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"Monday Night Football" Fires the Good One, Leaves the Boring One and the Blowhard

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 15, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 15, 2012 |

Despite solid-ratings that are basically critic-proof — if you’re an NFL fan, you watch “Monday Night Football” regardless of who is in the booth — ESPN has seen fit to dump their best talent in the booth, Ron Jaworski. Jaws is one of the smartest guys in football, a strong analyst, and the only guy in the “Monday Night Football” booth that actually brings anything interesting to the conversation. ESPN, however, has decided to go with a two-man booth, allowing the boring guy, Mike Tirico, to bounce his banality off of the blowhard, Jon Gruden, who is probably the worst football commentator on TV. He’s the Joe Buck of the NFL. Everything Gruden says is loud, overly enthusiastic, and often vaguely sexual. When he interviews other NFL players, it sounds less like an interview and more like a first date. He’s insufferable. My guess, too, is that Philly folk will be more upset about this news than anyone, given the fondness most Philadelphians have for Jaworski. (Profootballtalk)

Speaking of football, however, Peter Berg has given an update on the Fright Night Lights movie that will almost certainly never happen. He says that the script is nearly finished, and right now it’s all a matter of scheduling. The good news is that Jason Katims (who ran the TV show and now runs “Parenthood” wrote the script, which is said to parallel the predicament that Mike Leach faced at Texas Tech — he was fired after he was wrongly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion. The schedules of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton and the rest of the cast, however, are not syncing. Given the size of the ensemble and the various projects many are preoccupied with, it seems unlikely they will sync any time soon. (Slashfilm)

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