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After 36 years, turn out the lights - the Monday Night Football parties are over... - CinemaDave

Dec. 26th, 2005 08:16 pm After 36 years, turn out the lights - the Monday Night Football parties are over...

It was a big event when Roone Arledge and his team would roll into town.
Sucking up for national media jobs, local newscasters would treat Howard Cosell, Don Meredith
and Frank Gifford as gods. I was too young to catch the glory days when Cosell and Meredith would insult each other, but my older neighbors were always impressed when that good ole country boy
put big mouth Cosell in his place.

My fondest memories evolve around December and the Miami Dolphins. During the 70s and 80s, Don Shula was basically unbeatable and the city of Miami ALWAYS looked glorious. I lived in South Florida and I wanted to move down to South Florida based on what I saw.

Favorite games?
Even though it was a Thursday night special in 1979, the MNF crew presented
Larry Csonka running for 3 touchdowns in a come from behind victory against the New England Patriots. The final score was 39-24.

Even though it was not a Superbowl game, the night Chicago died in 1985 was really clash of the Titans type of game. Dan Marino versus the monsters of midway featuring the Refrigerator. The Dolphin team suffered from injuries and the Bears were undefeated. With Nat Moore, the Marks Brothers, Clayton and Duper, Dan Marino quarterbacked the perfect game in the first half, befuddling the Bears with 31 points.
With members of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins on the sidelines, the Dolphins prevailed 38-21.

Remember when EVERYBODY would talk about the game the day after?
Monday Night Football was no longer a cultural event and became just another football game.
While Monday Night Football outlived it's time,
I wonder what I will watch on Monday nights in the fall, since I do not have cable television.

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Date:December 27th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)

Monday Night Football

Humble Howard Cosell, Faultless Frank Gifford and Dandy Don Meredith will be the guys I remember most from Monday Night Football. Meredith and Gifford coping with Cosell was always riotously funny.

Before he went on to explore....other venues, the irrepressible O.J. Simpson was a very capable MNFB broadcaster, who could really put knowledge of the game only a great retired player could know across to the audience.

I first learned of John Lennon's assassination when it was announced by Howard Cosell on MNFB.

It's the end of an era.

North Star
Date:December 30th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)

Re: Monday Night Football

I was a senior in high school (Deerfield) when Lennon got shot. I did not find out until Tuesday morning when my Mom told me. The music was great that week in memory of John.

I remember I had to listen to a disk jockey, to hear his take on the Lennon shooting. The DJ was Rick Shaw and I ended up working for him in the late eighties.
Date:December 31st, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Monday Night Football

There was a lot of John Lennon's music on the radio after his death the week he was killed. It was too unbelievable for John after nearly 20 years of fame to be so suddenly and brutally gone. The music was a way to hang on to him.

By 2005 25 years had passed since Lennon's murder and the date sparked a number of observances. What would John have been up to this past quarter century had he survived? A funny little thing that popped into my mind was that in 1984 he would have turned 64, like in the famous song, and I'm sure John would have made some amusing quips.

According to some accounts Lennon's health was not the best when he was killed. He was medically underweight and the years of substance abuse had taken a toll. He was a man of great sensitivity but at times his personality could be quite monstrous especially when under the influence of various drugs. But from what I've read about the last year or two of John's life it seemed he was maturing and on the verge of turning the corner on his demons and cleaning up his act. We have to wonder what might have been.

North Star
Date:December 31st, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Monday Night Football

Oops.... make that 2004 for John Lennon's 64th birthday.

North Star
Date:December 31st, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Monday Night Football

What is odd is that I really can not imagine John Lennon living in the last 25 years. Like John Wayne and Elvis, Lennon seemed too much of a particular particular time or era.