“Traditionally, in sports broadcasting, a color commentator’s job is to explain to viewers what they just saw. But, during the past few weeks of N.F.L. playoff games, Tony Romo, a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, who will call the Super Bowl on Sunday as an analyst for CBS, has delighted football fans by doing something else: telling them what they’re about to see.” The New Yorker: Why Tony Romo Is a Genius at Football Commentary. Plus, Romomania Hits the Super Bowl.

+ “The game faces two broad threats: a declining audience and a new advertising culture.” Derek Thompson: The Super Bowl’s Base Is Eroding Rapidly. But it has a lot of room to erode. “Of the 10 most watched broadcasts in U.S. history, nine of them are Super Bowls from the past decade (the other is the 1983 M*A*S*H finale).”

+ Is Cal a college football superpower with no close rivals? When it comes to getting QBs into the Superbowl it is. Jared Goff is fifth Cal quarterback to start in a Super Bowl. (As a Cal grad, I’ll limit my response to these two words: Go Bears.) Goff also grew up in Marin (I’m from Marin.) More of a Patriots fan? Tom Brady is from the Bay Area too.

+ Many internet sites try to benefit from the fact that many people will enter the search query: What Time Is the Super Bowl? Sports Illustrated decided to put that question to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli.