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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    R.I.P. Dandy Don.....I'm sure Hank Hill and the boys in the alley would be crackin a cold one for ya.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    When I was a kid I remember "Dandy" Don, Frank and Howard Cosell in the booth on Monday nights...those three were larger than life. Everyone knew who they were. He was very entertaining during his time in the booth.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    He walked away from the game at 31. "I tried to talk him out of it," Cowboys Coach Tom Landry said, "but when you lose your desire in this game, that's it."
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    Wow, sorry to hear of his passing; I thought he really made MNF back in the days with Cosell.


    Also hard to believe he lost his passion for the game at age 31. I'll never forget watching him in the "Ice Bowl" vs the Packers.


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    Dandy Don Meredith dies

    Before my time but football icon died today.

    Dallas Cowboys QB, MNF icon Don Meredith dies at age 72 - ESPN Dallas



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    Re: Dandy Don Meredith dies

    Sad to hear. He was the perfect sidekick for Cosell and those two made MNF a must see event. RIP.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    ♪♫ Turn-out the lights, the party's over...♪♫
    (just paraphrasing a simple tune he used to sing whenever a game became immediately out of reach) He will be missed.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    One great story from Monday Night Football was one cold night in Philadelphia, Howard Cossell was having trouble with the game, slurring his speech, obviously drunk. Howard said he was sick and eventually they took him out of the booth, so Don takes over the play by play and he says: "This is Don, folks. Howard's sick. Matter of fact, he just go sick all over my boots."

    R.I.P. "Dandy" Don



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    Go Cowboys.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    The original MNF was truly a trend setter and owes much of it's success to Dandy Don. I believe that it was the first production to elevate the color guys to equal or even above the play by play guy. It was also the first or at least one of the first broadcasts to put 3 guys in the booth. Cosell always had an air of superiority as he always acted like he was the serious journalist paired with a couple of ex-jocks. Gifford was OK as the p-b-p guy and almost always paid homage to Cosell. Meredith was the opposite - he routinely infuriated Cosell by either challenging his points or outright making fun of him. The interaction was pure genius and will probably never be matched.



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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    Quote Originally Posted by cigaretteman View Post

    Had to pause for a moment of silence today at work when I heard the news. Loved Dandy Don on Monday Night Football. Will always remember "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over" and when he talked about his parents. I can't remember his dad's name but his mom was Hazel. He would say "Fred or Frank, (something like that) and Hazel's boy" or "Fred and Hazel back home in Mt. Vernon, TX!" Fond memories of the Dandaroo!!


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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    ABC nailed a winner with MNF & Dandy Don was the hammer!


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    Re: RIP Don Meredith

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone96 View Post
    One great story from Monday Night Football was one cold night in Philadelphia, Howard Cossell was having trouble with the game, slurring his speech, obviously drunk. Howard said he was sick and eventually they took him out of the booth, so Don takes over the play by play and he says: "This is Don, folks. Howard's sick. Matter of fact, he just go sick all over my boots."

    R.I.P. "Dandy" Don
    Howard was in the bag for a lot of MNF games. I stood right behind him in the pressbox in Chicago and I would say he wasn't so much drunk as sedated. It seemed to wear off as the awful game unfolded.
    At the conclusion, we asked Howard for an autograph as the broadcast team was walking out. He said something about being late for dinner reservations and kept walking.
    The crazy thing was, they got about 100 yards away and Alex Karras and Frank Gifford turned around, came back, and signed our programs.
    Actual quote from Frank, "The hell with Howard".



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