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Ron Jaworski removed from ‘Monday Night Football’
Shutdown Corner (blog) ^ | 2/16/12 | Chris Chase

Posted on 02/16/2012 7:54:06 AM PST by martin_fierro

Ron Jaworski is out at "Monday Night Football."

ESPN announced Wednesday that the analyst would be removed from the network's signature broadcast beginning in August. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will operate as a two-man booth.

Jaworski will remain at the network and appear on various programs, including "Countdown" and "Matchup."

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This paragraph, from a December article in The New Yorker about Gruden, was a perfect microcosm of Jaws' time in the booth:

When it was Jaworski's turn, he issued a stern proclamation. "Call me crazy, but I'm really excited for Tyler Palko tonight," he said, and a roomful of skeptical sports producers erupted in laughter. Jaworski had given himself the thankless task of building up the Chiefs, praising them as much as he could without putting his own credibility at risk. Perhaps viewers would buy into the idea, however far-fetched, that Palko would emerge as the night's underdog hero. Later that day, as Jaworski was making a cup of coffee in the ESPN bus, he tried the line again. "Call me crazy, but I'm excited about Tyler Palko," he said. He exhaled. "I've got to sell this," he said to himself.

He became a carnival barker, not a football analyst. That may have been his own doing or based on the suggestions of ESPN producers. Regardless, the mentality to promote the game rather than describe it, which seems to be shared by Tirico and Gruden, is a big reason why "Monday Night Football" has become borderline unwatchable in recent years. It's not a football game anymore; it's a promotional vehicle. (That's only going to get worse when Gruden is given a bigger stage.)

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TOPICS: Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: espn; football; jaworski; mnf; sports; tv
A shame. I liked Jaws.
1 posted on 02/16/2012 7:54:19 AM PST by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro

Jaws was/is the BEST! He can break down plays, players and teams like nobody in the business. If they were going can somebody it should have been the gay guy, Gruden. He is only a micro-meter less awful than Chris Collingsworth — gag a maggot!


2 posted on 02/16/2012 8:03:27 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: martin_fierro
The best MNF trio, ever.
No one has come close ... nor will they.

3 posted on 02/16/2012 8:08:06 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Lee'sGhost
awful than Chris Collingsworth

You don't like 'chicken-neck'? You could have Musburger.

4 posted on 02/16/2012 8:09:35 AM PST by xone
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To: Lee'sGhost

Worst. MNF announcer. Ever.

5 posted on 02/16/2012 8:10:02 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

“Call me crazy, but I’m really excited for Tyler Palko tonight,”

What the heck is he supposed to say? “hey everybody, don’t watch the game tonight cuz it’s gonna be a yawn fest”!

Jaws is the best analyst in football. Stupid.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 8:10:52 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: martin_fierro

These Monday Night shills make me long for the days of Gifford, Meredith, and Cosell. Not that Howard was ever any good. I often had to turn the sound off when he was speaking. But I used to love Dandy Don and his Howard smack downs. Frank Gifford was the perfect straight man. I often watched the games just to find out what Don and Howard were going to get into that night. Their antics were especially welcome when everyone knew the game was going to be boring.

I miss those days.


7 posted on 02/16/2012 8:11:48 AM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, the father of gay marriage and socialized medicine in the US, is a lying socialist)
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To: martin_fierro

If a tree falls in the woods.....

MNF is absolutely terrible now. SNF is its replacement. ESPN has really fornicated the canine.


8 posted on 02/16/2012 8:13:11 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: oh8eleven
Yes, that trio was the best. But who can forget Alex Karras' comment over a closeup image of the steaming bald head of Oakland Raiders tackle Otis Sistrunk on the sidelines?

"Otis Sistrunk, University of Mars"

It was a good five minutes before the other two commentators could say a word, they were laughing so hard. Good times.

9 posted on 02/16/2012 8:17:30 AM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

10 posted on 02/16/2012 8:26:30 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: oh8eleven

Totally agree. The few times I watch MNF anymore I mute the tv.


11 posted on 02/16/2012 8:30:05 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: Waryone

“Not that Howard was ever any good.”

Cosell said some goofy things but he was amazingly knowledgeable and a terrific sportscaster. Gifford and Meredith were entertaining but NEVER in his league.


12 posted on 02/16/2012 8:43:03 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: martin_fierro
I seldom watch it. In fact, I don't watch NFL games any more unless the game involves the Texans. Of the three guys in ESPN's booth, I like Tirico OK because he is fairly low-key. Gruden is the worst IMO. He tries too hard the appear as if he knows everything and just talks too much.

I would have kept Jaws and dumped Gruden.

13 posted on 02/16/2012 8:45:21 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: traderrob6
Cosell said some goofy things but he was amazingly knowledgeable and a terrific sportscaster.
Agree 100%. He was often "belittled" as a typical NYC Jew, but I loved him all the more for just that reason.
14 posted on 02/16/2012 8:53:14 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: martin_fierro

So instead of 3 idiots yammering about meaningless sh|t while I’m trying to watch a football game it will be two...


