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Thought that abominable Sunday Night team of Patrick/Theismann/McGuire was the lowest form of announcing crew possible? Think again.

ESPN is trying to plumb new depths, announcing today that Mike Tirico, Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will comprise the three man booth. The Sunday Night sideline reporter Suzy Kolber will be paired with MNF's Michelle Tafoya.

Yikes! Tirico for Patrick is a wash, IMO. They're both smooth voices to serve as aural wallpaper. But Kornheiser for McGuire is actually a step down. At least Paul played the game and could offer some insight every now and then. He's being replaced by a newspaper blowhard who's biggest claim to "fame" is his spot blasting bile on Pardon the Interruption. What's worse, ESPN will now take Pardon the Interruption on the road to air live before the games.

In case you didn't know, Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, the cohost of PTI, are columnists for the Washington Post. They're unabashed Redskins' cheerleaders. And now they're pairing one of them with THEISMANN, that known paragon of fairness and reason, who never promotes himself or his old team. Ever. The only worse combination from a Cowboys' fans perspective would see Dick Stockton, the voice of Redskins preseason games, sitting in Tirico's seat.

ESPN has managed to take the rancid MNF trademark and make it even more so. That's quite an accomplishment.