The Morning Percolator: Romo does Las Vegas

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…Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his girlfriend, Candice Crawford, did Vegas this weekend, marking the second straight weekend a big-time NFL QB was spotted with his boo in Sin City (Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers was there last week with singer Hillary Scott). According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Romo was spotted at XS nightclub Friday at Encore Las Vegas and with Crawford for a few hours at the Hard Rock Hotel. The winner of the Miss Missouri USA competition in 2008, Crawford is a TV reporter at KDKF in Dallas who hosts a Cowboys weekend show. For all of you fellow Gossip Girl fans out there, she is also the sister of Chace Crawford, who plays Nate Archibald on the CW hit. No word yet on how this Vegas excursion will affect Romo’s playoff performance next season.

…I’m still stunned that Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen fell to Carolina at No. 48 in the second round of the NFL Draft. Stunned himself — and probably more angry than anything — Clausen reportedly was playing pool with friends and not even watching the draft when the Panthers called with the good news. “At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason,” the Golden Domer said following the selection. Of course, Clausen’s fall, Denver’s first-round reach of Tim Tebow and the futures of all the draft selections will be debated all summer long and into the 2010 season. But as we know, it’s too early to label any of these prospects stars, busts or steals. All I know is that I’m convinced Clausen was the best player in the draft, including No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford — despite the high praise and rave reviews he garnered leading up to the draft. So for the Panthers to be able to get Clausen at No. 48 remains a jaw-dropper for me. Also, keep in mind that Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson worked with Clausen’s college coach, Charlie Weis, in New England, so the offense that Clausen will be learning should be a bit familiar.

…There were quite a few teams that I thought became better through the draft, but one team not getting a ton of pub is the Arizona Cardinals. Dan Williams fell into their laps perfectly, and the nose tackle should be able to provide immediate help. Daryl Washington isn’t a big linebacker, but he can pressure the quarterback. O'Brien Schofield may not have an impact in his first year, as he is recovering from a gruesome injury, but he has very good pass-rush potential. And getting John Skelton, a rising quarterback prospect, was a great value pick. The Baltimore Ravens? Just a filthy draft. Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody both had question marks, but so did every other prospect — and they were first-round talents who fell. Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta on the same team? Quarterback Joe Flacco must love general manager Ozzie Newsome right now. Should I continue with the bird theme? Because the Philadelphia Eagles also made their mark during the three days in New York. Great weekend, as always, but I still miss the old Saturday-Sunday format.

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