Joe Theismann Rips Into Tony Kornheiser

Friday, October 12, 2007


A week or so ago it was Dan Dierdorf, and now another one of Tony Kornheiser's peers is trashing him in the media. Joe Theismann via the Miami Herald had this to say about his replacement Ron Jaworski....

"Ron is a terrific football guy but he happens to work on Tony's show. It has become a three-hour Tony Kornheiser show. When I was let go, they explained they wanted more of an issue show and less about football. They've accomplished that.''
Seriously, if you had to pick between Tony and Joe....who would you go with? That's probably harder for me to choose between which kid I had to kill (if I had kids).

AROUND THE DIAL (Miami Herald)

(Thanks to Odessasteps for sending the tip)

49 Comments:

I'm not a fan of Kornheiser's on MNF by any means (his jokes just don't work on that show for whatever reason), but Theismann makes me want to destroy my eardrums with a 2 foot icepick.

I'll take a vague understanding of football and borderline jokes over a pompous know it all who tends to be wrong a good portion of the time, makes no sense the other portion of the time and refuses to admit mistakes any time.

JD said...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:19:00 PM  

Your analogy makes it sound like you love both of them equally and couldn't choose. Or will you hate your kids?

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:29:00 PM  

Tony, easily.

Theeeeees-man is the football equivalent of Joe Morgan.

Signal to Noise said...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:45:00 PM  

bring back Frank Gifford!

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:48:00 PM  

I don't like Theismann either, but he is right. Only ESPN would take an sporting event that is exciting in itself and turn it into an "issues" show.

Like I can't enjoy a football game without hearing Tony's "talking points" about Chad Johnson, Tony Romo, or whomever.

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:54:00 PM  

Yeah I botched that analogy entirely.

Oct 12, 2007, 5:04:00 PM  

I thought everyone loved hearing about people's fantasy teams?

GMoney said...
Oct 12, 2007, 5:22:00 PM  

Get rid of everyone, and go with announcer-less games.

Bruce said...
Oct 12, 2007, 5:28:00 PM  

I'm all for giving Theisman a spot in the booth again. Seriously. But ONLY, and I do mean ONLY if Paul Maguire is there to keep him in check. I got a kick out of those two arguing on Sunday Night Footblal.

Kyle said...
Oct 12, 2007, 6:06:00 PM  

Korny repeated an "idea" he had in the beginning of the show in the second half.

he's lazy, doesn't know footbal, couldn't care less about the game and is more impressed with himself than, yes, Joe Theesman.

He's a festering sore, an open, suppurating sore, on MNF.

I'd love to hear Theesman and Jaws talk FOOTBALL, not giggle and titter like two old women, talking and giggling over what is happening on the field and adding NOTHING to the damned GAME.

He is an irritating little dweeb. He sucks the life out of the games like a little bald vampire who looks like a professional bowler.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 12, 2007, 7:05:00 PM  

Theesman sucks, but Kornheiser is worthless as a football commentator

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 7:42:00 PM  

"more of an issue show and less about football"

I mean, then why BOTHER broadcasting the fucking GAME! Have a Mystery Science thing with that idiot Korny. Why bother bring the whole circus to town? Who would know or care?

They'd save themselves a BILLION DOLLARS.

Idiots.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 12, 2007, 7:56:00 PM  

You know who is also boys with Kornheiser and will do just about anything for him (and an 8 ball)? Lawrence Taylor.

Last time it was your leg. This time . . . your throat.

Oct 12, 2007, 8:47:00 PM  

Tony may not be as funny on MNF as he is on PTI, but he isn't a total jackass. Theismann was wrong 99.99 percent of the time, yet seems to think he's the greatest football analyst ever. I'd easily take Tony over Joe.

Oct 12, 2007, 9:28:00 PM  

Korny more impressed with himself than Theismann? There is NO ONE on God's green Earth more impressed with himself than Theismann! Period!

He still thinks he's better than 90% of today's QBs, right now at his age! Just ask him, he'll tell you about it.

Korny may suck, but Joe swallows.

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 10:34:00 PM  

I like Kornheiser, but his schtick doesn't work on MNF. That being said, I would rather listen to three hours of his jokes falling flat than be subjected to another minute of Theisman's pompous act.

Given the choice, I would prefer to watch the game and listen to just the crowd noise. I would pay for this service were it available and trust myself to make the obvious observations.

