In a surprising development in April, Mike Tirico left ESPN for NBC Sports and, with the move, opened up a seat that few men have sat in. The play-by-play announcer’s chair for “Monday Night Football” had been held by Tirico since 2006, and it’s a prestigious title that a mere four men have ever held before — along with Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels. The fifth man this season will be broadcasting institution Sean McDonough, who ascended quickly in the industry after growing up steeped in sports as the son of famed Boston Globe NFL writer Will McDonough and with two brothers who became executives in two different sports.
The Odell Beckham-Josh Norman feud isn’t going away, and may in fact only be escalating. The constant gossip column chatter about every move Beckham makes off the field isn’t going away, either. When it comes to Beckham’s future, those things have to concern the New York Giants. Can Beckham, when he faces Norman and the Washington Redskins twice per year, keep his emotions in check? Can he use his talent and not his mouth, helmet or fists to try and win the matchup? With all of the outside distractions, can he focus on football and not allow everything else that tugs at him to impact his play on the field? This is where a healthy Victor Cruz could be of tremendous value to the Giants. As much