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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 / ... 451 episodes, 1971-1997
Al Michaels ...  Himself - Play-by-Play Announcer / ... 344 episodes, 1986-2006
Howard Cosell ...  Himself - Color Commentator / ... 214 episodes, 1970-1983
Dan Dierdorf ...  Himself - Color Commentator / ... 203 episodes, 1974-1998
...  Himself - Color Commentator / ... 185 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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.203 (2006) See more »

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Written by Jesse Blaze Snider and Frederick Scott
Performed by Jesse Blaze Snider
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Miss It on ABC!
17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

It would had been a ten out of ten for ABC. But I give it a eight out of nine. As I wasn't around for the Cosell-Gifford-Meredeth era. But heard a lot of awesome things and thanks to Youtube, you get to see it as well. Gifford did play the straight man with Cosell the bad cop and Meredith the good ole boy. While Michaels was a better play-by-play man than Gifford was. Gifford's name is synonymous with MNF! When they got rid of Gifford and Dierdorf, it all went downhill a bit for the next couple of years. Let's face it, Miller isn't Cosell despite not being a Cosell fan either. But with Madden and Michaels, both had the second best combo in MNF history. Don't like it on ESPN but now am beginning to like it since they got rid of Kornheiser. ESPN play-by-play man Tierco is OK. But glad they added Jarwoski and Gruden, who is an up and comer IMHO! It's OK on ESPN but on ABC, it is an original that can't be replaced despite new network.


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