The 2-2 Cowboys are playing the Ravens Sunday, and today Tony Romo had a standard conference call with Baltimore reporters. After some questions about Romo's consistency and such, his phone was somehow disconnected. Did Romo intentionally hang up on the media? Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun tweeted about what happened:
Tony Romo's conference call with Ravens reporters didn't last 2 questions. He hung up after a question about his number of pass attempts.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 10, 2012
For accuracy sake, first question to Romo was about what he needs to do to maintain consistency. Second was about his number of dropbacks— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 10, 2012
Tony Romo hung up on us during a conference call. Apparently didn't like the line of questioning. Sensitive.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 10, 2012
Cowboys haven't had Tony Romo back on call after repeated calls. He hung up after questions about consistency and dropbacks— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 10, 2012
But wait! The story now has two sides. Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas spoke with the Cowboys' PR department:
Cowboys PR folks say Tony Romo did not hang up on Ravens media, that there was a phone malfunction on Baltimore's end.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 10, 2012
I'll say this about Tony Romo: He excels at talking around questions without answering them. He doesn't get rattled by media.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 10, 2012
Ed Cahill, multimedia producer for the Cowboys, was recording the call and says Romo didn't do it on purpose:
Was recording the Romo conference call. He did not hang up. You can hear a loud noise as Baltimore disconnects, Tony says, "Hello? Hello?"— Ed Cahill (@EdCahill) October 10, 2012
Unfortunately, there is even more to this. Zrebiec and Wilson said the phone worked fine after Romo's bad call:
@calvinwatkins Phone worked fine for Jason Garrett call, and was tested afterward. Ravens have repeatedly tried to get Romo back on call.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 10, 2012
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas said Romo was still there, but had other shit to do, so he left:
@ravensinsider From what I've been told Romo remained on the line but couldn't get through. He had 2:30 p.m. CTmeeting to attend.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 10, 2012
At this point, after quipping about Romo's sensitivity and being vague, it's no longer a big deal to the Sun reporters:
@mkboudreau To be honest with you Michael, I really could care less. I retweeted the Cowboys response. I didn't make it personal.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 10, 2012
@calvinwatkins Gotcha, it is what it is. No big deal.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 10, 2012
Hey, Romo will call back! A million hosannas, as the game previews can finally be completed!
To be fair, it should be mentioned that Romo is planning to call back.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 10, 2012
Tony Romo is going to call us back around 5:30 ET for conference call.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 10, 2012
And after countless shitty "maybe the call was intercepted" jokes made by the rest of Twitter, everyone enjoyed the rest of their Wednesday.
UPDATE: We have some HOT AUDIO, thanks to the official Cowboys website posting the dropped call. It seems that Romo isn't sensitive about criticism like Wilson thinks. We can finally, actually put this behind us now.