Tony Romo almost succeeded.
CBS announcers, who are often criticized for getting too excited, appeared to succumb to temptation Sunday during the 2024 Super Bowl finale.
After Patrick Mahomes scores the Chiefs’ game-winning touchdown over Mecole Hardman in overtime, CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz adds the perfect accent to the Las Vegas drama on “Jackpot, Kansas City.” Ta.
Traditionally, this is the time for the announce team to breathe in the moment and allow fans to get a taste of the historic moment when the Chiefs won 25-22 in overtime to clinch back-to-back championships.
Romo went in a different direction.
“This was Andy Reid’s special and we talked about how he was saving all day. He was going to pretend he was going to cross. At that moment, he turned around and went back — hard Man, who they didn’t have, right? And they grab Hardman and bring him back. He’s been waiting for the game-winning drive of Mahomes’ career. He won a Super Bowl. But he’s never won in overtime. He’s the best, he’s the standard, Michael Jordan. He can win again.”
First, this is all solid analysis and information. There was a lot to unpack from that final play. It didn’t all have to end with a 30-second burst of energy, as the Chiefs’ uplifting celebration was just beginning.
In that impressive 30 minutes, Romo covered Reid’s talents as a game-caller, Hardman’s redemption story of returning to Kansas City this season after a failed stint with the Jets, and Mahomes’ accomplishments.
Social media had some thoughts.
“Tony Romo ruined a moment of victory by not shutting up. Give the station a breather…” a user wrote on X.
“I never understood the hatred towards Tony Romo, but now I understand.” another person wrote. “As an announcer’s play, this is very infuriating. Tony, a legendary moment has occurred. Either let Jim continue talking, or let Nat’s sounds and visuals do the talking. Stop talking. !”
terrible announcement The X account wrote: “Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs! (And Tony Romo talks and screams a lot).
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Romo has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years after his meteoric rise to prominence on TV and a record-breaking 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS.
“I’ve never talked to Tony about it.” Nantz told SI.com before the Super Bowl. On the backlash Romo faces. “Not one thing…I’ll make my own decisions about how the broadcast goes, but I couldn’t be happier. I love working with Tony. I can’t believe anyone would think something like this…well. , again, I don’t even know this is what they’re saying. Our chemistry is great.
“The time we spend together is like it’s being broadcast. We laugh a lot and have a lot of fun. We see the silliness. Sometimes we see the… I bring stupidity up into the air. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s humor. But no, I don’t want to say any more because you’re asking something I don’t know very well.”