Happy trails Suzy & Michelle?

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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that ESPN Monday Night Football sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya will not return to MNF in 2008.

Kolber has been ESPN's NFL sideline reporter for several years, dating back to before ESPN had Monday Night Football. She is the last holdover from ESPN's Sunday night team, which featured Kolber on the sidelines and Mike Patrick, Paul MaGuire and Joe Theismann in the booth.

Tafoya was the Monday Night Football sideline reporter when the franchise was on ABC. When MNF moved to ESPN two years ago, Tafoya moved with it.

It's not yet known whether Monday Night Football will find a new sideline reporter or reporters, or whether it will just get rid of them altogether, as CBS has done on its NFL telecasts. The latter may be the wisest move, as no one seems to miss them on CBS, and many viewers think sideline reporters just distract from the action on the field.
 
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A later post on PFTalk cites supposed friction between TK and Kolber as part of the reason for the firings. More likely, the huge price tag for MNF is making it necessary to chop at the fringes of the broadcast. The ratings were quite good for cable, but the matchups were not great, and not likely to get better in the future.

Oh, and for those monitoring posts, I am a fairly frequent e-mailer to the show: "Jim Haug from Williston VT"
 
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JHaugJr said:
A later post on PFTalk cites supposed friction between TK and Kolber as part of the reason for the firings. More likely, the huge price tag for MNF is making it necessary to chop at the fringes of the broadcast. The ratings were quite good for cable, but the matchups were not great, and not likely to get better in the future.

Oh, and for those monitoring posts, I am a fairly frequent e-mailer to the show: "Jim Haug from Williston VT"
So the moral to the story is, TK has pictures of someone at the 4 letter fucking a donkey if this is true.
 

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POSTED 4:56 p.m. EST, February 10, 2008

MEDIA TYPES UP IN ARMS OVER MNF MINI-MASSACRE

The big buzz on the first Sunday after the end of the football season (the Pro Bowl doesn't count) is the decision of ESPN to drop sideline reporters Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber from the Monday Night Football team.

Several rumors are flying.  These are not hard news items, but only rumors.

First, we're hearing a rumor that the duo initially were asked to voluntarily step aside, and they were told that if they didn't their use during games would be dramatically limited.  They decided not to quit, and instead of merely having their face time cut during broadcasts they were dumped.

Second, there's a rumor that ESPN management wants to make the broadcast booth work at all costs, and the belief was that dumping the sideline reporters would help.

Third, and contrary to the notion that the move was about not diluting the work of the booth, there's a rumor that Andrea Kremer of NBC (and formerly of ESPN) and/or Jay Glazer of FOX could be pursued to handle the in-game journalism role, which frankly neither Tafoya nor Kolber really actually served.

Fourth, there's a rumor that Tony Kornheiser doesn't care for Suzy Kolber, and a belief that their relationship played a role in the move. 

We're also told that there is "outrage" among on-air types regarding the treatment of Tafoya and Kolber.

Stay tuned for more.
 

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ESPN ADDRESSES MNF SITUATION

POSTED 6:08 p.m. EST, February 10, 2008
http://beta.profootballtalk.com/2008/02 ... situation/

ESPN ADDRESSES MNF SITUATION

ESPN has issued a statement in response to our report that Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber have been dumped from the Monday Night Football broadcast.

"Michele and Suzy will still be assigned to our multiplatform Monday Night Football presentation, including the game, pre-game and post-game," the statement says. "Their precise roles are currently being determined."

Also, we've been told by an ESPN spokesperson that Tafoya and Kolber will continue to travel to the site of each game.

So what does any of this mean?  Clearly, something is up.  Otherwise, there would be nothing about their roles to "determine."  Also, ESPN might be holding out hope that they opt to give up their assignments to MNF, so that in the end it will appear that they weren't removed from the team.

Said one of our sources in response to the statement, "It's bullshit .  That's all I can tell you.  Utter bullshit.  They are no longer sideline reporters."
 
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Re: ESPN ADDRESSES MNF SITUATION

TStecker said:
POSTED 6:08 p.m. EST, February 10, 2008

ESPN ADDRESSES MNF SITUATION

ESPN has issued a statement in response to our report that Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber have been dumped from the Monday Night Football broadcast.

"Michele and Suzy will still be assigned to our multiplatform Monday Night Football presentation, including the game, pre-game and post-game," the statement says. "Their precise roles are currently being determined."

Also, we've been told by an ESPN spokesperson that Tafoya and Kolber will continue to travel to the site of each game.

So what does any of this mean?  Clearly, something is up.  Otherwise, there would be nothing about their roles to "determine."  Also, ESPN might be holding out hope that they opt to give up their assignments to MNF, so that in the end it will appear that they weren't removed from the team.

