A Look Back At The 2008 Monday Night Football Season

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

After the third year of Monday Night Football on ESPN, the trio of Tirico, Jaworski and Kornheiser have definitely improved in the booth, but there are still some things that bother both myself and the masses. Kornheiser doesn't seem to annoy everyone as much as in years past, and is starting to settle into his role, but some of his tangents and on-air "articles" remain over-the-top. The constant Brett Favre talk through the first five games or so was unnecessary, and it took a chastising from Tirico to finally make him stop.

Other than that, the only other thing the trio suffered from was a set of terrible games. But even with some stinkers, Monday Night Football was the most watched program on cable this past year. Via ESPN PR....

ESPN’s third season of Monday Night Football was the most-watched series on cable television in 2008, set an all-time cable viewership record for the third straight year and drew the year’s three biggest cable household audiences and 13 of the top 15. In three seasons on ESPN, Monday Night Football has registered seven of the top 10 all-time biggest household audiences in cable history, led by the Eagles-Cowboys telecast on September 15, which attracted cable’s largest household audience ever (an average of 12,953,000 million homes).

ESPN’s 17 Monday Night Football telecasts in 2008 averaged a 8.9 rating, representing an average of 8,679,000 households (11,962,000 viewers – P2+), increases of 3%, 5% and 7%, respectively, vs. 2007 (8.6; 8,277,000 and 11,230,000). MNF ended on a particularly strong note with last night’s Chicago Bears’ 20-17 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers delivering a 9.8 rating, representing an average of 9,582,000 households (13,803,000 viewers – P2+). The game ranks as the third-largest household audience on cable this year.
The numbers don't lie, and for those of you expecting or wanting a change, aren't going to be getting it anytime soon. I know we poke fun at the trio each Monday night, but they're slowly getting better each season and each broadcast. If it ain't entirely broken, I'm sure ESPN feels no need to fix it. And they honestly shouldn't mess with what's working (for the most part) at this point.

That's not to say that there weren't some funny moments and quotes throughout the year, so what I've done is come up with a top ten set of quotes, and a compilation video of clips I've saved throughout the year. We've got Tony apologizing for a comment on Hispanic Heritage Day, Emmitt being Emmitt (Plaxico Berries, Rites of Patches and more) and Kat Deluna butchering the National Anthem. So buckle up and enjoy your 2008 Monday Night Football Season in just eight short minutes!

10. "Hi Brett, Hi Diana."- Mike Tirico during the Week One Packers-Vikings matchup

9. "This is not a Buccaneer team that's built to come from behind." - Jaws
"But they have, on the road. 3 times." - Mike Tirico

8. "Does that mean that, Delhomme, he went to Jarrett?" - Tony Kornheiser

7. "Great play calling, I can't tell you anything else. Very hard."- Mike Ditka

"The good thing about being short is that everyone else is tall...."- Emmitt Smith

"They were dooing for Deuce McAllister."- Mike Tirico
"Dooing?"- Tony Kornheiser
"Deucing."- Mike Tirico

"We put the focus on Favre because people like me are in love with him."- Tony Kornheiser

"That's exactly the kind of pass Favre would have thrown. Does it remind you of him at all?"- Tony Kornheiser
"Yes, but you've got to let it go, Tony."- Ron Jaworski
"I'm going to put a Favre moratorium on the Second Half. You only get five mentions!"- Mike Tirico

2. "I took high school Spanish, either he said he's not going to be caught, or please pick up my dry cleaning tomorrow." - Tony Kornheiser
"I said something before which I shouldn't have said, I apologize for it. Not my first mistake, undoubtedly won't be my last, but a 100% apology."- Tony Kornheiser

1. "This kid has obviously not earned his rites of patches in the locker room."- Emmitt Smith

Thanks again to all of you who took the time to join in on the live-blogs each Monday Night, and sorry for bailing near the end of the season (there was good reason, but I don't want to bore you with the details).


For as much well-deserved shit that Emmitt and Tony get, if I hear Jaws say "National Football League" or "New York Football Giants" again, I'm going to murder every member of the Philadelphia Soul who ironically are the janitors in my building now.

