Viewers watching last night’s season opener of ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" got a little something extra in their telecast.
Analyst Ron Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, uttered the word “s–t” (it rhymes with fit) during the live 7 p.m. ET broadcast of the Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots game, reports USA Today.
Jaworski, whose nickname is Jaws, was apparently caught up in the moment, and said in frustration that the Dolphins’ quarterback had to do a better job. What Jaworski said, loud and clear, was: “S–t, you have to get rid of this ball, just a split second quicker."
Neither Jon Gruden nor Mike Tirico, the other two broadcasters in the booth, said anything when Jaworski said the word. Soon after the foul-up, Jaworski apologized to viewers for his slip of the lip.
ESPN does not use a tape delay for live “MNF” telecasts, a practice that would have enabled censors to step in. The procedure could come under scrutiny in the wake of the incident.
The goof immediately went into wide circulation on the Internet.
Here it is: