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Monday Night Football
« on: Dec 26th, 2005, 5:34pm »
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The 36-year run of Monday Night Football on ABC comes to an end tonight... From via "the Gridiron Newsstand":
 
"ABC prepares for last call of 'Monday Night Football'"
 
For me, since I'm not "that old of a timer" ... , it really just means flicking to a different (monolithic) station on Monday night. I will say this much... This whole development sheds an interesting light on these "old threads" we keep deep in our closet here on "the Gridiron":
 
"Madden to leave MNF...";
 
"MORE Monday Night Football!!!!!".
 
It just goes to show you the (ever-present potential for) shallowness of journalism...
 
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Anyway, do any of you, especially our more senior members who perhaps recall the early days of ABC's Monday Night Football, have any thoughts???
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #1 on: Dec 26th, 2005, 6:46pm »
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My favorite MFN memory is a picture (from TV Guide) that my Bear buddy had literally framed and hung in his living room.  It was a caricature of Howard Cosell with a football jammed in his mouth.  He obviously did not like Howard Cosell.  Maybe this is not what you were looking for, but the great football moments were specific to the games.  This is about the things specific to the show in its glory.
 
P.S.  I actually liked it when Dandy Don sang "Turn Out the Lights."
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #2 on: Dec 26th, 2005, 7:43pm »
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I've watched most every MNF game since it's inception. If I had to put a percentage on it...I'd guess around 90% of them. That's 9 in 10 for any percentage illiterates that may be out there. My favorite game of all time just happened to be on MNF in 1978. Let's just say Earl Campbell was, and still is the man!!
 
 
Remember this classic?
 
http://espn.go.com/abcsports/mnf/s/greatestgames/miamihouston1978.html
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #3 on: Dec 27th, 2005, 1:48am »
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MNF has been a BIG tradition in my life. I don't care if its the 3-11 Saints versus the 4-10 Lions, or if it's on ABC or ESPN. I still get off of work, anxiously awaiting 6:05 pm for first kickoff.
 
I have been watching MNF since I was 10. So that would make it 20 yrs..hehe. Anyway, my most vivid MNF memory was when I was 12 (and that year I had just made my "commitment to excellence" with my step-dad), and the raiders new savior named Bo Jackson busted out a 91 yd TD run and "ran all the way to Tacoma"
 
http://espn.go.com/abcsports/mnf/s/classic/bojackson87.html
 
I was hooked ever since. And thats why I watch it. You just never know when something special is going to happen.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 29th, 2005, 10:18am »
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I still watch MNF, but it has lost a lot of its luster for me. I grew up with Dandy Don, Frank Gifford, and Howard Cosell in the booth. Cosell made MNF and there will never be another one like him. One of the biggest draws was Cosell's halftime highlights (which you can now get round the clock on one of the 37 ESPN channels). Back then this was the only place to see them (unless you waited until the following weekend to watch NFL Week in Review - narrated by Harry Kalas). Also Cosell's on-going feud with the Jockocracy (athletes turned journalists merely because of their status as an athlete) was classic. The game itself was almost a sidebar. The move to ESPN will hopefully mean the end of the tiresome Hank Williams, Jr. "Are You Ready..." intros.  Maybe they'll also kill the Tim McGraw halftime nonsense. But I'm sure it will look and feel pretty much the same.  
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #5 on: Feb 10th, 2006, 12:53am »
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How about this odd "sports trade"?  ...  As we philosophers might say,... we're now into the realm of "meta-sports transactions". From "The REAL Feed":
 
 
NBC trades sports rights, Oswald to get Michaels

ESPN: NFL (09.02.2006 15:00)
Al Michaels is headed to NBC after ESPN hired Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Tirico as its Monday night broadcast crew.

 
So,... Michaels and Madden will remain together after all.
 
