POSTED 4:42 p.m. EST, January 10, 2007
MNF CREW TO RETURN IN '07
We don't know whether to laugh, to cry, or to throw up on our shoes.
In 2007, Mike Tirico a/k/a Clarence Thomas, Joe Theismann a/k/a Joey Sunshine, and Tony Kornheiser a/k/a Kornholio will be back on Monday nights.
We like it, because they give us so much fodder for the Live Blogs.
We don't like it, because they give us so much fodder for the Live Blogs.
They are/were bad.
Tirico is okay, the other two are awful.
We think Kornholio is great on PTI.
The problem is that, instead of his pal Mike Wilbon, Kornheiser is stuck with Sunshine in the booth. And there's less natural chemistry between the two of them than there is between Bill and Hilary Clinton.
(Yeah, we've used that one before.
But if the guys on SportsCenter can regurgitate on a daily basis inanity like "winner, winner chicken parm dinner," we're allowed to roll the same line out once or twice per year.)
The Newsday report regarding the return of the booth trio doesn't say whether Michelle Tafoya or Suzy Kolber will reprise their role as sideline reporters.
It's not for us to tell ESPN how to spend their money (although since we own Disney stock we have a real interest in the existence of potential waste).
But can anyone assessing objectively the value added by these two pieces of eye medicine come to any conclusion other than they really aren't bringing much to the table for the cash they're being paid?
Most of Suzy Kolber's reports are items cobbled together before the game, and have nothing to do with things that have transpired since kickoff.
Of these, most relate to stories or anecdotes that have previously been reported elsewhere.
Tafoya is better, but her "What was going through your mind?" crutch constantly reminds us of the old Chris Farley Show on SNL
, when Farley would display the interviewing skills of a 14-year-old on crack.
Please, Bristol, don't be afraid to make changes.
The ratings were good (not great) not because of the sock puppets covering the game, but in spite of them.
Maybe, just maybe, if efforts to improve the on-air product were made (and it wouldn't take much) even more people would watch.