Marcus Mariota may have yet to officially arrive, but he’s well on his way and he’s got ESPN’s Joe Tessitore to thank for it.
It didn’t take the Oregon Ducks long to put their first touchdown on the board last Saturday night, but it took Joe Tessitore even less to cheapen a stock (or raise it depending on how you look at it) whose worth is seemingly on the rise. Listening to Tessitore’s repeated attempts at the pronunciation of the freshmen signal-caller’s name, gave nails on a chalkboard, speaker feedback and Carl Lewis’ singing voice hope regarding mass appeal. Not since Mitch Kramer’s (Dazed and Confused) nervous and awkward nose grabs has something emanating from my television set left me with such angst. Sling Blade, Nell, and Chewbacca think the ESPN veteran lacked articulation, and even “frat guy” marveled at the level of confidence he displayed with each and every vocalization.
Mar-i-o-TAH! Mar-i-o-TAH! He emphasized with a level of enthusiasm reserved solely for thos