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Encyclopedia > Monday Night Football
ESPN NFL Monday Night Football
ESPN Monday Night Football logo
Format Sports
Created by Roone Arledge
Directed by Chip Dean (2006 - present)
Starring Mike Tirico
Ron Jaworski
Tony Kornheiser
Michele Tafoya
Suzy Kolber
Chris Berman
Keyshawn Johnson
Steve Young
Tom Jackson
Bill Parcells
Emmitt Smith
Stuart Scott
Theme music composer Hank Williams, Jr.
Opening theme "All My Rowdy Friends (Are Coming Over Tonight)"
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Production
Producer(s) Jay Rothman (2006 - present)
Running time 3 Hours +
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1970 – 2005)
ESPN (2006 –)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run September 21, 1970Present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. Originally airing on the ABC network from 1970 to 2005, Monday Night Football was the second longest running prime time show on American broadcast network television (after CBS' 60 Minutes) and one of the highest-rated, particularly among male viewers. ABC aired a total of 555 Monday night games. MNF may refer to: Manganese(III) fluoride, the chemical compound with the formula MnF3 and includes MnF2 and MnF4 Mizo National Front (Democratic), a regional political party in Mizoram, formed by a split with the Mizo National Front Mizo National Front, a regional political party in Mizoram, India Monday Night... Image File history File links ESPNMNF.jpg‎ Monday Night Football logo This Logo is the property of ESPN and the Disney Corporation http://adage. ... Roone Arledge (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was an American sports broadcasting pioneer who was chairman of ABC News from 1977 until his death, and a key part of the companys rise to competition with the two other main broadcasting stations, NBC and CBS, in the 60s, 70s... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Ronald Vincent Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football player and currently an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is referred as the King of Tape Breakdown with his ability to break down plays. ... Anthony Irwin Kornheiser (born July 13, 1948) is an American sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... Suzy Kolber (born May 14, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a football sideline reporter, co-producer, and anchor for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... Christopher (Boomer) James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster, who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, U.S. Open golf, and other programming on ESPN. He joined ESPN a month after its founding and has been with the network since. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA), is a former quarterback for the National Football Leagues San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. ... Thomas Jackson also referred to TJ or Tommy (b. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ... The tone or style of this article may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... 480i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... ... JOHN HERMAN SUCKS FAT DICK ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Present redirects here. ... NFL redirects here. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the CBS news magazine. ...


Monday Night Football moved to the ESPN cable network in 2006, ending a 36-year run on ABC. ABC and ESPN are both owned by The Walt Disney Company. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Disney redirects here. ...


Monday Night Football can also be seen in Canada on TSN, in most of Europe on NASN, on Five and Sky Sports in the UK and in some regions of the world outside the U.S. on ESPN International. A Spanish language version airs on ESPN Deportes in the U.S. and on ESPN International in Latin America. The Sports Network (commonly known as TSN) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... NASN, (North American Sports Network), is a television channel available in Ireland and the UK, and now across Europe. ... Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... ESPN International is a family of networks around the world. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... ESPN Deportes is an cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... ESPN International is a family of networks around the world. ...

Contents

Overview

Monday Night Football has enjoyed success throughout its 36-year run. The weekly game is popular not only with fans, but with players, as it guarantees a full national telecast of the game and puts both teams in the spotlight. Teams are selected for MNF games based partially on their success during the previous season, rewarding the best teams and biggest stars. Teams with large national fan bases such as the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers, among others, usually appear on MNF as well regardless of their previous season's record. Teams can make a maximum of three Monday night appearances per season. To avoid any scheduling unfairness, there is no Monday night game during the final week of the regular season. Instead, two games are played on the opening Monday night to capitalize on fan interest during "Kickoff Weekend". The necessity of advance scheduling sometimes results in late-season contests between lesser teams, and teams which do better than expected may not get to play on MNF until the next year. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Packers redirects here. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Steelers redirects here. ...


Franchises with the most Monday night appearances include the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins. The most common Monday Night Football pairings are Denver vs. Oakland and Dallas vs. Washington, with each matchup having been televised 14 times; both are division games between bitter rivals and draw substantial interest from fans of other teams as well. Atlanta vs. New Orleans, also a division game, has been on the Monday night schedule for three years in a row. Packers redirects here. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National...


History

Pre-1970

Main article: Monday Night Games Pre-1970

During the early 1960s, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle envisioned the possibility of playing at least one game weekly during prime time for a greater TV audience. An early bid in 1964 to play on Friday nights was soundly defeated, with critics charging that such telecasts would damage the attendance at high school games. Undaunted, Rozelle decided to experiment with the concept of playing on Monday night, scheduling the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions for a game on September 28, 1964. While the game was not televised, it drew a sellout crowd of 59,203 to Tiger Stadium, the largest crowd ever to watch a professional football game in Detroit up to that point. This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Alvin Ray Pete Rozelle (March 1, 1926–December 6, 1996) was the commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from January 1960 to November 1989, when he retired from office. ... The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. ... Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... Detroit redirects here. ...


Two years later, Rozelle would build on this success as the NFL began a four-year experiment of playing on Monday night, scheduling one game in prime time on CBS during the 1966 and 1967 seasons, and two contests during each of the next two years. NBC followed suit in 1968 and 1969 with games involving AFL teams. NFL redirects here. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... The 1966 NFL season was the 47th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL on NBC was the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage will return to NBC for the 2006 season under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1]. // Background The... The following is a list of American Football League (AFL) seasons since the inception of the league in 1969 to 1969, the year before it merged with the National Football League (NFL). ... The following is a list of American Football League (AFL) seasons since the inception of the league in 1969 to 1969, the year before it merged with the National Football League (NFL). ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ...


During subsequent negotiations on a television contract that would begin in 1970, Rozelle concentrated on signing a weekly Monday night deal with one of the three major networks. After sensing reluctance from both NBC and CBS in disturbing their regular programming schedules, Rozelle spoke with ABC. The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ...


Despite the network's status as the lowest-rated network, ABC was also reluctant to enter the risky venture. Only after Rozelle used the threat of signing with the independent Hughes Sports Network, an entity bankrolled by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, did ABC sign a contract for the scheduled games. Speculation was that had Rozelle signed with Hughes, many ABC affiliates would have pre-empted the network's Monday lineup in favor of the games, severely damaging potential ratings. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... Hughes Television Network (HTN) was an American television network created by billionaire Howard Hughes. ... For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ...


1970s

See also: Monday Night Football: Year-by-Year History (1970-89)

After the final contract for Monday Night Football was signed, ABC producer Roone Arledge immediately saw possibilities for the new show. Setting out to create an entertainment "spectacle" as much as a simple sports broadcast, Arledge hired Chet Forte, who would serve as director of the program for over 22 years. Arledge also ordered twice the usual number of cameras to cover the game, expanded the regular two-man broadcasting booth to three and used extensive graphic design within the show as well as "instant replay." Roone Arledge (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was an American sports broadcasting pioneer who was chairman of ABC News from 1977 until his death, and a key part of the companys rise to competition with the two other main broadcasting stations, NBC and CBS, in the 60s, 70s... Chet Forte was an American television director. ...


Jackson, Cosell and Meredith

Looking for a lightning rod to garner attention, Arledge hired controversial New York sports broadcaster Howard Cosell as a commentator, along with veteran football play-by-play man Keith Jackson. Arledge's original choice for the third member of the trio, Frank Gifford, was unavailable since he was still under contract to CBS Sports. However, Gifford suggested former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith, setting the stage for years of fireworks between the often-pompous Cosell and the laid-back Meredith. (Arledge had tried to lure Curt Gowdy and then Vin Scully to ABC for the MNF play-by-play role, but settled for Jackson after they proved unable to break existing contracts with NBC Sports and the Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.) Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ... For the former professional American football player, see Keith Jackson (football player). ... Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... Joseph Don Dandy Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) is a retired American football quarterback in the NFL who played for the Dallas Cowboys, a former football commentator, and entertainer. ... Curtis Edward Gowdy (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006) was an American sportscaster, well-known as the longtime voice of the Boston Red Sox and for his coverage of many nationally-televised sporting events, primarily for NBC Sports in the 1960s and 1970s. ... For the American architecture historian, see Vincent Scully. ... The NBC Sports logo used since 1989. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899...