Said one of our sources in response to the statement, "It's bullshit .  That's all I can tell you.  Utter bullshit.  They are no longer sideline reporters."
You don't need 2 sideline reporters.  And if you are going to have 2, the least they could do is find one that has a face other than a horse.
 

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What could've been the problem between Suzy and TK? Too much Johnny Walker Blue and a reenactment of the Joe Namath interview?
 
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The only good thing a sideline reporter does is maybe update/clarify an injury situation.  Those interviews with coaches leaving the field are a waste of time.
 

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The only good thing a sideline reporter does is maybe update/clarify an injury situation.  Those interviews with coaches leaving the field are a waste of time.
 

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NO SIDELINE REPORTERS ON MNF

NO SIDELINE REPORTERS ON MNF

Though the official word out of Bristol is vague as to whether or not ESPN's  Michele Tafoya or Suzy Kolber will serve in their same capacities on Monday Night Football, we have learned that, indeed, both have been dropped from the position of "sideline reporter" in 2008.

In fact, there will be no sideline reporters at all on MNF next season.

It's being described as a "non-traditional approach," which in theory will give ESPN the flexibility to allow either of them to chime in with an in-game report if the situation warrants.

Frankly, that kind of stuff rarely happened in the past.  Typically, Tafoya and Kolber offered up pre-planned stuff that had nothing to do with what was occurring on the field.

So, clearly, they are out of their prior roles.  And while they apparently are being offered a face-saving bone, it remains to be seen whether either of them wants to jump from city to city from September to December for the privilege of being one of the many on-screen pregame faces, or for the opportunity to ask one of the star players after the game "what was going through your head" during that key play.

http://beta.profootballtalk.com/2008/02 ... rs-on-mnf/
 

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Please keep all articles on the evolving sideline reporting situation in one thread (this one)
 

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Harpua said:
Please keep all articles on the evolving sideline reporting situation in one thread (this one)
And links (or at the very least, some sort of citing) would be wonderful.  And by "would be wonderful," I mean "are necessary."  Either that, or I'll start writing my own articles to post in this thread...
 
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And links (or at the very least, some sort of citing) would be wonderful.  And by "would be wonderful," I mean "are necessary."  Either that, or I'll start writing my own articles to post in this thread...
What do you mean 'start'?
 

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No sideline reporters....YAY!

Less talking during the game...YAY!

Here's hoping Jaws and Tirico get fired, and Mr. Tony is instructed to read emails going in/out of commercials...only.
 

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RUMORS PERSIST THAT KORNHEISER DROVE DECISION ON SIDELINE REPORTERS

As the sports media continues to privately discuss and debate the surprise decision by ESPN that sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya will be relieved of those specific duties in 2008, rumors are rampant that the move was the result of at least a management desire to create more talky time for Tony Kornheiser or at most a move by Kornheiser to clear out two of the voices that were cluttering up the broadcast.

If the latter is true, Tony's next eventual target could be play-by-play man Mike Tirico.  As the grapevine goes, there is some tension between the two of them.

For now, Tirico is the only non-Kornheiser left on the two-season-old broadcast.  In addition to Tafoya and Kolber, Joe Theismann a/k/a Joey Sunshine got the shoe last year.

Though Kornheiser has gotten better due to the presence of the generally deferential Ron Jaworski, it's odd to think that Kornheiser is the spoon the stirs the MNF stew.  We realize that the franchise is craving another Cosell.  But, all due respect, Tony ain't Howie.

(Then again, it could be worse; it could be Mike the Man-Girl and Mike the Meatball and Mike the Furniture-Rearranger, every single week.)

Meanwhile, it is becoming more and more obvious that Tafoya and Kolber's roles on the MNF coverage will be dramatically reduced.  Though the official network statement from Sunday implies that they'll still have relevance, Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that the duo will be "largely shelved."

For Kolber, the real question is whether she wants to mess with jumping from the NASCAR city to the NFL city in order to contribute little if anything to the Monday night production -- especially since she'll have a baby to care for by the time September rolls around.
 

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sjasper1 said:
No sideline reporters....YAY!

Less talking during the game...YAY!

Here's hoping Jaws and Tirico get fired, and Mr. Tony is instructed to read emails going in/out of commercials...only.

No offense... but that would be awful...
 

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Do we know who the father is?  I didn't think she was married.

Who's the gal from ESPN that TK really likes?  She bought a place in Delaware and he always asks if she is working the game with Spieleman.  Stupid name escaping my brain.  It's not Christine Brennan is it?
 

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Do we know who the father is?  I didn't think she was married.

Who's the gal from ESPN that TK really likes?  She bought a place in Delaware and he always asks if she is working the game with Spieleman.  Stupid name escaping my brain.  It's not Christine Brennan is it?
Pam Ward?
 
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