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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Romo and the Redskins in DC?

Actually Romo, Tiger and Jessica Simpson!
Now there's a mouthful...

Only Tiger is big enough, brave enough and successful enough to dare bring Romo to a DC sporting event surrounded by Redskin Fans...

From the Washingtonpost....

There were a lot of famous people in a very small stretch of real estate during this morning's opening ceremony at the Tiger Tourney. Of the people you care about, I'll list Tiger Woods, Bruce Boudreau, Jason Campbell, Antwaan Randle El, Rock Cartwright, Shaun Suisham, Leon Harris, Jessica Simpson, and I believe Mrs. Tiger.

"I'd like to acknowledge what may be the biggest act of bravery I've seen this week," said Harris, the emcee, while introducing Romo to a few cheers and many more boos. Then he introduced "our leader of Redskins Nation," which turned out to be Campbell, who got a roar, louder than any for Tiger Woods, by my ears. So at least that happened.

Tiger took the mic eventually, and referred to his thrilling duel from the tips with Romo, whom he gave two strokes and from whom he took a few ducats.

"I had the pleasure of playing Tony Romo today," Tiger said after the round. "Added to my spending fund, which was nice."

Romo had used up his two strokes by the turn, and while one of their playing partners suggested that they renegotiate (no, not Congressman John Boehner, who was wearing shorts and a bronze-medal tan; the other guy), they just kept on blasting away. Romo did manage at least one ironic fist pump while shouting "Come on!" which made Tiger smirk.

"We have a couple mutual friends so we had a little side bet going there," Romo said after the round. "He won the bet."

(Boehner, by the way, swings right-handed but putts left-handed, with his body facing the hole. It's bizarre.)

(Some wise soul managed to write "Go Redskins" in Romo's yardage book, which was one of the better moments of the day. The best, though, was the guy in the Art Monk hat standing directly behind Romo on the 7th tee. "Hit it like it's December," the guy said. That guy deserves an award. So does the guy following them around for nine holes wearing the "Dallas Sucks" t-shirt.)

As for the Skins golf, I'll write more later, but Campbell and Randle El weren't exactly fair competition for Tony Romo. I'll let Rock Cartwright speak about, say, Campbell.

"He stinks," Cartwright said. And how about Randle El?

"He stinks too."

Suisham was more diplomatic, when asked about Campbell.

"He seemed to enjoy himself," the kicker said with a wink.

And Randle El?

"He looked like he was having fun," Suisham said, with another wink.

Jessica Simpson sang the National Anthem and then eventually left the first green before any of her body parts managed to escape, but I did ask her whether she saw any Skins fans around.

"Oh, I heard them," she said. "I heard them."

Boudreau, meantime, delivered signed Alex Ovechkin jerseys to both Tiger Woods and his playing partner, Mike Weir. No word if Woods tried to trade his in for a Crosby.


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