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Turn out the lights -- RIP Don Meredith

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MileHigh, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    RIP, Danderoo.
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Dandy Don, on the air for the first Monday Night Football game in Denver, in 1973: "We're in the Mile High City and I sure am."
  4. Seventy two is too young.

    What a character.
  5. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    Extremely interesting character. Read Pete Gent's "North Dallas Forty" for what I'm told is a pretty accurate, although occasionally exaggerated, picture of Meredith with the Cowboys. Loved watching him and Cosell mix it up on the original MNF. Heard he became pretty much a recluse in his latter years out in Santa Fe, even from his old teammates. RIP, Dandy Don.
  6. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    His passing is certainly timed where they can give him a proper acknowledgement on MNF tonight.
  7. Just_An_SID

    Just_An_SID Active Member

    Enjoyed watching him on MNF while I was growing up. It was the show you had to watch to get highlights from the Sunday games (we used to do anything to stay up until halftime to catch those highlights).

    Now. . . highlights are everywhere.

    RIP Don.

  8. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    When he lost to the pack in 67 the tears on his cheek turned to ice..After Bart Starr's QB sneak behind Jerry Kramer. He was brutalized in that game by the Packer D. Starr had a very good game in very tough conditions while Dandy Don was whacked around like a Penatta.

    Very engaging guy and was the perfect foil to Cossell.


  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    What a damn shame.
    Never saw him play, but how many color guys have tried (and failed) to do what he was able to do? The guy was a natural.
  10. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Really, this comes as a shock. I loved the guy when I was a kid. I listened to MNF as much to hear him shove it back at Cosell as anything.

    My two favorite Dandy moments:

    1. Giants are playing the Cowboys (and they made a big deal of Gifford's former team playing Meredith's former team). Game is a real stinker, with several turnovers by both teams. At one point, Cosell pontificates: "Gentlemen, neither of your respective teams is distinguishing themselves tonight." To which Meredith says, "Well, Howard, at least we had respective teams."

    2. Another stinker game, one-sided in favor of the road team, and the crowd start's leaving early. The camera pans in the crowd and settles on one guy who appears to be snoozing. He wakes up and fires the bird to the camera. Meredith says, "Guys, he's just saying that we're No. 1."
  11. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    dammit. rip, dandy don.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    No. 1 just made me crack up laughing.

    I only have vague memories of Dandy Don on MNF, since it was usually at my bedtime, but it always seemed like he was a lot of fun.

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