Tony Romo passed the Twitter test, so by the standard of not being crapped on by social media, he had a pretty good debut in the broadcast booth. CBS’ high-profile replacement was a massive upgrade over Phil Simms, clearing a low bar.
It’s nice to be loved by Twitter and be better than TV’s worst color commentator, but his most impressive feat was predicting the future, one play at a time.
He calls a safety blitz in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, he pegged a run to the left. He called audibles, explained the rationale for fourth-down thinking and walked us through why the Raiders should’ve taken timeouts on defense at the end of the first half (so the offense would have more time).
“I’m just blessed with standing on the planet,” he said after Saturday’s game. “And then playing football? It’s just … I’m speechless.”
Marinovich left USC after two seasons, was selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but last only two seasons in the NFL. He went on to play for the L.A. Avengers in the Arena Football League, but drug and legal problems continued to follow him. Just last August, he was arrested after being found naked in another person’s backyard and in possession of meth, marijuana, syringes and a pipe. In March, he pled guilty to five misdemeanors related to that incident.
Raiders owner Mark Davis was among the 250-300 fans in attendance for Saturday’s Sharks-Coyotes game at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, Calif. Davis said seeing Marinovich in the SoCal’s white, silver, red and blue uniforms “made me think I was watching Tom Brady.”
We’re not sure about that, but it’s good to see Marinovich back on the right path.