The Deezies Afterparty, 10-10-07 (in progress)
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TJ: This is the Deezies Afterparty! Ty Jackson here, the host of the only show that takes a weekly look at the Deezies fa Sheezies. The Deezies finished off their homestand with another victory, but it wasn't without a fight. The Guantanamo Pep Squad led for most of the game, and it wasn't until a struggling Tony Romo connected with Steve Smith in the end zone with just seconds left in the game that the Deezies were able to go on top. This week, the Deezies travel to New England to take on the woeful 18 and life. We'll talk to several Deezy players, and Deezies Sports Limited president and CCO Carson L. Rizor, in just a moment.
TJ: Thank you for joining us for another edition of the Deezies Afterparty, airing in syndication across all 48 continental states on the Deezies Sportsradio Network. (fade out instrumental) I'm Ty Jackson, and normally I'm joined by the coach of the Deezies fa Sheezies, Mr. C-Deezy fa Sheezy himself... but he's busy this week promoting his major motion picture debut, THUGTASTIC!, opening nationwide this Friday. But the Afterparty goes on, starting with my first two guests, Deezies star running back DeShaun Foster, and the original shut-down corner, the true Champ Bailey!
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DF: Hey, Ty, what's happenin'?
CB: Good to see you again.
TJ: Always a pleasure to have you both here on the Afterparty! Let's talk about that win on Sunday... I've seen every Deezies game ever played, and as crazy as last week's game was, this one was crazy cranked up another five notches. And yet, even with everything going wrong, you guys were never really out of it. It was always just one play away, and, I have to tell you, part of the fun of watching on Sunday was waiting to see when that play would finally happen.
DF: I canít tell you what a big win this was for us. I know a lot of stuff was said both inside and outside the locker room all last week, but the bottom line is a win is a win. At this point, weíll take it any way we can. I think what was said inspired us a little bit and you can kind of tell it showed out there on the field. All of the guys came through. This game had a lot of ups and downs. The emotion was all over the place, and I am just proud of the way we hung in there, stuck together to get the job done, and walk out of here with a win.
TJ: And you should be! But I've gotta ask... you start out as a juggernaut, you dominate the defending champions... and now, two games in a row, you've trailed most of the game and barely escaped with the win. What's goin' on? There were times when it looked like you guys hadn't even practiced together, much less played a month into the season.
DF: Yeah it did. It's just that we're 5-0 right now; we didn't expect to be 5-0. We need to make sure everybody can communicate, that they know what we need to do to finish the season the way we want to.
CB: We've got too much talent to play like this. We know we're better than what we showed, but the thing is, we didn't show it in the last couple weeks. I think that's just the way it is. But we have to play like it. We've got to get it together. Hopefully, we use our time wisely.
TJ: Now, Champ, I understand that you might have to take some extra time off after that injury you had midway through last week's game.
CB: Right now, it feels pretty good, but you have to see with a quad. If I had to play a game right now, I don't know if I could. I can really use this week off and hopefully, in two weeks, I can come back.
TJ: They're gonna miss you! I know you're gonna be there either way, so what are you gonna tell your teammates before the game?
CB: One thing about it, it's not technique. It's attitude. Do you want to get the guy on the ground? I pride myself on not missing any tackles.
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TJ: Champ Bailey and DeShaun Foster, here on the Afterparty! Thanks for joining us!
DF: Thanks, Ty.
CB: Good to be here.
TJ: We're gonna take a minute to pay some bills, but we're gonna be right back. This is the Deezies Afterparty on the Deezies Sportsradio Network.
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TJ: Welcome back to the Deezies Afterparty! (fade out instrumental) Ty Jackson, here with our next special guest, the unflappable quarterback of the Deezies fa Sheezies, Tony Romo!
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TR: Thank you, Ty. I'm glad to be here.
TJ: And we're glad to have you! I gotta ask you... the first four games, you looked like Superman, and then, suddenly, against the Guantanamo Pep Squad, you have one of the worst games of your career... six turnovers, including four interceptions in the first half...
TR: I thought there was about seven. (laugh) You hope to never throw that many picks, but I guess it is going to happen to all of us at some point. At the end of the day, you really shouldnít win a lot of games when you lose the turnover battle like we did, but at the same time, youíre probably a pretty decent team if you can. We feel like weíre never really out of games and you just have to keep plugging along, keep grinding it out until you get your chance and then hopefully you can win it. I learned a long time ago that if you think you're going to be perfect every time, you're drunk.
TJ: Let's go back to that play in the fourth quarter, time's running out, you can't stop the clock, and you need a touchdown to pull even. What was going through your mind when Steve Smith made that catch in the end zone?
TR: He got me out of the doghouse. I played pretty poor on Sunday, but the team is pretty resilient and they stuck with me. I did a good job of putting our team in a hole, but they did a good job of pulling me out. They rallied. They dug me out of it. It was tough to go through that, especially in a Marquee Match-Up. but no one is going to care when it's all said and done how you won the game. I was lucky enough for us to come out with a win. I'm just glad I don't have to sit here and say, 'We shoulda, coulda, woulda.'
TJ: But, given the way the game was going for you, did you have any doubts? Did you ever think that maybe you should take a seat and let someone else come in and take a shot?
TR: My confidence doesn't waver. That's the one thing I learned from Coach Smith and everybody else... Coach Deezy says it all the time, too -- you've got to keep going. Not everything is going to go your way. Some of the picks were completely just dumb throws or dumb decisions, a couple of them just bad throws. They all came on a day they all wanted to happen, I guess. You obviously hope to not have too many of those games, but itís something where itís not always going to go smoothly. We were fortunate enough to obviously get the win, even playing like that.
TJ: This week, the Deezies play 18 and life, which, to be kind, really hasn't shown up to play all season. Are you approaching the game as an opportunity to get back on track?
TR: Any time you turn the ball over that many times, you obviously didnít do something right and you want to take care of the ball. But I really havenít had that problem lately. Iíd like to think every once in a while something creeps up in one game and ó boom ó it hits you. As you experience things, you start to process information in your brain and you store it away for the future on some of the mistakes that you made and you say, "You know, why did I do that?" Then you go back, you fix it. Itís a process that you go through as a younger quarterback. You chalk it up and you learn from it and you move on, but you donít let it affect the way youíre playing. Itís not rocket science. At the end of the day you go out there and you try not to turn the ball over and you try to put the team in the end zone. Itís easier to win the football game if you donít give it to the other team. Obviously Iíll take care of the football this week, but if I see a guy and feel like heís open, Iím going to try to throw the ball.
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TJ: Tony Romo, the Deezies' quarterback, showing some confidence heading into this week's game! Thanks for joining us, Tony!
TR: Anytime, T-J.
TJ: Stay tuned. We'll be right back with the big chief himself, Deezies Sports Limited president and CCO, Carson L. Rizor. You're listening to a special edition of the Deezies Afterparty on the Deezies Sportsradio Network.