ESPN’s Monday Night Football trio of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland has taken plenty of criticism this season. Tessitore, the most experienced member of the crew, had an embarrassing moment tonight.
In the first quarter of tonight’s game between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, Carolina faced a 4th-and-1 near midfield. They ran an awesome trick play which got much more than a first down.
Running back Christian McCaffrey tossed a touchdown to tight end Chris Manhertz, giving the Panthers an early lead.
QB22 to Chris Manhertz ??? pic.twitter.com/Slb5CTFeAt
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 18, 2018
If you listened closely, you can pick up Tessitore’s error right away. He called Manhertz “Martinez.”
It was picked up on by a number of people on Twitter, including Manhertz’s cousin.
LETS GOOOOOO!!!!! CUZZO DOIN IT BIG ON MNF!!!! ?‼️‼️‼️‼️ @C_Manhertz
— Nick Manhertz C/O 2019 (@NickManhertz) December 18, 2018
Now, Manhertz is a backup tight end who has played sparingly. In fact, this touchdown was only his second catch of the season.
Still, Tessitore, a true pro and the best broadcaster of the MNF bunch, is gonna want to have that call back.