Mike Tirico has spent a lot of time in the broadcast booth. Whether he was working for ESPN or NBC, he’s called his share of games. Tirico had gone on to become of the best in the sports media world. He recalls being in the booth for Monday Night Football when he watched the worst game he’s ever called.
Mike Tirico’s broadcasting career
Mike Tirico graduated from Syracuse University and worked for CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, New York, as the Sports Director prior to joining ESPN. Tirico began working at ESPN in 1991, doing a variety of tasks for SportsCenter. Tirico handled play-by-play duties for Thursday Night Football and called games for college basketball, NBA, tennis, soccer, and golf.
Tirico’s contract at ESPN expired in 2016 and he moved on to NBC. He’s become the lead play-by-play man for Notre Dame Football on NBC, while also calling the Olympics and hosting Football Night in America. Tirico has shown his versatility by hosting coverage of the Stanley Cup and the Indianapolis 500.
He called his first hockey game last year when the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings squared off. Tirico had some in-studio experience with the NHL, but that was his first game as the lead commentator. According to The Detroit News, Tirico’s NHL debut was well received.
Mike Tirico has been filling in for Al Michaels
In a planned move, Mike Tirico has been filling in for Al Michaels during some Sunday Night Football games on NBC. Michaels said he was part of the plan when it came to him taking some time off. To help cut down on travel for the 75-year-old Michaels, the network has given him some ‘bye’ weeks where Tirico will fill in.
“This is a great schedule for me,” Michaels said via text, according to The New York Post. “A lot of West Coast games and a couple of byes during the season to cut down on some travel, which is welcome for me. I was part of formulating the plan. I’m all in.”
Tirico will be in the booth this weekend when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to play the Buffalo Bills. The game lost a little bit of luster when the Washington Football Team shocked the Steelers and handed them their first loss last week.
Tirico recalls the worst game he’s ever called
When Mike Tirico gets back into the Sunday Night Football booth to call the Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills game, it may trigger flashbacks. Tirico, speaking on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, recalled the worst game he’s ever had to call and it involved the Steelers. The game took place on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
“Worst game I ever called was the Steelers, Dolphins Monday night in the mud in Pittsburgh,” Tirico said, “where the punt stuck right at the 48-yard line. It was a brutal, brutal Monday night game. We were looking at a scoreless game. It was a terrible game.
“They had played the high school football playoff games, as they often do, at Heinz Field. The grass field was really bad. It was a monsoon of rain and (Tony) Kornheiser and Jaws (Ron Jaworski) were in the booth with me. Pittsburgh punted, I think it was Pittsburgh, and the ball just stuck, nose up, in the field. That was the worst game. The excitement was, was anybody going to score? It was that bad.”