The early reviews are in: America loves Tony Romo

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—Much like the peeks and valleys of his NFL career, we were not entirely sure what we would get with Tony Romo on TV.

But people tend to like what he brought to Sunday’s game as the lead analyst teamed with Jim Nantz on CBS’ No. 1 NFL team for Sunday’s Titans-Raiders game.

Romo had the freshness of someone who had just completed a 14-year playing career or as a mastermind in a film room letting us see what happens. But enough youthful enthusiasm that unfortunately many veteran broadcasters lose over time and especially tend to lack covering games of the stature of Titans-Raiders in Week 1.

A YouTube video posted pieced together all the plays in which Romo told us ahead of time what would happen, and he did so correctly so many times it was uncanny for some.  People couldn’t believe how well he was able to predict the play on the field.

So for now it works and America loves Romo and wants to hear what the former Cowboys quarterback has to say.

America probably loved Tony Romo all along, maybe we were just a little jealous or didn’t get to know him as intimately as we do now after a three-hour broadcast.

Who knew Romo was enthusiastic?

 

 

Romo the quarterback came out of no where-from Eastern Illinois University, to become the starter for the Dallas Cowboys. The ladies love him.  He’s an excellent golfer- always spending way too much time on the golf course during summers, with multiple attempts at U.S. Open qualifiers.

It’s easy to be jealous. He’s basically the Matthew McConaghey of football.

He didn’t win big for the Cowboys and thus was the subject to the usual criticism that comes with losing. Although looking back, it seems that most of that didn’t come from his now media peers but usually from the blogosphere or social media, but none the less he took his fair share of hurls from fans.

And Romo was never at the sheer popularity level of a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, whose names alone could probably carry them into a second career as a broadcasters.  So his debut as an NFL broadcaster on Sunday left for some curiosity how it might turn out or how it would be received.

And as much as some may have hoped or wondered if there would be an uneasiness, it all went pretty smooth.

In fact, this whole NFL analyst thing isn’t too hard, especially if you know the game.

And Nantz, as expected, played to his partner’s strength: 14 years of on the field experience.

Nantz repeatedly asked his partner “What do you see?” which led to Romo almost always predicting the direction of the offensive play, or calling out the exact direction of the rush or blitz.

America was amused.

Viewers seemed to be genuinely impressed if you are of the belief that social media is a good representation of viewer thinking. Social media liked Romo.

Other media members commented on how enthusiastic he was.

The only criticism is that Romo is a one-trick pony, giving us the play before we see it on the screen. As Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago and others have pointed out, Romo’s job isn’t really to give us a spoiler but to analyze what just happened. Maybe we don’t want to know what’s coming before it happens?

Either way, usually TV people say you either have it or you don’t, and Romo has it. CBS Sports had a hunch Romo would work in the chair next to Nantz and they appear to be right.

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