Dallas Cowboys vs. NY Giants Game Recap And Analysis: Tony Romo Throws 4 INTs As NY Remains Perfect At Jerry's World
The problems that occurred for Dallas during the 1st quarter of Sunday’s contest with the New York Giants were enough to make a San Diego Chargers fan wince (which is especially significant considering that the Chargers just lost to the Cleveland Browns 7-6).
The Giants scored a touchdown and kicked three field goals on all four of their drives in the 1st quarter, while the Cowboys’ spent their time on the field giving the ball back to them.
Dallas QB Tony Romo threw an interception on the first drive, he threw an interception on the second drive, and they punted it on the third drive. The mistakes bled into the 2nd quarter as Romo immediately threw his third interception on a screen pass intended for Felix Jones. It was the first career interception for Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul… it was also a terribly easy pick six as he only had to run 20 yards to paydirt.
Just about everything that has been wrong with the Dallas Cowboys since Bill Parcells left in 2007 was on display Sunday in Baltimore.
It was the perfect game for the Cowboys, once again maligned early in the season, to break out and reclaim their status as a contender in the NFC East (a division which is rapidly getting out of hand in terms of competitiveness). The team was coming off a bye week and was headed into a traditionally tough place to win, but this time against a team that was coming off of a troubling 9-6 win against a much-worse Kansas City Chiefs squad. The Ravens defense has been uncharacteristically mediocre this season and the Cowboys entered the game with the NFL’s 29th-ranked running attack. It was their only significant weakness heading into week 6, and they spent the time off during the bye week trying to fix it.
There is something about Tim Tebow that attracts attention. Actually, there are numerous things about Tim Tebow that attract attention. National attention. I’m not entirely sure why everyone was so initially fascinated with his hyper-faith.
I remember hearing about him as a freshman phenom recruited to back up over-hyped Chris Leak at the University of Florida. Then, he won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, and competed for it again in 2009 after winning his second BCS National Championship. But, really… all you ever heard about was how he would pray before and after every game, and after every score, and he would write Bible verse references on his eye black tape.
Any time anyone talked about translating his talent to the professional level the discussion would always be short and brutal: Tim Tebow would completely fall apart in the NFL. He can’t throw and he was coming into the league on the heels of the stupid Wildcat craze of the mid-2000’s, so the game was already transitioning back to a game where Tebow would have to be converted to another position.
Ever the contrarian and headline-maker, Charles Barkley has come out and made increasingly-polarizing claim that LeBron James could be better than Michael Jordan.
It’s a discussion that grows more and more talked about with every passing season, and Sir Charles has now thrown his hat into the ring. "I do think he can be better than Michael,” said Barkley. “I thought I would never compare somebody to Michael Jordan. But this guy, LeBron James, he does everything well. Michael did everything well. LeBron James is just bigger… stronger… faster. That's the only difference.”
It’s true. LeBron James is a unique talent; a once-in-a-generation kind of talent. However, this argument will never be palpably real until James wins a few more rings. After all, Magic Johnson was a point guard who could do it all and retired (early) with five championships under his belt. The only reason no one dares make the claim that Magic was better than Michael is because everyone seems to accept that no one compares to Jordan particularly in the clutch. And, there’s the fact that Jordan’s Bulls defeated Magic’s “Showtime” Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals.
The time-honored NBA tradition of flopping looks to be coming to end in the upcoming 2012-2013 season. For the first time in league history players who flop and draw calls from referees will be targeted and fined by the league office.
Said vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson in a statement:“Flops have no place in our game; they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call. Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should—after a warning—be given an automatic penalty."
That last part is important. Jackson stresses the fact that these determinations will be made after a video review. It won’t be live. There won’t be representatives from NBA headquarters in New York at every game, slowing things down with a never-ending “booth challenge”. Players will flop, the calls will be made, and teams will win and lose games because of it; but every call will be reviewed afterward and fines will be handed out.