Tony Romo never played in the Super Bowl as Dallas Cowboys quarterback, but in his second year as an the top analyst for CBS, he is calling the NFL’s biggest game.
Obviously, things are a bit different calling the Super Bowl, than any regular NFL game.
Jim Nantz had a pretty interesting take though, when asked what he told Tony Romo before the Super Bowl today.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Nantz told Romo not to be disappointed, because the fan base is much more corporate and less intense than your normal NFL game.
From Marchand’s piece:
“ ‘I just want to put that in your head so don’t be disappointed,’ ” Nantz said he told his partner. “‘When we call the game, it may feel like we are in a studio versus being inside a raucous, hostile environment, like we see in most places in the NFL.”
The team did one game in Atlanta, late in the season. By that time, though, the Atlanta Falcons were out of the playoff race, and the stadium wasn’t all that raucous, Nantz said.
He also acknowledged that no Super Bowl environment is going to be like what you get in an intense, home field playoff game.
“It is not, to me, going to be dull,” Nantz said. “It is not going to be what we had at Arrowhead Stadium [in the AFC Championship]. That’s just a reality.”
Romo has become a storyline himself, thanks in large part to his excitement, and penchant for predicting plays before they happen. That has even become a prop bet for the Super Bowl in Las Vegas and at online sportsbooks.
Some have wondered if Romo might dial things back in an effort to not overdue it, but Nantz says that he expects his partner to be on his game.