May 09, 2020

Monday Night Football Waives Tessitore, McFarland: ESPN is not keeping Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on Monday Night Football next season. The shortlist of replacements includes Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.

posted by rcade to football at 08:15 PM - 3 comments

I wonder who Tessitore pissed off. I thought he and McFarland did a good job, and most of the time did not bury the game in a pile of analysis. Levy has done well on various things, as has Orlovsky, but if whoever is the analyst won't shut up, any broadcast is doomed.

posted by Howard_T at 09:52 AM on May 10, 2020

Almost freaky how much Tess and Booger resemble these two guys

posted by beaverboard at 03:36 PM on May 11, 2020

I am probably shaming myself by saying this, but I liked the vibe of the old Mike Patrick/Joe Thiesman/Paul Maguire Sunday Night Football broadcasts on ESPN. It wasn't overdoing the pageantry or hype. It was mostly just a football game. The announcers weren't even calling that much attention to themselves, aside from the occasional Maguire bit like the times he was put in an elevated tower on the sideline in crap weather.

Give me a Monday night team that is more about that game and less about the legendary institution of Monday Night Football.

The person I'd pick for play-by-play is Scott Hanson of NFL Red Zone.

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on May 13, 2020

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