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by Alan Rapp on August 17, 2006

in Television Reviews , Uncategorized

So you want to know what’s happening on your box of wires and lights, huh?  Well don’t fret, we’ll keep you up to date.  This last Monday marked the debut of Monday Night Football on ESPN (instead of ABC) with a new crew in the booth that included Tony Kornheiser.  Here’s what happened…

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“I know the names of all he head coaches…I’m not exactly sure which teams they coach.”

I like Tony Kornheiser, and the interaction between TK and Michael Wilbon daily on PTI is a cornerstorne of my TV fun.  Old Tony was whisked away from the PTI studio to join the new ESPN Monday Night Football team for their first broadcast.  So, are you ready for some football?

Monday Night Football – This year, in case you hadn’t heard, ESPN and ABC switch games.  ABC takes the Sunday Night game and Monday Night Football moves to ESPN.  The new announcing team will be Joe Theismann, Mike Tirico, and Tony Kornheiser.  The reaction to Kornheiser has been mixed, Bill Farhi of (Kornheiser’s own) The Washington Post said, “I wasn’t clear why he was there at all.  He wasn’t especially witty, provocative or insightful.”  The next day Kornhesier gave himself an “A or A+” on PTI, and appeared on The Dan Patrick Show with these tasty words of response, “I apparently got ripped in my own newspaper…by a two-bit weasel slug named Paul Farhi, who I would gladly run over with a Mack Truck given the opportunity.”

Many national publications such as USA Today, The Chicago Sun Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, MSNBC.com, and Blogcritics.org, among others, all praised Kornheiser’s debut.  Though to be fair there were other detractors as well.

It was only preseason game, and a lousy one at that.  I thought Kornheiser held his own and brought the right level of humor and snakriness to the show (and his usual level of energy, despite the lateness of the game).  Give this team a couple more weeks to get used to working together, and Kornheiser to get more comfortable as his role is better defined, and I think ESPN’s inaugural season of Monday Night Football might just be worth watching (as long as the games don’t suck).

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