Mike Florio Blasts ChuckyApril 13th, 2014
It takes a lot for Joe to watch Monday Night Football. As much of a footballaholic that Joe is, the Monday Night Football telecast is a chore to watch.
Sure, Joe enjoys and appreciates Mike Tirico, very much an underrated play-by-play man. He’s almost enough for Joe to tune into alone. But then there is his partner, color man, Chucky.
Joe will never, ever forget how Chucky guided the Bucs to the franchise’s only Super Bowl championship. He did what the sainted Father Dungy could never do, mold an offense to balance one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. And for that, Joe will always hold Chucky in high regard. With the exception of a year winning games against garbage teams, the Bucs have been horrid since Chucky was jettisoned by Team Glazer.
After leaving the Bucs, Chucky has been working Monday Night Football and Joe believes it is dreadful TV. Everybody is a Hall of Famer. Everybody is a player. Chucky just throws out “love” to every player.
It’s dishonest. Some bulls(p)it! Joe can never forget is how Chucky raved how Bill Callahan, his former offensive coordinator with Oakland, as being “the best players’ coach” Chucky ever had. Never mind that Callahan, two years after Chucky left the Raiders to join the Bucs, had a near mutiny on his hands and was basically fired because his players were ready to string him up from the nearest tree.
Enter the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, the great Mike Florio, into the mix. Florio has grown so weary of Chucky’s nonsense, he’s like Joe, he can’t watch games with the sound on.
While Joe is entertained by Chucky’s quarterback camps, Florio has personally banned Chucky from his TV viewing habits, as he told Jon Marks And Sean Brace of WPEN 97.5 in Philadelphia.
“I don’t watch it anymore,” Florio said. “I cannot listen to Jon Gruden. I can’t listen to him. He has become a caricature. His voice has become like the “Superfans” skit on “Saturday Night Live.” I can’t listen to him. I cannot listen to him.
“I used to be entertained by it and now I can’t listen to it. I used to DVR all the quarterback camp things. I just cannot listen to the guy.
“I’m a fake tough guy and if I was three inches taller I’d have been a Hall of Fame quarterback.”
Joe cannot agree with Florio more. The one thing Joe cannot stand is a guy pumping out bulls(p)it non-stop at him on a broadcast. It’s arrogant and demeaning, but then again, so is BSPN all too often. They treat viewers like children afflicted with ADD.
If Chucky would just be honest with viewers and tell people who sucked along with who is great, he could be the next John Madden. But Chucky won’t do that. As a result, unless it is a can’t miss game, on Monday nights Joe often is watching DVR versions of NFL games he missed the previous Sunday.
Or going to a local watering hole where it’s so loud from the crowd, Joe cannot hear the audio of the broadcast.