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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 Himself - Play-by-Play Announcer / ... (413 episodes, 1971-1997)
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 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (202 episodes, 1974-1998)
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 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (194 episodes, 1970-1983)
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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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On Monday, September 5th, 1983, during NFL Monday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins (1983), Howard Cosell called Redskins' wide receiver Alvin Garrett "a little monkey". Following two months of continuous & intense public pressure, he resigned from the Monday Night Football broadcast team after being the lead commentator for the first 14 seasons, as the program started in 1970. Howard Cosell was lead commentator & co-leading commentator for 194 Monday Night Football games. See more »

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The Days Of "Frank, Howard and Dandy Don" Never Been Equaled
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who has watched this program since its inception, it's kind of sad now to look back at its history. Those who didn't grow up with this "phenomenan," as it was called in the '70s, can't realize how big a deal this sports program was at one time.

In its glory days, "Monday Night Football" was THE event on television each week for any football fan. It wasn't the individual game that particular night. It made no difference who was playing - it was a chance to hear what humorous and/or controversial things Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith would say each week. The play-by-play announcer, Frank Gifford (Keith Jackson the first year) was just a "straight man" for Cosell and Meredith.

Cosell played the bad guy and loved it, and Meredith played the "good 'ole boy," and had a pretty good time himself. I can say the latter because I was in the press box for a few Monday night games in Buffalo and "Dandy Don" was feeling no pain, let's just leave it at that. The ratings were so high that celebrities and politicians would frequently enter the booth for a halftime interview.

The significance of the sporting event went downhill when those guys left and it has never really recovered. In fact, as you know, it left ABC for ESPN several years ago. It also has a had numerous "color" guys. Few of them have ever been very popular and some were downright horrible.

I will have always have great memories of Frank, Howard and Don when this program was truly exciting and all of us fans couldn't wait for Monday night.


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