Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Stiff upper lip for Jaws
The announcement was made in February but now the time is at hand to confront the reality: Ron Jaworski has been dismissed from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football’’ booth, leaving only Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
If all goes well, Gruden will tone down the coaching jargon and gushing and fulfill the star power ESPN sees in him. On the other hand, he could return to coaching, causing yet another reconfiguration, or his hyper-caffeinated style could wear on viewers.
I asked Jaworski about all this at Camp Tebow earlier this month.
“It was bittersweet,’’ he said. “I obviously loved the spontaneity of doing games. I loved working with Gruden and Tirico and the entire crew. It was a blast. I had a lot of fun. But they made a decision to go with a two-man booth.’’
ESPN gave Jaws a new five-year contract and vowed to use him regularly on other shows, which it has and will. He has been on MNF since 2007.
“I would love to have stayed with ‘Monday Night Football,’ but I’m not a historian, I’m a pioneer,’’ he said. “I’m looking forward to making things happen in other platforms.’’