CBS aware of criticisms of Tony Romo’s color commentary
There is some comfort in know that higher-ups at CBS see and hear the same things we do in their NFL broadcast. They can’t miss it tony romo merely making noises like some kind of combination of pins and pads and not much else. Looks like they even tried to do something about it. But when you pay a person $17 million a year, you’re telling him whatever he does is fine, right? Why does he have to work so hard to change?
It’s important to revisit why Romo took so long and why it took CBS and many fans longer than necessary to realize that he was nothing more than a soundtrack. discomfort of an intrusive physical exam. If you want the feeling of a drunk guy sitting behind you at the stadium right before he vomits all over his body, then Romo is your guy. Either way, Romo received so much praise from the very first game he entered, when he successfully predicted so many plays before they even happened, that he said: This will be a run to the right,” without saying defensively. will do against that is successful.
It’s a neat trick and isn’t seen on most NFL broadcasts, except it’s not work. The job is to tell us why something happened, to show us things that we couldn’t see in the play that just happened. Romo was never good at it and never really tried to be. He’s always…just making sounds. But no one bothered to notice for the longest time just because of that one week. And now he’s not even really doing it a trick.
The best any broadcaster can do, which Romo doesn’t seem to realize, is not get get in the way. The game itself is supposed to tell the story, and if it’s a good game then the broadcast just needs to “color” in the blanks. That’s why it’s called “color commentator”.
Romo doesn’t have many bars to clear. He just needs to show interest, which he does, to get past most people’s complaints about Troy Aikman. He just needs to speak as if he just drank a vat of bleach recently to sound better than Phil Simms, which he just cleaned. And he must be a little less human or a little dumber than Cris Collinsworth, which he’s not clear on, especially when you can get past Collinsworth the constant butt licking, he actually shows you stuff.
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CBS attempted an “intervention” with Romo
Romo was apparently told all of this in the offseason, but hasn’t changed an iota. And why should he? They handed him all the money in the world and will have to. So if he doesn’t want to spend his week breaking down tape, he’s not going to.
If you read the article, Romo’s quotes are a bunch of word salad that makes it clear he doesn’t really care and is just going to keep being a watered-down version of Michael Winslow. He made it clear that he would continue to watch as a fan, but again, that’s not his job. We’re fans and we could feel the event simply through the crowd and the field microphones. We don’t need hype. Show me what I can’t see. Teach me the game.
The highlight of this story, in a way, is Jim Nantz is like his own butt as you might assume he was. You can hear Nantz’s frustration in the broadcast these days when Romo isn’t doing what he’s supposed to and is just being a noise-maker, but he can’t be bothered to do much about it. There are ways to set up Romo to really do the analysis, but Nantz keeps going.
But… 17 million dollars. Romo had all his reasons. The ratings are not going down. He can literally bark into the microphone and that probably won’t damage the ratings. He knows that. CBS knows that. And so here we are.
Can you tell that Giannis is having some great muscle tension?