Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Joe Theismann is still bitter towards ESPN

Washington Post columnist Dan Steinberg recently caught up with the former football broadcaster at a FedEx Field free prostate screening event and Theismann wasn't shy about his feelings towards ESPN or Tony Kornheiser.

Of both subjects, he had this to say:
"I still think Tony's out of place," he said. "Tony was hired to do a job in a football booth that, first of all, didn't suit him. And it didn't suit the venue, the venue being football, period. Tony doesn't belong in a booth. What he adds and what he brings, ok, has a place. But it doesn't have a place in the booth, and I think he's gonna retire after this year....

"And you've got to remember, I got fired from ESPN because I talked about football. And now, their main emphasis after two years of trying to do it the other way, is going back to talk about football."
While he's probably right about Kornheiser, a lot of people felt the same way about Theismann when he was behind the mic. I personally couldn't stand hearing the guy and though TK doesn't really know his X's and O's, he at least brings some humor to the booth. It does surprise me, though, that ESPN couldn't find a place for Theismann among their cavalcade of in-studio analysts. I mean, he's at least better than Emmitt... although that isn't saying much.