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SNF adds Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter

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When NBC’s Sunday Night Football returns (and eventually it will), former Monday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya will be joining the operation as a sideline and feature reporter.  NBC Sports Group announced the move today.

“Michele is a versatile and experienced reporter who is well versed in the ways of the National Football League,” said Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli in a release.  Gaudelli, Al Michaels, and director Drew Esocoff worked with Tafoya on Monday Night Football in 2004 and 2005 at ABC.  “I can speak for Al and Drew when I say that we’re all thrilled to be working with Michele once again.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a group for which I have great respect and admiration,” Tafoya said.  “I have many friends on this crew and I know how high they set the bar.”

Tafoya wore multiple hats at ESPN, working not only Monday Night Football but also NBA and college basketball, among other duties.  She hosts The Michele Tafoya Show on WCCO News Radio 830 AM in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  (Hey, it’s not KFAN, but we’ll cut her some slack on that one.)

Congrats to Michele and the folks at Sunday Night Football.  Here’s hoping that her first assignment will be the Hall of Fame game in early August.

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36 Responses to “SNF adds Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter”
  1. ingloriousmaster says: May 4, 2011 10:38 AM

    Good news. She brings a lot more to the table than just looks. I’ll always remember her interview with KG when the Celts won in ’08. In my mind, she’ll be a good addition to SNF (aka the best play-by-play/commentary duo going)

  2. dexterismyhero says: May 4, 2011 10:40 AM


  3. footballhistorian says: May 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwn…big deal…

  4. owen16 says: May 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Less sideline reporters, more Gruden. They’re really only needed to provide injury updates.

  5. scoops1 says: May 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    …I miss the days of OJ being a sideline reporter…

  6. farmmbig says: May 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Awesome. I always appreciate “Limo” during an NFL game.

  7. brownsfn says: May 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    She is just for eye candy…not much but hey…

  8. theshakeweight says: May 4, 2011 11:01 AM

    I wanna kiss her…

  9. footballgiants says: May 4, 2011 11:07 AM

    What happened to Andrea Kramer?

  10. profootballwalk says: May 4, 2011 11:10 AM

    Michele to Peyton Manning: “Peyton, I have a letter from your mother here. She says that she never loved you. How do you feel about that?”

  11. thephantomstranger says: May 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    Michele is great. I hope they use her for more than just the typical injury updates.

  12. jimr10 says: May 4, 2011 11:17 AM

    Female sideline reporters are not reporting anything. They are commentators. I personally am not interested in someones shoe size or that their 108 year old granny that dips snuff, drink Jack Daniels every day but watches all his games on t.v. For the most part, they are a pain you know where.

  13. mightymightylafootball says: May 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Shout out for hometown Manhattan Beach, CA!

  14. pixelito says: May 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    Hopefully she shows some personality and actually adds something to the game of Football.

    Unlike Pam Oliver.

  15. juicebox129 says: May 4, 2011 11:21 AM

    They should get Jen Sterger… in a bikini

  16. prosb4hos says: May 4, 2011 11:22 AM

    WHAT??? No Leslie Vesser? Shes a gilf.

  17. prosb4hos says: May 4, 2011 11:22 AM

    WHAT?? No Leslie Visser? Shes a gilf.

  18. clintonportisheadd says: May 4, 2011 11:26 AM

    Lets see…..

    Michaels, Collingsworth, Patrick, Costas, King, Dungy, Harrison, and a certain internet site operator.

    Yeah…they needed MORE folks to cover a once a week 3 hour football game.

  19. grudenthediva says: May 4, 2011 11:26 AM

    “Michele is a versatile and experienced reporter who is well versed in the ways of the National Football League”

    Very true. She knows how to say “What was going through your mind?” in six different languages.

  20. scoops1 says: May 4, 2011 11:29 AM

    Jenn Brown is the hottest sideline reporter

  21. cleanface says: May 4, 2011 11:32 AM

    I don’t understand why networks want to pay them. Other than an injury update, they add nothing to the broadcast. If anything, I don’t want to hear the lame information or stories they try to dig up to justify their existence on the sidelines.

  22. toledoohoh says: May 4, 2011 11:51 AM

    Good news. Michele is by far the best sideline reporter.

    Except Eric Dickerson.

  23. BC says: May 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    Bring back Melissa Stark!!!!

  24. sterling7 says: May 4, 2011 12:06 PM

    Hey where is my comment? I had an excellent comment about bringing back Melissa Stark, Lisa Guerrero or Lindsay Soto. My money is definitely on Lindsay Soto, they got her……….show her off!!!

  25. shackdelrio says: May 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    And when it isn’t football season, she can do sideline reporting for other sporting events carried on NBC. Like Wimbledon and….um….

  26. steelersteve says: May 4, 2011 12:35 PM

    You gotta be kidding me – Tafyoa on the sidelines! P-L-E-A-S-E – she is pathetic. Just count her muff-up’s when she talks – it’s as bad as that drip-drop Robin Roberts – neither of them can talk when they are on the air!

    Plus she is NOT easy on the eye’s either! I think NBC needs to review the super hot females that can talk and know something about football like the NFL Network has!

  27. scoops1 says: May 4, 2011 12:47 PM

    anything is better then Hannah Storm…

    who really wants to see her wear a sausage casing wrapped around her upper body

  28. stratomaticfan says: May 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    Sideline reporters (male or female) are a total waste. They add little to nothing to the broadcast.

    Just another voice with useless babble when you’re trying to watch the game. Get rid of them all.

  29. qoojo says: May 4, 2011 1:42 PM

    Hopefully, they fly a drunk Joe Namath in for her to interview every game.

  30. deathmonkey41 says: May 4, 2011 2:00 PM

    I think they just hired her because they need someone to go fetch sandwiches for the real reporters during the game.

  31. steelersteve says: May 4, 2011 2:17 PM

    These have to be the funniest damn posts I have read in a long time – classics:

    qoojo says:
    May 4, 2011 1:42 PM
    Hopefully, they fly a drunk Joe Namath in for her to interview every game.

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    deathmonkey41 says:
    May 4, 2011 2:00 PM
    I think they just hired her because they need someone to go fetch sandwiches for the real reporters during the game.

  32. stairwayto7 says: May 4, 2011 5:31 PM

    Did ESPN fire her?

  33. contraryguy says: May 4, 2011 6:36 PM

    Man the haters are in the house. I’ll take her anyday.
    Assuming there’s a season.

  34. whatevnfl says: May 4, 2011 8:20 PM

    What was going through your mind when you read this news?

  35. bubbasmithguy says: May 4, 2011 9:28 PM

    Michele is a very good reporter. I hope they allow her to show how knowledgable she is and not just have her ask the usual type questions that some of these sports stations do. She is a professional.

  36. rajbais says: May 4, 2011 11:02 PM

    So it’s ABC days all over again …

    Al Michaels
    Producers: Fred Gaudelli, Drew Esochoff
    Peter King in studio
    and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines!!!!!

    Let’s just hope that NBC doesn’t do some schmucky thing like bringing Dennis Miller into this!!! It did give an unnecessary extension to Notre Dame knowing that it was going to suck!!!!!

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