Posts Tagged ‘Monday Night Football’

Rush’s Tom Sawyer song featured with Peyton Manning highlights in Monday Night Football Promo

September 22, 2013

The promo for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders features the hard rock classic “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. It works really well and it’s great to see ESPN using it, because they usually only play more recent songs, softer songs, or country songs. This song in my opinion is the greatest rock song of all time.

The video is about Peyton Manning and shows his highlights with these lyrics from the song:

A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

It starts with the beginning of the song with the camera showing Manning walking from the locker room to the field.

The lyrics actually sound like “A Monday Warrior” when Geddy Lee sings it.

It’s great because Manning is stepping into a throw when you hear “mean, mean stride.” The “mean, mean pride” part also fits well.

It starts with the beginning of the song and then they cut up a few of the parts.

Awesome. Rush is one of the best bands of all time, and they’ve been doing it for 40 years with the same lineup (after drummer John Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974).

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RGIII and Washington Redskins host Michael Vick and Philadelphia Eagles in Monday Night Football opener

September 9, 2013

ImageThe Philadelphia Eagles have gotten off to a 10-7 lead against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

The game marks the return of Robert Griffin III to the field after last January’s ACL tear in a playoff loss to Seattle. For Philadelphia, Chip Kelly is coaching in his first NFL game and Michael Vick is hoping for a comeback season in Kelly’s uptempo offense.

The Eagles marched down the field but, deep in Redskins territory, Vick threw a sideways pass that the referees called a lateral, and DeAngelo Hall returned the fumble (actually broken up in the air by Ryan Kerrigan) for a touchdown.

Vick later threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson

RGIII just threw an interception. He looked tentative and threw it into double coverage.

Alfred Morris has fumbled twice, and the second one led to a safety. It’s Philly 12, Washington 7.

In my most recent article on Bleacher Report, I predicted that the Redskins will finish 11-5 despite the following startling statistic:

Of the last 10 NFL teams to finish 10-6 after a losing season, only one of them (the 2006 Kansas City Chiefs) followed up their 10-6 year with a winning season.

Click here to read my most recent article about RGIII and the Redskins (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1767742-robert-griffin-iii-washington-redskins-must-buck-history-to-make-playoffs-again).

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE SLIGHTLY LESS GOOFY WITHOUT KORNHEISER

August 22, 2009

JAWORSKI VOWS TO PICK UP SLACK

TONY KORNHEISER FIRED AND REPLACED WITH JOHN GRUDEN AS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ANALYST

May 17, 2009

(I was the first to publish this news, about 12 hours before ESPN formally made the announcement).

By Mike Frandsen

Monday Night Football color commentator Tony Kornheiser was fired yesterday and will be replaced by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John Gruden for the upcoming 2009 season, an unnamed source told http://www.coachmike.net shortly after midnight this morning. Gruden joins Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski on ESPN’s team.

Kornheiser will reportedly receive a severance package of one million dollars.  Kornheiser, a former sportswriter for the Washington Post, co-hosts “Pardon the Interruption,” a popular nightly sports show on ESPN with Michael Wilbon.

John A. Walsh, Senior VP and Executive Editor of ESPN, reportedly agonized over letting his good friend go.

In my opinion, it’s a good move. While Kornheiser used humor and targeted the casual fan, the switch to Gruden should please most football fans because of his candor and knowledge of the game. Kornheiser too often stated the obvious, and talked to listeners as if they were in kindergarten.

After the 2006 season, color commentator Joe Theismann was replaced in the Monday Night booth by Ron Jaworski.  Rumors circulated that Kornheiser preferred Jaworski.  While Jaworski does an excellent job, Theismann was even better, and here’s hoping that ESPN considers bringing Theismann back to the booth.

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