December 27, 2005

Game Over, man.

Yesterday marked the end of an era, at least for us football fans. Yesterday was the very last Monday Night Football (MNF) game on ABC. On September 21, 1970, this tradition of football during primetime started and was the longest running primetime sports show in history. Effectively covering 36 seasons, this show became a staple for football fans around the country.

As I am in my early thirty’s, I can’t remember a time when there was not MNF, so last nights lack-luster game with all of its clips and highlights was difficult to watch. Not because the game was crappy, but because of what it symbolized, the end of an era. When I was younger, I remember watching the games with my dad. The times we spent talking about the teams, the players, the plays; it was a special time for us. As I got older, I always found MNF to be a welcome distraction to the different troubles that lives throw your way.

Sure, they are still going to show Monday night games on ESPN, but that’s just not that same. The game isn’t going to start with the traditional, “Are you ready for some football?” song by Hank Williams Jr.. Sure, they are still going to have annoying announcers, but damn! No John Madden and Al Michaels babbling about the plays in some inane commentary, no on-screen doodling by Madden to try to make sense of his babbling, no long winded stories by Michaels to try to give some semblance of importance to what he is saying, it’s all gone. There will be no more “Horse Trailer” Player of the Game. Nothing will be the same!

It’s not just the football that made MNF great; it was the whole production that made MNF what it was. I’m sure there are many out there don’t understand what I’m talking about and think I’m going even further off of my rocker, but to the football junkies out there, you understand. You all know exactly what I am saying.

Farewell MNF, life will not be the same with out you. Thank you Meredith, Cosell, Gifford, Madden and Michaels for all the memories. Thank you.

Posted by Contagion in Football at December 27, 2005 04:17 PM | TrackBack

It hit me as well, brother.

(Tipping my 40 on the curb.)

Posted by: Toluca Nole at December 27, 2005 07:28 PM

Wonder if they'll finally get Rush Limbaugh on board?

Or better yet, bring back Dennis Miller.

Yeah, he was a fish out of water in that job, but at least when he rambled off-topic, he didn't sound like Grandpa Simpson.

Unlike some John Maddens I could mention.

Posted by: Harvey at December 27, 2005 09:12 PM

I loved John Madden and his doodling. It cracked me up.

Posted by: Bou at December 27, 2005 10:29 PM

Meh...they moved it to ESPN, oh well.

Posted by: littlejoe at December 28, 2005 01:36 PM

I have to admit that I will miss MNF, BUT, on the other hand it is a buisiness and I don't think it had enough viewers to warrant coming back for another dismal season. I am looking forward to seeing how ESPN will approach it. As long as J. Thiesman stays out of the booth it can't be that bad can it? I'll tune in for sure, heck it's football right?

On a different note, I too, am excited about the Raptors coming to town! I choose not to get season tickets because I know I will not make every game but will be at the opener with my 2 boys for sure and as many others as I can make!!!


Posted by: Ted I at January 7, 2006 12:55 PM