Ah, sweet athletic delusions of grandeur, where would we sportswriters be without them?We'd certainly be lacking many opportunities for comedic fodder, that's for sure.
Last November, we detailed the delusions of Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams, who petulantly insisted that despite his status as a No. 1 receiver (ahem!), alleged No. 2 Miles Austin(notes) was eating his lunch because "things are just going No. 2's way ... [Austin] gets the ball thrown correctly his way. I'm stretching and falling and doing everything. Everybody [else] who's been here's balls are there. Our footballs [from Romo to Williams] are everywhere right now."
That must have been why the 'Boys were misguided in drafting Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant(notes) in the first round this year -- after all, Williams' pathetic 44 percent catch rate (86 targets, 38 catches) had to be Tony Romo's(notes) fault. Austin's 65 percent catch rate on 124 targets must have been a statistical anomaly.
So, it could be expected that Roy would come out and set the tone. First of all, he's let reporters know that he and Romo, freed from the constraints of whatever was ailing Romo alone in 2009, are synced up like another famed QB/WR duo:
"Last year around this time, we were throwing and catching and it wasn't very good," Williams told KVET-AM. "Just to be quite honest with you, we were missing balls, and bad throws and drops and all that in the offseason that carried over to the season. "But this year, we're connecting like Montana and Rice. It's night and day from last year, so I know we're expecting big things for both of us."
A quick warning to any Cowboys player or staff member standing next to Williams during upcoming practices: He's undoubtedly incurred the wrath of the football gods (one of whom looks a lot like Bill Walsh) for putting his own name anywhere near Jerry Rice's,(notes) so watch out for the lightning.
Then, there's the small matter of Bryant, who Cowboys coach Wade Phillips recently said was among the most talented rookies he's seen in 33 years of coaching. Nuts to that, thinks our Roy -- it's time to put the kid in his place! And that's what Williams did with this recent statement to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"This ain't my first rodeo," Williams said. "I got recruited [to Texas] with B.J. [Johnson] and Sloan Thomas(notes), so those are two top-notch guys. I came in and did my thing. I was the third one on the totem pole in that deal, and I came out No. 1. I don't really see it as a competition thing. I see it as us getting better.
"But I know in the back of my mind and the back of his mind, he wants to play, the only way he's going to play is to get No. 11 off the field, and that's going to be tough to do. But it's going to make us better as a football team."
To be fair, Williams has said all the right things of late -- telling Bryant that if he has any questions about the pro game, he should just ask. You'd have to forgive Bryant if he wondered why he'd need any tips on producing far below his contract, failing to catch balls in traffic, or dropping eight passes in a single season as Williams did in 2009.
Oh, Williams had words about those drops as well. "It won't even be half [in 2010]. Do you want to take that bet? I won't even come close. Promise you."
Actually, I wouldn't take that bet. Between Bryant, Austin and Jason Witten(notes), Williams may not see enough targets to drop more than four balls. In the meantime, Roy, keep your chin up and your confidence high. We can always use the material.