* DorkAge: The later part of the ABC era, trying to catch up with TechnologyMarchesOn involving the on-screen scoreboards and first-down lines that came with it; and for one season, oddball team nicknames were used on the scoreboard rather than the cities (i.e., "Vikes" and "Pack" instead of "MIN and GB") to provide a "hipper", more informal feel for the the game.
* {{Earworm}}: Both "Are You Ready" and the classic "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Heavy Action]]" theme.
** "Are You Ready" was, of course, Music/HankWilliamsJr's ''MNF'' remake of "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight."
** In the Don Meredith years, his rendition of "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over" at the end of every game.
* MemeticMutation: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQqIQyT-RuM I wanna kiss you!]]
** A lesser known variant: In 1975, Alex Karras (filling in for the then-departed Don Meridith) quipped that Raiders lineman Otis Sistrunk was from "The University of Mars" (Sistrunk's school was listed as "U.S. Mars" which stood for "US Marines"). From then on, the Raiders' changed Sistrunk's college in their official literature from "US Mars" or "none" to "U. of Mars".
*** He wasn't far off: Mars was named for the Roman god of war.
* NightmareFuel: The Theismann break. 'Nuff said.
* NeverLiveItDown[=/=]NWordPrivileges: Howard Cosell's infamous referral to Redskins' receiver Alvin Garrett, who is black, as "that little monkey".[[note]]It's highly unlikely that Cosell, known for his vocal support of civil rights, intended a racial slur. "Little monkey" was a common nickname used by Jewish parents for little children (given that Garrett was younger than Cosell by nearly 40 years, Cosell's use of the epithet is somewhat understandable). He reportedly used it for his own grandchildren. Cosell had used it for another player in 1973 with no consequences, and Garrett himself took no offense.[[/note]] The incident eventually led to Cosell's departure from the crew.
** BreakTheHaughty: The subsequent vilification this incident sparked (not helped by the fact that Cosell was rather disliked by his peers).
* TheScrappy: Creator/DennisMiller - for every fan who loved his out-there metaphors and similes, there were nine more who just wanted him to shut up.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Many of the standard parts of sports broadcasting - heavy use of on-screen graphics and instant replay, multiple camera angles - were innovated by ''MNF''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j5NLMxXTw8 This mid-1970s MNF intro]]. (The WTF moment kicks in at the 0:20 mark.)
** Averted at least once; according to the book ''Monday Night Mayhem'', Don Meredith called one game while high on pot.
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