Thank god football season is here to keep the sports world going. I always have thought that baseball gets the biggest advantage over all sports in that it is the only sport going on for such a long time. Baseball gets most of June and all of July to itself. Football and Basketball share time with all other sports, yet are still much more interesting in my opinion.
Since there is nothing of note to discuss in the basketball world I figured I would give my thoughts on the new MNF crew.
I caught the ESPN telecast last week of Pittsburgh and Arizona, which had Mike Tirico, Jaws, and Jon Gruden. I loved it. It will be great entertainment for all true football fans. I already liked Jaws for his in depth analysis and Tirico is one of the best play by play guys in basketball or football. In my mind Gruden was a great fit for the Monday night crew. For him, it is the quickest way to become a hot head coaching prospect again, as it seems nothing can make an out of work head coach get smarter, than by being an analyst. For us fans, we will get actual football talk and learn things we did not know about.
I was never a fan of MNF trying to become more about entertainment when they hired Dennis Miller years back. MNF was losing people due to the amount of options on cable tv, there really wasn’t much they could do, but they tried with Miller. It was worth a shot, but fell flat.
I also was not a fan of Kornheiser. We already get enough of poeple like Tony Kornheiser’s opinions, I don’t need to hear from more media. Especially from a guy who seems like he doesn’t even like sports, I know that is his schtick, but I still do not find Tony likeable enough for that role.
I like the idea of going the other way. Give us deeper technical football talk. MNF should go after all football fans and give up on becoming a crossover tv product. With this much competition they are better off staying with what they know, sports. Do one thing really well, instead of doing several things OK, like crossing sports with entertainment. Get all football fans to tune in, and the numbers will stay solid. Gruden, Tirico and Jaws will get me to tune in.