YMMV / Monday Night Football

  • Dork Age: The later part of the ABC era, trying to catch up with Technology Marches On 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 "Heavy Action" theme.
    • "Are You Ready" was, of course, Hank Williams, Jr.'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.
  • Memetic Mutation: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Theismann break. 'Nuff said.
  • Never Live It Down/N-Word Privileges: Howard Cosell's infamous referral to Redskins' receiver Alvin Garrett, who is black, as "that little monkey".note  The incident eventually led to Cosell's departure from the crew.
    • Break the Haughty: The subsequent vilification this incident sparked (not helped by the fact that Cosell was rather disliked by his peers).
  • The Scrappy: Dennis Miller - for every fan who loved his out-there metaphors and similes, there were nine more who just wanted him to shut up.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Many of the standard parts of sports broadcasting - heavy use of on-screen graphics and instant replay, multiple camera angles - were innovated by MNF.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: 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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