Two More Goodbyes to Dandy Don

Besides being one of those people who always left you smiling–unless you were Howard Cosell during Meredith’s second stint on Monday Night Football–   “Dandy” Don Meredith ( a name he never much liked) was a man born to shatter stereotypes.

Anyone who thinks that all pro athletes are narrow, dim neanderthals who would be selling vinyl siding if they were not playing ball  should read this nice farewell from Texas sports scribe Gary Cartwright, who, belatedly manning up, admits that he and his fellow media bloodhounds were hugely unfair to Meredith during his days as a Dallas Cowboy.

And here’s  more on Meredith’s choppy relationship with Tom Landry (he once told Landry to “slide the game plan under his hotel room door”) and with  Cosell, one of the earth’s more unpleasant people.

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One thought on “Two More Goodbyes to Dandy Don

  1. Cosell might have seemed “unpleasant” but he had genius as well.

    To set the record straight, Howard Cosell DID NOT say “Look at that little monkey run” when he was referring to Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett. Cosell made this remark 11 years earlier in 1972 in reference to a play by Kansas City Chiefs Mike Adamle. It was 1983 on Monday Night Football when Cosell made his comment about Alvin Garrett which was “That little monkey gets loose doesn’t he.”

    I am still looking for a sound byte or video clip of Howard Cosell saying “Look at that little monkey run.” I hear that it might be contained in a Preseason 1972 K.C. Chiefs @ Giants 07/29/72 “Hall of Fame” Game. Can anyone locate the actual clip?

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