February 08, 2006

Michaels Leaves ABC

The long-awaited "Monday Night Football" announcer shakeup was finally announced today, when ESPN revealed that Al Michaels will not participate in the telecast, nor in the network's basketball broadcasts, nor anything else on ABC, ever again. Instead, the MNF play-by-play man will be Mike "Sexual Harassment Panda" Tirico, flanked in the booth by Joe Theissman and Tony Kornheiser. Michaels, presumably, will jump to NBC to work the new Sunday night broadcast with John Madden.

Two things that perplex me here: Not nearly a big enough deal has been made about Michaels leaving ABC, the network where's worked for 30 years, and where he called the Miracle on Ice, supplying one of the two most famous calls in sports history (along with "The Giants win the pennant.") Secondly, Kornheiser's doing MNF? Doesn't he go to bed at 8 every night? How will be stay up for the late games?

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 8, 2006 11:13 PM

So the Super Bowl was the last we have seen of Al Michaels on ABC? I am sad that his final words on the air on ABC were not "and Baba Booey to y'all."

Posted by: LilB at February 10, 2006 11:27 PM
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