After many - including teammate Terrell Owens - blamed Jessica Simpson for his team's loss last Sunday, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo overcame the taunts of Carolina Panthers fans Saturday night and pulled out a win.
The Cowboys' 20-13 victory came despite thousands of fans wearing Simpson masks and blonde wigs, and after a week of controversy following the star QB's terrible game in Dallas attended by a pink-Romo-jersey-wearing Simpson.
ESPN says Simpson was present Saturday night but was not seen on camera. In a post-game press conference, Tony Romo discussed the Jessica drama.
"I just put tunnel vision on," he explained. "There's so many distractions. I felt like the important thing for my team was to get myself into football mode 24/7."
When asked if the attention and anger (jokingly and otherwise) from Cowboys fans directed at himself and Jessica Simpson had bothered him, Tony Romo replied:
"I try to just let it roll off my back. It doesn't really bother me, to be honest. But it hurts me when it hurts the people that are close to you. I thought that some of the journalistic integrity this week was poor in some ways."
Taunting Tony Romo, a young fan holds up a mask of Jessica Simpson, which looks almost exactly like her except that it can't sing or act. Come to think of it...
Last week, Tony Romo completed just 13 passes and threw three interceptions, the worst game of his career. Yesterday, the stud muffin completed 28 passes and threw for 257 yards and just one interception as Dallas improved to 13-2.
Jessica Simpson's professional performance so far this weekend has not been as impressive. Her latest movie, the romantic comedy Blonde Ambition, was released in just eight theatres and on its opening day grossed just $384.