Yesterday, the ESPN Monday Night Football twitter feed issued this tweet.
If you click on the link, you will see a fast-moving slide-show of all the announcers, analysts and sideline reporters who have worked on Monday Night Football during the last 45 years. All except one person.
Thanks to reader Art for noticing that ESPN decided to omit O.J. Simpson. Back when he was better known for being a Hall of Fame running back, Simpson worked in the MNF booth from 1983-85.
Now that he is known more for something else, someone at ESPN decided not to tarnish this slide show with his image.
It would be one thing if other announcers were omitted. But there’s Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, who was so terrible in 1974 he didn’t even make it to the regular season.
There’s Fran Tarkenton (1979-82), Dennis Miller (2000-01), and Tony Kornheiser (2006-08).
The slide show even includes Eric Dickerson (2000-01) and Lisa Guerrero (2003-04), who were memorably bad as sideline announcers.
Yet no O.J., who worked with Frank Gifford Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Joe Namath during his three seasons in the booth.
Looks like a little revisionist history by ESPN here.