Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Explaining a headline

A few people asked about the headline on the post below, so I thought I'd explain the reference.

In the early years of Monday Night Football, the broadcast team was made up of Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and former Dallas quarterback Don Meredith. I was a big Cosell fan, and Meredith brought along this sort of southern, quirky, aw-shucks quality that was very endearing. Cosell and Meredith played off each other very well.

In Cosell's autobiography, he tells the story of one MNF game in (I believe) Buffalo, in which the home team was being blown out late in the fourth quarter and half the fans had left the stadium. A cameraman focused in on a solitary fan, sitting all alone in an entire section of seats. Somehow sensing that he was on camera, the fan looked up and made the same gesture Joe Fricke is making in the picture below...on live TV.

There was a moment of silence in the booth, and then Meredith drawled, "Howard, he just means that 'we're number one'."

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