.”
This is coming from a man who holds the world record for lame-brained, knee-jerk, out of bounds, hypocritical sports commentary.