Nice_N_Stinky said...
Oct 13, 2007, 12:51:00 PM  

i used to watch football games over at my parents' house because mom's VCR, somehow, stripped the announcers out of the audio signal if we watched through it. we could still hear the crowd noise and the players yelling and the referee calling penalties, but no morons. we never figured out how it did that, and then eventually the VCR just broke and now we're stuck listening to the kornheisers and maguires of the world.

matskralc said...
Oct 13, 2007, 3:35:00 PM  

ESPN has done many things wrong with their football coverage recently (can I see a REPLAY, dammit!)...Turning up the intelligence in the booth is one of the best things they could have done...Theesmann (that was the pronunciation before he was a candidate for the Heisman and it changed to rhyme) is a moron...I would marvel week after week at the audio vomit Theesmann and Maguire would spew back and forth...It's a wonder Mike Patrick never locked them in a closet...

Tony Kornheiser is intelligent, affable, and admits when he doesn't know something...Jaws is a brilliant football analyst...I have enjoyed him on "NFL Matchup" for years...

Quit yer bitchin'...Would you rather they went back to the Idiot Manchild and his sidekick Pauly?

Joe T is so starved for attention that he'll say something dumb just so he can get press...This is one of those times...

Sometimes I wish people came with mute buttons...

--White Hammer

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2007, 9:17:00 AM  

Theisman could certainly be irriating at times but Tony Kornheiser - God, what a disaster. Listening to Korny on MNF I am wondering when a football game will break out! He loves to hear himself talk! I'm about finished with MNF.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2007, 9:29:00 PM  

When I watch football I want to hear about football. I'm not interested in the social discourse Tony Kornholer provides. ESPN had a great opportunity with MNF but fumbled with Kornholer. Leave him on the Sunday morning shows where he belongs so we can continue to mow the yard or sleep in when he is talking.

Anonymous said...
Nov 1, 2007, 12:01:00 PM  

Tony sucks. atleast Joe knows how to talk football. I can't believe Tony is even on the show. I prefer Sun night games now over Mon. Tony's just down right annoying. ESPN screwed up by trying to change things. If it aint broke don't fix it.

Anonymous said...
Nov 12, 2007, 10:29:00 PM  

They play Football on Mnoday nights? WOw, I could listen to the Orange Oracle for hours before wasting ten minutes watching the crap that is now called football. I got a better idea, replay games with Stauch, Starr, Sayers and Payton. Harris, Bradshaw and Swan. Coaches like Landry, Lombrdi and Knoll, Mr. Tony is just trying to make something out of nothing, he's a journalist and a damn fine one. Pick up a copy of the Post, it will only take 10 minutes out of your day and then you'll have Monday night free to bowl or play with your kids on the floor.
The men that play football get paid piles of money to take a chance on getting more money or getting hurt, badly.
I have better things to do, Jaws does a nice job, so does Mikey, either wathc the game and make your own conclusions or turn the damn thing off.

toodles

Anonymous said...
Nov 13, 2007, 10:43:00 PM  

IF YOU ARE A HUGE lIFE-IS-ENTIRELY-FOOTBALL person, then TK may not seem quite as supportive of that view as other announcers, but if you watch MNF for a broader entertainment perspective, no one is as good as Tony--though Howard was pretty cool. Unfortunately, Joe is simply not very intelligent.

Anonymous said...
Nov 15, 2007, 9:22:00 PM  

1st step was to get rid of Joe Theisman. 2nd step should be to ban TK from nationally televised football commentary of any kind, forever. Even Dennis, I swallowed a thesaurus and a dictionary, Miller was easier to tolerate.
I really wish I could listen to MNF on the radio so I could tune out TK all together.

BrianDMeer said...
Nov 17, 2007, 12:18:00 AM  

Tony Kornheiser is the worst MNF broadcaster ever. He is boring. He is so full of shit, he's like an overstuffed Christmas goose. He knows nothing about football. He just likes to hear himself pontificate on some social subject like how nice it would be for Michael Young to reunite with his lifelong criminal father who abandoned him as a child. Who does Kornheiser think he is to be giving advice to Young. It is none of his or our business. He is the pits and I know MNF could find somebody, anybody, who would be better than him, except Keith Oberman. DCC

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2007, 10:27:00 PM  

Tony who? ... where in the hell did this guy come from anyway?

As far as his knowledge of football goes ... he sucks!

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2007, 11:13:00 PM  

Are you F'en kidding me? ESPN has totally screwed the pooch on this one. They have taken a great game and put in 3 people in Cornholer, BIG MOUTH I know everything Jaworski and in the middle is a guy that just looks lost.

I gave up on MNF when ESPN took it over. Leave it to ESPN to screw up something this big. They are Mid level players and always will be.

Anonymous said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:46:00 PM  

ESPN DID screw this up. Where did I read they wanted to make it "less about the game"... WHAT THE HELL FOR? We are watching Monday Night FOOTBALL. Not Monday Night listen to idiots talk about shit they know nothing about.

