Who knows how long Dennis Miller or Eric Dickerson might’ve stayed part of the “Monday Night Football” family if they’d been savvy enough to take this sort of tact?

OK, not much longer. Newsday’s Neil Best was the lucky recipient of the following quotes from Tony Kornheiser.

Q: Have you thought a lot about what is ahead?

A: In my mind, I want to say that “Monday Night Football” is now a football game on a cable network, because that makes it easier for me. That lowers the bar for me. But what I’m beginning to realize is that it’s “Monday Night Football,” and that it’s the “Monday Night Football” of Howard Cosell, and I’m not sure that I want to tread where those footprints were.

Q: It might be too late to turn back now.

A: I still think the over/under [on me lasting] is four games. At least I’ll have the preseason games. I call them exhibition games. Every writer calls them exhibition games. The NFL says, “You have to call them preseason games.” I said, “Well, I guess we’re going to have our first fight about that, because exhibition is going to come out of my mouth.