PDA

View Full Version : Report: MNF drops Kolber, Tafoya


lamberts-lost-tooth
02-11-2008, 09:02 AM
Report: MNF drops Kolber, Tafoya
Posted: February 10, 2008
Sporting News staff report


Sideline reporters Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber are being dropped from the Monday Night Football broadcast, multiple sources have told ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.

It is not known whether ESPN plans to go without sideline reporters on Monday Night Football -- a la CBS on most NFL telecasts -- or replace Tafoya and Kolber with a big-name reporter.

After being mum on the issue for much of Sunday, the network sent Florio the following statement: "Michele and Suzy will still be assigned to our multiplatform Monday Night Football presentation, including the game, pregame and postgame. Their precise roles are currently being determined."

Florio, a regular contributor to Sporting News, says his sources stand by the story that Tafoya and Kolber no longer will be sideline reporters on the Monday Night Football broadcast. One source called ESPN's statement damage control.

Tafoya and Kolber had reported news and features from the two sidelines since Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN in 2006. Kolber has been a sideline reporter on ESPN's NFL games since 2001. Tafoya started working MNF games as a sideline reporter in 2004.

Tafoya also is a sideline reporter for ABC and ESPN on NBA games and is the co-host of the "Mike Tirico Show" on ESPN Radio. Kolber also is an anchor on ESPN's daily NFL Live show and occasionally anchors SportsCenter and ESPN coverage of the Wimbledon and the French Open tennis tournaments.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-11-2008, 09:07 AM
Report: MNF drops Kolber, Tafoya
Posted: February 10, 2008
Sporting News staff report


Sideline reporters Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber are being dropped from the Monday Night Football broadcast, multiple sources have told ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.

It is not known whether ESPN plans to go without sideline reporters on Monday Night Football -- a la CBS on most NFL telecasts -- or replace Tafoya and Kolber with a big-name reporter.

After being mum on the issue for much of Sunday, the network sent Florio the following statement: "Michele and Suzy will still be assigned to our multiplatform Monday Night Football presentation, including the game, pregame and postgame. Their precise roles are currently being determined."

Florio, a regular contributor to Sporting News, says his sources stand by the story that Tafoya and Kolber no longer will be sideline reporters on the Monday Night Football broadcast. One source called ESPN's statement damage control.

Tafoya and Kolber had reported news and features from the two sidelines since Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN in 2006. Kolber has been a sideline reporter on ESPN's NFL games since 2001. Tafoya started working MNF games as a sideline reporter in 2004.

Tafoya also is a sideline reporter for ABC and ESPN on NBA games and is the co-host of the "Mike Tirico Show" on ESPN Radio. Kolber also is an anchor on ESPN's daily NFL Live show and occasionally anchors SportsCenter and ESPN coverage of the Wimbledon and the French Open tennis tournaments.

Tafoya sucked but Suzy Kolber is as knowledgable as any sportcaster on ESPN.

HometownGal
02-11-2008, 09:27 AM
I think ESPN wanted to protect Kolber and Tafoya from being eaten by John Madden. Word has it he was seen sneaking around the ESPN studios.

GET IN MUH BELLY

http://southernfriedfatty.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/fatbastard.jpg

revefsreleets
02-11-2008, 09:28 AM
And she's cute, too...

EDIT: Oh my...coffee on the keyboard, Marianne!

fansince'76
02-11-2008, 09:48 AM
This thread begs to have this posted - my favorite Suzy Kolber moment - "I couldn't care less if the team is strugg-a-ling - I just wanna kiss you." :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

50KN74rC_jA

Glace
02-11-2008, 10:15 AM
They need to drop Kornheiser from Monday Night Football....How is that guy even into sports? He'd be better suited to a worldwide chess match commentator.

Mosca
02-11-2008, 10:26 AM
Yep; all they need to do now is drop Kornheiser, Tirico, and Jaworski, and get rid of the inane celebrity drop-ins, and the telecast will be perfect.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-11-2008, 10:41 AM
Yep; all they need to do now is drop Kornheiser, Tirico, and Jaworski, and get rid of the inane celebrity drop-ins, and the telecast will be perfect.

