During the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks and San Antonio Brahma’s game on Sunday, an ABC announcer completely roasted the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo.
The NFL season may be over, but the XFL has just begun. The third iteration of the football league had it’s opening weekend, this time owned by Dani Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and RedBird Capital Partners. There were four games featuring all eight teams in the league. Sure enough, even the XFL throws shade towards the Dallas Cowboys.
On Sunday, the San Antonio Brahmas hosted the St. Louis Battlehawks at the Alamodome. During the game, Brahmas kicker John Parker Romo made a 43-yard field goal to put the team ahead 3-0. That is when play-by-play commentator Matt Barrie took a dig at the Cowboys and former quarterback Tony Romo’s expense.
“Also by my math, you’ve got a Romo playing football in Texas in February,” said Barrie.
XFL announcer throws shade at Cowboys, Tony Romo
Get it? Because Romo never played football in February, i.e. the Super Bowl?
Romo had been the starting quarterback for Dallas from 2006 until the 2015 season. While he did have a 156-127 regular season record with the Cowboys, he has a 2-4 record in the playoffs. The furthest Romo and Dallas made it in the playoffs was the Divisional Round in the 2007, 2009, and 2014 seasons, which all took place in January. Below is how the Cowboys fared in those Divisional Round matchups:
- 2007: Dallas lost 21-17 to the New York Giants
- 2009: Dallas lost 34-3 to the Minnesota Vikings
- 2014: Dallas lost 26-21 to the Green Bay Packers
For those wondering if the Brahmas kicker was related to the former Cowboys quarterback, the answer is no, per his Virginia Tech player bio page.
As for how the Brahmas fared in their opening game, it could have gone better. Despite leading 15-3 with just a little over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Battlehawks fought back to secure the 18-15 win. St. Louis quarterback A.J. McCarron threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hakeem Butler and converted on a three-point attempt on a pass to Austin Proehl to cut their deficit to 15-12. Then, the Battlehawks successfully converted a fourth-and-15 onside attempt, and McCarron connected with Proehl on a 14-yard touchdown pass. A one-yard run by McCarron for the one-point conversion gave the Battlehawks the 18-15 win.
Not only do the Cowboys get shade in the NFL for their lack of Super Bowl appearances since the 1995 season, but also in the XFL.