Tony Romo Is Football Broadcasting Gold, Jerry, Gold
This is some controversial stuff to post on here considering I'm like probably one of the 50 people who like Tony Romo in the state of Pennsylvania, but the guy was my guy after Vincent Frank and Chad Pennington retired so I must speak out regarding his broadcast talents. You most likely have seen the clip below but I'll post it just for sake of reference:
And here's him going next-level on how Bill Belicheck plays mad scientist with coaching analytics, which I'm still not absolutely clear on, but then again I'm not coaching or playing professional football so I'm okay with kind of being foggy on the particulars. Still sounds super intelligent:
The Hulk Hogan heel turn of 1996 put it best (and I paraphrase): "All you Romo injury/turnover meme posters can stick it, brother." The man kills it in the booth and not via dropping SBDs like Phil Simms did to the Nantz man, but with dropping pure football knowledge. And if you're of the lot who thinks him "spoiling" the plays is ruining the game for you, try to recall the times when we had to suffer through Mike Lupica in the ESPN Sunday Night Football days, making defenses comparable to getting "peanut butter stuck on the roof of your mouth". You can say ridiculous ham jankery like that if you're John Madden, but when you're Mike Lupica, who has as much charisma and likability as an endzone pylon, you better stick to writing children's books.
Romo won't ever get the respect he deserves due to the star he had on the side of his head for those 13 seasons, but I will champion his cause on the field and in the broadcast booth. He acts like a kid in a candy store when announcing and you don't get that kind of energy with the Matt Millens or the Charles Davises of the world. There's something to be said for doing something different and he's doing just that. Nantz couldn't be happier it seems either not having to lug a can of Airwick around.
P.S.: tell me this is not a perfect premise for the next underdog sports movie: guy retires, goes into the broadcast booth, basically inceptions the football analyst game, then mid-season gets a phone call to fill in for a team making a playoff run. Bam. Print the script and make money.