It appears that the only individual who enjoyed Tony Romo's three interceptions against the Detroit Lions last Sunday more than the Lions and their fans was Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. For when Romo threw three picks (including two pick-sixes) that facilitated the Lions' 34-30 second-half comeback win when they were down 24 points in the third quarter, it appealed to Cooley's true nature in a way that it might not to others.
"It's SO good," Cooley said during his weekly appearance on Washington, D.C.'s LaVar and Dukes radio show (a show we highly recommend, as the guys are longtime friends of Shutdown Corner). "I was watching the scoreboard in St. Louis, and I didn't see that they'd lost until the end, I thought they blew them out so I kind of stopped paying attention. It's amazing, AMAZING to watch him choke like that.
"I'm just saying, I'm up 24 points in the third quarter, if I'm the head coach, I feel like I could probably just take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away and there's no way that Detroit's gonna drive on you that many times. The only way you're gonna give up that many points is turnovers, right? It's hilarious to watch him throw pick-sixes, too, back-to-back. I loved it. But it wouldn't be as good as my cage fight."
Wait, what? As usual, Cooley threw us a conversational left hook. Cage fight, you say? As it turns out, LaVar Arrington had asked Cooley the week before just how long it would take Cooley to beat Romo in a cage match.
"For me to beat Tony? I'm gonna be honest, I don't know what kind of cage-fighting skills he has," Cooley said. "I would probably try to incorporate my wrestling ability, like when I was in high school. Obviously it's been a while, but I didn't like to beat people fast. I like to embarrass 'em a little bit. Like, take a 24-point lead, and then just play with it a little bit."
Ah, the old rope-a-dope. Well, let's see. Cooley is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end/H-back who's used to one-on-one blocking battles with linebackers who are usually foaming at the mouth. Romo is a 6-foot-2, 228-pound quarterback who has proven that he can take a hit (with his offensive line, that's one thing you're going to prove above all), but we're not sure about his ability to deliver one.
I'm not as conversant with cage fighting as Shutdown Corner colleague Maggie Hendricks (who also writes for Yahoo's MMA blog), but I'm guessing most of the experts would take Cooley on that one. At this point, Romo has enough to deal with.
As for Cooley and the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, he'll have to wait until Nov. 20 to avenge an 18-16 loss to Dallas in which Romo overcame a fractured rib and punctured lung from the week before. Maybe he's tougher than we think...