Cameras no longer allowed in the booth....and Jack Lambert should be hired to just sit in the booth with the commentators...stare...and growl with that toothless glare, everytime they get off topic.

...and Suzy Kolber should be hired to come to my house...so I could also.....stare....and growl....but in a good way.:naughty:

OneForTheToe
02-11-2008, 11:06 AM
Unless the NFL offers real access, sideline reporters are pretty much useless. What does FOX get out of Tony Siragusa - other than comic relief, I mean?

ESPN won't drop Kornheiser because they see his MNF gig as a way to boost ratings for PTI. The NFL is a "loss leader" for networks (ESPN pays the most)... They lose money on their billion dollar investments, but use it to boost their other programming like PTI. CBS, NBC and FOX do same thing. "Oh look ... there is that actor with a new show starting on the network this week at the game." What an amazing 'quinkidink" that he happened to show up at the game.


Between Kornheiser's MNF booth gig and Wilbon's work on the NBA coverage they surely get some buzz for one of ESPN's signature shows.

fansince'76
02-11-2008, 11:10 AM
What does FOX get out of Tony Siragusa - other than comic relief, I mean?

Very high expense reports for meals, maybe? Dude probably eats more in one sitting than I do in a week. :pig:

Counselor
02-11-2008, 11:17 AM
Yep; all they need to do now is drop Kornheiser, Tirico, and Jaworski, and get rid of the inane celebrity drop-ins, and the telecast will be perfect.

Kornheiser is the WORST. period.

OneForTheToe
02-11-2008, 11:18 AM
Very high expense reports for meals, maybe? Dude probably eats more in one sitting than I do in a week. :pig:

lol - :toofunny: keep him away from Kolber, he might eat her. She wouldn't be more than snack for him.

Atlanta Dan
02-11-2008, 06:33 PM
Yep; all they need to do now is drop Kornheiser, Tirico, and Jaworski, and get rid of the inane celebrity drop-ins, and the telecast will be perfect.

Tom - Dr. Z. certainly agrees - this excerpt from his annual broadcasters ratings

? STAR

Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser, ESPN

I thought that bringing in Jaws for Joe Theismann would change the whole landscape, even one that included the depressing figure of Tony K., but I was wrong. The seeds of hype, of sloppiness and shallow promotion are too deeply sown.

I love Jaworski's Sunday morning blackboard show with Merrill Hoge. Always have. And I know that Jaws spends a lot of time at NFL Films, getting this baby of his absolutely tip top. But is it possible that someone, with days to prepare, can get things right, but miss out when he's under the gun? It certainly seems that way, because for a guy who knows as much football as Jaworski does, he lets too much get by him in the most crucial game situations.

The two biggest contests he worked in the regular season were both near-upsets that ended dramatically, Dallas-Buffalo and New England-Baltimore. Both had the same climax -- the favored team pulling it out at the end against a defense that had gone passive and allowed itself to get worked over. Surprisingly, none of this registered with Jaworski.

It was especially apparent at the end of the Dallas game, when the Cowboys recovered an onside kick and had only seconds left, and the only place they could work the ball was the short sideline, and yet the Bills didn't defend it. They pulled back and gave the Cowboys the game. Friends of mine were calling, wanting to know what the hell was Buffalo thinking. But all this escaped Jaworski.

And so did the situation at the end of the Patriots-Ravens game, when Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan went passive on his rush, dropping to three on occasion, showed the white feather, in other words. How could a guy doing the game miss this? OK, Tony K. hasn't a clue as to what he's watching anyway, but Jaws should have been on top of it.

Plus so many other dramatic elements, such as the way Baltimore's left guard, Jason Brown, was burying Richard Seymour, or the magnificent game the Ravens' Haloti Ngata was having against the Patriots' best lineman, Logan Mankins. These are the grace notes of a football game, but they're outside the realm of a blackboard guy, such as Jaworski. I have a whole roster of disappointments from an analyst I thought would be knock-em-dead in the booth. These are only examples.

