Somehow, Jeff Triplette will be a rules analyst for ESPN's 'Monday Night Football.'
1. I don't want to be mean. I swear, I don't. But today is one of those days where it can't be avoided, but it's nothing personal. I'm sure Jeff Triplette is a very nice man. He is a retired Army Reserve colonel, so he deserves nothing but our respect.
However, I have to write about sports media and I have to be honest, so it's time to let it fly. ESPN has reportedly hired Jeff Triplette to be a rules analyst for Monday Night Football and the only reaction is WHAT THE FILL IN THE BLANK?!?!?
Triplette, who retired after last season, was not only a brutal referee, but he couldn't form coherent sentences. Yet, someone at ESPN thought, "WE MUST HIRE THIS MAN!" It's a truly mind-boggling move on every level.
Full disclosure: Sources have told SI.com that Triplette's role will be more behind the scenes to support the Monday Night Football crew, but he will be on air when necessary. From the standpoint that I need content to write about Monday through Friday for SI.com, I love this because I'm sure each Tuesday morning, we'll be treated to funny videos of Triplette from the night before, but this still makes little sense.
If you'd like to relive some of Triplette's greatest hits:
Twitter was just as confused by the hire as yours truly.
Jeff Triplette has been the very worst ref in professional sports for years now. He's a confused old man who doesn't know what's going on in the games he's in charge of.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 21, 2018
We thought we got rid of him from our lives but now ESPN brought him back.
It'll be great when he starts to give his answer, then cuts off his mic and talks to a producer for 45 seconds because he's confused, starts his answer again and says the completely wrong thing.— Mike Bischoff (@mpbMKE) June 20, 2018
I have often said that nobody not elected to their job has been worse at doing that job longer than Jeff Triplette. Maybe he'll be better on TV. He can't possibly be worse than he was at officiating.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) June 21, 2018
Look, while I think it's an absolutely horrendous idea, I'm looking forward to Jeff Triplette's tortured explanations and seeing him break Mike Carey's record for incorrect review conclusions in a season— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 21, 2018
Now, in the interest of fairness, everyone should give Triplette a chance. Maybe refereeing wasn't his thing and TV is? Who knows? But this is truly a head scratcher.
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