After all the battling ESPN and Norby! have done to make sure Tony Kornheiser is as comfortable in the "Monday Night Football" booth as possible — which is to say, "not very comfortable" — we can't imagine the Bristol folks are doing backflips over the rumors from DC this morning that say Kornheiser's planning on quitting MNF after this season.

Because he wants to focus on ... his other TV and radio gigs!

DCRTV is hearing more rumblings that Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser will not be returning to ESPN's "Monday Night Football" next season. We're told that Kornheiser wants to focus on his local morning radio show, which resumes on new talker 3WT in January, and on his ESPN "PTI" afternoon TV program. Kornheiser's decision to give up the "MNF" color spot could cause some hurt feelings at ESPN, which removed sports media rival and former Redskin great Joe Theismann from the "MNF" broadcast booth before this season's shows started. However, Kornheiser has publicly said that he and Theismann have a friendly relationship.

It would seem a shame, to us, if we went through all this just so we could go back to playing the old, "Kornheiser says something over-the-top anytime he wants a paid 'suspension,'" game. We're all a bit old for that now, aren't we Tony? That said: If this is true, we're one step closer to Frank Caliendo in the MNF booth. Admit it, it feels inevitable.

Kornheiser Leaving MNF? [DCRTV]