Michael McCarthy @MMcCarthyREV Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET Watch NFLNFL with fuboTV As it nears its 50th season, ESPN’s venerable ”Monday Night Football” is struggling with a mid-life crisis. Yes, “Monday Night Football” changed the face of television. Yes, it can still dominate the sports conversation when it has great games like Rams vs. Chiefs. But ”Monday Night Football” is far from what it used to be, and it’s time to face some hard truths about the most iconic show in sports TV history. To be blunt, “Monday Night Football” is bad. Too often, the game matchups are not marquee. The football is not as exciting. The new announce team — featuring three Monday night rookies in Jason Witten, Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland — is a work in progress at best, a train wreck at worst. The most famous broadcast booth in sports no longer boasts legendary announcers like Howard Cosell, Dandy Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, John Madden or Al Michaels. Instead, this season’s crew of Witten, Tessitore, McFarland and Lisa Salters has been roasted by fans and critics. MORE: ESPN still committed to Jason Witten Witten doesn’t have the quarterback charisma of CBS’ Tony Romo, the fearlessness of NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, the Super Bowl gravitas of Fox’s Troy Aikman. He’s improving as he learns on the job. Unfortunately, the former Cowboys tight end keeps fumbling on the air. During the Saints’ 12-9 win… Read full this story
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