Yeah, But What if Tramaine Brock Had Seen Miles Austin's Fumble?

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​Tony Romo was gutsy last Sunday in San Francisco, but because the Cowboys lost he wasn't heroic.

Jason Garrett should be fired for his insane 3rd-and-2 play call in the final minute that led to the loss to the 49ers.

Dan Bailey might be a former NFL kicker.

Jesse Holley is just a guy who made a couple of innocuous NFL catches.

Miles Austin is not only hurt, but the target of this week's avalanche of criticism for fumbling at crunch time.

And your Cowboys are 0-2, headed nowhere fast.

That's what we were staring at if things had gone only slightly different in Candlestick Park. Instead, a fumbled football apparently turned invisible long enough for the Cowboys to escape and the inverse to occur.

Romo is a gritty hero that rallied to his team from 10 points down in the 4th quarter. Bailey has a job thanks to two clutch field goals. Holley is a rising star who caught the 77-yard game-winning-setter-upper. And the Cowboys are 1-1 entering their home opener.

Hope floats.

Austin (hamstring) is no-go for Monday. Romo (punctured lung and all) is expected to play. Terence Newman Tweeted that "I'm back." And we'll have to see about Dez Bryant, but I'd expect to see him in Cowboys Stadium against the Redskins.

Now, about the head coach and that play call ...

Despite Garrett saying Monday it was "a mistake", I maintain that it was a good call. (And, truth be told, I think the coach is protecting a player who made the unpardonable sin of fumbling on the play).

Putting the ball in the hands of your best playmaker is never a bad move. And, if you watch the thing, the Cowboys had the pitch to Austin blocked perfectly to the outside. Doug Free is pulling around left end, with literally no one to block it's so open.

If Austin takes it around left end as designed -- he instead cut it up inside due to his iffy hamstring -- I think he scores on the play. He also fumbled. And this is how lucky the Cowboys were:

The ball squirted out of Austin's grasp to the left and just sorta lay there unnoticed literally at the right foot of 49ers' cornerback Tramaine Brock. He sees the ball and falls on it, the Cowboys lose and Austin and Garrett are getting killed in this here blog today.

Thank you Free for recovering the fumble.

And thank you Bailey, and Romo and Holley for taking advantage of your good fortune.


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43 comments
George Carlin
George Carlin

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

Ya, I read those Greggo tweets, the Hammer cried like a little kid when his pacifier was yanked. Greggo just stated not being invited to the pre-game show, and followers blew it up. Get help Greggo if you are looking for attention, rip one off to take the edge off.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Did we ever figure out what was behind Greggo's bizarre string of tweets about being fired?Paranoia, BTW, is a pretty classic drug abuse symptom.Just sayin

Mrhudson425
Mrhudson425

Get the fuck off of Richie's grammatically incorrect nuts... I am a cowboys fan of 30 years and for 30 years every season has had its what ifs... But in the last 3 seasons those what ifs have been even more painful to swallow bc of the talent the cowboys... It would be a lot different if we sucked on paper and in real life, but on paper at least we should have a ring or two.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What if Quincy had kept clean just long enough for Romo to get cut? What if Jerry had died under the knife getting a facelift? What if they'd drafted somebody good instead of Bobby Carpenter?What if the Observer wised up to the fact they pay a lazy-ass hack to write for them?

Culberth Thaddius Canterwaller
Culberth Thaddius Canterwaller

What if the widow Mirriam's effusive hospitalities were not so pronouncedly disclosed as she greeted the roving delver in her paltry peignoir? 

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Congratulations: you've figured out - all on your own - that winning is everything, and each game/season/franchise is viewed through that solitary lens.