Monday Night Football first aired on ABC on September 21, 1970, with a game between the New York Jets and the Browns in Cleveland. Advertisers were charged $65,000 per minute by ABC during the clash, a cost that proved to be a bargain when the contest collected 33 percent of the viewing audience. The Browns defeated the Jets, 31-21. is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Browns redirects here. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... USD redirects here. ...


One of the trademarks of Monday Night Football is a music cue used during the opening teasers of each program, a Johnny Pearson composition entitled "Heavy Action", originally theme music for the BBC's Superstars series. ABC had acquired the rights to Heavy Action specifically for Monday Night Football. Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925) is a British composer and pianist. ... Heavy Action is a piece of music composed by Johnny Pearson that is best known for its use on Monday Night Football. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Skier Alain Baxter competing in the gym tests Superstars is an all-around sports competition that pits elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic challenges resembling a decathlon. ...


That success would continue over the course of the season, helping establish a phenomenon on Monday nights in the fall: Movie attendance dropped, bowling leagues shifted to Tuesday nights and a Seattle hospital established an unwritten rule of no births during games. Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England. ... A bowler releases the ball. ... Seattle redirects here. ...


Cosell's presence initially caused Henry Ford II, chairman of the Ford Motor Company, the show's main sponsor, to ask for his removal. Cosell dodged another controversy when he appeared to be intoxicated on the air during the November 23 game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. Already under the weather, Cosell drank at a promotional party prior to the game, then ended up vomiting on Don Meredith's cowboy boots near the end of the first half. Jackson and Meredith ended up announcing the rest of the contest. Henry Ford II Henry Ford II (September 4, 1917 — September 29, 1987), commonly known as Hank the Deuce, was the son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Joseph Don Dandy Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) is a retired American football quarterback in the NFL who played for the Dallas Cowboys, a former football commentator, and entertainer. ...


Cosell, Gifford and Meredith

In 1971, Gifford became available and Arledge brought him to ABC, replacing Jackson (who returned to broadcasting college football for the network). The former New York Giant had been an NFL announcer for CBS during the 1960s but never a play-by-play man prior to joining Monday Night Football. In that capacity for Monday Night Football from 1971-1985, Gifford was often criticized for his see-no-evil approach in regard to discussing the NFL, earning him the dubious nickname "Faultless Frank." Regardless, Gifford would have the longest tenure of any broadcaster on the show, lasting until 1998. The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Cosell's abrasive personality gave him enough recognition to host a live ABC variety show in the fall of 1975. That show is remembered today only as a trivia question, as its title, "Saturday Night Live", prevented a new late-night sketch comedy program on NBC from using that title until the ABC show was cancelled. That seeming popularity was in contrast to the repeated criticisms in the media, as well as bar room contests in which winners were allowed to throw a brick through a television image of Cosell. Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell was a program that ran on ABC until 1976, hosted by Howard Cosell. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


After beginning with critical acclaim, Meredith began to take his weekly assignments less seriously, while also beginning an acting career. By 1973, his motivation for the broadcasts seemed highly suspect, given incidents during a trio of contests. On October 29, Meredith was drinking during the Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs game, which was preceded one week earlier by his pre-game analysis of the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders game: "We're in the Mile High City and I sure am" — a not-so-subtle reference to his use of marijuana at the time. Finally, during the Pittsburgh Steelers-Washington Redskins game on November 5, he referred to U.S. President Richard Nixon as "Tricky Dick." The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country State Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... Steelers redirects here. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Nixon redirects here. ... A reference to President Richard Nixon, stemming from his alleged involvement in the Watergate scandal in 1973. ...


Cosell, Gifford, Williamson and Karras

Meredith would be absent from Monday Night Football for a broadcasting and acting career on rival NBC from 1974 through 1976. Fred Williamson, a former Kansas City Chiefs defensive back nicknamed "The Hammer" for his often-brutal hits, was selected by ABC to replace Meredith in 1974, but following a few pre-season broadcasts, proved so inarticulate that he was relieved of his duties prior to the start of the regular season, becoming the first MNF personality not to last an entire season. Williamson was replaced by fellow Gary, Indiana native Alex Karras, formerly of the Detroit Lions. The highlight of Williamson's MNF career was probably at the introductory press conference where he quipped that he was hired to "bring some color to the booth." The NFL on NBC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, [[1938] is an American actor and former professional football player, a star defensive back in the AFL during the 1960s. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the city. ... Alexander George Karras, born July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, is a former football player and actor who is best known for playing with the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 and 1964-1971. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


Karras made his debut on September 16, 1974 and immediately made an impact when he jokingly referred to Oakland Raiders' defensive lineman Otis Sistrunk as having attended "The University of Mars." That would essentially be the high point of Karras' three-year tenure, with a developing movie career often distracting him from showing any improvement. (In reality, Sistrunk did not attend any college but played semi-pro ball before getting a tryout with the Raiders; after Karras' remark and for the rest of Sistrunk's time with the team the Raiders team guide listed his college alma mater as "The University of Mars".) is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Otis Sistrunk (born 1946 - ) was a defensive lineman who played 7 seasons from 1972 to 1978. ... Adjectives: Martian Atmosphere Surface pressure: 0. ...


Cosell, Gifford, Meredith and Tarkenton

Meredith returned to the ABC booth in 1977, but seemed to lack the enthusiasm that had marked his first stint from 1970-1973. While the NFL moved to a 16-week schedule in 1978, Meredith was only contractually obligated to work 14 games, leaving Cosell and Gifford to work games as a duo or with newly-retired Fran Tarkenton beginning in 1979. The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. ...


One of the more somber contests in the run of the series came on November 27, 1978 when the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Earlier in the day, San Francisco mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk had been murdered at City Hall. Despite the complaints that followed, the NFL chose to play the game, a decision that mirrored the league's playing the weekend of the John F. Kennedy assassination 15 years earlier. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Steelers redirects here. ... This is a list of mayors of San Francisco, California. ... Mayor Moscone George Richard Moscone (November 24, 1929 – November 27, 1978) was the mayor of San Francisco, California from January 1976 until his assassination in November 1978. ... For other uses, see Harvey Milk (disambiguation). ... NFL redirects here. ... President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally in the presidential limousine just moments before his assassination The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p. ... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The opening contest of the 1979 season saw a poignant moment as former New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley was introduced to a sellout crowd at the Patriots' Schaefer Stadium. Stingley had been paralyzed in a preseason game the year before and was making his first visit to the stadium since the accident. The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... This section called Early Life does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the present stadium in Foxborough, see Gillette Stadium. ...


1980s

See also: Monday Night Football: Year-by-Year History (1970-89)

One of the best remembered moments in Monday Night Football history occurred on December 8, 1980, yet had nothing to do with the game or football in general. During a game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, Howard Cosell broke the news of famed Beatle John Lennon's murder,[1] news that stunned a nationwide audience. is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...

This, we have to say it, is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all The Beatles, shot five times in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead ... on ... arrival.

In 1974, Lennon had appeared in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth and was briefly interviewed by Cosell. NFL redirects here. ... For other uses, see Tragedy (disambiguation). ... ABC News logo ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... St. ... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The 1982 television contract renewal also put ABC in the Super Bowl rotation for the first time, with Super Bowl XIX in 1985. A second renewal of the television contract gave them XXII in 1988. Date January 20, 1985 Stadium Stanford Stadium City Stanford, California MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 3 National anthem Childrens Choir of Los Angeles Coin toss Ronald Reagan (via satellite from the White House) and Hugh McElhenny Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show World of Childrens Dreams with... Date January 31, 1988 Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium City San Diego, California MVP Doug Williams, Quarterback Favorite Broncos by 3 National anthem Herb Alpert Coin toss Don Hutson Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Chubby Checker and The Rockettes Attendance 73,302 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al...


