Posted December 15, 2013

Hawks’ Twitter account mocks Cowboys’ Tony Romo for interceptions

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Ben Golliver, Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo
(Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport)

Tony Romo threw two interceptions in the Cowboys’ loss to the Packers. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport)

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a regular target of Twitter abuse, especially after he throws interceptions, but now he’s dodging social media tomatoes from one of the NBA’s official team accounts.

After two Romo interceptions in the last three minutes proved crucial in a 37-36 Cowboys loss to the Packers on Sunday, the Atlanta Hawks’ official Twitter account let off a zinger.

“If Tony Romo needs advice in late-game situations, we know a guy he can call,” the Hawks tweeted, along with a photograph of Al Horford.

Low blow? Perhaps, but at least it was factually correct. Horford knocked down a buzzer-beating game-winner in overtime to help the Hawks beat the Wizards on Friday, and he’s among the league leaders in clutch shooting this season.

According to NBA.com/stats, Horford is 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) in clutch situations this season, defined by the last five minutes of regulation (and overtime) in which either team leads by five points or less. Horford’s 56.5 percent clip trails only Spurs guard Tony Parker (15-for-23, 65.2 percent) among players with at least 20 field goal attempts in the clutch so far this season.

Even with the help of Horford’s late-game heroics, the Hawks are still just 12-12 on the season. That actually ties them with Romo’s Cowboys, who fell to 7-7 with the loss to the Packers. Maybe Dallas’s official Twitter account can prepare some trash-talking tweets just in case Atlanta slips below .500 this week.

NBA teams seem to be taking the Twitter snark to a whole new level this season. Earlier this month, the Blazers’ official account mocked the imbalance between the NBA’s conferences, rhetorically asking if it was too late for Portland to switch to the weaker East.

20 comments
fiasco56
fiasco56

Not a Cowboys fan, but it's hilarious that this is coming from the "World Champion Hawks"!

LeeMorrell
LeeMorrell

Well...the Hawks turned the ball over 27 times in a loss to the Knicks on Saturday...so they MUST know what they are talking about...

PKpwnage
PKpwnage

Cowboys fan here saying that's the first game in a while where the blame actually falls mostly on Romo. His first pick should not have happened and was his fault for forcing it (although if Austin makes the catch it's six). You could argue Beasley messed up his route on the second, but Romo still ought to make sure all his receivers are on the same page. As an aside, throw it to Dez and Witten in crunch time; Dez had been clutch all day.


At the end of it all, though, you have to give Romo credit at the press conference for owning up to it (he always has, really). Yes, the second -half defense was atrocious; yes, they ran it only seven times in the second half. But give Romo credit for not making excuses.

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

He's a millionaire with a hot wife so I would trade places with him any day.

Jonathan T
Jonathan T

I hate the Cowboys.  I am an Eagles fan but there is no way to blame Romo for that loss.  First of all, how about the defense of the Cowboys.  Second, how about the play calling toward the end of the game when they had the lead and were throwing the ball instead of handing off to Murray who had been great the whole game to try and run out the clock.  The interception that lead to GB's go ahead TD was not Romo's fault.  The receiver stopped his route so the ball went straight to the Packer.  The last interception was Romo's fault because he threw just a little behind the receiver but still I go back to the play calling from the previous possession.  They shouldn't have been in a situation to have to throw the ball at that time.  The defense was deplorable and they should get most of the blame.

j7apple
j7apple

The Hawks giving advice on clutch? hahahahahahahahahaha

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

The Hawks should probably check themselves before they start throwing out football snark. Last I checked, Dallas was still in the playoff hunt, unlike the Falcons. 

DSM
DSM

I am not a Cowboys fan in general--and especially not a Jerry Jones fan, but this is classless. Do the Hawks allow middle schoolers to run their Twitter account? Why comment on other teams in other sports in other cities which are not playing a team from your city and have said nothing about you?

Mag533
Mag533

Hey, if the defense had not given up 5 touchdowns in the second half, Romo would not have been in this situation.

JuniorCollage
JuniorCollage

The Dallas Stars' beak of Romo was way better.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@PKpwnage U also have to give Shields some credit on that first pick — it was a great read and perfect timing on his lunge to grab the ball.  That he held onto it makes it even better.  If that had fallen incomplete, things might been different. Glad they weren't. Go Pack Go!

LeeMorrell
LeeMorrell

@PKpwnage Falls mostly on Romo?  The defense gives up scores on all possessions in the second half of a game they led by more than 20 points and that falls on Romo?  The offense was averaging - AVERAGING - 7+ YPC on the ground and they stop running and that falls on Romo?  Stop looking at the last 2 minutes and pay better attention to the 28 that precede it and tell me again how the blame falls on Romo...

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

@PKpwnage I think you miss the bigger point on the 2nd INT...a RUN play was called by the coaches...he audibled to a pass...when the clock was the opponent...

Mel
Mel

@Jonathan THow about the fact the Cowboys had the lead and the ball. The fact that the coaches called run plays to kill as much clock as possible, to which Romo decided to audible? Both int's came on plays the coaching staff called RUN plays. So again, how is Romo free of blame?

jbber
jbber

@DSM I get you and agree. But Romo is the laughingstock of America. Not sure why The Atlanta Hawks should be an exception.

PKpwnage
PKpwnage

@LeeMorrell@PKpwnageThe end of the game, at the very least, falls on Romo. I do find it refreshing that someone else also looks at problems beyond him, though. The defense was atrocious and did the Cowboys zero favors in the second half, and we also don't know who called most of the second-half plays. Could have been Garrett, Callahan, Jerry, Romo audibles. At the end of the day, shitty overall team play forced Romo to be the hero. Sometimes he is, but he wasn't yesterday.


I agree with you in saying it's not Romo's fault the game was even in crunch time at all. However, once it happened and Romo had to be the hero, he didn't get it done yesterday. He's been on both sides plenty of times.

tlm773458
tlm773458

@Mel@Jonathan TWith the overall second half play selection Dallas deserved to lose.  If you look at the great teams in NFL History, (Pittsburgh Steelers of the 70's, San Francisco 49ers of the 80's and yes the Dallas Cowboys of the 90's) you will notice that in most cases the OC/HC or whoever was calling the plays (audible or not) was primarily sticking to the run game, not passing it all over the field.  Bill Callahan's offensive scheme has been described by many as "pass happy" and the proved that in the second half.  With DeMarco Murray averaging 7yds/rush, they should have stuck with it and beat the clock to death.  Fewer possessions for GB could've translated into a Dallas win, despite their terrible defense

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I never thought I'd be defending this guy because I hate the Cowboys WITH A PASSION and took a lot of delight in seeing them cough up that big lead. However, I must say Tony Romo is hardly a laughingstock. He may not be as clutch as a lot of other QBs, but he's been a starter for over seven years and has a high rating every year so he must be doing something right.