Monday, March 26, 2007

Theismann gets punted from MNF

The football gods have finally heard the prayers of millions of American Football fans. Joe Theismann is out of the Monday Night Football booth, and will be replaced by Ron Jaworski. If you don't remember, NFL Scores and AwfulAnnouncing have been wishing for some changes for awhile.

Here's what the New York Times had to say,

It the second change for ESPN’s on-air crew since it acquired the rights to “Monday Night.” At first, Al Michaels was to be the play-by-play announcer, but he was released from his contract before he called a game in order to join NBC. Mike Tirico then replaced Michaels, and he joined Tony Kornheiser, the Washington Post columnist and co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” and Theismann.

Although the first season of “Monday Night” on ESPN was its least viewed ever after 36 seasons on ABC — falling by more than four million a game — it was an unqualified success as a cable series, increasing ESPN’s viewership by 41 percent over the audience for “Sunday Night Football” in 2005.

AwfulAnnouncing has some links to several others takes on the subject.

I will leave you with some words of wisdom from Joe,

"Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein."

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