1. Mike Tirico should be fired immediately. If you were talking down your product to a national audience, regardless of who you work for and what you do, you would at the very least have an unpleasant conversation with the boss the next day. We don't need your apologies and/or a promise of better football next week you pompous blowhard. You've called a fair number of games that were exponentially less interesting than that game on Monday. The Jacksonville-Baltimore 12-7 thriller comes to mind. Maybe that 38-14 barn burner last week with the Chargers and Jags held a little more interest, eh Mike? On top of all that, nobody gives a damn that you were at the original Starbucks earlier in the day and ran into James Laurinitis' dad. Maybe if you wanted to keep the audience interested, you could tell the stories of how women at ESPN shot down your numerous sexual advances which got you suspended for 3 months.
2. We are still in the United States and the North Pole is a pretty damn long way away. It was 35 degrees on Monday night, not 35 below. I know these guys have done games in colder weather, but if you trust geography buff Ron Jaworski, you were only 85 miles from Santa's house if you were at the game on Monday. Naturally, Gruden had to pipe in that we were just over 100 miles from Canada. Yeah, and??!! When you do games in Detroit, you're 2 miles from Canada and yet I've never heard that referenced during a Lions game.
3. Treat all the games equally. For the first time I can remember this year, the whole regular ESPN crew didn't make the trip. Normally, you get Booyah Stuart Scott, Steve Young, and How-in-the-hell-do-you-still-have-a-job Matt Millen anchoring things from the game site. No no...not this week. Apparently it was either too long of a trip or they decided that this game wasn't worthy of their precious analysis. Since they were all in Jacksonville last week for that meaningless game and I'm sure they'll all be in San Francisco this week, I'd love to hear their excuses.
4. At the risk of stating the obvious, you picked this game to be on your precious MNF schedule!! It was not the Seahawks or Rams faults that you decided to showcase this game which matched 2 teams who had losing records last year. If you didn't think a repeat like that was possible, then I question the morons there in Bristol who decided to put this game on a Monday night. So if you're going to make your bed, at least sleep in it and give the game the normal treatment and analysis you do all the others. I was only slightly off when I predicted 110 of the 120 minutes of the pregame show would be non-Seahawks or Rams related. Doing a pregame show for the one game you're broadcasting that night and talking about it for 20 minutes of the 2 hours I guess would be considered ok. I'm sure you'll treat the Niners-Steelers game the same this week.
Finally, if anyone can find this t-shirt and slip it into my stocking for Christmas, I'd be eternally grateful: