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Opening Arguments

Dandy Don

Turn out the lights, the party's over:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72.

Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She says a private graveside ceremony is being planned and that family members were traveling to Santa Fe.

I never paid much attention to the NFL until "Monday Night Football" came along, and I don't think anybody has come along since who can top the announcing team of Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.

Posted in: Sports, Television


Mon, 12/06/2010 - 1:28pm

And it all ended when we all had to learn from Cosell that John Lennon had been murdered.

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 10:48pm

As Dandy Don Meredith was often heard to sing: "Turn out the lights, the party's over. They say that all good things must end."


Kevin Knuth
Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:45am

While I really liked the classic lineup (Meredith, Cosell, Gifford), I do think Al Michaels is the best play-by-play announcer ever.

Leo Morris
Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:19am

Of all the NFL announcers out there, I like the NBC Sunday night team of Al Michaels and Chris Collingsworth in the booth and Andrea Kremer on the sidelines the best. But I'm partial to the studio roundup team on Fox Sundays -- Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw et al.