With the Denver Broncos set to host the Tennessee Titans in Denver’s second home Monday night game of the 2007 season, and the second of three overall appearances –the Broncos also will play a Monday night contest at San Diego on Christmas Eve – it brings back lots of memories about playing on the national stage.
But one of my deepest memories along these lines has to do with the Broncos’ very first appearance on Monday Night Football, then an ABC production that featured Howard Cosell when he was in his prime as a celebrity journalist.
Many would say more celebrity than journalist, and it is real hard to argue with that assessment.
Monday Night Football has been part of the landscape of American society for the better part of four decades, and fans today have to strain to remember how it was once upon a time.
Most fans cannot, in fact, because they were too young then.
Denver had the Broncos, but the nation didn’t care.