Worst: Dennis Miller
In 2000, ABC decided to sack color commentator and former quarterback Boomer Esiason and inject its “Monday Night Football” program with the snarky, hyperliterate ramblings of “SNL” alum and sports-news virgin Dennis Miller, in what would ultimately go down as one of the biggest broadcasting busts in history. As many critics predicted, Miller’s stream-of-consciousness commentary and arcane references flew over the heads of many of the show’s viewers (sample quote: “I haven’t seen anyone rely on the ground game this much since the battle of Verdun.”). Two years later, Miller and co-commentator Dan Fouts were punted in favor of John Madden, and the rest is “MNF” history. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Images)
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