The voice of the Super Bowl has become known for his eerily accurate predictions. We watched nearly 50 hours of game tape to calculate Romo’s hit rate. ‘You’re kidding,’ he says.
ATLANTA—Tom Brady broke the huddle in overtime of the AFC Championship last weekend with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. Sitting high above the field that day was a football psychic wearing a blazer, tie and headset, who peered into the future and told CBS’s television audience of 54 million what they were about to watch.
“New England tried play action earlier. I can’t see it here,” Tony Romo said. “This has to be a run.”
By that point Romo had correctly predicted three of New England’s crucial plays on the drive. What happened next was once again exactly as he described. Brady took the snap and handed the ball off for a game-winning touchdown to send the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl.
This is Romo’s seemingly supernatural talent: the ability to call plays before they happen.
Romo will be the voice of the biggest event on television as the lead analyst for the Super Bowl on Sunday, but the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is already a broadcasting phenomenon. He has a rare gift that revealed itself as soon as he stepped in the booth last season, and his pre-snap predictions have since earned him more attention than almost everyone playing in the actual Super Bowl.
But every psychic’s claims deserve a healthy dose of skepticism. And so The Wall Street Journal sifted through 46 hours of footage to review every play in every game that Romo called this season. Yes, all 2,599 of them.
“You’re kidding me,” Romo said in an interview this week.
We’re not. It was the only way to answer one of the more intriguing Super Bowl questions: How often are Tony Romo’s predictions actually right?
He made a total of 72 predictions on air this season. But one thing he couldn’t predict: his own accuracy. Romo lowballed that he was right 21% of the time. He was wrong about that. His actual hit rate was 68%, according to the Journal’s calculations.