Monday Night Football celebrated its amazing Fiftieth Anniversary this week and I enjoyed all the clips of Howard, Frank, and Dandy Don. Plenty of people want to ‘boycott’ the NFL this season, but I’m not going to get into that here.
When I was a kid in the 1970s and early-1980s Monday Football was a big deal. I remember doing a speech about how popular MNF was when I was a sophomore in high school – and that was almost 40 years ago. Even though it moved from broadcast to ESPN cable in the last few years, it was still the highest-rated show on Monday nights every single week last year. That’s 16 weeks in a row.
At MegaCorp, MNF was always a good ‘chat’ with coworkers on Monday. Who’s playing? What’s the line? Anyone for your Fantasy Football team playing? After the long, first day of the work week it was nice to have something to look forward to.
In early retirement, I probably watch sports more now than I did then. I even like Thursday Night Football now that it has become a regular thing, especially if one of the teams I have a rooting interest in is playing (#GoPackGo / #SkolVikings). Since the games sometimes go late, it’s nice not to since have to get up early the next morning.
I know politics is ruining pro sports for many people, but I’m just ignoring the off-field and pre-game activities and enjoy watching the game. Anyone still with me? If not, what else are you doing on Monday Nights?