Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Most of America is taking the day off today.

It's not because they partied too hard during the Super Bowl.

It's depression at seeing the robotically smug features of Tom Brady lift another Super Bowl trophy.

Rarely has there been a greater example of soulless success in sports than the New England Patriots. 

Rarely has there been a creepier inauthenticity couched in claims of magical diets and torrid fitness regimes than Brady's.

The game itself, of course, resembled two drugged cockroaches fighting over a speck of cheese.

However, my innate optimism still sought out at least one reason for hope.

I found it in the genuine giddiness of Tony Romo. 

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback was offering color for the first time on CBS's Super Bowl broadcast.

His job is to inform, criticize and, dare one suggest it, entertain.

He could, therefore, come across as someone who knows it all and knows it better than all.

Instead, here's what he said prior to the game's start: 

I've been waiting to hear 'Welcome to the Super Bowl' my whole life.

13 words that say: "Hey, I just want you to know that I know I've never won a Super Bowl. Or even played in one."

Immediately, he's defused any possible criticism of him as someone who never partook of the Big One.

He's also established his authenticity.

If he doesn't shy away from being honest about himself, he's not going to shy away about being honest about what he sees during the game.

In a very short time, Romo has established himself as a great prognosticator. 

He can predict plays with uncanny skill. 

I suspect, though, that viewers warm to him precisely because they don't feel he offers a political slant or a lame act. 

Instead, he lives each play as if he was on the field and says what he knows and feels. 

Many in positions of power believe that they have to put on some sort of act, a shtick that makes them seem more authoritative.

Romo's one act is to be himself.

It's not the worst prescription.

And, you know, as I've enjoyed his commentaries, I've never once thought about whether Tony Romo has ever eaten a strawberry or drinks gallons of water a day.

Published on: Feb 4, 2019