Monday, December 28, 2009

ESPN Monday Night Football: Are you ready for some hyperbole?


Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings will be playing on Monday Night Football tonight, so hopefully you’re ready for a boatload of hyperbole and exaggeration about how great Favre is. As is now commonplace during any game broadcast that features Brett Favre – or, as I like to call it, a “Favre-cast” – the announcers will rave about how much fun he has, what a warrior he is and how nobody in the game does it like him.

But tonight we get an extra bonus. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Brett and Vikings head coach Brad Childress got into a little spat last week when Childress wanted the 40-year-old Favre to come out of the game to avoid injury since the Vikings had already clinched the division. But Favre, the enthusiastic and childlike leader that he is, refused his coach’s orders. What for other players would be considered blasphemy was deemed totally acceptable for Favre-us Maximus.

So aside from the neverending gushing over Brett Favre, we’ll also get the Childress v. Favre sidebar pounded into our heads tonight by ESPN’s cavalcade of broadcasters.

I’m sure you’re familiar by now. It starts with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic anchoring the evening SportsCenter, even though Golic is not an anchor by any means. Then we get the Monday Night Countdown crew, featuring Chris “Incoherent Rambling” Berman, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter, Tom Jackson, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. And don’t forget the live updates from Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber, providing us with useless information every 20 minutes.

But wait, there’s more! Live, on-site, will be Stuart Scott, Matt Millen and Steve Young, as usual.

Then, after much anticipation, Brett Favre and the Vikings will storm the field being serenaded by the sweet nothings of Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden. Mike Tirico will try to moderate but he, too, will eventually be overcome by the Favre Love-train and join in.

Be sure you don’t miss it, another edition of Monday Night Favre-ball on ESPN!

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