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First impressions of the new Monday Night Football team? One-word review: Meh. – Keith H.
Better than I expected – a solid B, graded on a curve since it was their debut, I’d say. Tessitore has always been easy to listen to, though I’m begging ESPN to stop promoting him as some combination of Frank Sinatra and Ray Liotta/Henry Hill in “GoodFellas.” (Personality-wise, I mean. I do not mean to imply he was involved in the Lufthansa heist, even though he did go to Boston College.)
Witten was much improved from the preseason, when he was basically a 6-foot-3 block of wood that periodically spouted football clichés. He comes across as down-to-earth and likable, and I’d bet he ends up being well-liked, though not a star at the Tony Romo–level.
The dynamic was a little off with Booger McFarlane situated on the sideline in the Booger Mobile or whatever they call it, but he was gregarious and informative (talking about Raiders players hanging their heads, criticizing the Khalil Mack deal as a potential all-time brutal trade for the Raiders). He’s a little redundant with sideline reporter Lisa Salters, though. I think ultimately it will be a good team that doesn’t drive many of us nuts, and that’s pretty much the best you can hope for from a football broadcast these days. Ah, heck, make it a B-plus.
But what do you guys think? What did you think of the new Monday Night Football broadcast team? I’ll hear you in the comments.