Sunday, January 12, 2014

No Romo

In sports, we often hear about a player isn't clutch, then whoever is talking about the game, cherry-picks games, stats, or anecdotal memories, to prove their point.  These are usually produced into various memes that are shared around the internet, including Facebook. We seem to believe that nuanced things can be reduced to memes or pictures. Then, we share these things like it's hot.

One of the most common is Tony Romo not being clutch.

Romo has 20 4th Quarter comebacks since he became the Cowboys starter in 2006.  This ranks tied with 20th of best, all-time.  The only active quarterbacks with more 4th Quarter Comebacks/Game Winning Drives are Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Eli Manning. How does Romo rank with those since he took over the starting job in 2006?

Name Comebacks/4th Quarter Drives
Tony Romo 23
Drew Brees 25
Ben Roethlisberger 24
Eli Manning 27
Tom Brady 21
Peyton Manning 26

He ranks higher than the clutchiest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady.  The most unclutch quarterback of all-time in popular opinion, Peyton Manning, has the most 4th quarter comeback/game winning drives of all-time.  But who cares about statistics?

I hate when statistics get in the way of an opinion.

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