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Manny in CA : 6/15/2019 10:27 pm

Howard was a unique and unforgettable character, who provided some of the most unforgettable moments as a sports announcer . Among several that I remember ...


1. "Down goes Fraziah, down goes Fraziah !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7V8S1O0ovc

2. The Los Angeles Ewes; I think it was either '79 or '80; Howard couldn't protest enough, nearly losing his mind, about the Los Angeles Rams cheer leaders who were so scantily dressed; just barely covering the vitals !

3. Howard and Muhammed Ali ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7V8S1O0ovc

I remember, the talk every Tuesday morning - Nobody talking about Monday Night football, just complaining about how sick they were of Howard; BUT they just couldn't get enough of him !




before the age of the internet and expanded TV coverage....  
BillKo : 6/15/2019 10:43 pm : link
...how I loved those half time highlights hoping the Giants would be on!
Howard called a Redskin running back a little monkey on MNF  
gtt350 : 6/15/2019 10:43 pm : link
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Definitely the opening  
Jay in Toronto : 6/15/2019 10:51 pm : link
Scene in Bananas
Didn't he quit calling boxing  
Jints in Carolina : 6/15/2019 10:58 pm : link
after Larry Holmes used Randall Tex Cobb as a punching bag for 15 rounds?
RE: Howard called a Redskin running back a little monkey on MNF  
mrvax : 6/15/2019 11:15 pm : link
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He said, "Look at that little monkey run!"
I couldn't stand him, probably because my dad hated him.  
smshmth8690 : 6/15/2019 11:16 pm : link
My dad would turn the sound down when he was on. He used to call Cossell a 'Front running Cowboy fan'. My dad also preferred Frazier over Ali.
Loved his appearances on "The Odd Couple"  
John In CO : 6/15/2019 11:23 pm : link
if only because it led to one of the greatest football play calls in TV history, courtesy of Felix Unger..

“Staubach takes the snap from center. He fakes a hand off to Duane Thomas elegantly and fades back to pass. He’s looking for a receiver. He can’t find one. He’s scrambling… He’s scrambling with the dexterity of a lizard. … And now he looks to run with it himself. And he’s stopped cold at the line of scrimmage. No gain on the play! … No gain, but a lesson for us all. And what is that lesson? It is the lesson that is the message of all sports. Try, try again. For all men, no matter what their race, creed or color, no matter who they are, more than money is the love of fair play…
and before all sports radio...  
BillKo : 6/15/2019 11:24 pm : link
....I remember him on WABC Radio doing a 1 minute segment called "Speaking on Sports".

"This is Howard Cossell, Speaking on Sports"...........
The monkey comment was directed at Redskins WR Alvin Garrett  
Terry in CO : 6/16/2019 1:28 am : link
who responded that he thought Cossell looked like a monkey.


OJ Simpson said to Howard something like: Howard you've proved once again you have a tremendous grasp of the obvious, to use one of your lines
Howard had some serious problems in his head ...  
Manny in CA : 6/16/2019 1:43 am : link

Which ironically brought him much success, but ultimately doomed him.
Jumping all over Keith Jackson's call of Chambliss HR  
shyster : 6/16/2019 3:01 am : link
to win the ALCS vs the Royals.

Sometimes color guys can't restrain themselves from reacting when a really big moment happens, but it's always at least somewhat in the background of the play-by-play call.

Howard just barged in to take over the call.

Of course, Jackson knew all about Howard's act, since they and Dandy Don were the original MNF trio.
“Howard Twilley, University of Tulsa”  
flycatcher : 6/16/2019 6:13 am : link
Always mentioned Tulsa when he called Dolphin’s HowardTwilley. Every game.
Well, I was just a pup, but  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 6/16/2019 6:51 am : link
didn't he announce Lennon's death on MNF?
Cossell was the best at times....  
Tark10 : 6/16/2019 7:00 am : link
Cossell made the MNF highlights fantastic. He made it sound like the clash of the titans. Hard to believe his last year doing MNF was 1983. The "pre-cable" days of TV offered little in the way of football highlights, which made those special halftime segments even more special. The golden age of MNF was the 1970's. Gifford, Cossell,and dandy Don were great!
Howard  
Gman11 : 6/16/2019 8:21 am : link
was a good fight announcer and a so-so football announcer. Still his chemistry with Meredith and Gifford worked until Cosell got a big head and acted like people tuned in just to listen to him. Then he became insufferable to listen to.
RE: and before all sports radio...  
RickInCharlotte : 6/16/2019 8:43 am : link
In comment 14473303 BillKo said:
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....I remember him on WABC Radio doing a 1 minute segment called "Speaking on Sports".

"This is Howard Cossell, Speaking on Sports"...........


Yes! 5:25 every weekday afternoon on Cousin Brucie's show. Great memories of sitting in the car after athletic practice listening to Howard.

I remember one time Morrow playing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" refrain of "I know, I know, I know..." in a loop that went into the segment and when Cosell was finished, the loop was still playing. "I know, I know, I know..." Funny enough to linger in my mind for 45 years.

