Check out this joke that he left on the table:
I kept thinking about something A.J. Hawk, the Packers' rookie linebacker, said Sunday evening when we were talking to him about the defense. In an attempt to praise them, he said, "They're really vocal back there."Couldn't agree more, Tony. Shout that, man. Get it out there. That's exactly the type of thing that I expected him to be saying, and it's exactly the type of thing that I'm disappointed we haven't heard yet.
And I wanted to use that and scream, "Really? What does that mean, 'they're vocal back there'? Were they shouting, 'Look out, here comes another big touchdown on us!'? " For whatever reason, I didn't say it and I should have shouted it.
So the question is ... why isn't he saying them?
I think he's afraid. He takes this gig extremely seriously, and he's afraid to screw it up. He's afraid that he'll upset the wrong person, embarrass himself, and embarrass the show. What else could it be? Why else would he hold back?
The Monday Night Football gig is a very big deal to Tony Kornheiser. In the 70s, and a lot of younger fans might not appreciate that, MNF was the thing on television, and Howard Cosell made it so. It was, for a long time, the highest-rated show on television. And it seems like Kornheiser is treating his spot on the show a little too reverentially.
It's hard to succeed at anything if all you're thinking about is "please don't let me screw this up." If Kornheiser's going to get better, he's got to get over that fear, he's got to take the gig less seriously, and he's got to stop being afraid to put himself out there.
He can be good at this job. He's talented enough, and he's clever enough. It's now time for him to act like he's got a pair.