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Romo vs. Favre: Thursday's game is going to be fun
Dallas quarterback's play is a reminder of Packers master

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 27, 2007 at 5:49 am •  Published: November 27, 2007
Tony Romo kept his head a couple of games ago against the Redskins.

Cowboys led by five, late in the game, and Redskin defensive end Phillip Daniels grabbed Romo, who considered flinging a pass then thought better of it. Romo took the sack, the Dallas Cowboys punted and went on to victory.

Romo talked about his wise choice, then sort of grinned and came clean.

"I'm the last guy to talk about making the right choice when you're going down,” Romo said.

Not true. That distinction goes to the guy who comes to Texas Stadium on Thursday night for the NFC game of the year.

Brett Favre.

Dallas-Green Bay. This is going to be fun. In a league of robotic quarterbacks, a league where Tom Brady and Peyton Manning make one mistake a month, here comes Favre, the old gunslinger, and Romo, his protégé, quarterbacking the way Jerry Lee Lewis played the piano. The way Tony Stewart drives a car.

Romo is the new Favre. Quarterbacks who play the way we all did in the backyard. Quarterbacks who don't stay between the lines.

You Dallas fans, think back three games ago, at the Meadowlands against the Giants. Dallas touchdown No. 1 came off a Romo scramble, when he appeared ready to cross the line of scrimmage and take a slide, but at the last moment shot-putted a pass to Tony Curtis for a 15-yard touchdown.

Closest thing to a screwball I've seen on the gridiron. And pure Favre, who has quarterbacked his way into NFL lore and Wisconsin hearts with unconventional tactics. Favre has thrown 436 touchdown passes, some of them underhanded, many of them sidearmed and more than a few falling on his back.

Now comes Romo, Elisha to Favre's Elijah, quarterbacking the same way, throwing more than his share of dubious passes, but taking over a storied franchise.

Remember the Buffalo game in October.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Green Bay's Brett Favre has been with the team for 16 years, winning a Super Bowl and two NFC championships. Associated press


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