When Al Michaels speaks, people listen.
Tony Romo’s rise to prominence as a CBS broadcaster was meteoric, but lately, the sentiment toward him has soured. Once hailed for his uncanny play predictions and engaging commentary, Romo now faces criticism for his less coherent analysis and tendency toward hyperbole.
With Super Bowl LVIII approaching, Romo finds himself under intense scrutiny. Many observers question whether he can win back his detractors or if he’ll provide them with more fodder for criticism.
Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels understands the fickleness of public opinion, having experienced similar scrutiny. He views the backlash against Romo as inevitable, given his prominence in the broadcasting world.
“Tony was the flavor of the month. We’ve all been the flavor of the month,” Michaels told The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss. “This month, Greg Olsen is the flavor of the month. It comes and it goes. It’s so subjective and so arbitrary.”
Nantz, Romo’s partner in the booth, acknowledges the shifting nature of acclaim in their field. Like Michaels, he recognizes that all broadcasters face periods of criticism.
“We’re all gonna end up on the short end of the stick sometimes,” he said.
As Michaels notes, tastes evolve, and public figures often experience both adoration and criticism. Whether Romo can regain his appeal remains uncertain. A standout performance during the Super Bowl could potentially sway public opinion in his favor once again.
Critics have never shied away from expressing their disdain for Tony Romo, a sentiment that seemed to persist even during his playing career.