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Gruden replacing Kornheiser on MNF
AP ^ | 5/18/09 | AP

Posted on 05/18/2009 9:15:25 AM PDT by The Good Doctor

BRISTOL, CONN. (AP) —Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team. The network said Monday that Gruden will be in the booth with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski when the show starts its 40th season this fall. Kornheiser cited a fear of flying in his decision to leave after three years. Gruden led the Bucs to the 2003 Super Bowl title and was fired after this past season. He worked as a guest analyst this year with the NFL Network during the draft and scouting combine.

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KEYWORDS: football; kornheiser; nfl
Thank God.
1 posted on 05/18/2009 9:15:25 AM PDT by The Good Doctor
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To: The Good Doctor

Now if they would get rid of Steve Phillips from Sunday Night Baseball.


2 posted on 05/18/2009 9:16:49 AM PDT by csmusaret (http://www.aipnews.com/)
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To: csmusaret

Good start. But they also need to beat Joe Morgan with a few bats...then move on to Tim McCarver. Heck, I could start a thread of sportscasters we’d most like to see thrown screaming from helicopters (thanks, George Carlin!) but I don’t think anyone would get past Olberman here.


3 posted on 05/18/2009 9:23:17 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: OCCASparky

Just one sentence from Joe Morgan and I’m hitting the mute button.

Good grief, he’s insufferable and that’s being kind.


4 posted on 05/18/2009 9:31:24 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: The Good Doctor

Cool. Now I can watch and listen.


5 posted on 05/18/2009 9:33:28 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: The Good Doctor

Good news. Kornheiser is in his element on PTI, but he’s an embarrassment on MNF.


6 posted on 05/18/2009 9:34:57 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: The Good Doctor

Gruden belongs on the field. He’s still a good coach.


7 posted on 05/18/2009 9:39:54 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

bttt


8 posted on 05/18/2009 9:41:32 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: OCCASparky
Heck, I could start a thread of sportscasters we’d most like to see thrown screaming from helicopters...

That's pretty damned funny right there, and I couldn't agree more. Kornheiser was just painful to listen to last year. I spent the bulk of the season listening to MNF on the radio along with the TV. Tim McCarver used to be insightful (okay, sometimes), but now he's repetitive and ponderous. And repetitive. For his part, Keith Olberdork deserves a special fate. I like the helicopter idea, but he truly requires something a bit more painful. I'll leave the suggestion box open on that one.

9 posted on 05/18/2009 9:42:26 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Gruden belongs on the field. He’s still a good coach."

I'm sure this is just a sabbatical for Gruden and he'll be back. As far a Kornheiser, they could've replaced him with asparagus and I'd be thrilled.

10 posted on 05/18/2009 9:43:33 AM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: The Good Doctor

Although we rarely watched MNF with this team, I did enjoy listening to Jaws put Kornheiser and Tirico in their places. Theismann was too passive, and non-assertive. Jaws is well-prepared, and not afraid to use his knowledge. Now if only they would change the format back to covering the football game, rather than a commercial for the Mouse or any other unrelated guest in the booth....

hh


11 posted on 05/18/2009 9:43:36 AM PDT by hoosier hick ((I'm back to..) Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo. (Barry Goldwater))
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To: andy58-in-nh
Well, here's a start for you. Including the previously mentioned Olberman, Kornheiser, Morgan, and McCarver, I'll also include:

Bryant Gumbel
Mike Patrick
Bill Walton
Chip Caray
Stuart Scott
Joe Buck
Discuss, debate, or add to the list. Local figures also welcome if you can ID them.
12 posted on 05/18/2009 9:46:45 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: The Good Doctor

I am just grateful that Olbermann had already left the mother ship before they had to assemble an MNF broadcast team....


13 posted on 05/18/2009 9:48:29 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: The Good Doctor

Go, Chucky!


14 posted on 05/18/2009 9:48:31 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: The Good Doctor

Fear of flying? I think Tony was having a little joke ala Madden. I guess it is better than saying that you were leaving to spend more time with your family.


15 posted on 05/18/2009 9:51:21 AM PDT by kabar
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To: OCCASparky
I could start a thread of sportscasters we’d most like to see thrown screaming from helicopters

I don't even consider Olbermann a sportscaster. He's just filling some diversity slot, like those chicks on the sidelines during football game. For me, Joe Morgan is the worst. Just a mumbling boor.

On the great sportscasting front, I couldn't be happier than I am with the New York Mets booth. I watch just about every game, and Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are awesome. They are insightful funny and completely non-annoying everygame. Gary Cohen is the other guy in the booth, and he's low-key and informative too.

