Cosell died 13 years ago today from a heart embolism in New York City. I thought I would honor his great work with some YouTube clips of him in action.
Cosell influenced popular culture more than probably any other sports broadcaster. He was the face of broadcasting. His legacy still lives on in movies today.
In Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Cotton McKnight, the announcer, makes the epic call "Down Goes Goodman! Down goes Goodman." It's a spoof of Cosell's call the 1973 George Forman and Joe Frazier fight. When Forman knocks Frazier out, Cosell calls it as "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"
Cosell was not afraid to call out an athlete or speak his mind about him. He claimed Muhammad Ali would lose to George Forman in the Rumble in the Jungle and then Ali would retire promptly after the fight. Cosell gave Ali bulletin board material with what he had to say.
Cosell and Monday Night Football had an odd relationship with John Lennon. The former Beatle appeared on MNF as a guest with Cosell talking about the differences between rugby and American football.
John Lennon would reappear on MNF, but for the wrong reason. Howard Cosell broke the news to the country that Lennon had been killed outside his apartment. The YouTube clip of this isn't embeddable, so here's the link.
Cosell also was a columnist for the New York Daily News. Here he does a Daily News commercial with Mike Lupica all the way back in 1985.
Cosell also hosted his own comedy show on ABC called "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell." The show only last three months, but it gave us this great skit with Dean Martin and Dick Martin.
"This is the theme of MNF WAY before Hank and are you ready stuff. This is for us old timers who remember when MNF was great and looked forward to. "
R.I.P. Howard Cosell (3/25/1918 - 4/23/1995)
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