Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I hadn't planned on doing this (the MNF Season Preview was to come later this afternoon), but I think last night's broadcast warranted a quick review.
Everyone knows I absolutely hammered MNF last year. So much so, that at one point a good friend told me he couldn't read the site anymore because I hated Joe Theismann TOO much. How is that even possible? There are no boundaries of hatred that Joe cannot traverse. But I digress. Last year's team was so disjointed and awkward that it basically built the site on it's own.
Well I'm going to shock you with this one Are you ready for it? You can sense it can't you??? You've been reading the site for long enough that you can almost tell when it's about to happen. Ladies and Gentleman....Boys and Girls.....here it comes.....
A Posititve Review On AA!!!!!!
Last night was one of the best nights I've had in awhile. First (well second if we're talking about things chronologically), I got to spend 30 minutes in line with a bunch of 16 year olds waiting for a game that I'm probably too old for. A group of white kids that had presumably showed up at 10pm, and had already received their copy of the game, proceeded to "ghost ride" multiple times outside of EB Games to impress their African-American chums. The first time.....pretty funny. The seventh time.....kinda stale. Quote of the night came from the kid in front of me (I know him as #47), "Man.....you white people is f'ing crazy." Damn straight we is! Mommy and Daddy's GMC Yukon will be Ghost Rode for all to see!
Anywho, I got the game and got back home at 1230. My plan was to leave work early today to play the game, but I think I'm going to have to pass on that idea because I stayed up until about 3am. Since this is a MNF review I'll keep it short....but the game is amazing. Like groundbreaking amazing. The tackling is sick, the running is smooth, and Sean Taylor got a 15-yard facemask penalty on the first play from scrimmage. Talk about realistic!
But even better than playing Madden until the wee hours of the morning was actually watching and totally enjoying a Monday Night Football Broadcast. You see, I've basically trained myself to look for the worst in every broadcast. It's almost to the point where I don't even pay attention unless something ridiculous is being said or someone is flashing the camera.
Monday Night Football is different though. I haven't had to try to find bad things in years.....they were just constantly there. The program has been so awful for so long that I don't even remember when it was good. Dennis Miller, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, James Denton, Christian Slater, etc. etc. The whole broadcast was terrible.
Well I think it might be entirely possible that one person alone could save the entire franchise.....
I cringed when he fumbled his opening statement, but he recovered quickly and I was hanging on his every word. Everyone of Tony's stupid questions (that Joe Theismann would butcher last year) were answered with spot on analysis that the rookie Football viewer could understand, and the veteran wouldn't feel like he was being talked down to. At one point I TIVO'd back four or five times to listen to him talk about how small a window was Alex Smith's had downfield. He easily explained that his arm-strength got the pass there when most would have thrown a pick. Sure enough it looked like Smith put a little extra on the pass when shown on the replay.
Tony Kornheiser's shtick was counteracted by Jaws' genius so much so that Tony could just be his PTI self. It was perfect. You could barely tell that Tirico was even there. Like a good referee....that's almost the way you want it.
I came into last night's game ready to hammer the program so you can imagine how good it would have to of been to impress me. And it was that good. Now I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet (Oprah is still being considered as a guest), but it was an amazing change of pace. So for the sake of the site Monday Night Football.....please don't be good again next week. I'm giving the broadcast an B+/A- for last night, and I'm hating typing every character of that grade.
(Sorry for the length of that one, but it had to be said)