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Tony Romo: The Michael Jordan of Jewish B-ball league

Tony Romo can't seem to please his critics on the football field, but his reputation on the hardwood is rising.

When the Dallas Cowboys quarterback searched for a basketball league to join this offseason, Romo went big-fish/small-pond, embedding himself in competition at the Jewish Community Center.

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Guess what? Romo is dominating opponents.

"He's extremely physical," David Naxon, who recently faced Romo, told David Fine of "He'll push you around. He's not going to hold back just because you're a young Jewish man."

Romo -- not a young Jewish man -- has turned JCC ball into a competitive hothouse.

"He has given the J's league a spark," Itzy Ribald, another player, said. "He's turned a typical, semi-competitive league into an extremely competitive, fun, championship-type tournament. You feel like you're going to play against Jordan, a superstar."

It's a sticky issue for some of the league's competitors. These are diehard Dallas Cowboys followers who question the value of playing physical ball against Romo, at the risk of sidelining the starting quarterback.

"At first, I thought, I don't want to injure him because I'm a big Cowboys fan, and I would be devastated if he got injured," Naxon said. "But when I saw that he wasn't holding back, I decided not to either."

Sidenote: Neither will the New York Giants on Sept. 5.

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