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Bye, Dandy Don

Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:04 am

Turn out the lights, the party's over.

Not over. Just moved to the heavens above.

Don Meredith, who passed away Monday,  will always be remembered for his folksy down-home style as a broadcaster on ABC's Monday Night Football during a time when that program was can't-miss television..

Who can forget his fun at the expense of Howard Cosell? Meredith always seemed to be having a ball, his infectious laugh a stark contrast to the always-serious Cosell.

But that was the way he lived. His reputation as a player was that of a quarterback who embraced all the trappings that come with playing that position in the NFL, especially for the Dallas Cowboys.

Did you ever read the book North Dallas Forty or see the movie? The quarterback is based on Meredith. Wild child.

Dandy Don.

He was also a heck of a player, which is often overlooked because of his career as an announcer and his off-field shenanigans.

I can't imagine how many times Meredith would be in the news today if he lived and played the way he did in his time with the Cowboys.

It was a different time then. We embraced the characters of the game, instead of tearing them down like we do now.

Don Meredith lived life the way we all should. He had a ton of fun.

Turn out the lights, the party's over.

Here, maybe. But you can bet Meredith is probably already ripping off one-liners to The Man above.




Category: NFL
Tags: Don Meredith

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:52 am

Bye, Dandy Don

In the early 60's, I was a pre-teen and watched Don Meredith do commercials for Shell Oil, pointing out advances made by Shell Chemists. That inspired me. About 10 years later I became the first member of my extended family to graduate from college. Of course, I majored in Chemistry. Thanks for pointing me down a long and interesting road, Dandy Don!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:21 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

>>>He was a wild child, marriages, standing up to authority, being an individual before America knew what "do your thing

America still doens't know what "do your thing," means. Every generation persists in doing what everybody else in their generation does Witness the fact that 99% of football and basketball players are tattooed like they just came out of jail, 80% or more of baseball players have some sort of facial hair, and god please god get rid of those stupid soul patches...

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:54 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

Lighten up, dude.  This isn't the place to rip Prisco.  There will be plenty of other times to do that...

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:25 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

MNF never was the same when he left. I'm happy to have lived in a time when this guy was entertaining people.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:16 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

I was 8 years old when Monday Night Football started. After that first game, I knew Mondays would never be the same. I loved Don Meredith most of all the commentators on MNF over the years. Not only did he explain the game in laymen's terms, but he had a helluva good time doing it! RIP "Dandy Don" from a longtime fan.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:12 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

Good point, Solid Gold.  You are right on the mark.

It's odd but this actually happens a lot.  People fall into the trap of writing/bitching about off field antics and then, at times, the same people say they wish there was less writing/bitching about off field antics.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:00 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

Dandy Don was a great player and an even better personality.
There was a game in the late 60s when the Dallas fans had turned against Meredith.  He took a hit and stayed on the ground.  The trainers came out and check him out.  He just laid there.  The trainers were frightened because they thought he was hurt bad.  They talk to him and he says he's okay.  He tells them, he just wanted the crowd to cheer for him.  As he got up and limped to the sideline, the crowd did exactly that.  He was a great foil to Tom Landry.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:55 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

Don was ahead of his time.  Playing college ball in the late 50's, he was preparing for the '60's.  He was a wild child, marriages, standing up to authority, being an individual before America knew what "do your thing" meant.  He was different, genuine, iconoclastic, and the most enjoyable party guy who preferred being out of the limelight.  Good thing he talked himself into MNF and Police Story . He could take notoriety or leave it.  He could have been the most famous TEXAS if he stayed in Dallas and played the part.  But the solitude of New Mexico and being his own guy appealed to his anonymous Mt. Vernon roots.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:40 pm

Bye, Dandy Don

Glad you said that Prisco because you are the biggest jerk that is always doing the "tearing down" of people because it is the easiest way to come up with an article when you have no skills. Glad to see you admit to that .

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:30 pm

Bye, Dandy Don


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