Monday Night Football Debuts
The first Monday Night Football aired with the Cleveland Browns beating the New York Jets. Complex Magazine has put together a list of the top 25 MNF moments. Below are three from the list in chronological order.
Howard Cosell Announces Death of John Lennon (1980)
I was huge John Lennon fan and still am a huge Patriot fan. Cosell announced Lennon’s death just before the Pats were going to attempt a game-winning field goal that would determine if they made the playoffs or not. My father blamed Cosell for jinxing Patriot kicker Jon Smith, while I was in shock.
Lawrence Taylor Ends Joe Theisman’s Career (1985)
I was in Washington at the time and remember Theisman being booed earlier in the game and many fans were thrilled by his replacement – Jay Schroeder (who never fully recovered from a concussion from the Giants in an NFC championship game).
MNF NFL WTF? The Touchception (2012)
Replacement refs decide that Seattle’s Hail Mary on the final play is a touchdown, an interception, a touchdown, an interception (with apologies to Chinatown fans). The league settled with the striking refs days after.