From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marc Narducci :

ESPN Monday Night Football announcer Mike Tirico has a brief message for the fans of Philadelphia. “I’m sorry for the William Penn-Ben Franklin reference,” Tirico said earlier this week in a phone interview.

When ESPN showed a panoramic view of William Penn’s statue atop City Hall (above), Tirico said: “Ben Franklin, high atop the city of Philadelphia.”

While Tirico wouldn’t say it, his production team at ESPN let him down. Somebody should have caught the error. Tirico won’t point fingers.

“I’m the one who made the mistake, and when you are wrong you have to stand up and admit it,” he said.