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    ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    Monday Night Football will have a new broadcast team when it debuts on ESPN in 2006.

    Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will be part of a three-man booth calling the games on Monday nights next season and Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya will be sideline reporters. Kolber and Tafoya both reported from the sidelines for ABC during Super Bowl XL.

    "I'm just thrilled to be the next person to take the greatest franchise in television sports history forward," Tirico said on ESPN Radio Wednesday morning.

    Also, ESPN announced that Mike Breen will be its new lead NBA play-by-play announcer, teaming with analyst Hubie Brown for ABC telecasts beginning Feb. 12 and including the NBA Finals.

    "This Monday Night Football team enthusiastically embraces our vision for sports television's signature series. We will propel MNF into a 21st century, all-day, exclusive, multi-media event that will engage fans in entirely new ways. This team will develop great chemistry," ESPN Executive Vice President John Skipper said.

    "Mike Breen is widely respected for his depth of NBA knowledge and his consummate play-by-play skill. We are very excited to provide such a spectacular forum as the NBA Finals to showcase his talents."

    In addition, Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will take Pardon The Interruption on the road on Mondays during the football season. The shows will air from the site of ESPN's Monday Night Football games.

    "We look to the future with great enthusiasm and a strong commitment to enhance the presentation of the NFL and the NBA, two of our most important sports properties," ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer said.

    Al Michaels, the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football on ABC from 1986 through Sunday's Super Bowl in Detroit, will not return to either broadcast.

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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    HAHA.. Kornholer! I'm not a big fan of that guy.. Hopefully he doesn't argue everything

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    NOOOOO...not more Tony Kornholer...he is an arrogant prig...and SOMEONE needs to tell him that he AIN'T fooling anyone with his five-hair combover!!!
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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    Oh that just sucks!!!
    No monday night football for me unless the Vikes play.

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    Hey, I would rather listen to Kornholer then Fat Boy Madden. Tony will probably not favor one specific player and one specific team all year long like Madden did with Favre and the Cheese.

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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    NOOOOO...not more Tony Kornholer...he is an arrogant prig...and SOMEONE needs to tell him that he AIN'T fooling anyone with his five-hair combover!!!
    5 hair combover :lol:

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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    tony is a kinda absurd choice but hopefully it will be good
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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    I think its a great team. Tirico is down to earth, Theisman is the vet who knows it all, and Kornheiser will spice things up a bit.
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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    "mr.woo" wrote:
    tony is a kinda absurd choice but hopefully it will be good
    He actually was one of the finalists when they chose Dennis Miller to be part of a three-man booth a few years back, so he did have the inside track for his current position...that and the fact that he was already on ESPN (PTI) and that ESPN wants to tie in PTI with MNF.

    Doesn't really matter to me...the off button is always an option! :lol:
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    Re: ESPN names the new Monday Night Football team

    I like the lineup. I'm weary about the Theismann and Kornheiser combo, but it'll work out.

    I have great respect for Madden as a coach and hall of famer. And, occasionally, he did explain a play or decision on the field with more insight than most, but for the most part I thought he was a bad commentator. I think this group of guys will do a little better. I'm really sad to see Al Michaels go, though.

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