GMoney said...
Dec 24, 2008, 11:45:00 AM  

Is it that Tony isn't as annoying, or is it that folks are getting tired of re-voicing the same complaints over and over?

BF said...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:32:00 PM  

I've never thought Tirico was that good a pbp guy, to be blunt. Along with being a shill for tWWL, he suffers from what I call "Musberger Disease", in which he over-dramatizes everything; EVERYTHING! (Sorry, I had a flashback to Gary Oldman's character in "The Professional".)
And simply put, Jaws is just fucking annoying. Hey Jaws; not everyone watches 800 hours of game film every day like you. STFU.
That goes for Michele Tafoya, as well.
If I still watched MNF, TK would be the only one of them that I could stomach.

Unholy_Diver said...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:41:00 PM  

Good Lord, that top photo breaks every rule of the threeway ever written. Thank goodness that it is cropped at the waist, I certainly do not want to see them rub their cocks together.

Two Dogs said...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:59:00 PM  

Because, ESPN have Tony Kornheiser, and they have to be very careful how they use him, because if they use him in any other way than what he can do, they are gonna have prollems running the football today, in the NFL. Because in the National Football League, guys have to say "Hey, I'm in the National Football League and I got to run. the. football. to be sussessfull."

I'm sorry, but I want tony fired immediately.

He is an abomination to television, as well as the integrated circuit and microprocessor...and electromagnetism.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 24, 2008, 1:55:00 PM  

Watching Emmitt Smith is painful, and Tony did not need to apologize. Instead, apologize for wishing he was Deanna Favre.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 1:57:00 PM  

I agree with AA that the MNF brooadcast team is getting better, and yes, that includes Tony Kornheiser. The best thing ESPN did was to get rid of that putz Joe Thisman.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 2:28:00 PM  

How ESPN ever let Al Michaels go to NBC is incredulous. MNF is a freaking joke. Totally unlistenable. Minor league. And can anyone possibly have a bigger ego than Kornheiser? That whole package needs to be flushed down the nearest toilet.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 7:42:00 PM  

As much as I make fun of Dr. Kornheiser, I actually do think he is tolerable at times and he has improved immensely. He occasionally does make good points and some of his jokes are actually funny.

As far as Tirico and Jaws go, I think they are two of the best at their respective positions. Tirico has a great eye for spotting things as he's calling the game and very few do X's and O's better than Jaws.

JFein said...
Dec 25, 2008, 12:08:00 AM  

Those ESPN idiots are annoying. Shut up already! Though, I had to laugh when I heard Mushmouth, Mike Tirico, mess up:
He's Mushmouth, from Fat Albert!

CMandJB said...
Dec 25, 2008, 8:35:00 AM  

JFein --- another idiotic statement. Jaworski's doing a telecast, not a freaking clinic. A hack of the first magnitude. Are you related to any of those guys...?

Anonymous said...
Dec 25, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  

They Suck !

Anonymous said...
Dec 25, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

Agreed Anon 12/25 11:26 PM.

Briong back Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire!

JamesCraven said...
Dec 26, 2008, 7:54:00 AM  

An earlier poster asked if their was anyone with a bigger ego than Kornhiser? Anyone remenber Howard Cosell?

Anonymous said...
Dec 26, 2008, 10:44:00 AM  

Good Video, but you missed the best moment of the year. When Emmitt was dancing and reciting lyrics to young jezzy on air, then getting caught.

Anonymous said...
Dec 26, 2008, 1:14:00 PM  

This trio is the worst in the history of professional or college sports.Period.
Your tired sexual innuendo references(golden shower--hahahahahah) are lame and annoying. Just as Kornheiser and tirico are frauds who make no effort to improve or prepare for the game. They read cue cards the entire game. Every paly results in a "bit". And when they ad lib-it is even more horrifying. WORST EVER

Anonymous said...
Dec 26, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  

NOBODY was worse than Patrick/Theisman/Maguire!

Anonymous said...
Dec 30, 2008, 10:40:00 AM  
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