Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dunce Cap Award: Mike Goldberg

In 2008, Vince McMahon made one of his biggest blunders by hiring former NFL & American Gladiators announcer Mike Adamle as a WWE announcer. Adamle was not prepared, and it showed. After Adamle was moved out of the broadcast booth and into the GM's office on Monday Night Raw, it was hoped that he could be better served in smaller doses, but Adamle couldn't handle the pressure, and resigned that fall.

McMahon had long considered UFC announcer Mike Goldberg, but never took a chance on him. Fox, which has TV rights to UFC these days, thought it'd be a clever cross-promotional ploy to put Goldberg in an NFL booth last Sunday. Sadly, he came off looking as bad as Adamle did in WWE. He had players mixed up, and all kinds of other flubs. Chalk it up to nervousness if you like, but let's face it. He was a fish out of water.

To make matters worse, Goldberg didn't take too well to criticism on social media. Instead of giving him the Weasel ears, we'll just give Goldberg the Dunce Cap this week, for his lack of preparation for NFL duty, which lasted 1 week. The Fox suits learned a painful lesson from this, hopefully never to be duplicated. Then again, Adamle, now a sports anchor in Chicago, is available........

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