Jaworski's analysis has NEVER been correct about ANYONE. OF course there is I Wish I knew anything about sports Kornhieser.

THey've tried celebs, sound tracks and still they cannot get ANY decent ratings.

Time to give it to FOX so they can show you how it's done!

Anonymous said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:51:00 PM  

Kornheiser makes me want to puke. Looks and sounds like he ought to be off somewhere drinking a dry amusing chablis and watching the opera with his life-partner. Jaworski needs to settle down and let the game happen and he might be OK. But they both make me miss Paul Maguire. All least you could count on him being half drunk and a little bit entertaining because of it. I wish they'd get rid of them both and just put Steve Young in the booth with Mike Tirico. At least Young makes some sort of sense without being a dweeb in the pre and post game shows. But even though I'm a Cowboys fan from way back, they need to get rid of Emmitt. Giving him a microphone is like giving a teenage boy a credit card; he's just gonna abuse it and it's gonna get ugly when he makes his mistakes.

Juan said...
Nov 28, 2007, 12:11:00 AM  

Tony Kornheiser is a waste of a human body. This last Monday night was the last time, I will ever watch or listen to anything he does. Instead of reporting on the slop bowl. Making comments about why noone is using to their advantage of the field as a giant slip & slide. Or mentioning the fact that of the Ricky Williams fumble he was purposely trounced on the shoulder by the Steeler who recovered Ricky's fumble, all he could talk about was Ricky's use of marijuana. Thank God the game was only 2 1/2 hours long. Listening to any more of that and I would have hunted you down and shoot your ass. You scum sucking hermaphroditic leech.
Ricky paid for his mistakes, I hope someone recorded the game on TiVo and lets Ricky watch the game so if you ever interview him again I hopes he shoves his foot up your Kornheiser hole.....

sicfucchuck said...
Nov 28, 2007, 11:09:00 AM  

Monday Night Football is certainly a real disappointment this season.

Thing is, I think Mike Tirico is outstanding at play-by-play. Stick him in a booth with one knowledgeable ex-player for analysis, and I'd be in heaven. Jaworski has definitely added some value. It's like the quarterbacks coach is breaking down tape and showing us how to read defenses. Maguire was certainly good at what he did. Madden still gives you some insight into lineplay, probably the part of the game he is most passionate about.

What MNF does not need is a whiny voice butting in trying to get airtime while the game is being called. I don't care about fantasy statistics. I rarely want an editorial on how Ricky Williams threw away a special career, or why quarterbacks need fathers, but if I did, I would just look for it online. I don't need to hear "man crush" every single week. I like analysis, but "Tom Brady is good" is something I might expect from a small town AM station covering a high school basketball game.

Kornheiser's game belongs on that 2 pm time slot, running against Springer and the other talk shows.

lucky said...
Dec 5, 2007, 12:22:00 PM  

kornheiser must have info on Disney execs because he is the worse on MNF in history even worse than Dennis Miller. he has no idea about football. His analogies and metaphors suck. He only knows basebal and PTI at halftime is like two women cacklin. Keep PTI in competiton with Oprah not on MNF. bring back drunk ass Summerall.

Beef from Philly said...
Dec 17, 2007, 10:26:00 PM  

Tony has a better haircut.

Anonymous said...
Dec 20, 2007, 4:21:00 PM  

Kornheiser is the absolute worst broadcaster I have ever heard. Irritating, obnoxious, whining, repetetive, pin-headed moron. Joe Theisman made me want to puke with his arrogant self absorption and lack of football knowledge, he was so bad... but Kornheiser makes me want to consider homicide. He completely spoils MNF. I can't watch it anymore at all. What in the world is ESPN thinking? Do they not watch their own network? Nobody I know can stand Kornheiser. LOSE THE JERK - KORNHEISER SUCKS!

Anonymous said...
Aug 18, 2008, 9:29:00 PM  

Would someone shut Tony Kornheiser up!!! I had to listen to his constant babbling while watching Green Bay vs Minnesota..Enough already. Talk about football and not stupid stuff. I miss Howard Cosell because at least he shut up long enough so that we could watch the game.

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2008, 1:46:00 PM  

Kornheiser is the worst ever. Worse then Dennis Milller. At least Miller was a comedian. Tony tries to be the comedian on MNF and he's just god awful. Furthermore, any real football talk seems contrived and insincere. just horrible.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

There is an online petition to have him canned - he's totally ruining MNF.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/firetonykornheiser/

Anonymous said...
Sep 16, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

I thought Dennis Miller was bad but this is another clone of him. Kornheiser sucks bigtime! Favre no longer plays for GB but it didn't appear that way with Korny. Jaws finally told him to let it go but that didn't stop him. Kornheiser is an oldman asshole that needs to be let go. All you need is two-man crew.

