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The addition featuring comic Dennis Miller as a color commentator in 2001 was met with controversy as many of Miller's jokes and comments went over the heads of viewers. ABC ultimately ended up setting up a web page dedicated to explaining Miller's many obscure (and not-so-obscure) pop culture references.
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On Monday, December 28th, 1998, NFL Monday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1998) is the game that, play-by-play commentator Al Michaels said, "No shit!", in response 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.
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The assassination of John Lennon, on Monday, December 8th, 1980, was first announced to the world by Howard Cosell while broadcasting NFL Monday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (1980). According to Frank Gifford, Lennon met Ronald Reagan when both were guests on a Monday Night Football game on Monday, December 8th, 1975. This game link is NFL Monday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (1975). Coincidentally, 5 years (261 weeks) differ among John Lennon's visit and death, Monday, December 8th, 1975 & Monday, December 8th, 1980. After appearing on the show, John Lennon gave Gifford and Howard Cosell each a complete collection of Beatles' albums, that he autographed, personally.
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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.
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The highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history was NFL Monday Night Football: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers (1983) game on Monday, October 17th, 1983. Green Bay won the game 48 to 47. 95 points were scored by both teams, combined and just a 1 point difference.
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Brent Musburger was the halftime host during the mid 1990's decade.
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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.
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Peter Thomas is a longtime narrator the "Monday Night Football" commercials.
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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).
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Another unknown game is believed to be Miami Dolphins versus Arizona Cardinals, when two Monday Night Football games occurred, at the same time on Monday, December 26th, 2005. The game is listed as season #36.16 on Monday, December 26th, 2005, the same Monday evening of the televised New England Patriots & New York Jets game.
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On Monday, November 27th, 1978, San Francisco City Rights' former manager Dan White assassinated mayor George Moscone and gay rights activist, Harvey Milk, after Moscone and Milk were refusing White's request of allowing him to return to the office that he resigned from, the previous week. This occurred approximately 12 hours before the kickoff of a football game in the same city. The game's immediate link is NFL Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers (1978).
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As the 1974, 1975 & 1976 seasons concluded the last game occurred on a Saturday, not a Monday. 1974 concluded with NFL Monday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders (1974), on Saturday, December 14th, 1974. 1975 concluded with NFL Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams (1975), on Saturday, December 13th, 1975. 1976 concluded with NFL Monday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions (1976).
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In 1978, the NFL changed every teams 20 game schedule from 6 pre-season games and 14 regular season games to 4 pre-season games and 16 regular season games, before the post-season begins, for the nearing Super Bowl game and NFL championship.
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NFL Monday Night Football (1970) debuted on Monday, September 21st, 1970, with New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns. Immediate link is _"NFL Monday Night Football" (1970) {New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns (#1.1})_.
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During the NFL's shortest season, (1982-1983), Dallas Cowboy running back, Tony Dorsett scored a record-breaking 99-yard touchdown, in the third quarter. Breaking 97-yards TD rush tie among Green Bay Packer, Andy Uram and Pittsburgh Steeler, Bob Gage. That 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 moved the franchise to Saint Louis, Missouri).
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