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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 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)
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 Himself - Color Commentator / ... (194 episodes, 1970-1983)
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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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The highest rated game in the program's history address link is NFL Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins (1985) on Monday, December 2nd, 1985. As the Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears (that were 12 & 0) breaking the Chicago Bears' undefeated season hope. See more »

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I Miss It!!!
16 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing use to touch Monday Night Football when it aired for over 38 seasons!! The other two major networks would try different approaches to Monday night programming and to no avail!! The initial idea to Monday Night Football was that Monday was the day of returning to reveille, kids back in school, everybody back to work, and just a naturally depressing day for everyone!! Once Monday Night Football came on the scene, Bars were having drink specials, friends were getting together for football parties at their homes and there now entered a little lilt in everybody's monotonous Monday blues schedule!! I counted on some of the best games in the NFL to be on Monday Night Football, and it was a real treat if they had the Dallas Cowboys' games!! I am a big Dallas Cowboy fan!! I also thought they should have given a fat contract to Mike Barz for being the new host of Monday Night Football, bringing him on would have been great!! "Monday Night Football" was a spectacular idea, the new Monday Night Football is not as good, but, it fills the void somewhat!! My bone of contention with "Monday Night Football" on ABC: BRING IT BACK!!!!


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