Sorry, Romo and Nantz should have won Sports Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences handed out the Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday night. There were many worthy winners at the 39th annual event, but the Academy whiffed, in my book, on two of the biggest awards: Game Analyst and Play-by-Play.
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I would have selected Tony Romo as best sports event analyst and Jim Nantz as best play-by-play announcer for their next-level analysis on NFL games last season on CBS. Instead, the Academy honored Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN/ABC and Mike DocEmrick of NBC Sports for their work respectively on Saturday night college football and NHL game telecasts.

Look, this is not to denigrate the achievements of Emrick or Herbstreit. Emrick is one of the gold standards for play-by-play announcing. With his record-tying fifth consecutive Emmy, Gabe Jackson Womens Jersey he joins Fox Sports’ Joe Buck. Moreover, that makes six, count ’em, six wins for Emrick in the past eight years.

If Romo was Rookie of the Year, Nantz was CBS’ secret weapon. Nantz mentored Romo during the offseason, getting him ready for a rough maiden season in which they called both Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon games. Romo was raw at first, clumsily stepping on Nantz’s play calls and mumbling into the mic. But they quickly jelled as a team. Fans noticed. By the midway point of the season, many were already calling Romo the best NFL game analyst.

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