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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"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 shortest season, (1982-1983), Dallas Cowboy, 'Tony Dorsett (I)'scored a record-breaking 99-yard touchdown. Breaking 97-yards TD rush tie among Green Bay Packer, Andy Uram & Pittsburgh Steeler, Bob Gage. The 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 re-located them to Saint Louis, Missouri). See more »

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ABC's Monday Night Football (1970-2005)
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What started as an oddity in 1970 and became a national tradition on television on Monday nights from September through January is leaving ABC after 35 seasons. Having lived on the east coast for many years, I always found it frustrating not being able to stay up to watch the end of many games, especially the competitive ones.

I'll always remember yelling "Shut up!" to Howard Cosell despite some of his interesting observations and reports. I'll remember how much I liked play-by-play announcers Frank Gifford and Al Michaels. I'll always wonder why a 3rd announcer was needed when only two announcers were enough.

The baby of the late ABC Sports executive Roone Arledge, ABC's Monday Night Football became appointment television. You made time to check out which teams were playing.

With the increase of other media sources and more competitive scheduling by other networks, it was determined by the NFL to air Monday Night Football on ESPN. NBC will air Sunday Night Football starting in the fall of 2006.

R.I.P. ABC's Monday Night Football


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