Beth Mowins is a seasoned sports announcer, but her debut on “Monday Night Football” was greeted with salty skepticism by many fans.
The first woman to do play-by-play on a national NFL broadcast was unveiled in the Broncos victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Denver.
“Her voice,” said one on Twitter. “It was just irritating to me.”
“Mowins was like fingernails on a chalk board,” said another.
Said Mowins before making history: “Certainly, I understand the moment. But I most look forward to calling the game, talking about the Broncos and the Chargers. This is a job I have a lot of passion for. I love the preparation, love the people, and I look forward to it all.”
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold called Mowins a fixture in a variety of play-by-play duties through the years in college football and basketball and the NCAA softball tournament.
He quoted her as saying that in many ways she has “been preparing for this my whole life.”
But not all MNF viewers were prepared for Mowins.