Tony Kornheiser Is Out At MNF, Jon Gruden Is In

Tony Kornheiser’s three years in the booth at Monday Night Football have been pretty uneventful.  Some people liked him and his humor in the booth, while others would rather have had a real football mind instead of the guy who was supposed to appeal to the common man.  Personally I didn’t really care because when I’m watching football I’m not paying attention to the announcers as mush as I am my fantasy team.

Still, while I was never a huge fan of Kornheiser in the booth, I did think he was a lot better after Ron Jaworski replaced Joe Theismann.  Of course none of that matters anymore because once Tony saw that this season’s MNF schedule included a few trips to the west coast and that he’d have to get in a plane more than usual, he decided he’d had enough.  Now he’ll be replaced by former Raiders and Buccaneers coach, and horror movie star, Jon Gruden.


“I am totally grateful for the MNF opportunity that I truly enjoyed the last three seasons. I feel we got better each year. My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true. When I looked at the upcoming schedule it was the perfect storm that would’ve frequently moved me from the bus to the air.

“I kept looking at the schedule the past month and wanted to find a way to quietly extricate myself. If I could handpick a replacement of a football guy, I would cast a net and drag in Jon Gruden. He is the two things you most want — smart and funny — and has the two things I don’t — good hair and a tan.

“I love PTI and am looking forward to continuing to yammer and yodel with Wilbon until the end of time.”

I’m not exactly sure how funny Jon Gruden really is because the only time he’s ever made me laugh is when they’d show him on the sidelines screaming at somebody with that crazy look on his face.  While he’s in the booth I don’t think ESPN is going to let him scream like that, and we won’t be able to see his face.

Though, to be honest, as long as they stop bringing Jim Belushi into the booth to represent the city of Chicago every time they do a Bears game, I don’t care what they do.  They could put Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless in the booth and I’d be fine.

Televisions do come with mute buttons you know.