‘Monday Night Football’s Bizarre John Krasinski Intro Trolled as ‘Horror Show’

by Dustin Schutte
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Well, that was a disaster. Anyone watching Monday Night Football this week might’ve gotten the biggest Halloween scare of all-time, having to sit through ESPN’s bizarre introduction to the Chicago BearsNew England Patriots game that involved The Office star John Krasinski.

ESPN broke out an animation introduction for Monday Night Football, highlighting Bill Belichick’s climb atop the NFL’s coaching ladder. Perhaps it was a good idea in theory, but everyone tuned into the network thought the intro was a disaster.

Below is the 30-second clip, which is just as weird now as it was when it aired:

One Twitter user said that ESPN uses some of the “worst animations of all time.” If you watched the introduction to Monday Night Football, you certainly would’ve thought that.

Immediately after the introduction aired, fans took to social media to blast the sports network for its use of poor graphics. One Twitter user referred to it as a “horror show.”

Several individuals watching the broadcast wondered why ESPN wouldn’t just have Krasinski — the human version — be part of the introduction. The idea of the actor doing a voice-over of himself is … something.

Will ESPN learn its lesson after receiving such harsh feedback to such a strange segment? We’ll have to wait until next week to see if the network tries its hand at more animation.

President Barack Obama Joins Monday Night Football

As much grief as ESPN caught for the weird animation involving John Krasinski, there were also some highlights to the broadcast. Most of those came during the ManningCast.

President Barack Obama joined Peyton and Eli Manning for a segment during Monday Night Football. The Chicago native received quite a treat, watching the Bears punch it into the endzone against the Patriots while chatting with the former NFL quarterbacks.

“I believe that’s a touchdown, people,” Obama said, prompting laughter from the Manning brothers.

Obama was one of three guests during the ManningCast, along with comedian Bill Burr and actor Vince Vaughn. Needless to say, the alternate broadcast of Monday Night Football was a little more popular than the traditional.