Illustration by Aaron Hadley Dana
We have been over this. Monday Night Football is not what it was, and what it sometimes is...well, it is definitely a NFL game that is on at night, but sometimes that's about the nicest thing that can be said about it. That's not quite the case this week, as tonight's match-up between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins does at least promise the pleasure of Warm Weather Tom Coughlin, which is the slightly less red version of America's most beloved avatar of frustration. There will also be the Miami Dolphins' throwback uniforms, which are a delight right down to their bewilderingly be-helmeted Dolphin mascot. But once you get below that, we are dealing with some extremely Monday Night Football shit, in the not-so-complimentary sense.
This, friends, is when we need Footballz the most. Jon Gruden isn't going to do any less "this guy, I call him Carlton Banks, because he's got a dancer's footwork" stuff and the game isn't going to be fast-forwardable in real time. It's going to happen, ESPN things are going to happen during it. This is when Mac, Chris, and TD are most valuable, as they can provide distractions—intermittent football analysis, but also conversation and free-association and songs and jokes and so on—from what is otherwise only and unavoidably a Monday Night Football game. Take the help that they are offering, is my advice. Save yourself, here or at Footballz.org. And good luck.
And of course feel free to chat it up here as needed.