In somewhat of a bizarre PR stunt - well I guess when it comes to Mark Cuban, nothing is "bizarre" - the Dallas Mavericks "signed" Tony Romo to a contract, and had him dress for last nights game against the Nuggets. But too the surprise of me, and many more, Tony Romo actually looked good on the court. Caron Butler said a few days ago that back in his prime, Tony Romo could have played professional basketball, and while that seems like a real stretch, he did impress me during warm-ups last night. For a 36-year old QB with glass bones and paper skin, he looked legit.
While Mark Cuban expressed that he had genuine interest in playing Romo last night, he said that Adam Silver and the league shut the idea down. The league has to approve every official signing and they didn't sign off on the proposal, but that didn't stop Cuban from coming as close as he could to playing Romo. He said when he brought the idea to Silver and they shot it down, he asked how much they would fine him, in typical Mark Cuban fashion.
However, as someone on Twitter did point out (s/o MDub), the Mav's made it seem as if Romo was dying or something, because the only other times we have seen someone get contract deals like this where they're honored and dress with the team are for sick kids or people in rough situations. But, then again, it is Dallas, and they do find themselves to be the center of the world. As Max Kellerman said yesterday, to the rest of the United States, Tony Romo is nothing more than a QB who never could get it done, but he is admired and loved down in Dallas, so I can understand the hysteria and thought process behind this "signing".
The limited number of Romo Mav jersey's that the team was selling at last nights game flew off the shelves, but Mark Cuban said it wasn't a monetary decision, and that they won't be making more Romo jersey's, it was more of a "memorabilia" situation.
We will now just have to wait and see how things go in the coming months with his announcing role, and just how good he will be on camera.