Good news Monday Night Football fans the Booger McFarland era is officially over as today ESPN announced the new MNF crew that includes Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese.
As Forrest Gump said, “Life is Like A Box of Chocolates – you never know what your gonna get.” The same kind be said for an announcing crew, but for the first time in forever, ESPN appears to have gotten this right, at least on paper.
The decision to go with Steve Levy as the play-by-play announcer probably should have been made when Mike Tirico moved over to NBC back in 2015. Levy a staple of ESPN will finally deliver some flair and swagger back to the MNF booth. He is also funny, knowledgeable and will bring a ton of energy to every broadcast.
Louis Riddick, who is widely regarded in the sports media as one of the most knowledgeable football minds will bring his in-depth knowledge of players and NFL front offices to the broadcast. Riddick who appears all over the ESPN network can be passionate and funny at the same time which is a skill that is needed in the MNF booth.
Then there’s Brian Griese, who has been doing a great job covering college football for ESPN since 2009 and will certainly deliver the former player perspective to the broadcast.
The MIGHTY Line
McFarland who actually does a really nice job during his guest appearances on other ESPN shows never seemed to be comfortable when that famous Monday Night Football music started to play.
MNF announcer greats like Dandy Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, and Howard Cossel connected with audiences in a way that fans loved to hate them. In McFarland’s case, he was simply just disliked by most football fans primarily because of his ability to make blaring mistakes consistently.
Things got so bad for McFarland last year that his mistakes actually turned into a college drinking game. Take a shot every time McFarland messes up which seemed to happen at least 3 times per quarter. While McFarland was good for alcohol sales, he certainly never delivered inside the Monday Night Football.
The reality is we will have to wait and see how the new MNF team performs, but for the first time in a very long-time Monday Night Football appears to have a crew worthy of being in the MNF booth.