Cosell, Gifford, Meredith and Simpson

Cosell continued to draw criticism during Monday Night Football with one of his offhand comments during the September 5, 1983 game igniting a controversy and laying the groundwork for his departure at the end of that season. In a game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, Cosell referred to Alvin Garrett, an African American wide receiver for the Redskins, as a "little monkey." Cosell noted that Garrett's small stature, and not his race, was the basis for his comment, citing the fact that he had used the term to describe his grandchildren. Later, a special on Howard Cosell showed him calling Mike Adamle (a white player) a "little monkey." Stung by the unrelenting barrage of remarks, Cosell claimed upon his departure from Monday Night Football that the NFL had become "a stagnant bore." In Cosell's book, I Never Played the Game, he devoted an entire chapter ("Monkey Business") to the Garrett episode. Also in I Never Played the Game, Cosell said that ABC should've had the right to choose its own Monday Night schedule. In his mind, Monday Night Football is what elevated the NFL in popularity over Major League Baseball. He felt this should have been ABC's reward for raising the level of the NFL's popularity. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Alvin Garrett (born 1956) is a former American Football wide receiver who played six seasons for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1984. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... NFL redirects here. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ...


That same year, O.J. Simpson replaced Tarkenton as a fill-in when Meredith or Cosell, who also was a broadcaster for Major League Baseball's playoffs, was unavailable. The season would serve as a study in contrasts as one of the most exciting Monday night games ever was followed the next week by one of the most badly-played in the run of the series. On October 17, 1983, the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history took place in the Green Bay Packers/Washington Redskins game, with the Packers winning the game by a 48-47 score. Seven days later, the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals played for more than four hours before settling for a 20-20 tie. The deadlock had come after dropped touchdown passes by Cardinal wide receivers Willard Harrell and Roy Green and a trio of missed field goals by teammate Neil O'Donoghue, including two in the final 63 seconds of the overtime period. Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... Major League Baseball on ABCs Wide World of Sports. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Willard Harrell (born September 16, 1952) is a former college and professional American football running back. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Cornelis Joseph Dennis Neil ODonoghue (born June 18, 1953 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former NFL kicker from (1977-1985). ...


Gifford, Meredith and Simpson

When Cosell left prior to the start of the 1984, the trio of Gifford, Meredith and Simpson handled the duties. Cosell's departure seemed to have the greatest effect on Meredith, who many believed to be a poor analyst in his absence. Falling ratings also gave indications that much of the mystique that surrounded the weekly event had disappeared. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Gifford, Simpson and Namath

After the 1984 season, ABC replaced Meredith with Joe Namath the following year, with the quarterback making his debut in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. In a coincidental twist, both Namath and Simpson were busy prior to the telecast with their induction into the shrine. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League pre-season exhibition game that is held a few days after the Pro Football Hall of Fames induction ceremonies. ...


One of the more grisly moments in Monday Night Football history occurred during a game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on November 18, 1985, at RFK Stadium. Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's career would end when Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor reached from behind to drag him down and Taylor fell heavily on the quarterback’s leg in the process. On the play, which viewers could see in a gruesome slow-motion replay, Theismann suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his lower right leg.[2] For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, informally known as RFK Stadium or RFK, is a professional sports stadium in the United States. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ... Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia), commonly referred to as LT, is a retired Hall of Fame American football player. ...


Two weeks after that painful memory, the series' most watched contest took place as the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears were defeated by the Miami Dolphins, who had not lost to an NFC team at home since 1976. That would turn out to be Chicago's only loss in 1985. The show gained a Nielsen rating of 29.6 with a 46 share. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... National Football Conference logo. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


Gifford, Michaels and Swann

Both Namath and Simpson would be replaced at the end of the 1985 NFL season, with critics noting their lack of journalistic skills in comparison to Cosell. In their place the following year came veteran broadcaster Al Michaels, who had previously anchored ABC's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XIX and had been since 1983 the lead play-by-play announcer of Monday Night Baseball. The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Date January 20, 1985 Stadium Stanford Stadium City Stanford, California MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 3 National anthem Childrens Choir of Los Angeles Coin toss Ronald Reagan (via satellite from the White House) and Hugh McElhenny Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show World of Childrens Dreams with... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Michaels served as the play-by-play announcer, teaming with Gifford for a two-man booth in 1986. During that season, the Miami Dolphins again made Monday night history with the biggest blowout in Monday Night Football history in a 45-3 rout of the then 10-1 New York Jets. (The record was later tied and subsequently broken in 2005; see below.) Also in 1986, when Al Michaels became unavailable because he was calling Major League Baseball's League Championship Series, Frank Gifford moved up into the play-by-play spot while Lynn Swann filled-in as the color commentator. Gifford would once again call the play-by-play when Michaels was busy calling the World Series in 1987 and 1989. The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The 1986 American League Championship Series was a back-and-forth battle between the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels for the right to advance to the 1986 World Series. ... Lynn Curtis Swann (b. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ...

See also: Major League Baseball on ABC, 1987 World Series, and 1989 World Series

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Gifford, Michaels and Dierdorf

In 1987, Gifford and Michaels were joined by Dan Dierdorf, returning the series to its original concept of three announcers in the booth. The trio would last for 11 seasons through the conclusion of the 1997 season. In 1989, television composer Edd Kalehoff created a new arrangement of Johnny Pearson's "Heavy Action", by that time fully synonymous with the series. This more or less replaced an original composition by Charles Fox. Also debuting in 1989 was Hank Williams, Jr. in "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night", sung to the music of his 1984 hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight". The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... Daniel Lee Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. ... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ... Edward Woodley Edd Kalehoff is a music composer who specializes in compositions for television. ... Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925) is a British composer and pianist. ... Heavy Action is a piece of music composed by Johnny Pearson that is best known for its use on Monday Night Football. ... Charles Fox was born and raised in New York City. ... The tone or style of this article may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ...


1990s

See also: Monday Night Football: Year-by-Year History (1990-Present)

Along with the renewed television contract, ABC was awarded the telecast to Super Bowl XXV and Super Bowl XXIX, and the first round of NFL playoffs. The Monday Night Football team of announcers anchored the telecasts, except for the first of two wild card playoff games, where ESPN's Sunday Night NFL crew of Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann anchored that telecast. However, the original crew for one of the two wild card playoff games in 1990 and 1991 consisted of Brent Musburger and Dick Vermeil (both of whom did college football broadcasts for ABC during those two seasons). Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... Date January 29, 1995 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Steve Young, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 18½ National anthem Kathie Lee Gifford Coin toss Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, and Gale Sayers Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Attendance... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ... Mike Patrick is an American sportscaster. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana) is an American sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN television networks. ... Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ...


From 1990 until 2005, ABC's MNF television package has included seventeen regular season games (from 2003 until 2005, a Thursday game and 16 Mondays -- no game on Week 17 because of playoff preparation disadvantages), the first two wild card playoff games (held on the first Saturday of the playoffs), and at times, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. ... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... National Football Conference logo. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


The October 17, 1994 episode between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos featured a duel between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Joe Montana and John Elway. With 1:29 left to play in the game, Elway scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Broncos ahead 28-24. But then Montana led the Chiefs on a 75-yard drive to score the game-winning touchdown with just 8 seconds to play. The final score was Chiefs 31, Broncos 28. is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... NFL 75th season anniversary logo The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Joseph Clifford Joe Montana, Jr. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ...


In the 1995 MNF regular season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants at the New Jersey Meadowlands, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones controversially brought Nike chairman Phil Knight down to the sidelines, representing Jerry's individual deal with Nike, contrary to the NFL's policy of negotiating its marketing deals as a league. The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... New Jersey Meadowlands from Route 7 This article is about the wetlands. ... Jerrel Wayne Jerry Jones (Born on October 13, 1942) is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise and the Dallas Desperados AFL franchise. ... Nike, Inc. ... This article is about the co-founder of Nike, Inc. ...


In 1997, ABC began using a scoring bug showing the game clock and score throughout the entire broadcast. The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... DOG redirects here. ...


