January 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 3 comments

Small consolation at stinking up the 2018 SpoFi NFL Playoff Pick 'Em is that people like Bill Simmons are far more brilliantly sure of themselves with their predictions and more spectacularly just as wrong.

With the departure of Gruden, ESPN is going to a 3 person MNF booth. I don't know who the new color commentator will be, but the third person will be an embedded barista who will attempt to boost the engagement and enthusiasm levels of the somniferous McDonough. He needs to go from a 2 to a 3 1/2 or 4 on the Craig James scale.

posted by beaverboard at 09:12 AM on January 07

One thing I have read posits several possibilities for the color commentator job. Among them are Bruce Arians, Ron Jaworski, Jay Cutler, and Larry Fitzgerald. Arians is retiring from coaching; althoigh they laid him off, Jaworski is still under contract to ESPN; and the other two would need to retire from playing. Cutler had agreed to work for Fox before he came out of retirement to QB at Miami, and he might still be under contract there. One possibility was mentioned who, if selected, would cause me and I'm fairly sure many other fans never to watch Monday Night Football ever again. Can you imagine Peyton Manning on MNF? Listening to him for play after play and then having to endure him on pizza or insurance commercials in between plays would cause much nausea.

posted by Howard_T at 02:49 PM on January 07

I would love to see Fitzgerald tapped. Not only a lively personality, he's also not another retired white star in a prominent slot.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:10 PM on January 08

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