Early 1970s: Monday Night Football announcers Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. (Charles Trainor/The Miami News)
When the Miami Dolphins play the Carolina Panthers tonight on Monday Night Football, all the action is likely to be on the field.
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But that wasn’t the case in the 1970s, when you weren’t sure what to expect — or what you’d hear — from a rowdy broadcasting crew that included Howard “Tell It Like It Is” Cosell, “Dandy” Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, and sometimes Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Alex “Mongo” Karras.
8/7/1974: Monday Night Football announcers Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford in the booth. (Bob Mack/The Miami News)
Many Monday Night announcers have come and gone (Tequesta’s Joe Namath was a color commentator in 1985), but there was nothing quite like the dream team of Cosell, Meredith and Gifford, as these photos from some of their glory night broadcasts in Miami attest.
And, no, we don’t know what Cosell is doing in a Fins uniform. But he couldn’t be much worse than this year’s squad, right? (The tape don’t lie.)
7/23/1973: Monday Night Football’s Howard Cosell dons a Miami Dolphins uniform. (Leonard Parness/The Miami News)
1981: Monday Night Football’s Frank Gifford chews on microphone. Actually he was taking off his coat and had no place to lay the microphone so he put it in his mouth. (Bill Reinke/The Miami News)
2/11/1974: Do you remember when Alex Karras, Detroit Lions legend and forever Mongo in “Blazing Saddles” was a Monday Night Football announcer? (Bill Reinke/The Miami News)