In addition to tipping the Sultan Of Sloth’s inevitable audition for baseball analyst gigs (retailers of wide-screen tv sets are lobbying for him and the Krukster on the same BBTN panel), the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Tony Kornheiser — much like David Bowie and Jay-Z in prior generations — is planning a premature exit from the big stage.

ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said he has “no plans at the moment” to return to Monday Night Football next season.
“At the moment, in my mind, I always thought I signed up for one year,” Kornheiser, in his rookie year on MNF, told NYP TV Sports.

“This is the one year,” Kornheiser said. “I have no plans at the moment, but I don’t think anyone should be stunned or shocked or surprised or blow their brains out if I just say, ‘That was fun. Thanks a lot. See ya.”

All I know is, every time I have the misfortune of looking at MNF, there’s at least 4 guys in a booth that’s better suited for 2.

The role of Denny Green’s fall guy doesn’t sit well with with former Cardinals offensive coordinator Keith Rowen. And if you’re thinking of sending me the YouTube clip of Denny making Herm Edwards and Jim Mora look like shrinking wallflowers, thanks, but you’ll be the 10th person to do so. We do have cable TV out here in the sticks, believe it or not.

Byron Leftwich’s sore left ankle
might render him unavailable for Jacksonville’s Sunday encounter with Houston. There’s no truth to the rumor Leftwich was on Willie Randolph’s shortlist to pinch hit last night.

Jon Solomon will be pleased to know that 20,000 tickets have already been sold to the 2007 Grey Cup.  Imagine how popular the event would be with four downs?