Michaels, Dierdorf and Esiason

In 1998, Lesley Visser became the first female commentator on Monday Night Football. She had been the first female beat writer in the NFL when she covered the New England Patriots for the Boston Globe in the mid-1970s, and was the first and only woman to handle a Super Bowl Trophy presentation when she was a sportscaster with CBS. Visser was followed by several women, notably Melissa Stark and Lisa Guerrero, on the sideline who were perceived as "eye candy", none of whom affected the ratings. The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... Lesley Visser (born in Quincy, Mass. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... Date January 26, 1992 Stadium Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota MVP Mark Rypien, Quarterback Favorite Redskins by 7 National anthem Harry Connick, Jr. ... Vince Lombardi Trophy The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football Leagues annual championship game, the Super Bowl. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... Melissa Stark Melissa Stark (born November 11, 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland), is an American television personality. ... Lisa Coles Guerrero (born April 8, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois), is an American sports broadcaster, actress, host and model. ...


For the 1998 season, ABC pushed Monday Night Football back an hour (it has usually aired at 9:00 p.m. EST). A special pregame show that was hosted by Chris Berman from the ESPN Zone restaurant in Baltimore was created. The game would start around 8:20 p.m. for this particular season. Despite leaving the booth, Frank Gifford stayed on one more year as a special contributor to the pregame show. The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... EST is UTC-5 The North American Eastern Standard Time Zone (abbreviated EST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-5. ... Christopher (Boomer) James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster, who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, U.S. Open golf, and other programming on ESPN. He joined ESPN a month after its founding and has been with the network since. ... ESPN Zone is a small chain of very large sports-theme restaurants that include arcades, TV studios, and radio studios. ... Baltimore redirects here. ...


A mildly infamous incident came during the final 1998 telecast when Dierdorf asked Michaels, prior to a halftime interview with Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie, "Are you gonna tell 'em how you're sick of all this B.C. stuff?" Michaels (thinking that they had gone into a commercial break and that his microphone was off) replied, "No shit." For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Education in Boston, MA. Boston College (BC) is a private research university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Nielsen numbers for the first 17 weeks of the 1998 TV season showed that Monday Night Football averaged a 13.9 rating, down 8 percent from 1997's 15.0--the previous standard in ratings futility. In actuality, MNF ratings had been hitting all-time record lows for the previous four years. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


Michaels and Esiason

Beginning in 1999, Monday Night Football telecasts used a computer-generated yellow line to mark where a team needs to get a first down. ESPN had begun using it first. 1999 also saw the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game being moved from Saturday afternoon to Monday night. It would remain on Monday night through 2005. The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League pre-season exhibition game that is held a few days after the Pro Football Hall of Fames induction ceremonies. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ...


Boomer Esiason replaced Gifford in 1998, and Dierdorf left for a return to CBS in 1999. Esiason's relationship with Michaels was questioned leading to his firing. Esiason and Michaels reportedly never got along, and it led to ABC firing Esiason shortly after calling Super Bowl XXXIV together. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ... Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Phil Collins...


2000s

See also: Monday Night Football: Year-by-Year History (1990-Present)

Michaels, Fouts and Miller

Comedian Dennis Miller joined the cast in 2000 along with Dan Fouts. The move was ultimately regarded as a bust by many viewers and commentators. ABC briefly considered adding popular political commentator Rush Limbaugh before Miller was added to the broadcast team, despite having no prior sports broadcast experience. Miller demonstrated a knowledge of the game and its personalities, although at times he tended to lapse into sometimes obscure analogy-riddled streams of consciousness similar to his "rants." ABC eventually set up a Web page dedicated to explaining Miller's sometimes obscure pop culture references. Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American Emmy Award-winning comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers from 1973 through 1987, and is famous for being one of the most prolific quarterbacks of the Super Bowl Era. ... For other uses, see Limbaugh. ... In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a literary technique that seeks to portray an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her sensory reactions to external occurrences. ...


Also in 2000, Don Ohlmeyer, the program's producer up until 1977 was brought back.[3] After spending time at NBC, Ohlmeyer was lured out of retirement to spark interest and provide some vigor to the broadcast. Besides the on-air talent, Ohlmeyer's changes included clips of players introducing themselves, new graphics, and music. In another rather irreverent move, the scoring bug was seen to have nicknames for the teams, such as "Skins" and "Fins" (for Redskins and Dolphins, respectively) instead of their common abbreviations, WSH and MIA, respectively. The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... Don Ohlmeyer (born Donald Winfred Ohlemeyer, Jr. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... DOG redirects here. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present...


On October 23, 2000, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins competed in what is now known as The Monday Night Miracle. Trailing 30-7 in the fourth quarter, Vinny Testaverde led the Jets to score 23 consecutive points to tie the game. After Miami scored another touchdown, Testaverde threw to offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott to tie the game at 37-all. At 1:08 a.m., Tuesday morning, John Hall kicked a field goal in overtime to win the game 40-37. It was the second biggest fourth quarter comeback in NFL history and biggest comeback in Jets' history. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted the comeback at halftime, where he was appearing with the MNF crew for an upcoming movie. With the Jets already down by 20 points he said, is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... The term Monday Night Miracle has been adopted in reference to at least two sporting contests. ... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... James (Jumbo) Elliott (August 8, 1915-March 22, 1981), track coach at Villanova University, is considered one of the greatest of all time, producing five gold medalists between the years of 1956-1968. ... John Hall (born March 17, 1974 in Port Charlotte, Florida) is an American football player, who currently is a placekicker for the Washington Redskins. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation IPA: ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ...

Wayne Chrebet will catch a pass and the Jets will win. They're a great team.

The 2001 season of MNF featured a season-long campaign promoting the anticipated 20,000th point scored in MNF history. Broncos kicker Jason Elam completed the task with a field goal during a 38-28 loss at Oakland on November 5. The three points also put Elam over 1,000 points for his career. Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973, Garfield, New Jersey) is an American Football player who played 11 seasons as a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the NFL from 1995 to 2005. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Jason Elam (b. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Michaels and Madden

In 2002, both Dennis Miller and Dan Fouts were dropped and John Madden joined Al Michaels in a two man booth. Madden was a former coach for the Oakland Raiders, namesake of the seminal Madden NFL video game series, and successful broadcaster with the CBS and FOX networks for 21 years before joining Monday Night Football. The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... NFL on FOX is the brand name of the Fox Broadcasting Companys coverage of the National Football Leagues National Football Conference games, produced by Fox Sports. ...


In 2002, the broadcast debuted the mildly popular Horse Trailer award, in which a picture of the game's top performer(s) is displayed, as chosen by the broadcasting crew. During the fourth quarter of a preseason game early that season, Madden was joking about doing some recording in the "horse trailer", a term the producers used for one of the ABC production trucks. It was, in fact, a custom built trailer designed from the shell of an equine transporter, but inside housed sophisticated electronic equipment. By the first week of the regular season, an idea to decorate the plain white trailer with MNF decor, the entire MNF schedule, and a weekly MVP, was born. Immediately following each game, the winner(s) is chosen, and his picture is affixed to the trailer in the corresponding location. When Madden and Michaels went to NBC in 2006, they debuted a similar feature, the Rock Star – the photo of the player of the game being attached to the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. (For the 2007 season, the Horse Trailer concept has been reinstated.) The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... A horse trailer A horse trailer is used to transport horses. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... NBC Studios are the two studio facilities belonging to the National Broadcasting Company, with one of them being located at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and the other located in Burbank, California, just outside of Los Angeles. ... The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ...


Also, in 2002, the commentators for the AFC wild card game were Brent Musburger and Gary Danielson. Jack Arute was the sideline reporter. The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana) is an American sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN television networks. ... Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football quarterback. ... Jack Arute is an auto racing pit reporter and college football sideline reporter for ABC Sports. ...


