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Tafoya to replace Guerrero on Monday Night crew

Vinny

shiny happy fan
I wasn't a bit fan of Guerrero, so this is good news to me.

NEW YORK -- Michele Tafoya will replace Lisa Guerrero as the sideline reporter for ABC's Monday Night Football. Guerrero lasted just one season after taking over for Melissa Stark. In discussing the switch Monday, producer Fred Gaudelli said he didn't think Guerrero was a good fit for the job. "The sideline reporter role is in an incredibly hectic environment, nothing is predictable," he said. "It was our hope that we would work like gangbusters to expedite that curve as quickly as we could, but in the end the talent and role weren't as compatible."

Tafoya brings much more experience than Guerrero, a former cheerleader and actress. Tafoya spent last football season as ESPN's onsite reporter at Monday Night Football games, and joined ABC Sports in 2002 as a courtside reporter on NBA telecasts. This June she will work her second NBA Finals for ABC. Tafoya joined ESPN in 2000 and also serves as an NBA sideline reporter for the network. Other ESPN roles include men's and women's NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, and college football and basketball sideline reporter.

Before joining ESPN, Tafoya also worked for CBS as a game reporter and studio host for NFL, college football and college basketball telecasts. Her first assignment in her new role is the Hall of Fame game Aug. 9 from Canton, Ohio, when the Denver Broncos play the Washington Redskins. She was the only person interviewed for the job. "Every single sideline reporter is different and brings something different to the table," Tafoya said. "I'm excited we're going to do this and make it work in the telecast the best we can."
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V Man

Pumpkinhead
What ever happened to Starks? I know she left on maternity leave, but did she not have plans on returning?

Tafoya should do a great job. (Guerrero was awful, go back to Fox). I wonder if Broadway Joe will want to kiss Michelle also. :party:
 

Fiddy

All Pro
V Man said:
What ever happened to Starks? I know she left on maternity leave, but did she not have plans on returning?
She said she wasnt returning to MNF, but then, the last I heard, she was trying to get on the olympic broadcast team.
 

Blake

MMQB
Guerrero is alot hotter IMO, than Tafoya. Besides, who really listens to their interviews? Not me.
 

Reddevil63

Veteran
Fiddy said:
She said she wasnt returning to MNF, but then, the last I heard, she was trying to get on the olympic broadcast team.
She needs to come back, she was my favorite. Purrty and knew what she was talking about most of the time too. :love:
 

gsbtxn

Waterboy
The hiring of Tafoya shows that ABC is going for substance over style. Michelle knows her football. She's the only female that I've heard do play by play on a football game on TV. Granted, it's really strange to listen to, but she knows what she's talking about. She should do a fine job on the sidelines. Now I won't be so upset when the sideline reporter is wearing a turtleneck sweater.
 

IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
Contributor's Club
So Michele is leaving Al & Chris and Sunday night football. I dunno that's kinda surprising isn't it ?
BTW she's 54, so goes to show you take care of yourself can still look 10-15 yrs younger than you are.
 

edo783

Hall of Fame
So Michele is leaving Al & Chris and Sunday night football. I dunno that's kinda surprising isn't it ?
BTW she's 54, so goes to show you take care of yourself can still look 10-15 yrs younger than you are.
54 is old??? heck that's hardly even broken in!!
 
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IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
Contributor's Club
Um, that was 15 years ago.
Obviously I didn't even look at the date, just the headline and now that I do yup it's May, 2004. Sure enough, 15 years to the month. Duhh !
That's funny. Sorry bout that man.
 

Lucky

Moderator
Staff member
Obviously I didn't even look at the date, just the headline and now that I do yup it's May, 2004. Sure enough, 15 years to the month. Duhh !
That's funny. Sorry bout that man.
No biggie. I was just confused about where Tafoya was going. Hell, I usually don't even watch SNF with the volume up.
 


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