Ron Jaworski Gets Booted From The Monday Night Football Booth. THIS…

Have you ever dreamed of what the Monday Night Football Booth might sound like without Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden egging each other on reach to new and disturbing levels of sycophantic guffawing? I have. Oh, how I've dreamed of a sensibly assembled two-man MNF booth featuring Mike Tirico bitching out the refs… » 2/15/12 12:31pm 2/15/12 12:31pm

ESPN And Publisher Alike: None Of These Guys Are Having Any Fun

Not two days since the embargo was lifted, the giant dragon fart of a book known as Those Guys Have All the Fun has left both publisher and subject alike strategizing about a new defense. Yes, ESPN officially threw together a semi-emergency town hall meeting ("tent"!!!!) earlier this afternoon for select talent and execs … » 5/19/11 8:45pm 5/19/11 8:45pm

The Lakers Had A Group Meltdown In Honor Of Phil Jackson's Final Game

Let's avoid speculating about why the Lakers are avoiding Kobe Bryant on the court, and why Pau Gasol broke it off with his girlfriend, and how those two things may or may not be related and may or may not have lead to this 4-0 sweep, and just point out that Los Angeles played like a team — despite earlier claims —… » 5/08/11 8:00pm 5/08/11 8:00pm

Media Approval Ratings: Mike Tirico

By now, most people know the old stories about Mike Tirico. (If you don't know them, they're right here.) Tirico appears to have gotten help for an obvious problem, and is apparently doing better. Good for him, because he doesn't seem to have time for a scandal now: The guy is everywhere. » 3/19/08 1:05pm 3/19/08 1:05pm

Tirico Plus Stephen A. Equals Dan Patrick

Like a lot of you, we were secretly rooting for Scott Van Pelt to end up with the ESPN Radio gig to replace Dan Patrick. Even though Van Pelt has had some questionable choices of guests during his occasional fill-ins, the guy's funny and affable enough on the radio, and anybody who quotes "Flight Of The Conchords" on air … » 9/18/07 11:10am 9/18/07 11:10am

Wait ... A Tolerable Monday Night Football Broadcast?

So we were watching ESPN's "Monday Night Football" last night, and we noticed this odd feeling, a peculiar sensation that we had, up to that point, never experienced. We couldn't figure it out; were we developing some sort of cold? And then we realized: We were watching "Monday Night Football" ... and we were enjoying… » 8/14/07 3:00pm 8/14/07 3:00pm

Ah ... When The Catchphrases Felt Only SLIGHTLY Warmed Over

Here's your little blast for the past today: As difficult as it is to believe that Hootie and the Blowfish were ever considered cool — we're not sure that actually ever happened — it's, these days, just as difficult to comprehend ESPN being, you know, down with the kids. These two unique cultural curiosities…

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Kornheiser's Big Debut On MNF; Hey, Watch Those Hands, Tirico

This tastefully choreographed publicity shot of what can probably best be described as "Mike Tirico Microphone Bukkake" signifies one thing: The new ESPN "Monday Night Football" crew is indeed kicking off tonight. Ignoring the wisdom of CBS banning sideline reporters entirely, the crew consists of Tirico, Joe Theismann,… » 8/14/06 5:45pm 8/14/06 5:45pm

Here Are Those Tirico Stories We Hinted At Last Week

Last week, while discussing Harold Reynolds' firing from ESPN for sexual harassment, we — in retrospect, somewhat flippantly — pointed out that what Reynolds was accused of paled in comparison to some of the allegations against Mike Tirico in Mike Freeman's 2000 book ESPN: An Uncensored History. We'd read the book, so… » 8/01/06 3:00pm 8/01/06 3:00pm