We’re not in the business as criticizing every. single. thing. ESPN. does., like some national sports blogs are, but this one is certainly perplexing.
Ron Jaworski has signed a five-year extension with the cable giant. That’s swell. Here’s the rub: he will no longer be on Monday Night Football. Instead, he will take on more in-studio roles. via an ESPN press release:
Ron Jaworski has signed a five-year extension with ESPN for a new, expanded multiplatform NFL analyst role that includes appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, NFL-branded specials, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Pardon the Interruption, and other platforms and shows throughout the year. Also, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will have a new two-person commentator team for the first time during the 2012 NFL season with Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden.
Um, good for Jaws. But how… why.. who thinks that the dry, I once grabbed a woman’s vagina outside a bar Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden, whose mouth marbles should be paid royalties by ESPN, make for a good national TV broadcast duo?
No, we don’t like this move. And yes, it is the slowest sports day of the year. Come on, pitchers and catchers!
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