Viewers of the Bears Must Pass “The Great Wall of Levy” in “Monday Night Football”
THE Bears’ FIRST appearance on “Monday Night Football” was on October 5, 1970.
Keith Jackson, Don Meredith, and Howard Cosell called the Grid Pantomime.
Mike Hull led Jim Dooley’s Wayward Monsters with 21 rushing yards. Jack Concannon added 140 in the air.
The Bears lost a 7-0 halftime lead. Joe Schmidt and the pals won 28-14.
“MNF” was a new American television phenomenon, soon to be nearly as big as “Marcus Welby, MD”
Meredith and Cosell were already bigger than most games and certainly this one.
The meetings of the United Auto Workers in Livonia were more important than this one.
MONDAY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH, the country’s growing Ginsu video bread will want more when Justin Fields and the Bears visit Heinz Field.
Many will definitely want more than the current ESPN / ABC broadcast trio – Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick.
Griese and Riddick are the analysts. They are serious and informed guys.
And they also look way too similar.
So much so that Griese – bless me – started opening up some of his comments by saying, “You know, Louis …”
At least it shows the kind of ingenuity a Purdue graduate dad can generate.
As for LEVY, his presence turns shallow waters from “annoying” to “boring”.
Somewhere along the line it must have been in a Toastmasters International session where the touchpoint for the day was: “” More robust “equates to” Deeper. “
It is the double “L” of the quality free fall at ESPN.
For the Chicago faithful who always watch NFL games in real time, there has never been a better night to opt for a home visit like that of Jeff Joniak and the very verbose Tom Thayer on WBBM-AM ( 780).
It’s a home visit that even Marcus Welby, MD, would likely sign.
FAR TOO GOOD by Jim Souhan of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
“Big news in NFC North – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to miss at least 10 days because he’s unvaccinated and Bears coach Matt Nagy to return from COVID protocols, hurting both chances of victory teams this week. “
The Defeated Bears went from plus-5 to just plus-6 ½. The suggestion is that something “very pixie” could be in the fall air on the north coast of Allegheny.
Yes, the Bulls are fun to watch again. And yes, DeMar DeRozan is an alpha force in the NBA – at least in regular season games. But no, Zach LaVine has yet to lose his “flashy scorer who should be traded” tag. He remains Reggie Theus without the beauty of the big screen or the uber theatrical charisma. …
Dave Eanet has confirmed that the “Hamp and O’B” meow will be present before and after the Bears-Steelers on Monday night. (Does Bob Sirott fully realize the ambient strengths he has in Eanet and Dean Richards? Now if WGN-AM chief (720) Mary Sandberg Boyle could only elevate the rest of the dead day programming? of the inherited station.) …
An absolutely wonderful column by Brandon Veale of The Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune on the residue of the Blackhawks abuse scandal. Veale was the sports editor of the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton, Mich., When disgraced video coach Brad Aldrich committed his first criminal offense. (Google appropriate words.) …
Hawk-eyed Connie Kowal notes that Hoffman Estates High grad graduate Sal Fasano (class of 89) just landed his first World Series ring as the Braves coach. The Sharper MLB media have long argued that Fasano – the son of Vince and Nellie Fasano – is one of the most gracious people in the game. …
This Jed Hoyer press cadre of apologists is sincere. But too many of them have also frequented the privileged areas of Wrigley Field for too long and have lost their objectivity. (Does anyone remember, “The future is now?”) …
WMVP-AM (1000) is supposed to be rudderless. But the meander of Good Karma Brands continues to close the audience gap on the sleepy WSCR-AM (670). Anyone who thought the whimsical Jonathan Hood would be part of “The Answer?” …
Suburban organic food baron Bill Weiland made Mickey Johnson’s Halloween at a recent Bulls game when he reminded the Aurora College alum from the night he had to block a tryout. tomahawk by Julius Erving. Johnson’s feet had to be tied to the floor of the suite for the rest of the evening. …
NBA all-time player Brian McIntyre, one of the greatest sports media relations experts in the genre’s history, is on the mend at his home in New Rochelle, NY. (It’s just down the boardwalk where Rob and Laura Petrie lived.)
There was a good reason new DePaul HC Tony Stubblefield and his men’s team played little Montevallo (Alabama) in his only exhibition game – that’s the alma mater of the Blue Demons freshman athletic director. DeWayne Peevy. (Stubblefield took his foot off the accelerator in a 67-63 tune.) …
Resilient Rocky Lombardi and Northern Illinois continue to forge a November filled with midweek nightly games against Ball State on Wednesday (ESPN2, 6 p.m.). Thomas Hammock and the resourceful Huskies cling to first place in the MAC-West. …
Where does the buffalo roam from, why does Troy Aikman turn “hard” into a two-syllable word? It’s reminiscent of when the great Bob Lilly – “Mr. Cowboy” – shot a commercial for a razor and required repeated takes because he kept saying “don’t do” like “not wrong.” …
And the heat-seeking Taylor Bell on David Kaplan’s recent 25-minute bio-drone at the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame dinner: “He probably must have reminded everyone he’s still working in Chicago.”
• Jim O’Donnell’s Sports and Media column appears Thursday and Sunday. Contact him at [email protected]