After suffering through several years of dismal Pro Bowl ratings, ABC considered moving the game to Monday night. In February 2003, Madden declined to serve as color commentator for the game in Hawaii, citing his fear of flying; former MNF personality Dan Fouts took his place. The following year, the Pro Bowl remained on Sunday, but was moved to ABC's sister network, ESPN. The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues All-Star game. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Fear of flying (disambiguation). ... Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers from 1973 through 1987, and is famous for being one of the most prolific quarterbacks of the Super Bowl Era. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


In 2003, ABC and the NFL dropped the Monday Night Football game for the final week of the regular season. The move, which had been in effect for the first eight years of the broadcast (1970-1977), was the result of declining ratings, as well as problems involved for potential playoff teams, as there was a potential of only four days rest between their final regular season game and first round playoff game. ABC replaced the telecast with an opening weekend Thursday night game, and in exchange ESPN got a Saturday night game on the final weekend. The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... NFL redirects here. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Also during the 2003 season, Lisa Guerrero decided to leave Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period to join the MNF television crew as a sideline reporter (replacing the pregnant Melissa Stark). Guerrero's performance on the broadcast was heavily criticized, and the following year (also in an apparent move away from the "eye candy" concept) ABC replaced her with longtime TV sports journalist Michele Tafoya. Lisa Guerrero defended herself by saying that the show hired her with the intention of going in a totally different direction with the job of sideline reporter — personality-driven and feature-driven — then discarded all of that and told her to just do the job in the usual fashion. She said that she never would have taken the job if she had known that they would change their minds like that. In 2005, Michele Tafoya sat out much of the season while on maternity leave. In Tafoya's place came Sam Ryan. The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... Lisa Coles Guerrero (born April 8, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois), is an American sports broadcaster, actress, host and model. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... The Best Damn Sports Show Period is a sports talk show on Fox Sports Net. ... This article is about human pregnancy in biological females. ... Melissa Stark Melissa Stark (born November 11, 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland), is an American television personality. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... Lost, see Maternity Leave (Lost). ... Zzyzx11 (Talk) 00:35, 29 March 2006 (UTC) Category: ...


On the October 6, 2003, episode between the Colts and Buccaneers, Indianapolis was trailing 35-14 with 3:43 remaining. The Colts had returned a Tampa Bay kickoff 90 yard to the 11 yard line, setting up a quick score. The Colts recovered an onside kick and scored again to narrow the margin to 35-28. They forced a Tampa Bay punt and with under two minutes remaining, Manning led an 87-yard drive to score the game-tying touchdown with 35 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a 40-yard field goal, but Simeon Rice was called for a leaping penalty, a rarely-seen unsportsmanlike conduct infraction that penalizes a player for running and jumping to block a kick and landing on other players. Vanderjagt's subsequent kick was batted and hit the upright, but fell in good, winning the game for the Colts. Vanderjagt went on to become the first kicker in NFL history not to miss a kick attempt in a complete season, including the playoffs. is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Black, Pewter, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... Onside kick (sometimes onsides kick) is a term used in American and Canadian football for a type of kickoff in which the ball is kicked a shorter distance than usual in order for the kicking team to regain possession of the ball. ... Michael Mike Vanderjagt (born March 24, 1970 in Oakville, Ontario), is a Canadian professional gridiron football placekicker who has played in both the Canadian Football League and National Football League. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) in American football and Canadian football (collectively called gridiron football) is a goal that may be scored during general play (from the field). Execution of a field goal A field goal may be scored by a placekick or the very rare drop... Simeon Rice (born February 24, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football Defensive End who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ...


On December 22, 2003, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre put on one of the most defining moments of his career (while also ranking among his greatest game ever). The day before the contest against the Oakland Raiders, his father, Irvin, died suddenly of a heart attack. Favre elected to play, passing for four touchdowns in the first half, and 399 yards for the game in a 41-7 destruction of the Raiders (receiving applause from the highly partisan "Raider Nation"). Afterwards, Brett said, is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... Brett Hillbilly Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The father of NFL quarterback, Brett Favre. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... Members of Raider Nation are known for attending games in elaborate costumes. ...

I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight.
Still from the controversial Desperate Housewives pregame skit, Terrell Owens with popular TV actress Nicollette Sheridan

On November 15, 2004, controversy shrouded Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens when he appeared with popular TV actress Nicollette Sheridan (of the new hit ABC series Desperate Housewives) in an introductory skit which opened that evening's MNF telecast, in which Owens and the Eagles played the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The skit was widely condemned as being sexually suggestive (see video[4]) and ABC was forced to apologize for airing it (the Eagles went on to win the game, 49-21, with Owens catching three touchdown passes). However, on March 14, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the skit did not violate decency standards, because it contained no outright nudity or foul language. Template:FairUse File links The following pages link to this file: Terrell Owens ... Template:FairUse File links The following pages link to this file: Terrell Owens ... Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios - The Walt Disney Companys main television studio - and Cherry Productions. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football Leagues Dallas Cowboys. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... FCC redirects here. ...


The end of the ABC era

Despite high ratings, ABC lost millions of dollars on televising the games during the late 1990s and 2000s. Also, the NFL indicated that it wanted Sunday night to be the new night for its marquee game, because more people tend to watch TV on Sundays, and Sundays would be more conducive to flexible scheduling, a method by which some of the NFL's best games could be moved from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night on short notice. Given these factors, as well as the rise of ABC's ratings on Sunday night, and their wish of protecting their Desperate Housewives franchise (which they knew would be costly), on April 18, 2005, ABC and the NFL announced the upcoming end of their 36-year partnership, with Monday Night Football being aired on ESPN starting with the 2006 season, a move some Disney shareholders have criticized. However, ESPN's ability to collect subscription fees from cable and satellite providers, in addition to selling commercials, made it more likely that ESPN could turn a profit on NFL telecasts, as opposed to ABC's heavy losses. The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any sport. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios - The Walt Disney Companys main television studio - and Cherry Productions. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ...


The final ABC Monday Night broadcast was on December 26, when the New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots, from Giants Stadium. Both the first and last ABC Monday Night Football telecast games ended with a score of 31-21 with the Jets on the losing end. Vinny Testaverde holds the distinction of throwing the last TD pass in ABC's MNF telecast history; it was to wide receiver Laveranues Coles. Also, Testaverde's pass set an NFL record: most consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass, 19 seasons (1987-2005). Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel in the last ABC MNF broadcast on 26 December 2005 set a record of note, becoming the first player to catch 2 touchdown passes and record a quarterback sack in the same game. The final play of the ABC era was a Pats kneeldown by 44-year old reserve quarterback Doug Flutie. John Madden said at the show's ending is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Giants Stadium, frequently referred to as The Meadowlands, is the home stadium for the New York Giants and New York Jets football teams of the NFL, and the Red Bull New York soccer team of MLS. It is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Laveranues Coles (born December 29, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a receiver who was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. ... This article relates to sports. ... Michael George Vrabel (born August 14, 1975 in Akron, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young (center top of picture), now with the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a touchdown vs. ... Vanderbilt Quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Jeremy Chase. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ...

They can take football away from ABC on Monday nights, but they can't take away the memories.

In 2005, the Seattle Seahawks matched the record for MNF margin of victory, shutting out the hometown Philadelphia Eagles, 42-0. However, two weeks later, the penultimate broadcast for ABC saw the Baltimore Ravens establish a new benchmark in this department by defeating the Green Bay Packers, 48-3. The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... Packers redirects here. ...


During its final NFL television contract, ABC was awarded the telecasts to Super Bowl XXXIV, Super Bowl XXXVII, and Super Bowl XL. With the end of ABC's contract, the Super Bowl XL broadcast was the network's final NFL telecast, at least for the foreseeable future. Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Phil Collins... Date January 26, 2003 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Dexter Jackson, Safety Favorite Raiders by 4 National anthem Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion (God Bless America) Coin toss 1972 Miami Dolphins: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield Referee Bill Carollo... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in...


Move to ESPN

Starting in 2006, ESPN began airing the Monday night games and NBC got ESPN's Sunday night package. The Sunday night game is now the "showcase" game of the week on the NFL schedule. The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... This article is about the television network. ... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ...

