December 06, 2010

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over": Don Meredith has died at age 72. Most known as one of the original broadcast team on Monday Night Football, he was also the second player placed on the Texas Stadium Ring of Fame.

posted by dyams to football at 11:37 AM - 19 comments

R.I.P. Dandy Don


posted by BornIcon at 11:59 AM on December 06

Growing up in the late 70s, Dandy Don made Howard tolerable for me on MNF. R.I.P

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posted by Bozemanite at 12:25 PM on December 06

As thousands of people around the planet spread the news of Dandy Don's demise with the same sentence, it makes me wonder what other celebrities deserve a spot in the Wrote-Their-Own-Epitaph Hall of Fame. Meridith's is right up there with W.C. Fields' "All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

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posted by yzelda4045 at 12:38 PM on December 06

The video that goes with the post is nice because it shows Meredith at his finest, including singing the verses he (and Willie Nelson, of course) made so famous. He was a funny guy, entertaining to watch and listen to, and it actually appeared Cosell really liked the guy.

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posted by slackerman at 02:14 PM on December 06

Cosell and Meredith were one of those partnerships where regardless of personal feelings of like or dislike, each knew that he would be far less successful without the other. I don't remember either saying anything about his personal feelings about the other, but I don't think they could have stayed together for as long as they did had they truly disliked one another. I think I was with the majority of MNF watchers who thought Cosell an insufferable boor and Meredith as a likable country bumpkin. The truth is that neither entirely fit the stereotype. Their names will always be linked.

RIP Dandy Don.

On a personal note, I had the privilege of meeting Frank Gifford after a performance of Lombardi last month. We had been chatting with Dan Lauria, a friend of a friend, and he introduced us to Mr. Gifford. Quite a pleasant experience.

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posted by irunfromclones at 04:28 PM on December 06

Dandy Don. You were a big part of why I'm an NFL fan today.

posted by outonleave at 08:35 PM on December 06

Joe Posnanski on Meredith

posted by justgary at 01:43 AM on December 07

Gifford broke down talking about Meredith. I'm sorry I missed all those games; they sound like they really had a good time.

posted by bperk at 02:22 PM on December 07

Although it will sound like viewing the past through rose colored glasses, I think MNF was just never the same or as much fun after those three guys talked me through the games. My dad and brother-in-law would sing along with Joe Don at the deciding moment of a Monday night blowout. Much fun for an 8 year old kid.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:56 PM on December 07

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