Also, the Cowboys are still going nowhere, just not as fast right now.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

This was one of Norm's five plays yesterday...good to see you listen to quality sporty talk RW.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What if Josh had never taken crack and played for the Rays?  What if Nolan had decided Houston was a better spot to be?  What if Warsh became the A's manager?  I'm like TRDP1, don't ever write this blurb again, or we'll have Merten in here by sundown.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Ok we got it. The Cowboys could have easily lost due to a number of scenario's. We saw the game-stop talking to your audience like we have never seen a football game before and don't know that a fumble means the opposition can recover it and take over on offense. Other than injury updates and such, move on to non-filler, non-give-up posts that are fresh and at least somewhat interesting. Your degree in journalism from UTA should render much better quality than re-hashed, regurgitated lousiness such as this.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

this is akin to saying "what if Romo didn't fumble" last week or throw that interception to Revis. What happened, happened. Please don't write an article like this every week. You could easily do that for every Jason Garrett loss or win. Has he lost a game by more than 3 or 4 points while a head coach?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Hambonita could probably really use that 500 buck appearance fee...shittingya, hope the Hammer is right myself.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

they portray it as a bit on Twitter now, claiming they had everyone fooled, but thats total bullsh.  Greggo got what he wanted, attention and his dumbass minions to bombard the great Gilbert with email and phone calls threatening him if they really did "Fire" greggo from the Fan

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

He has been claiming for months that he was "fired" from the Cowboys post-game show.  The truth is that he is not a good fit for the show, and he knows it, so he politely declined doing the show when asked.

But he has reinvented the story to claim that Richie and New School said Greggo sucks and shouldn't be there.  I think you guys should give Greggo a little credit.  He duped a lot of you with these Tweets.  It happens to the best of us.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

why dont you make ring or 2 out of that paper you mention then. 

given the teams that have been  the super bowl the last 5 years, umm the cowboys hae been mediocre on paper compared to those teams

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Look at the secondary and the offensive line. We suck on paper.

Tone's Taint
Tone's Taint

What if Greggo never did cokeWhat if fmr mrs whitt never cheatedWhat if Rhyner wasnt deadWhat if Richie was gay..er nevermind I'll stop there

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

What if Scruffygeist wasn't an overweight nerdy virgin typing in his parents basement?What if Scruffygeist wasn't obsessed with Richie?

Bastion of truth
Bastion of truth

If the ticket sucks ass, then what does the fan do?  8.0 to a 1.8, yeah buddy suck on that bitch

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If'n all it took was worthless postings by RW, Merten would've been here two years ago.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I'm not normally a nutkicker, but I feel obligated to point things out to people who should know better. 

--------------------------------------"That's what we were staring at if things had gone only slightly different in Candlestick Park". ------------------------------------------------

Anyone with a journalism degree should know that its "differentLY"...

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I think he has four losses by 3, 3, 3, and 1.  I agree that "what if" could be said about nearly every Jason Garrett game.  It could also be said about Wade Phillips's games last year until the team quit and they just started getting blown out.

Rather than asking "what if" as Richie has, the better question to ask is "why".  If the Cowboys can address "why" all of their games are coming down to just a play or two, they could be dramatically better. 

Is it Romo needing to limit his mistakes?  Is it the secondary's inability to finish games?  Is it poor special teams coaching from Joey D?  I don't know the answer, but I think the question is "why".

RJ Sloppy's mom
RJ Sloppy's mom

I pray for the day that my son could be mediocre. Instead I get stuck with a pathetic excuse for a human being. A waste of human skin that idolizes RW because he hopes to be tall as him one day and constantly goes on and on about some guy named Scruffy.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What if RJ Sloppy didn't stalk me according to Richie's definition of stalking?What if RJ Sloppy had a clever bone in his bit of a body?What if I really was an overweight nerdy virgin in a basement so Sloppy would have someone in the world to relate to?

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

Don't you have someone on the Ticket's dick to suck?

RichieWhitt
RichieWhitt

1.8 huh? And you call yourself the bastion of truth. Liar.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Not me, and if'n you don't like my tweets Mrs. Dontworry, don't follow em you dumbass. POW!

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Asking "why," (also known as "analysis") requires insight and knowledge. It also takes time to write.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

That's the best you can do? No wonder you defend The Fail.

Bastion of truth
Bastion of truth

Well if we talk about your show, then yeah you pull a massive 3.2 with 100k watts.  Lets look at your station as a whole, yup, around a 1.8.  Id rather listen to jody dean talk about castrating a gerbil than that abortion of daytime radio thats on from 6-1:55

Don't worry about who I am
Don't worry about who I am

Holy hell you are annoying on Twitter! Your obsessed with hash tags and you talk to media members constantly, like you are one. Guess what? They don't give a shit what you have to say!

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Why ask why? Try Bud Dry.

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