We will never forget  
Cool Down : 6/16/2019 8:52 am : link
the most pompous of pompous asses!
Stood on a train platform next to Howard.  
Lurts : 6/16/2019 9:38 am : link
Dude was a solid 6'4".
At MSG...it might have been a Knicks-Bulls playoff game.  
Klaatu : 6/16/2019 9:52 am : link
My memory isn't what it used to be, but I think it was Game 1 in the series where the Bulls won in OT. Anyway...back then you could smoke in designated areas in the corridors, so it was halftime, and I'm having a smoke with a buddy, when these two huge guys in suits come walking around the bend, and my buddy says, "Hey, that's Howard Cosell." Sure enough, walking behind those two big guys and ahead of two more was Howard Cosell. The four men must have been his security. It was very weird...almost like a religious experience as they walked by, because it got real quiet, everybody stepped aside to let him and his security pass. Just a very surreal moment.
It's Cosell (not Cossell)  
Alan in Toledo : 6/16/2019 10:32 am : link
and every poster misspelled it!
Smarmy Howard and Uek is the king  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 6/16/2019 10:32 am : link
"Ueck, you don't have to get so truculent. You do know what truculent means." Uecker, without missing a beat, said: "Of course, Howard. If you had a truck and I borrowed it, it would be a truck you lent."
John Lennon  
RobCarpenter : 6/16/2019 10:47 am : link
Both when he was on MNF and when Howard announced that he had been killed.
RE: It's Cosell (not Cossell)  
Klaatu : 6/16/2019 11:22 am : link
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and every poster misspelled it!


Not every poster.
Howard’s greatest moment  
Earl the goat : 6/16/2019 12:16 pm : link
Was on the odd couple calling Felix an inane drone

Dull Bee
Cosell  
JerseyCityJoe : 6/16/2019 12:22 pm : link
Boxing very good.
Football could not stand him.
RE: Cosell  
bluepepper : 6/16/2019 12:28 pm : link
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Boxing very good.
Football could not stand him.

Baseball: absolutely horrible.
Best Cosell moment ever.  
Red Dog : 6/16/2019 1:02 pm : link
There was a bar somewhere - I don't remember and it doesn't really matter - that had a contest every Monday night prior to MNF with Cosell, Meredith, and Gifford.

The prize in the contest was a brick. The winner got to throw it through the screen of a working television as soon as Howard came on.



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Reale01 : 6/16/2019 1:20 pm : link
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He said, "Look at that little monkey run!"



It was a receiver. One of the smurfs. Clark?
All 3 of them were rock stars  
arniefez : 6/16/2019 1:20 pm : link
Cosell was the first shock jock and a great heel entertainer.
Many recollections of Cosell.  
Big Blue '56 : 6/16/2019 2:20 pm : link
I recall him doing post game radio spots for the 1962 Mets, their maiden year.

Some things never escape your memory. Here’s what I recall as if it was yesterday:

“Hello again everybody, this is Howard Cosell, along with Big Ralph number 13 Branca, in the wrap up edition of Clubhouse Journal, brought to you this evening and every evening, by your local Midas Muffler dealer.”
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flycatcher : 6/16/2019 3:43 pm : link
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He said, "Look at that little monkey run!"




It was a receiver. One of the smurfs. Clark?

Alvin Garrett. I heard that live when it happened, to me it didn’t sound like Cosell meant it as an epithet, but rather in the excitement of a big play he unintentionally chose a really bad word to describe a quick and agile small guy.
His description of OJ Simpson making a big run  
Ron from Ninerland : 6/16/2019 3:43 pm : link
The juice is on the loose !
Howard Cosell  
yalebowl : 6/16/2019 4:46 pm : link
When he had too much to drink during one game and threw up on Dandy Don Meredith’s boots. He had the flu of course.
My favorite Cossell moment  
mavric : 6/16/2019 5:02 pm : link
He was interviewing Leon Spinx before a big boxing match. He asked Leon if he learned anything from his last fight (a boxer that I can't remember). Leon responded, "yeah, I'm a lot more not dumber now". I laughed my ass off and said to the tv, "oh yes you are Leon", LOL
Howard was a dickhead ...  
Spider56 : 6/16/2019 5:32 pm : link
Smart and eloquent ... but still a dickhead,
Cosell was perfect for lazy fans.  
3putt : 6/16/2019 5:58 pm : link
All they had to do was parrot Howard.
LIVE  
Simms : 6/16/2019 6:00 pm : link
What was amazing Cossell did those halftime highlights live off the cuff.

A brilliant mind, never quite suited for the broadcast booth.
Imo Cosell and Marty Glickman  
NikkiMac : 6/17/2019 9:06 am : link
Were the best ever at their craft
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schabadoo : 6/17/2019 10:59 am : link
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He said, "Look at that little monkey run!"




It was a receiver. One of the smurfs. Clark?


Alvin Garrett. I heard that live when it happened, to me it didn’t sound like Cosell meant it as an epithet, but rather in the excitement of a big play he unintentionally chose a really bad word to describe a quick and agile small guy.


He had used it before, describing small, quick players:
College game with Mike Adamle - ( New Window )
He was the definition of Obnoxious...  
x meadowlander : 6/17/2019 1:23 pm : link
...but after Summerall/Madden, Gifford/Meredith/Cossell were my favorite football commentator-team of all time.

Howard had a knack for changing his opinions over the course of a game - I can remember multiple times where moments after criticizing a player, he'd sing the praises of the same athlete after a good play.
Loved his interviews  
Bubba : 6/17/2019 1:31 pm : link
Ali/Clay.
RE: Howard called a Redskin running back a little monkey on MNF  
Percy : 6/17/2019 1:55 pm : link
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Sad to have this error be the tombstone of his career, but it was and is.
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