We Got Rid of Tony Kornheiser...Next Step Is Joe Buck

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IJune 5, 2009

Tony Kornheiser's stint as a commentator on "Monday Night Football" mercifully came to an end when it was announced former coach Jon Gruden would be taking his place. 

For those of you who don't know him by his name, he was the one who made you mute the TV when he chimed in with celebrity gossip and pop culture references that made you feel like you were watching the E! network. 

Okay, now you know who I'm talking about.

With Kornheiser gone, the worst broadcaster in the game becomes Fox announcer Joe Buck. Teamed with Troy Aikman for Fox NFL Sunday, the only purpose for his presence seems to be setting up Aikman to reminisce about his playing days during the game as well as promoting other programs on Fox. 

During a broadcast, he claimed to be a "big" Ryan Seacrest fan. Wow, mentioning Ryan Seacrest during a football game?  That's like bringing up Gene Simmons during a performance of "Les Mis."

Kornheiser was at least entertaining with his stupid, pointless and irrelevant observations. Buck is so boring he makes Al Gore look like a rock star.

During a preseason game between Carolina and Philadelphia, a thunderstorm caused a delay. 

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Seemingly unprepared and definitely without notes or a monitor of what to say, Buck and Aikman attempted to improvise commentary. It got to the point that the network finally decided to air an "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" rerun instead of risk losing viewers because of their rambling.

He takes the expression, "I could do better in my sleep" to new levels because when he talks, it sounds like he's still sleeping. Who knows, maybe he'd give better commentary if he was unconscious and had night terrors.

For whatever reason, he and Aikman were tapped to call Super Bowl 42. 

With Buck's lack of enthusiasm, one had to come to the conclusion that he was either a Patriots fan or had money on the game. I'm guessing the latter, because I don't think Buck knows enough about sports to have allegiances to a team.

Even during big plays, such as David Tyree's helmet catch and even the game-winning touchdown reception, he just seemed like he didn't want to be there. Maybe he had a mini-TV in the booth and was catching up on "Grey's Anatomy." 

Now I know we haven't really had a great sports commentator since Howard Cosell, but we should be able to find others who at least talk with a little bit of life and enthusiasm. 

Kornheiser is gone, and past-his-prime John Madden has retired. Let's keep the streak going, continuing with Joe Buck.

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