See also: NBC Sunday Night Football

While the ESPN broadcasts will have the MNF name and heritage, NBC (like ABC) is a broadcast network, whereas ESPN is a cable service not freely available to all Americans (though it is on the basic level of most cable and satellite providers), though many ESPN games air on free broadcast TV in the home markets of each team. For that reason, NBC gained rights to the Thursday night season opening game, the wild card doubleheader that has traditionally aired on ABC, as well as a share of the rotating rights to the Super Bowl (with CBS and FOX also in the mix). NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ... Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air or OTA) is the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery, by radio waves. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Tirico, Theismann and Kornheiser

ESPN had initially stated that its MNF team would consist of Al Michaels and Joe Theismann in the booth with Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber serving as sideline reporters. However, on February 8, 2006, ESPN announced that former NBA studio host Mike Tirico would replace Michaels in the booth in 2006, joined by Theismann, and Tony Kornheiser. ESPN announced the following day that it had "traded" the contract of Michaels to NBC to join Madden on their Sunday Night Football broadcast in exchange for some NBC Universal properties, including rights to Ryder Cup coverage, and the return of the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (a Walt Disney creation) to ESPN parent The Walt Disney Company after nearly 80 years of Universal ownership.[5] It is widely rumored that Michaels wanted to leave ESPN after he learned that NBC hired most of ABC's MNF production team; he had not worked with the Sunday Night production team that ESPN was moving to MNF. ESPN's first Monday night broadcast was during the preseason on Monday, August 14, 2006, when the Oakland Raiders visited the Minnesota Vikings, publicized as the return of Randy Moss to Minnesota for the first time since the Vikings traded him after the 2004 season. The telecast debuted with brand-new graphics, including a time-score box placed in the lower center of the screen. These graphics are now being phased in on other ESPN/ABC professional sports telecasts; a variation of it used for NBA telecasts was unveiled on October 25, 2006. The first regular season Monday Night Football game to air on ESPN was on September 11, 2006. The game featured the visiting Minnesota Vikings at the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Vikings won 19-16. Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... Suzy Kolber (born May 14, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a football sideline reporter, co-producer, and anchor for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Anthony Irwin Kornheiser (born July 13, 1948) is an American sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. ... NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit movie poster from 1927. ... Disney redirects here. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... The NBA on ESPN is the de facto title for the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... FedEx Field is a sports stadium located in Landover, Maryland, a community off of the Washington Beltway (I-495) in Prince Georges County near the site of the old Capital Centre later called USAir Arena. ...


The September 25 edition of Monday Night Football highlighted the New Orleans Saints' first game back in the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The game had a Super Bowl-like atmosphere with performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, U2, and Green Day before the game. The NFL tapped producer Don Mischer and director Hamish Hamilton to produce the event. Former President George H. W. Bush tossed the opening coin toss. The Saints beat the Falcons 23-3 in what now ranks as one of the most-watched events in the history of cable television. is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National... The Louisiana Superdome, often informally referred to simply as the Superdome, The Dome or even the New Orleans Superdome is a large, multi-purpose sports and exhibition facility located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... NFL redirects here. ... Don Mischer is an American television events producer and director. ... The Hamish Hamilton logo Hamish Hamilton is a British book publisher, founded eponymously by the half-Scot half-American Jamie Hamilton (Hamish is the Celtic form). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


ESPN's October 23, 2006 telecast of the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys drew the largest audience in the history of cable television at the time, besting the previous mark set by a 1993 NAFTA debate between Al Gore and H. Ross Perot. An average of 16,028,000 viewers (12.8 rating) watched as the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 36-22. ESPN's Monday Night Football now accounts for eight of the ten biggest cable audiences in history.[6] Currently, the most-viewed cable event is the August 17, 2007 premiere of High School Musical 2 on Disney Channel, with 17.24 million viewers [7]. is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Nafta or NAFTA may refer to: an acronym for the North American Free Trade Agreement an acronym for the New Zealand Australia Free Trade Agreement the town/Tokyo of Nafta, Tunisia This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... Henry Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is an American businessman billionaire from Texas best known as a candidate for President of the United States (in 1992 and 1996). ... For the soundtrack, see High School Musical 2 (soundtrack). ... For Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ...


At the conclusion of the 2006 season, ESPN has managed to secure all of the cable television audience records.[citation needed] Monday Night Football and its surrounding shoulder programming are the most profitable franchise on cable television.


Tirico, Jaworski and Kornheiser

Analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski replaced Joe Theismann in the booth beginning with the 2007 season. Theismann was offered a prominent football analyst job with ESPN.[8] Ronald Vincent Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football player and currently an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is referred as the King of Tape Breakdown with his ability to break down plays. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ...


Secondary broadcast teams

In 2006 and 2007, ESPN broadcast two games on the opening week of the season, and the second game used separate announcers and production staff that was not used for the rest of the schedule. On September 11, 2006, the announcers were Brad Nessler, Ron Jaworski, and Dick Vermeil. On September 10, 2007, the regular AFL on ESPN team of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic was used along with Mike Ditka. For both games, the sideline reporter was Bonnie Bernstein. is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Brad Nessler, as part of an NBA on ABC sports broadcast (c. ... Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football is a presentation of the Arena Football League on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio and ESPN on ABC. The telecasts are also expected to be simulcast on ESPNHD, ESPN2HD and ABC HD. The agreement will run from the 2007 season opener and lasts five years through... Mike Greenberg (born August 6, 1967 in New York City, New York) is a television anchor and radio host for ESPN. At ESPN, he hosts the weekday evening SportsCenter and ESPN Radios Mike and Mike in the Morning show with Mike Golic. ... Michael Mike Golic (born December 12, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio), is a co-host of ESPN Radios Mike and Mike in the Morning and a former defensive lineman in the NFL. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2s NFL studio programming, as well as for... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Bonnie Bernstein (born August 16, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television sports reporter and anchor. ...


The show as entertainment

Monday Night Football has continued to provide as much entertainment as sports throughout its run. In addition to the extra cameras, the show has also pioneered technological broadcast innovations, such as the use of enhanced slow motion replays and computerized graphics. Slow motion is an effect resulting from running film through a movie camera at faster-than-normal speed. ...


Celebrity guests, such as former Vice President Spiro Agnew, singers Plácido Domingo and John Lennon, President Bill Clinton, and even Kermit the Frog, were often featured during the game to "liven up" the broadcast. The November 26, 1973 contest featured a rare instance of two celebrities entering the booth, with Lennon being interviewed by Cosell and California governor Ronald Reagan speaking with Gifford, with Reagan explaining the rules of American football (off-camera) to Lennon as the game went along. However, the late 1990s and early 2000s saw an even more increased reliance on the entertainment factor. Some halftime shows, featuring popular music stars, were broadcast in full rather than being ignored in favor of analysis of the game by the commentators, as in previous seasons. The Vice President of the United States (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS[1] or Veep) is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. ... Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States serving under President Richard M. Nixon, and the fifty-fifth Governor of Maryland. ... Plácido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941)[1] better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-renowned operatic tenor. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Governor Gray Davis (right) with President George W. Bush in 2003 The Governor of California is the highest executive authority in the state government, whose responsibilities include making yearly State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that... Reagan redirects here. ...


Williams, Jr. (who sings the memorable catchphrase "Are you ready for some football?") composed a music video–style opening theme for the show (a later theme was provided by Kid Rock). Before Hank Williams, Jr.; Edd Kalehoff revamped the "Heavy Action" theme song in 1989. It was Williams, Jr. who literally had the last word on ABC's last broadcast, with his rendition of Don Meredith's famous song, "Turn Out the Lights, The Party's Over," shown as the broadcast ended. On October 23, 2006, Hank Williams Jr. shouted the catchphrase, live, on top of the "Cowboy star" at the 50-yard line of Texas Stadium before kickoff of the Dallas Cowboys game that evening. A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971 in Romeo, Michigan), better known as Kid Rock, is an American musician. ... Edward Woodley Edd Kalehoff is a music composer who specializes in compositions for television. ... Heavy Action is a piece of music composed by Johnny Pearson that is best known for its use on Monday Night Football. ... The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ... Joseph Don Dandy Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) is a retired American football quarterback in the NFL who played for the Dallas Cowboys, a former football commentator, and entertainer. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Hank Williams, Jr. ... Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football Leagues Dallas Cowboys. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division...


The program's affiliation with ABC/ESPN also resulted in numerous promotional crossovers between MNF and other ABC/ESPN programs.


