SBD/Issue 22/Sports Media
Boomer Esiason Calls Out Troy Aikman For Bias In Cowboys Game
Published October 15, 2008
|Esiason (r) Says Aikman (l) Called
Cowboys-Cardinals Game With "Stunning" Bias
ARE THE CLAIMS VALID? With the Cowboys down three points in fourth quarter with less than a minute left and with no timeouts, Aikman said, “In my opinion, this is where (Cowboys QB Tony Romo) really excels, and I’m not comfortable one bit if I’m with the Arizona Cardinals. ... More times than not Tony Romo has delivered in these situations and I really think that’s how ultimately you measure a quarterback” (Fox, 10/12). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Brian Powell wrote, "You rarely [hear] two ex-players from the same position ever call each other out. As if that wasn't enough, it's almost equally as rare that an analyst would even bring ... another analyst's name up. Nevermind the fact that he works for a rival network." Aikman and announcer Joe Buck "have honestly improved as a team, but they seem to regress every time they call a Cowboys' game" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 10/14). NEWSDAY's Neil Best today writes in an online chat, “Troy really, really, really hates this topic and swears it is a fiction. I did not watch the Cowboys-Cardinals game because I was covering the Jets, but people I trust who like Troy agree he was a little too Cowboy-ish on that game. People in Dallas think he's anti-Cowboys, by the way” (NEWSDAY.com, 10/15).