Tuesday, July 26, 2005Make Sure the Mute Works...
From the wire:
Michaels has been the play-by-play man on Monday Night Football since 1986, the last three with Madden as analyst. After this season, Madden is moving to NBC, which is taking over the Sunday night time slot in 2006 for what the NFL considers its main prime-time package.
"I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home,'' said Michaels, who had been heavily pursued by NBC, but said he wanted to stay where he has worked for 29 years _ ABC and ESPN are both owned by the Disney Co.
"The three words 'Monday Night Football' resonate like no other,'' he said during a news conference Tuesday to announce the lineup.
Michaels will be joined in the booth by Joe Theismann, who had teamed with play-by-play man Mike Patrick and Paul Maguire on ABC's Sunday night games. Michelle Tafoya and Suzy Kolber will be the sideline reporters.
Two sideline reporters!?!?! I love Tafoya, she's absolutely money when she wants to be. But why "Screaming" Suzy Kolber? She's almost as useful as Eric Dickerson was in a similar role.'
Here's hoping that Michaels gets sick of Theismann after a season and kicks him to the curb much like he did with Boomer Esiason.
And my Dr. Z prediction for the team is: 1.5 stars.