Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

In the state of Texas, Friday nights are usually reserved for high school football. However, perhaps the state’s most famous athlete, Tony Romo, decided to take in a game of basketball instead and attended the Mavericks-Lakers game.

Romo, who’s currently rehabbing a broken collarbone, apparently has no trouble with his voice as according to the Dallas Morning News, the quarterback spent much of the game yelling at referees from his courtside seat. No word on if it was lighthearted teasing of the officials or Dez Bryant-locker room berating, but Romo was definitely into the game. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admitted he may have to find room on his bench for Romo:

“He’s into it; I’ll give him that. He’s involved. I felt like I was on the sidelines of a Cowboys game a couple times there. He’s talking to me about what’s going on. What’s on the stats. The same stuff he’s doing on the sideline. We don’t have headsets otherwise we’d offer him one.”

Romo, who’s an all-around great athlete, even played against Caron Butler in high school and Wisconsin and the two-time NBA All-Star was very complimentary of Romo’s game“He was a great scorer. His IQ for the game was unbelievable. He set you up, put you in great situations.”

Earlier this year Romo, along with Jason Garrett, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray even attended a Duke basketball practice, and of course, Romo got some shots in with the champs.

Can’t you just see the gleam in his eyes as he’s wondering what it would be like to swap the gridiron for the hardwood?

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at