The guests that are brought in are absolute abominations, with poor Tirico valiantly pleading to be allowed to squeeze in a brief mention of what's going on down on the field in between Russell Crowe's yacking about his rugby team, or Drew Carey telling us about his love of Cleveland -- that's the city, not the team. How about Vince Vaughn giving us his whole spiel as the Broncos, down by three, are fighting to send the Packers game into OT? Or Deanna Favre, presenting us with Brett Favre clutter, his "impish qualities," that went, nonstop, from 7:15 left in the first half 'til the two-minute warning?

And in Bristol, the ESPN guys smile at the incredible naivet? of one small voice in New Jersey that doesn't have a clue about how money is made via network TV.

I did, however, see moments when a dim flame seemed to animate Jaworski and lead him to lash out briefly at his broadcast partner. Such as the time when Kornheiser said, in all seriousness, that Jacksonville's QB, Quinn Gray, was so inept that the Jags should run on every down. Or when he insisted that LaDainian Tomlinson was unknown because he played in a small market city. Or when, after the 49ers went for a TD against Seattle and Kornheiser said, "I found that very satisfying," Jaws replied, "That's wonderful, Tony. You got all involved in the game." Maybe someday, as Peter Finch did in the movie, Network, Jaws will open the window, stick his head out and holler, "I can't take it anymore!" One can only hope.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/dr_z/02/07/announcers/3.html

HometownGal
02-11-2008, 06:54 PM
Though I can't stomach Madden still blubbering over the Immaculate Reception, I much prefer him and Michaels to the three stooges on MNF now.

The resemblance is uncanny.

Hello........hello.......hello. Hello. :wave:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/frank_deford/10/03/three.on.mic/p1_mnf.jpg

http://blog.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/2007/09/large_three-stooges.jpg

Elvis
02-13-2008, 04:01 PM
Tafoya sucked but Suzy Kolber is as knowledgable as any sportcaster on ESPN.
I agree..
I just hope that Suzy will find a new job somewhere and I know she will. Maybe at FOX or CBS.
:hug:

Elvis
02-13-2008, 04:07 PM
Kornheiser needs to go back to Pardon my Interruption and stay there. This guy isnt any better than Miller was at Monday NIght Football in my opinion.
Jaworski I can deal with him because atleast he has played the game. And by the way....
I Love John Madden as a TV Annalysist. He is very knowledgeable about the game of football. He may take a while to explain it to ya, but he is a very smart football wise and I love the guy.

SteelCityMan786
02-13-2008, 04:16 PM
Though I can't stomach Madden still blubbering over the Immaculate Reception, I much prefer him and Michaels to the three stooges on MNF now.

The resemblance is uncanny.

Hello........hello.......hello. Hello. :wave:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/frank_deford/10/03/three.on.mic/p1_mnf.jpg

http://blog.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/2007/09/large_three-stooges.jpg

I can see resemblance.

Godfather
02-13-2008, 10:04 PM
Yep; all they need to do now is drop Kornheiser, Tirico, and Jaworski, and get rid of the inane celebrity drop-ins, and the telecast will be perfect.

Those weren't all bad. Deanna Favre did very well when she visited the booth.

Maybe they could get a top-flight play by play announcer and make Suzy (or Melissa Stark) the color commentator.

Rhee Rhee
02-14-2008, 12:29 AM
i honestly think that ESPN tries waay to hard to match john madden and al Michaels... let them do football... even though they never got matt spaeth's name right... (Tim Spaeth catches a TD!)

LambertIsGod58
02-14-2008, 09:43 AM
They should bring back Melissa Stark....Not only was she great to look at, I thought she did a great job with her sideline comments. Remember her?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/Lambert58/melissa_stark_150.jpg

Godfather
02-15-2008, 09:54 PM
They should bring back Melissa Stark....Not only was she great to look at, I thought she did a great job with her sideline comments. Remember her?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/Lambert58/melissa_stark_150.jpg

What red-blooded heterosexual male could possibly forget Melissa?

Jeremy
02-15-2008, 10:41 PM
And yet Tony Kornheiser still has a job.

Totally amazing.

revefsreleets
02-16-2008, 06:17 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....Melissa.

Yes, they should DEFINITELY bring back Melissa Stark!

NyGiantz
02-17-2008, 09:28 PM
Once they drop Kornheiser and Jaworski MNF will be complete.