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 - 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, December 28th, 1998, the season closer, NFL Monday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1998) was the game that, play-by-play commentator Al Michaels accidentally said, "No shit!" on the air, answering to a question asked by his colleague, Dan Dierdorf about NCAA Football team, Boston College. It turned out that Michaels thought that a scheduled interview was already occurring and did not know his microphone was still turned on. At halftime of this game, Doug Flutie, a former Boston College quarterback was interviewed. See more »

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Written by Jesse Blaze Snider and Frederick Scott
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1 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Being a big Dennis Miller fan I was sad to see him get cut, but I understand the move I guess more people didn't like him than love his views, I myself found Dan Fouts more annoying. I like the move adding Madden with Al Michaels, I would like to see Lynn Swann back on the sidelines also, good riddance Melissa Stark.


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