Jon Gruden Attends WWE Monday Night Raw Instead of Watching BCS Title Game

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

If you were one of the people who quickly turned off the BCS Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame on Monday night, no one would blame you. The game was a completely one-sided affair, with the Crimson Tide winning 42-14. 

Even football analyst Jon Gruden, who happens to work for ESPN (the network broadcasting the game), didn't see any of it. Instead, he made the trek to Tampa, Fla. to watch WWE Raw with his son (via Brandon Wenerd of 

It was a good night to watch pro wrestling, as The Rock made his return to the company after six months off. He had a verbal battle with WWE champion CM Punk that closed the show. 

There are a lot of jokes to be made at this point, particularly about how WWE put on a more entertaining show than ESPN did on Monday. But being serious for a second, it's hard to make a joke about a father spending time with his son. 

Gruden has ties to the Tampa area, having coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008 and winning a Super Bowl in his first year with the franchise. 

Beyond that, Gruden really had no connection to the Alabama-Notre Dame football game. He works on Monday Night Football, and with the NFL regular season in the rear-view mirror, he has plenty of free time on his hands. 

Of course, there were rumors a few years ago that Gruden was linked to the Notre Dame head-coaching job after Charlie Weis was fired. Just think: If he had taken the position, maybe he would have been on the sidelines instead of watching the WWE. 

In the end, it looks as though Gruden made the right choice. The BCS Championship Game was over almost as soon as it started. Alabama took a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back.

Gruden, on the other hand, got a front-row seat to some good old-fashioned slobber-knockers.