I think we can all agree that the Tony Kornheiser project on Monday Night Football hasn't gone very well. The gentleman, who from all accounts seems like a decent human being, just kills it on "Pardon the Interruption" but, like most, doesn't really fit the mold of a booth announcer. The "joke first, football second" mentality just seems too Hollywood for football.
"Please Pick Up My Dry Cleaning Tomorrow" ESPN personality and Monday Night Football commentator Tony Kornheiser responds to a play broadcast in Spanish with an attempt at a joke translation. He ends up apologizing for his comment.
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Last night's game featuring the Cowboys and Eagles didn't really boost his appeal, especially with the Hispanic community. While promoting the fact that it is Hispanic Heritage Month, ESPN continually gave us a listen to what the ESPN Deportes announcers were saying, and Kornheiser dropped this gem after Alvaro Martin called the Felix Jones kickoff return for a touchdown.
"I took high school Spanish, either he said he's not going to be caught, or please pick up my dry cleaning tomorrow."
To his credit, even Mike Tirico and company laughed at the comment, which didn't seem malicious but did seem a bit inappropriate and a poor choice of words. Dry cleaning? Really?
I guess when your job is to be the monkey in the room that slaps his hands together and tries to make everyone "think differently" about the game of football, this can happen. Kornheiser later apologized for the comment, saying, "I said something before which I shouldn't have said, I apologize for it. Not my first mistake, undoubtedly won't be my last, but a 100 percent apology."