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NFL Monday Night Football (1970– )

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Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.

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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Play-by-Play Announcer / ... (413 episodes, 1971-1997)
Al Michaels ...
 Himself - Play-by-Play Announcer / ... (333 episodes, 1986-2005)
Dan Dierdorf ...
 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (202 episodes, 1974-1998)
Howard Cosell ...
 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (194 episodes, 1970-1983)
 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (170 episodes, 1970-1984)


"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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From 1970-71 season to the 2012-13 season, first 43 seasons, there have been 783, NFL Monday Night Football (1970) games from 1970 - 2012, 43 complete seasons, except the 1982-83 season, that was almost cut in half by a players strike. There were only 9 Monday Night Football games, that season. The last NFL Monday Night Football (1970) game of that shortened season concluded with Dallas Cowboys' running back, Tony Dorsett's record breaking touchdown rush of 99 yards. Evidence: NFL Monday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings (1983). See more »


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A good reason to go to bed early.
22 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monday Night Football has a long history of employing idiots to talk about football.Starting with the monotone mush mouth Howard Cosell, they have been hell bent on delivering unintelligible broadcasts for almost half a century.They continued the nonsense trend with several years of John Madden spewing lies when he wasn't stuttering like a fool.Then at the turn of the century they decided they needed a change so they brought in Dennis Miller.While Miller is great at rambling about things that don't matter, everything he says is 50 IQ points above anything a football fan can understand, so it was no surprise that he didn't last long.Now they have added the mental midget Jon Gruden.This fool can rarely finish a sentence.One time he said the quarterback was going to use the entire shot clock?WTF is a shot clock?As dumb as he is, at least he's not Madden.As a sports organization they need to set some higher standards for hiring broadcasters.The first rule should be don't hire anyone who spells John without an h.Second, take a look at the person's haircut.If it looks like they did it themselves, they may not be right for the job.The best thing about MNF is that it moved to ESPN and for years I didn't have to see it.Looking back on a lifetime of Monday night sadness, it's clear to see the NFL has been headed down the wrong path for decades.A path that ends with football being irrelevant and unwatchable.

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