Are You Ready To Change The Channel?

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The past month and today’s papers especially, have been filled with eulogies for ABC’s “Monday Night Football“, which comes to the end of its 35 year run on the network with tonight’s meaningless Patriots/Jets game at 9pm Eastern.

(believe it or not, this wasn’t even close to the worst thing John Turturro’s ever been in)

Sorry to diminsh the historical significance of said event, but MNF is merely moving from one Disney property (ABC) to another (ESPN) next season. Whether or not these primetime telecasts will ever again be part of the mainstream cultural fabric is, I suspect, down to the quality of the games on offer and has less to do with what network they appear on. That the terrestrial broadcasters reach more homes than basic cable is not something I wish to dispute, but ESPN is hardly the Outdoor Life Network. Or even the ESPN of 1995.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir ushers ABC out the door by forcing Joe Theismann to finally watch the replay of Lawrence Taylor breaking his leg. And if Joe watched it 10 times, that’s about a thousand times fewer than Kathy Lee Crosby’s seen the tape.

3 Responses to “Are You Ready To Change The Channel?”

  1. kt says:

    yeah but it’s moving to a disney property i can’t afford. so personally, this blows. oh well, i got used to missing sunday night football i suppose i can get used to missing monday night football too. if the pats are on there are no shortage of bars in the neighborhood where i can catch the game.

  2. CSTB says:

    point taken, kt, however you’ll be getting Sunday Night Football back on your cable-less home TV next season when the games switch from ESPN to NBC.

    I sympathize with your situation, but one or two purse snatchings a month should cover the cable bill.

  3. kt says:

    i’m sure that one reason for the nostalgia is the fact that the technicians and behind the camera people will not be making the jump over to espn next season. so that’s one difference. will mnf on espn mean more or less airtime for suzy kolber?

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