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Ron Jaworski: Monday Night Football Different From Other Broadcast Roles

“It was like playing. You put the work in all week, and then when kickoff happens, man that’s what you’re there for.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles put their undefeated record on the line on Monday night against the Washington Commanders, and former Eagle Ron Jaworski talked about having the chance to be on Monday Night Football both as a player and as a broadcaster.

Jaws left the Monday Night Football booth in 2012. He called games alongside Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico. Jaworski told Angelo Cataldi on 94WIP that there was nothing like getting behind the microphone for the marquee game of the week.

“It was tremendous. you know when that light goes on as they’re playing the Hank Williams song, 22 million people see your face,” he said. “That can be scary, but it certainly was a great, great feeling knowing that you’re covering the top game of the week – the most watched game of the week.”

Cataldi asked Jaws if he ever got nervous before a broadcast, and he said he did and that the nerves were similar to the butterflies he felt before a game as a player.

“I think nerves are a part of preparation,” he said. “You build up to that crescendo, and then it becomes fun. It was like playing. You put the work in all week, and then when kickoff happens, man that’s what you’re there for.”

Jaws recalled playing on Monday nights and that when Howard Cosell said his name on the air, it was a huge compliment. He told Cataldi that it stuck with him when he went into the booth.

“When Howard Cosell mentioned your name it meant so much,” he said. “a”And I think that’s why even the analysts now when they prepare they want to be sure like I did and Tirico always did was want to reflect on the game and the players in a positive way.”

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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