Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Monday night memories

Here’s something I almost forgot…

If you need a reminder of how deeply ABC/ESPN sucks on Brett Favre’s rotting carcass, did you see the “Top Ten Plays in MNF History”?

What a complete load of shit.  The top play?  A fluke catch by Antonio Freeman against the Vikings.  Somehow that managed to trump Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run, Bo Jackson’s 91-yard run, and John Taylor’s amazing TWO 90-plus yard touchdown receptions in a single game (which appallingly didn’t even make the top ten).

Instead they list shit like Jumbo fucking Elliott catching a touchdown.  Oh, like offensive linemen NEVER catch touchdown passes around the goal line.  Yeah, surprised it wasn’t Refrigerator Perry or someone equally media-fuckable.  They also list Brett Favre’s post-Dad game against the execrable Raiders.  Listen, Favre had a terrible game, it’s just that the Raider DBs had a worse game.  I’ve never seen DBs collide so many times chasing passes like that.

Anyway, since MNF was such a huge part of my life, I wanted to post MY top-ten moments in MNF history:

10. Jerry Rice breaking the touchdown record against the Raiders.  The 49ers had already blown them out and went deep anyway just so Jerry could break the record at home.  
9. Cosell saying “Look at that little monkey go!” about Alvin Garrett, ex-smurf who became a symbol of NFL political correctness.
8. Cosell announcing the death of John Lennon.  I actually remember hearing him say it.
7. The first time I heard “Are you ready for some footballllll?”.  It (briefly) reinvigorated a dying industry.
6. Earl Campbell against the Dolphins.  I still have no idea how that DB missed tackling him.  He had the angle and seemed to just be pacing Earl for the last thirty yards.
5. Bo Jackson’s run against the Seahawks.  No, not the one where he went 90 yards.  The one where he blew a hole in Brian Bosworth.
4. The guy giving the finger to the camera in Houston.  Classic TV.
3. OK, I’ll give Dorsett this one.  99 yards deserves some props.
2. John Taylor’s TWO 90+ yard touchdowns, both on 15 yard pass plays, and some great downfield blocking from Jerry Rice.  Amazing, and something we’re not likely to ever see again.
1. Theismann.  LT.  SNAP!  Over and over and over and over again.  


At 3:09 PM, Blogger AlCantHang said...

I didn't see the ESPN Top 10 list so I don't know if this one on there. The Joe Montana with the Chiefs comeback game was classic.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger TenMile said...

Bosworth eventually admitted he had no chance with that - though the look on his face at the time was one of complete disbelief. 'Course, even then he was selling those Hate Bosworth T-Shirts at the front gate. Maybe he shouldn't have over ridden the Oka Coach that cut him.

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list. Have to agree with the Montana moment and add in that nutcase in Chicago who leaped from the bleachers to catch the ball after it went through the uprights.


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I think the Jets/Dolphins comeback game should be up there.

But that Bo owns The Boz run should get more air time.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger shag773 said...

The Randall Cunningham play from 1988 when Carl Banks goes for Randall's legs, he stays on his feet, regains his balance and throws a strike to Jimmie Giles to win the game. One of the ten greatest plays of ever seen, much less on Monday night.


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