Applause for Jaws?
Discussing the impact Ron Jaworski will have on MNF
Posted: Friday March 30, 2007 7:16AM; Updated: Monday April 2, 2007 10:44AM
Ron Jaworski has replaced Joe Theismann as the football man on ESPN's Monday night variety show. This has not been lost on our hordes of e-mailers beating down the doors for a prediction on how this will play out.
It's a mighty strong dilemma for your faithful narrator. I rated Jaws a straight five stars, the highest possible rank, for the one live game he worked last year. ESPN's Tony Kornheiser, whose high school recitations added nothing, and really should have been the man to go, was rated no stars. So what's in store? A double rating? An average grade of, say, two and a half? Beats me. Depends on what the ESPN high rollers want to come over their airwaves, football analysis or mishmosh.
Nathan of Tampa thinks that Jaws might be more of a studio head than a game day talent, based on what he heard from Jaworski on Bucs' pre-season radio. Sorry, I disagree. The game he worked with Dick Vermeil, Oakland vs. San Diego, was terrific all around.
Joe of Monroe, Wash., (and currently of Hull, England) is celebrating the departure of Joey T. Old Z of Washington Heights (and currently Denville, N.J.), is sorry that Tony K. didn't join Theismann in the dumper. And thanks for the nice things you wrote.
Kenny of Springfield, Mo., said it best, though. "Now a play must be made for a change in producer, to do away with celebrity interviews." It'll never happen. The constant yack yack is balm to the souls of ESPN production people, but I'll tell you what those interviews really are. They're my own nemesis, a payback for some really awful things I must have done sometime in my dark past.
The Bears letting Thomas Jones go for next to nothing, leaving them in the unproven hands of Cedric Benson and Rex Grossman, is sending waves of puzzlement through my man, Scott of Orange, Calif. Me, too. These things are always dictated by money, of course, but you know what the Lifetime Channel teaches us -- money can't buy happiness. And your sentiments about my work brought happiness to both me and my blushing bridle ... I mean bride. Nope, never been to High Times wine shop in Costa Mesa. Will put it on my list, though.
Vance of Grayson. Ky., would like my take on Paul Brown's place in history. He'd also like to know what's keeping Ken Anderson out of the Hall of Fame. Brown ranks with Clark Shaughnessy as the greatest innovator of all time. The Bengals' press guide used to go on for pages and pages about the changes and improvements he had brought to the game. One of my favorites, although it got little publicity, was his development of cup blocking for pass protection. It used to be helter skelter. Brown simplified it and produced a quarterback who reached the championship game for each of his 10 seasons. The roster of great coaches who sprung from the Brown system is overwhelming. Contrast this, for instance, with the barren landscape of ex-coaches who worked for Vince Lombardi, as great as he was.
I voted for Ken Anderson every time his name came up on a Hall of Fame ballot or preliminary ballot or whatever. Vastly underrated. Tremendous arm, poise and courage. I don't know what more these selectors want.
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