2006 summary

For its 2006 debut on ESPN, Williams, Jr. re-recorded the MNF opening theme with an all-star jam band that included Little Richard, ?uestlove, Joe Perry, Clarence Clemons, Rick Nielsen, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels, Steven Van Zandt and others. The 2006 telecast generally began with a cinematic tease produced by Rico Labbe, Michael Sciallis and Jason Jobes. It was during one of these teases that Barack Obama spoofed his announcement for the 2008 Presidential candidacy. Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Clarence Clemons (born January 11, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American musician, best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteens E Street Band. ... Richard Nielsen (born December 22, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois) is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. ... William Bootsy Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Charles Edward Charlie Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American musician famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. ... Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. ... “Barack” redirects here. ...


The tease is followed by the show open produced by Los Angeles-based The Syndicate called Transformation. It features computer-generated imagery showing a city being transformed into a football stadium and passers-by on the street turning into players, coaches, fans, and officials set to an updated orchestral treatment of the "Heavy Action" theme song. The sequence begins every week with a different celebrity walking down the street, picking up a glowing football helmet with the ESPN logo on the side and saying, "I'm ready for some football? Are you?", thus beginning the transformation process. Celebrities for 2006 included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matthew Fox, Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton, Spike Lee, Ashton Kutcher, Samuel L. Jackson, Ludacris, Jack Black, Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Ben Stiller, Tyra Banks, Carmen Electra and Eva Longoria. Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation IPA: ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Matthew Fox (born July 14, 1966) is an actor and former model. ... Hugh Marston Hefner (born April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois), also referred to colloquially as Hef, is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. ... Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American celebrity and socialite. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... This article is about the actor. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Luda redirects here. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... James Belushi (also known as Jim Belushi) (born June 15, 1954) is an American film and television actor. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American supermodel, television personality, singer and talk show host [1][2][3] She first emerged to prominence on the catwalks of Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and New York, but her work in the commercial world was her breakthrough. ... Tara Patrick redirects here. ... For the baseball player with a similar name, see Evan Longoria. ...


Also, the stars returned in full force to the booth, though this proved to be the major criticism of the ESPN's first MNF season. On the opening weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, another celebrity turned California governor, was in the booth at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California; before that, Jamie Foxx appeared at FedExField in suburban Washington, D.C. Following them have included NBA basketball superstar Dwyane Wade,[9] Basketball Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon, comedian Jimmy Kimmel (whose opening words to Joe Theismann were "how's the leg?"), actor Sylvester Stallone, director Spike Lee, hip hop artist Jay-Z, and MNF theme singer Hank Williams, Jr. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation IPA: ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... For other uses, see Coliseum. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Jamie Foxx (born December 13, 1967) is an American actor, singer, and stand-up comic. ... FedExField (originally Jack Kent Cooke Stadium) is a football stadium located in Landover, Maryland, a community off of the Capital Beltway (I-495) in Prince Georges County near the site of the old Capital Centre later called USAir Arena. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... NBA redirects here. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional American race car driver. ... James Christian Jimmy Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian, writer, talk show host, game show host, and producer. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ... Sylvester Stallone (born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone on July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... The tone or style of this article may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


2007 summary

ESPN cut back to only one opening tease for the 2007 season. Williams Jr. and the all-star band returned, only this time they played in a "juke joint" set on a country road. The lead singer arrives in a GMC Yukon truck (GMC paid for product placement) with the license plate "BOCEPHUS", which is Williams' nickname. The Syndicate's computer-generated tease was removed and replaced by short pre-taped films focusing on a team or player in the game. Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Rural delivery service, formerly known as Rural Free Delivery (RFD), is the service by which the U.S. post office delivers mail directly to residents in rural areas. ... The Chevrolet Tahoe (and similar GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors. ... Wikibooks [[wikibooks:|]] has more about this subject: Marketing Product placement advertisements are promotional ads placed by marketers using real commercial products and services in media, where the presence of a particular brand is the result of an economic exchange. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ...


The guest visits continued: Barkley returned to the booth on September 17 in Philadelphia. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ...


Trivia

  • Monday Night Football was rarely defeated in the ratings during the 1970s. One such occasion was on October 28, 1974, when the Steelers-Falcons game was outdone by a heavily-promoted episode of the CBS comedy Rhoda, in which Rhoda Morgenstern married Joe Gerard.
  • Prior to 1978, there would be one "bye week" per season (Week 14, the last week of the regular season) in which no Monday night game would be scheduled or televised. From 1974-77, a Saturday night game was scheduled for week 14 and televised live by ABC.
  • For a time in the 1980s, ABC also aired occasional games on Thursday nights. These were billed by the network as Thursday Night Editions of Monday Night Football.
  • From 1970 to 1995, ABC affiliates in Seattle and Portland aired MNF games on a one-hour tape delay in order to accommodate local newscasts (unless the Seattle Seahawks were playing, in which case the game would be shown live). The practice, long opposed by viewers and ABC, was ended in 1996. The Seattle ABC affiliate then tried to accommodate having to show their news later than the other TV stations in the city by marketing it as "KOMO 4 News Primetime", touting it as a way to watch the news at a more convenient time than evening rush hour.
  • Additionally, this practice was done in Hawaii, where ABC affiliate KITV/Honolulu delayed the game until 6 p.m. locally, meaning either 11 p.m. or midnight eastern depending on which side of the daylight saving time date the game was played. Thus, the game, which was broadcast live on local radio, was almost over before it aired on television.
  • In the case of Guam, KTGM, the ABC affiliate in that U.S. territory, aired MNF live on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., which is due to Guam's being a day ahead of the United States.
  • Frank Gifford's Spotter from 1973-1985 was Canton native Steve Bozeka, whom he got the job from spotting a Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Gifford like him so much he talked to ABC and his first game in 1974 Green Bay vs. Buffalo. Although rarley got air time, he was always mention at the end when Howard Cosell would read the producers. He was on TV once when MNF got shot and Howard Cosell said "You see this white haired man, this is my spotter Steve Bozeka"
  • On ABC, the demand to broadcast Monday Night Football games live across the United States was difficult to reconcile with other primetime programming, which is usually set to begin at a certain local time regardless of time zone. On the East Coast, with MNF beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there were two hours of primetime in which to schedule regular programming. However, on the West Coast, the games lasted from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (or in the case of Seattle and Portland 1970 to 1995, 7:00 - 10:30 p.m.), leaving little or no time for additional network programming on Monday. Thus, network shows scheduled for primetime on the East Coast were broadcast at unusual hours on the West Coast. For instance, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO broadcast new episodes of the series Coach on Saturday afternoons.
  • In September 2005, the New Orleans Saints vacated from the Louisiana Superdome in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and were forced to move a scheduled Sunday afternoon home game against the New York Giants from New Orleans to Monday night at Giants Stadium. In a unique television doubleheader, the Saints-Giants game started at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and the first half aired on ABC; at 9 p.m. the game shifted to ESPN while ABC began its regularly-scheduled MNF game of the Washington Redskins visiting the Dallas Cowboys (the Saints-Giants game was seen in its entirety in New York, Louisiana and other hurricane-affected areas on ABC, with the regularly-scheduled MNF game shown on ESPN until the end of the first game). ABC and ESPN interspersed both games with an on-air telethon to raise money for aid to the hurricane's victims. The last two minutes of the second quarter and the entirety of the second half were not seen in Canada, as TSN, the cable network that holds the rights to ESPN NFL games but not to "MNF", chose instead to air WWE's Monday Night Raw (the highest rated show on basic USA cable), and ABC had switched to the start of the Dallas-Washington game. (TSN no longer has the rights to show Monday Night Raw and now shows all MNF games without interruption.)
  • From 1986 to 1989, Al Michaels would take one Monday night off each October to work on ABC's postseason Major League Baseball coverage. MNF would revert to a two-man booth on these occasions, with Gifford once again calling play-by-play.
  • For several occasions in the 1980s and early 1990s, the MNF broadcasting crew was used to cover one of the many college football bowl games on ABC. For example, the MNF crew of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf called the 1992 Sugar Bowl.
  • The MNF crew of Michaels, Gifford and Dierdorf made a cameo appearance in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, during the fictional Monday Night Football game in the film. Pieces of the sequence were shot around an actual Monday night game between the Cardinals and the Cowboys in 1995.
  • The first sponsor of MNF was Marlboro Cigarettes; this was before the FCC banned cigarette commercials from television.
  • As a coach, John Madden has the highest winning percentage (.740) in Monday Night Football history and he later broadcast MNF telecasts for ABC.
  • Rap group The LOX one time freestyled over the MNF theme song, which was called "Monday Nite Football". Then rapper Cam'ron made the song "Let Me Know", which samples the MNF theme song, but with a changed tempo.