15 posted on 02/16/2012 8:56:09 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: oh8eleven

Yep.
I grew up watching MNF with those guys. That’s when Monday Night Football was special. In fact, it was from the mouth of Howard Cosell in December 1980 that I learned of the murder of John Lennon. Me and a buddy were having beers at a mostly empty local bar while watching MNF, and then comes Howard with the news. “Tragedy in New York City...” Nobody cared about the football game anymore.


16 posted on 02/16/2012 9:04:04 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: martin_fierro

He’s bad, but IMO, O.J. simpson was awful! He talked like he had mush in his mouth. And then there was Dennis Miller. But at least I could understand him.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 9:05:41 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: martin_fierro

The only one I like, but he doesn’t do MNF, is Jack Buck’s kid. He has a professional sounding voice, and doesn’t yell into the microphone. Some of the color commentators jus bug the dickens out of me. They never stop talking! It’s like they have to comment on every little thing, even if a player sneezes. And some of them talk like every little thing is the most exciting thing they ever saw in their whole life!


18 posted on 02/16/2012 9:10:44 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Lancey Howard
I remember that too.

In fact, since most of my friends are football fans and we're about the same age, they all remember first hearing the news of Lennon's death the same way.

Generational thing.

19 posted on 02/16/2012 9:10:52 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: traderrob6

I lived in NY and heard Howard on the air almost every day. He was arrogant, looked down his nose at everyone associated with football and every other sport he covered. His attempts at being a know it all were laughable at times.

Just before John McEnroe turned pro in tennis, Howard made the statement that Mac would never be a great champion. I remember turning to my husband and saying, “How can he ever know that? I think we have to watch this kid. He’s probably going to be great.” Needless to say Howard is not always right.

Howard’s mouth either succeeded fabulously or failed horribly. There was no middle ground for him and he seemed to succeed and fail equally. Of the three in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth, he was the one who never played football. He was a pompous, overbearing commentator with a whiny annoying voice. God rest his soul. Thank the Lord there will never be anyone else in “his” league.


20 posted on 02/16/2012 9:13:40 AM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, the father of gay marriage and socialized medicine in the US, is a lying socialist)
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To: Keith in Iowa

What irks me is when they cut away from the game to show the sports babe on the sideline doing her in-depth personal interview of an injured player or someone.

THE GAME COMES FIRST!

(idiot producers)


21 posted on 02/16/2012 9:17:52 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Top or bottom?


22 posted on 02/16/2012 9:42:55 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: martin_fierro

Agree 100%! All this guy does is Parrot what someone Boston told him. There is no original thought.

At least Ron has been there done that (NFL), and has 100% better analytical view.

I predict there ratings are going to drop. This guy only appeals to people in the Boston area.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 9:58:27 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Keith in Iowa
So instead of 3 idiots yammering about meaningless sh|t while I’m trying to watch a football game it will be two...

What?

No sideline bimbette dazzling me with her brilliant insight. "What do you need to do to get back into this game coach?"

I watch MNF about three times a year.

ALWAYS with the sound off!

24 posted on 02/16/2012 10:07:51 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: martin_fierro

When Dandy Don and Howard were practically fighting on the set was when the show was at it’s best. MNF in the 70’s and 80’s was special. I remember when people would pop in like John Lennon and Ronald Reagan. I remember when Cosel announced Lennon’s death on MNF. That’s back when it was special.

The best broadcast now is by far Sunday Night Football. I think that Al Michaels is the best play by play man in the business now. He was great on MNF and he’s great doing SNF.


25 posted on 02/16/2012 10:09:01 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
No question Al Michaels is the best in the business right now.
26 posted on 02/16/2012 10:12:27 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: martin_fierro

Another questionable decision by the management at MNF. They’ve become quite adept at it.


27 posted on 02/16/2012 10:12:51 AM PST by Not The Other One
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To: martin_fierro
The whole team sucks as far as I am concerned, and this especially includes the production team whispering in the on-air folks' ears.

ML/NJ

28 posted on 02/16/2012 10:12:56 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: martin_fierro

I like Jaws, though he did a good job. Gruden...I know they gotta be positive and all, but you know that is the opposite of ‘Chucky’. Gruden’s ‘positive spin’ is like Romney’s conservatism - forced and fake...


29 posted on 02/16/2012 10:16:34 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: martin_fierro

Jaws is the absolute best at breaking down plays. He’s also a decent guy. That’s more than I can say for leftist moron Chris Collingsworth! Gruden is basically unwatchable and Tirico is like a wind-up toy.


30 posted on 02/16/2012 10:44:11 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Waryone

A lot of people would disagree with you.


31 posted on 02/16/2012 11:37:32 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
"Awwww, Mongo straight!"

And then he went the other way in Victor, Victoria

32 posted on 02/16/2012 12:57:29 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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