I'll be interested to see how well T.K. cuts it in the MNF booth.
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #6 on: Feb 10th, 2006, 3:06am »
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Me personally, think it is a BRILLIANT move by NBC.  Not only is America in love with "Madden & Michaels" they will get better ratings on Sunday Night Football then ESPN will ever get on Monday Night Football.
 
The ratings will tank for MNF.  And only get better with SNF for the next 3 years or so.  NBC will buy out ESPN for the rights to MNF and we get to see one of our most dearest memories of television history barderred off to the highest bidder.  
 
Disney is biteing off more than it can chew IMO and its sad to see a great game that we all love treated like a peice of paper. I mean really, I don't think there is a single product ever produced by disney that was free. Until it bought ABC. But now, that is beginning to change.
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #7 on: Feb 10th, 2006, 9:20am »
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on Feb 10th, 2006, 12:53am, StegRock wrote:
How about this odd "sports trade"? ... As we philosophers might say,... we're now into the realm of "meta-sports transactions". From "The REAL Feed":
 
 
NBC trades sports rights, Oswald to get Michaels

ESPN: NFL (09.02.2006 15:00)
Al Michaels is headed to NBC after ESPN hired Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Tirico as its Monday night broadcast crew.


 
"Al Michaels was traded from ABC to NBC for a cartoon bunny, four rounds of golf and Olympic highlights."
 
http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060210/NEWSREC01 05/602100309/1021/NEWSREC0205
 
What?  No draft picks??
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 13th, 2006, 9:11pm »
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Whatchyas think of this ididle?  ...  From "The REAL Feed":
 
NFL mulls ESPN doubleheader for first Monday night
ESPN: NFL (13.02.2006 19:48)
The NFL is considering an ESPN doubleheader for the opening Monday night game of the 2006 season, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday.

 
I just wish it meant getting rid of the Thursday night opener...
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 27th, 2006, 2:14pm »
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Well, the mulling is over...  Here's the treat we are all in store for come opening Monday night...  Currently atop "The REAL Feed":
 
Manning Bowl', MNF twinbill highlight schedule peek
ESPN: NFL (27.03.2006 15:03)
ESPN will kick off the new era of Monday Night Football with a doubleheader, the NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Monday.
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Re: MNF's relocating from west-side to the east-si
« Reply #10 on: Aug 11th, 2006, 5:32am »
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Are... you... ready... for... Tony Kornholio???  From "The REAL Feed":
 
Are you ready for some Kornheiser?
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Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings 8 p.m., Monday, ESPN Oakland travels to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Monday on ESPN (cable channel 26). Sure, it is just another NFL preseason exhibition game, but this one has something extra going for it. ESPN's new "Monday Night Football...
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 13th, 2006, 7:09pm »
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MNF update... from "The REAL Feed":
 
Tirico set to join elite group on "Monday Night Football
SI.com: NFL (13.08.2006 13:07)
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 14th, 2006, 10:26pm »
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Is it me or is Tony Kornheiser too whiny and WAY TOO NASALLY to be in the booth???  It just doesn't seem to me that the booth fits him or that he fits the booth...
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Yeah...I guess that was it...something irritated me about it all  
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Chucky to take Kornheiser's place on Monday Night Football... according to "The REAL Feed":
 
Gruden will replace Kornheiser on MNF
SI.com: NFL (18.05.2009 15:55)
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden will join ESPN's Monday Night Football this season. He'll replace Tony Kornheiser, who cited a fear of flying in his decision to leave the broadcast booth after three years.
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Re: Monday Night Football
« Reply #15 on: Aug 18th, 2011, 9:17pm »
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I know Terry Bradshaw is a character, and I like the guy.  But, is it me or does it seem like he showed up tonight a little tipsy?
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Re: Monday Night Football
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MNF to stay at ESPN for years to come... according to "The REAL Feed":
 
ESPN keeps 'Monday Night Football' through 2021
SI.com: NFL (08.09.2011 12:01)
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- "Monday Night Football" will stay on ESPN through the 2021 season under an eight-year contract extension between the network and the NFL.
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