16 posted on 05/18/2009 9:54:19 AM PDT by dead
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To: OCCASparky
Bryant Gumbel elicits the mute button from me, too, and it's clear that Bill Walton's greater talent was on the court, not the air. What I've heard from Chip Caray makes me think he was misnamed, and as for Joe Buck: well, he's not the worst broadcaster I've heard (he's several Kornheisers away from that league) but his blatant Yankee-rooting has annoyed me on more than one occasion.
17 posted on 05/18/2009 9:54:58 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: kabar

No Tony really does hate to fly. He spent most of he season doing PTI from remote because it was almost always a bus trip for him. On the rare occasion he did fly he usually missed the next day’s show, probably getting over large quantities of sedatives.


18 posted on 05/18/2009 9:57:20 AM PDT by razorboy
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To: The Good Doctor

Excellent. He made me want to claw my ears out.


19 posted on 05/18/2009 9:57:33 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: dead

I like the Reds tandem of Thom Brennamen and Jeff “Cowboy” Brantley.

Thom’s dad, Marty is a crusty old coot now and whines too much. Thom is the utmost in professional.

Cowboy is honest and knowledgable. Much more interesting to hear than Chris Welch if you ask me.

George Grande is the absolute worse. Nothing worse than a Poo-holes loving Cards fan doing your Reds broadcasts.


20 posted on 05/18/2009 9:57:43 AM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: dead

Back in the 80s Olbermann was the sports guy on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. He was smarmy and annoying.


21 posted on 05/18/2009 9:58:01 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: dead

The Mets do have a good broadcast team this year, from what I’ve seen. I bumped into Keith a few times when I lived in New York (during his playing days). Nice guy. We drank some beers and smoked a few cigarettes together in some East Side joint.


22 posted on 05/18/2009 9:58:24 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Carley

That’s interesting. I guess the preference just depends on a lot of things.

I don’t know if Morgan is good or bad, but I really like he and Jon Miller because I grew up listening to them do Sunday Nights.


23 posted on 05/18/2009 10:01:16 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: andy58-in-nh
Heck, I could start a thread of sportscasters we’d most like to see thrown screaming from helicopters.

Jerry Glanville used to do color commentary. Haven't seen him in a while. I don't miss him.

24 posted on 05/18/2009 10:02:54 AM PDT by wbill
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To: The Good Doctor

Kornheiser was the worst football announcer I ever heard. The worst. I stopped watching because of him.


25 posted on 05/18/2009 10:04:49 AM PDT by Diago (Will the Obama plan of free taxpayer funded abortions make abortions rare?)
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To: wbill

Apparently, Jerry’s now the head coach at Portland State University, which would seem to be a few notches down from his NFL gigs.


26 posted on 05/18/2009 10:06:35 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Good place for him.

Hopefully he has a decent staff. From what I saw on TV, there wasn't a whole lot happening between his ears. The guy only had two brain cells, and when they clicked together a word popped out of his mouth.

27 posted on 05/18/2009 10:10:50 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
The guy only had two brain cells, and when they clicked together a word popped out of his mouth.

LMAO

28 posted on 05/18/2009 10:13:13 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

‘We drank some beers and smoked a few cigarettes together in some East Side joint.’

Left handed cigarettes?


29 posted on 05/18/2009 10:21:15 AM PDT by kickonly88
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To: The Good Doctor
For his part, Keith Olberdork deserves a special fate. I like the helicopter idea, but he truly requires something a bit more painful. I'll leave the suggestion box open on that one.

Hung from his ankles by a cable and flown at high speed toward a building. Upon hitting the building, he would swing upwards and be tossed through the rotors. A second helicopter would be stationed below ... just in case there are any large chunks left.

30 posted on 05/18/2009 10:25:42 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: kickonly88

LOL. I think he smoked Marlboros. I remember how he sometimes used to poke his head out of the runway leading to the dugout in Shea Stadium with a butt hanging out of his mouth between innings.


31 posted on 05/18/2009 10:31:04 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: The Good Doctor

This is his fill in job until the Cowboys fire Wade...


32 posted on 05/18/2009 10:35:36 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: BlueNgold
This is his fill in job until the Cowboys fire Wade...

That cannot come too soon.

33 posted on 05/18/2009 10:37:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I like that idea of Olberdork being thrown screaming from a helicopter... but only if the helicopter was being flown upside down!


34 posted on 05/18/2009 12:03:28 PM PDT by AJ504 (The Constitution was NOT written on an Etch-A-Sketch!)
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To: All

Great news! I think Gruden will be superb, but I also agree with the above poster who says he still belongs on the football field coaching.

No more wearing out my wrist tendons hitting the mute button on MNF! Now, if we could only get Olbermoron to go, that would be great!


35 posted on 05/18/2009 12:40:05 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Impeach Obama)
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To: The Good Doctor

I sure hope all the other female American football fans aren’t as heart broken as my wife.


36 posted on 05/18/2009 6:18:29 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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