After Chris Cooley’s relatively benign comments about Tony Romo choking became a thing, it was inevitable that Cooley would explain himself on his blog. The explanation came on Thursday, and it was marvelous, a tour-de-force of an unusually grounded athlete making fun of people who take themselves, and the Star, just a bit too seriously.
You must go read it yourself — all 1,400-plus words — but I’ll just choose one important passage.
I have to say that the peculiar defense of “America’s quarterback” has completely blown me away. From genius talking heads like Skip Bayless and former Maryland great Norman Esiason to the bible thumping twitter bullies, it’s very clear that a cult like group of Dallas supporters has emerged to stand in defense of the epic Tony Romo. To them, my tongue-and-cheek opinions scream sacrilege and idiocy....
Finally, those of you that responded on Twitter, you made this easy. Your clumsy charm and the outpouring of the appalling tweets has inspired me to feed the fire of an NFL rivalry that seems in need the more flame. Thank you for caring so much. I genuinely appreciate you making me the number 1 Google search yesterday. I’d like to give a special thanks to those fans who want to choke me out, burn my house down and not only see me endure career ending injury, but break my neck and die. Clearly football is important to you, you are the people who make the NFL what it is!
Indeed. Then he responded point-by-point to many of his critics, including telling one doubter, “Google me bitch.” Which is something I will hereby tell all my doubters. However, if you take Cooley up on his offer, please do not also Google the word “playbook.”