George said...
Sep 18, 2008, 1:00:00 PM  

kornball is horrible. theisman hated him and couldn't get along with him. now, jaws can't stand him and constantly buts heads with him. i can't blame jaws. i'd like to carve kornball's heart out with a spoon. worst announcer ever. i'm watching MNF on mute from here on out

Anonymous said...
Sep 22, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

I'm a female football fanatic and someone, please fire Kornheiser! I know more about football than he does. After suffering through the last two games, my husband and I mute whenever Tony is rambling on....ESPN, please listen to your viewers and DO SOMETHING NOW!

Cindy said...
Sep 23, 2008, 3:31:00 PM  

They need to replace Tirico and Kornholer. They both are terrible. Tirico is a college guy, at best. MNF has turned into a joke after it moved to ESPN. Put it back in ABC and give us back Al and John. Please, no Frank Gifford!

The Fat Runner said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:26:00 PM  

Kornhole displays an inept view towards football and football fans. he fills his role on his popular ESPN show pardon the interruption, but that does not mean he has the qualifications to represent the legacy that is Monday night football. I understand Tony needs to support his family and what not, but his commentary is rude, obnoxious, and just irrelevant to anything happening on the field. I have never went out of my way to make a post like this, but after last night the Saints vs Vikings I have become disgusted. So disgusted that I told myself I need to go out of my way to voice my opinion. Tony Kornheiser does not and should not ever represent Monday Night Football.

MN_panic Noah said...
Oct 7, 2008, 3:43:00 PM  

I have to say that the one thing I liked about Dennis Miller was that he did appear to know something about football. Unfortunately he thought people were tuning in to the Dennis Miller Comedy Show when in fact we just wanted to watch the football game. I was ok with the occasional joke, but when he started getting Dan Fouts to be his straight man that was just too much.

Getting back to Kornheiser, he doesn't know football and he isn't funny. His act is fine on PTI but as a football commentator he is atrocious. Once again, people tune in to MNF to watch FOOTBALL, not bad comedy. I know not everyone likes Theismann, but I would much rather see him in the booth than Kornheiser.

Anonymous said...
Oct 16, 2008, 12:12:00 PM  

Can we get 2 or 3 REAL football fans/announcers to do an audio webcast of MNF? Then we can just mute these guys and listen via the web.

Anonymous said...
Oct 20, 2008, 3:40:00 PM  

Kornheiser is awful! Dennis Miller wasn't any better and both ESPN and ABC have succeeded in destroying what was once "football night in America". Kornheiser doesn't know a thing about football, doesn't understand the strategy behind the game, and most disturbingly, doesn't even care to learn. Nobody should be allowed to call a football game at any level if they do not understand the game and are not passionate about the game. If you want to watch MNF for a bigger entertainment picture - go to the Opera. For the real football fans, MNF has become a huge disappointment and I would rather go to bed than listen to the nonsense spouting from Kornheiser's mouth.

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 7:17:00 PM  

Kornheiser sucks and that fact that he is getting paid for sucking makes me sick

Anonymous said...
Nov 27, 2008, 10:02:00 PM  

Have to mostly agree with Anonymous.

I completely lost it when Kornheiser at one time called Roethlisberger a "drama queen" regarding an injury. WHAT! ... (and I'm not a big Ben fan).

But...

That phrase has no, abolutely no business in a discussion about NFL players. Especially from, and I mean especially from someone who has prolly never played a sport in his life.

Also, I just gotta love Kornheiser's 'semi comb-over'. What a joke! Whoever hired Kornheiser has no idea about MNF fans or NFL fans for that matter.

I now watch the Monday night games on the Game Centers from either NFL.com or CBS.sportsline.com.

ESPN, you couldn't have made this worst if you added a couple of the gals from 'The View'.

nuff said!

Microneus said...
Dec 1, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

ESPN must REALLY not care about the quality of MNF. I mean, seriously, Tony Kornheiser is, without question, the worst sports broadcaster I have EVER heard. What a disgrace this is. UNACCEPTABLE!

Anonymous said...
Dec 16, 2008, 2:19:00 PM  

Please, please, please get rid of Kornheiser!!!! He is nothing but annoying! He is like an only child who's mom had no friends. He wines like a little girl and now he is wearing a blanket because he's cold while everyone else braves to weather!!! Come on!!! What a wimp... I can't stand watching Monday night with him on. ANYONE would be better! He might have a good resume, but let him stick to the pen, we really don't have to hear him talk too!

JP said...
Dec 22, 2008, 11:51:00 PM  

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