Tony Romo tried to prepare for his new TV job by playing ‘Madden,’ but he was too good and it backfired

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in his first season as a color commentator for CBS.

By most accounts, Romo’s early efforts have been a resounding success even though one of his plans to prepare for the new role completely backfired.

Sal Iacono is a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and is also known as “Cousin Sal” as a regular guest on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” During an appearance Monday on Simmons’ show, Iacono told a funny story about Romo prepping for his new gig.

According to Iacono, he was at Romo’s house over the summer along with Kimmel when the topic of Romo’s new TV job came up. At one point, while Romo was showing the group a practice tape he made in which he called a game from the 2016 season, it was suggested to Romo that he play the popular video game, “Madden,” to get some ideas on what to say.

While the idea may sound absurd on the surface — and it is quite possible the suggestion was made half-jokingly — it is not crazy to think that the producers of “Madden” put a lot of effort into producing realistic dialogue and researching what works, what sells, and what people don’t like.

“I said, ‘You know what you should do,'” Iacono told Simmons. “‘You should watch ‘Madden’ and see what the play-by-play is and the color commentary. Then you can see what is marketable and you can see what you want to stay away from and what to go with. He says, ‘That’s a great idea.’ So he puts ‘Madden’ on and he plays.”

Unfortunately, we will never know if the idea was a good one because Romo is not only really good at “Madden” — Romo is apparently so highly rated that he is only playing …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Sports

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