When George Bush first declared war on Iraq, people asked me rather or not I agreed with it. Typically I would answer, "My gut tells me something is rotten in Denmark, but since everything I know has been fed to me by the media, and to me the media is not a reliable source, I am reserving judgement. As an American, I have to assume that the president knows more about this situation than I do and is making the best decision for this nation." Truthfully speaking, I didn't believe that at all. From day one I felt it was about oil and popularity in the wake of 9/11. My best friend from high school was a Navy Seal. Among the many things that he told me, he showed me offer letters signed by our government requesting mercenaries of his skill caliber to guard oil wells that didn't even belong to us to prevent the owners of said wells from setting them on fire. But, as the government said over and over again, this war wasn't about oil, it was about Hussein's refusal to disarm weapons of mass destruction that we never found. Riiiiiiiiight!:laugh1: :lmao: :lmao2: Reading through the new threads today and responses to my contributions yesterday, I'm noticing alot of bloggers post comments that would suggest they are a member of the team or the staff; because there are statements being introduced as fact, despite these same statements being originally introduced as speculatory dribble by the media. Now, I realize there are issues within the organization. But, IMHO, I think the biggest issue is the amount of information that's actually being fed to the media. Of course, in the wake of a losing season, particularly one that started with such high hopes and ended on such an embarrasing note, there will be frustrations vented, there will be players who think they know what went wrong, and, of course, every member of the media and every fan is an expert on how to fix the team. Fire Wade! Fire Jerry Jones! Fire Brian Stewart! Fire Jason Garrett! Cut Owens! Cut Romo! Trade Marion and both of the Roy's. Cut this coach, this player, acquire this free agent, trade for this 1st round draft pick, do this, do that, and the Cowboys will be returned to Super Bowl form. I've added my two-cents, I'm not knocking it. It's a great way to kill time until the season starts again. My issue is with those who contribute to this site as if they know how things are in the locker room, on the field, on the sideline, and make such claims like: "Until T.O. is gone, this team will never win," "Until Romo steps up and is a leader...," "Until Wade grows a pair....," "Until Jerry fires Jerry as G.M....," etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum. The truth is, winning will never be contigent on the contribution or lack thereof, of just one person or player. With or without the aforemented players and member of this orgination, this team can win the Super Bowl. People can change. And said change can be accepted by their peers. I've seen it happen. I know it can happen. T.O. can shut up. And, furthermore, provided the team is winning, I think he can be happy with a limited role. Take Santonio Holmes of the Steelers for instance. In the wake of their Super Bowl win, Santonio was praised for his petitioning for the ball to win the game, quoted as saying, "I want to win this game for the team!" The fact that he said this, didn't suprise me. The fact that no one criticized with the same vigor they would criticize T.O. did; though it probably shouldn't have, especially considering his infamous celebration using the ball as prop that he wasn't called out on either. Good receivers want the ball, they want the opportunity to win the game; even Michael Irvin has said that. But when T.O. says that, people are outraged. And I think it's more because of who is saying it, and the history that comes with him, than what is actually being said. I'll admit it; some of the things T.O. says is stupid and should never be brought to the public's attention, but as a general rule, I don't think he's just talking trash to make himself look better. What he says is typically the truth. Romo does have alot to learn. But he belongs on this team. He was made for this team. And I refuse to forget all the QB's this team has had since Aikman. My only hope for Romo is that he keeps on being Romo, and doesn't try to emulate any other QB's. I want him to enjoy the game again. Romo has orchestrated quite a few comebacks in his time, so to describe him as a choke artist is just not fair. While he may share a little of the blame, ultimately, the team failed. Rest assured, he did all he could to change those unfortunate conclusion. And all you can really ask of a player is that they leave everything they have on the field to win the game. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Romo does give his best to win and absolutely hates losing. Sure, he might throw out the occasional psycho-babble in an effort to make himself feel better about losing, but knowing the type of competitor he is, losing is not easy for him. Just take a glance at the big picture: Accomplished Golfer, decent basketball player, Jessica, Undrafted Free Agent to Football Star...success is a big part of his mantra. He's a consistent student of getting better at what ever he deems worthy of his efforts and I believe football is at the top of his list. So, honestly, Romo is the least of my worries. Jerry Jones does concerns me. But I don't think he's stupid. He know's how to be successful in life. And I truly believe he wants to win. So I temper my fears by consistently reminding myself that success is typically gained by those willing to mold themselves to the right formula, fueled by the right motivation. He might not quite get the formula, but he knows how to be successful and he has the motivation. The optimist in me has to believe he'll eventually get it. Wade. I admit it. His public persona sucks! But the truth is, not every successful coach was a hard ***. Many coaches treat their players like adults who can police themselves. It's not like his approach is revolutionary. If he was winning, no one would criticize. But since it doesn't fit the mold of the Tuna or Jimmy Johnson, we as fans immediately assume that this team can't win without being treated like dirt. I disagree. I do, however, believe that certain policies should be put in place to police those who cannot act like adults backed by fines that encourages players to ammend their child like ways preventing further infractions. Most of this I've said before, but I'm bored so I don't really mind throwing it out there again. For those of you who are guilty of throwing out these ridiculous claims, more power to you; if that's the way you feel, who I'm I to criticize. But if you introduce these types of claims as facts to argue your side of a debate, I'm not going to introduce a counterpoint on the topic; I'm going to attack your method of argument as speculatory, which I think is just annoying for most people, since despite the use of fallacies they very well may be making a good point.