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City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Marlboro logo Marlboro is a brand of cigarette made by Altria. ... FCC redirects here. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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The commentators

A complete list of broadcasters (many of whom were ex-NFL players), with their period of tenure on the show (beginning years of each season shown, as the NFL season ends in the calendar year after it begins). Game announcers used in #2 games usually come from ESPN and are included for both wild card playoff games (1995-2005 except 2002-2003 season) and #2 games:


Gary Bender (#2 play-by-play, 1987) Chris Berman (halftime host, 1996–1997 and during wild card playoffs and Super Bowls) Howard Cosell (color commentator, 1970–1983) Gary Danielson (color commentator for 2003 Wild Card Game) Eric Dickerson (sideline reporter, 2000–2001) Dan Dierdorf (color commentator, 1987–1998) Boomer Esiason...


Foreign language versions

Spanish version

Since 2006, a Spanish-language telecast is also broadcasted on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish version of ESPN and on ESPN Latin América featuring NBA and NFL play-by-play announcer Alvaro Martin, Super Bowl winner Raul Allegre as color commentator and John Sutcliffe as the field reporter. This is the same crew of La NFL Dominical, the Spanish version of ESPN Sunday Night Football, until 2005. The announcers of the second game of the 2006 doubleheader were Eduardo Varela (play-by-play), Robert Abramowitz (color) and Georgina Ruiz Sandoval (field reporter). Preceding the game NFL Esta Noche (NFL Tonight), the 30-minute pre-game show, can be seen on both networks. The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Español redirects here. ... ESPN Deportes is an cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... ESPN International is a family of networks around the world. ... Raul Allegre (born June 15, 1959) was a place kicker in the NFL. In his career he has played for the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets. ... For the football and rugby union player see John Willie Sutcliffe The British fashion designer and fetish photographer John Sutcliffe (died 1987) was famous in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s as a designer of clothes for aficionados of leather, rubber and PVC fetishism, with an emphasis on rubber and leather... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ...


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Portuguese version

Since the 1990s, ESPN Latin America has a feed in portuguese language targeted to their viewers in Brazil. Ivan Zimmermann (play-by-play), André José Adler (play-by-play), Roberto Figueroa (color), Marco Alfaro (color) among others, were the announcers broadcasting from ESPN's headquarters. Since 2006, the structure of the Brazilian feed was merged with ESPN Brasil and the broadcasting is made from São Paulo. The current announcers are Everaldo Marques (play-by-play) and Paulo Antunes (color). For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Portuguese (  or língua portuguesa) is a Romance language that originated in what is now Galicia (Spain) and northern Portugal from the Latin spoken by romanized Celtiberians about 1000 years ago. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Launched in June 1995, ESPN Brasil was the first ESPN broadcaster launched outside the United States. ... This article is about the city. ...


MNF on radio

Main articles: NFL on Westwood One and NFL on NBC Radio

Since its inception Monday Night Football has also been carried on national radio networks. The Mutual Broadcasting System aired the games initially, with Van Patrick (1970-1973) and Lindsey Nelson (1974-1977) announcing. CBS Radio (now Westwood One, which interestingly would absorb Mutual) took over in 1978 with Jack Buck and Hank Stram commentating. After a two-year stint (1985-1986) with Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy calling the games on NBC Radio, Buck and Stram resumed with CBS Radio in 1987. In 1995, Howard David and Matt Millen replaced Buck and Stram. Marv Albert and Boomer Esiason have been the MNF radio voices since 2002. The rights to all NFL games on the radio is currently owned by Westwood One, which co-produces the radiocast with CBS Radio. ... From 1985-1986, the NBC Radio Network was the official, national radio provider for National Football League games. ... The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) was an American radio network, in operation from 1934 to 1999. ... Van Patrick, Sports Broadcaster (1916–1974) Detroit Tigers baseball team play-by-play announcer 1953–1959. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... Lindsey Nelson (May 25, 1919 - June 10, 1995) was an American sportscaster best known for his broadcasts of college football and New York Mets baseball. ... The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... The CBS Radio Network provides news, sports and other programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Hank Stram (January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005), was an American Football coach. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... Don Criqui is an American football commentator for CBS, primarily working NFL games, and as of May 15, 2006, radio play-by-play man for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. ... Bob Trumpy(Born in 1945) is a former professional American Football tight end who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968 to 1977. ... The 1986 Peacock logo, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... Howard David is a veteran American sportscaster. ... Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958 in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) Punisher was here Prior to assuming leadership of the Detroit Lions in 2001, Millen was a professional football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins of the NFL. In Millens 12-year NFL... Marv Albert (born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig on June 12, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television and radio sportscaster, honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and is commonly referred to as the voice of basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ...


Slogans

  • Is it Monday Yet?
  • Are you ready for some football?
  • "I'm thinkin' about Monday"
  • I'm ready for some football. Are you?

References

  1. ^ 995themountain.com
  2. ^ washingtontimes.com
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/news/2000/0622/598628.html
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2812834&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines
  9. ^ [5]
  10. ^ match report of lowest-scoring game
  • Gunther, Marc, and Bill Carter. (1988). Monday Night Mayhem: The Inside Story of ABC's Monday Night Football. New York, NY: Beech Tree Books. ISBN 0-688-07553-3

See also

  • NFL on CBS
  • NFL on FOX
  • NFL on NBC
  • Monday Night Games Pre-1970
  • Monday Night Football: All-Time Standings
  • Monday Night Football: Series By Series History
  • Monday Night Football results (1970-1989)
  • Monday Night Football results (1990-present)

The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... NFL on FOX is the brand name of the Fox Broadcasting Companys coverage of the National Football Leagues National Football Conference games, produced by Fox Sports. ... The NFL on NBC was the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage will return to NBC for the 2006 season under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1]. // Background The... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. ... Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. ...

External links

  1. Google Video Search channel:abc title:Monday title:night title:live
  2. ESPN.com - NFL Index
    1. ABCSports.com
    2. John Madden
    3. ESPN.com - NFL - 2005 ABC Sports' MNF schedule
    4. [6] John Madden's RSS (file format) feed, available during the NFL season
  3. Monday Night Mayhem at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Jump the Shark - Monday Night Football
  5. Though well-intentioned, "MNF's" Katrina telethon was poorly executed
  6. Saying goodbye to Monday Night Football on ABC
  7. TV Theme - ABC, NFL - Are You Ready For Some Football.wav
  8. ABC Monday Night Football (1970) - 'Heavy Action' instrumental music
  9. ABC Monday Night Football (1989) - The long 'Heavy Action' instrumental version used when introducing the teams.
  10. TV Review: New 'MNF' Trio Makes Debut

  Results from FactBites:
 
Monday Night Mayhem (601 words)
The show would not simply be a broadcast of a football game, it would put viewers in the heat of the action and make them feel the drama, with strategically placed cameras and microphones, and a booth featuring not two but three announcers, who were let loose to generate excitement and stir up controversy.
Monday Night Footballandreg; was the first football coverage to use nine cameras strategically placed around the field to capture not only the action but also the reactions of the fans and the players.
MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM also analyzes the challenges that ABC faced in maintaining its franchise when hostility between Cosell, Meredith and Gifford surfaced and when Meredith left for NBC after the fourth season.
ESPN Monday Night Football (6359 words)
Monday Night Football is on ESPN after 35 years on ABC, and one of the most popular long-running shows on television.
Originally airing on the ABC network from 1970 to 2005, Monday Night Football was the second longest running prime time show on American broadcast network television (after CBS's 60 Minutes) and one of the highest-rated, particularly among male viewers.
Monday Night Football first aired on ABC on September 21, 1970, with a match between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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