Our year-ender's forthcoming, but a few quick ones beforehand. As in: While prepping the '07 adios, and watching Tony Romo throwing for 86 yards and one pick yesterday, I was reminded of this October quote from Carrie Underwood, concerning her break-up with Tony Romo. "Point blank, he is about football," Underwood told Entertainment Weekly. "I don't think he's at the point in his life where he would be willing to sacrifice football. He hated so much that people thought that he was paying more attention to me and that was causing him to not do well."
But in the past three weeks, as Romo's made his relationship with Direct to Video way too public, he hasn't done well -- at all. His quarterback rating, usually in or around the triple digits during the first 13 games of the season, has plummeted; even his five-INT game against Buffalo (49.9) surpassed this week's 34.9 showing. And he's thrown just one touchdown pass in the last three games -- to go along with five picks. To top it off, today comes word that New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, currently dating Gisele Bundchen, might have given Romo a talking-to concerning the high-profile galpal: "Unlike Jessica, [Bundchen] realizes football is more than just a game, it’s his career.” Playoffs start in two weeks -- and already, the whining and excuse-making has begun. Anyone else suddenly fearing another early playoff exit for a Dallas franchise once expected to Win It All? Thought so. --Robert Wilonsky
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