Week 2 showed that Tony Romo is no fluke in the broadcast booth.
1. Is two weeks too early to make a declaration that CBS' Tony Romo is the best NFL analyst on television? Probably. But, I don't care. Romo again yesterday, during the Saints-Patriots game, showed that he's way ahead of everyone else calling games. He's also a breath of fresh air -- someone who does not fit the cookie-cutter mold of game analyst we expect to hear.
You know by now of Romo's uncanny ability to predict players. He did it repeatedly in Week 1 and was at it again yesterday, calling this New Orleans touchdown.
Amazingly, some people are not a fan of Romo calling the play before it happens.
Tony Romo is not making the game fun. Pure spoiler alert— Steve Duffis (@DuffisBoy) September 17, 2017
Even FS1's Shannon Sharpe played the role of party pooper yesterday.
The "spoiler" excuse makes no sense because even if Romo calls the play, you still don't know the result. He's telling you the play, not the outcome of the play. Only in this day and age where social media gives everyone the opportunity to complain about anything and everything, would people not want an analyst to give you analysis.
But Romo does way more than just predict plays. His energy is perfect. He's excitable, but not over the top. He comes across as a fan, not a suit. This leads to him talking over his play-by-play man, Jim Nantz, but it's actually refreshing. It's a different way to hear a game called and it's entertaining as hell, as you'll see in this clip of Gronk's TD yesterday.
One more thing to show you Romo does more than analyze plays. SB Nation has a great article up about Romo exposing a Bill Belichick tactic that you should read. The former Cowboys quarterback explained how the Patriots coach will use a different defense in garbage time to throw off other teams' analytics. It's next-level stuff that I can't recall hearing from any other analyst out there.
2. Fans should never tweet players about fantasy football. Players should never respond to fans about fantasy football. This was proven by Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount, who had no carries and one reception for zero yards against the Chiefs on Sunday.
I really could care less about all y'all fantasy teams, get outta my mentions with that shit. ✌🏿— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) September 17, 2017
3. Having good genes is a wonderful thing.
4. Twitter is freaking out because Kevin Durant may have a secret account that he uses to reply to people who rip him. The best reaction to this very important news came from Jemele Hill.
Hey, I'm the last person to judge KD about Twitter behavior 👀👀👀— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 18, 2017
5. If you missed it on Saturday, the highlight of the college football day was Boise State's dog who goes out to get the teek after a kickoff.
6. Astros outfielder Josh Reddick celebrated his team's AL West title in grand fashion.
7. I still remember someone on Twitter telling me recently that Julia Louis Dreyfus hadn't accomplished much in her career.
8. RANDOM WRESTLING VIDEO OF THE DAY: What can you say about Bobby "The Brain" Heenan? He was the best manager ever and one of the best announcers ever. What a career. I'd argue that Prime Time Wrestling, hosted by Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon was the best wrestling show ever. In light of Heenan's passing, I got this request on Twitter.
These were definitely the good old days of the WWF.
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