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 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (170 episodes, 1970-1984)
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"Are you ready for some football?!" That six-word lyric, as bellowed out each week by country music superstar Hank Williams Jr., preluded each "NFL Monday Night Football" game, the first successful attempt to air a National Football League (NFL) football game in prime-time. Each week, two teams (as chosen months in advance by the NFL) met in what has become a Monday night tradition. Usually, a trio of sports-casters (a play-by-play announcer joined by a color commentator and an analyst) called the action. Half-time interviews with coaches and players, and sideline reports after outstanding plays were also innovations that contributed to the appeal of these games. Many of the games proved to be exciting, though sometimes the games were boring (especially if the teams were a mismatch or not very good, a necessary risk since the games were scheduled months in advance). Often serving as part of the announcing team were former NFL greats including OJ Simpson, Dan Dierdorf, Joe Namath and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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During the NFL's shortest season, (1982-1983), Dallas Cowboys' running back, Tony Dorsett scored a record-breaking 99-yard touchdown, in the third quarter. Breaking 97-yards TD rushes set by Green Bay Packer, Andy Uram and Pittsburgh Steeler, Bob Gage, tied Uram's 97-yard TD. That game address link is NFL Monday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings (1983). The two 97-yard touchdowns rushes were set against Chicago teams, first was Green Bay Packer running back, Andy Uram versus Chicago Bears & second was Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Bob Gage versus Chicago Cardinals, (before the team owner moved the franchise to Saint Louis, Missouri). See more »

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Miss It on ABC!
17 October 2009 | by (Seymour Tennessee) – See all my reviews

It would had been a ten out of ten for ABC. But I give it a eight out of nine. As I wasn't around for the Cosell-Gifford-Meredeth era. But heard a lot of awesome things and thanks to Youtube, you get to see it as well. Gifford did play the straight man with Cosell the bad cop and Meredith the good ole boy. While Michaels was a better play-by-play man than Gifford was. Gifford's name is synonymous with MNF! When they got rid of Gifford and Dierdorf, it all went downhill a bit for the next couple of years. Let's face it, Miller isn't Cosell despite not being a Cosell fan either. But with Madden and Michaels, both had the second best combo in MNF history. Don't like it on ESPN but now am beginning to like it since they got rid of Kornheiser. ESPN play-by-play man Tierco is OK. But glad they added Jarwoski and Gruden, who is an up and comer IMHO! It's OK on ESPN but on ABC, it is an original that can't be replaced despite new network.


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