Monday Night Soccer Trivia – Part 1
Monday Night Football, now on ESPN, is an American institution. Many of the best games in history have been featured over the years on Monday Night Football. Monday Night Football matches have been popular with fans and players alike. Fans love it because it usually features teams that were successful during the previous season and players like it because of the national television exposure during prime time. Here are some great Monday Night Football trivia articles.
- Monday Night Football was the second-longest primetime show on the network, behind 60 Minutes.
- The number of Monday Night Football games shown on ABC during its 36-year run: 555.
- The announcer with the longest tenure on Monday Night Football was Frank Gifford, who led a third of the broadcast team from 1971 to 1998, a total of 28 years.
- The first MNF game was won by the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets on September 21, 1970.
- Only once in the history of Monday Night Football did the game end in a draw. In 1984, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants tied 20-20 in overtime.
- The New York Jets have the distinction of losing the first Monday Night Football game broadcast on ABC (to the Cleveland Browns), as well as the last MNF game broadcast on ABC (to the New England Patriots).
- 1989 was the first year that Hank Williams Jr. sang All My Rowdy Friends Are Here On Monday Night as part of the Monday Night Football performance.
- The Indianapolis Colts have the distinction of scoring the most points in a Monday Night Football game with 55 points on October 31, 1988. Two other teams have also scored 50 or more points in an MNF game: December 23 In 1991, the San Francisco 49ers scored 52 points and on December 20, 1982 the San Diego Chargers scored a nice 50-point round.
- On November 26, 2007, due to poor field conditions in Pittsburgh, the Steelers vs. The Dolphins game totaled the fewest points in MNF history with a final score of Steelers 3, Dolphins 0.
- The most one-sided game in MNF history occurred on December 19, 2005 when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Green Bay Packers by a score of 48-3 (a 45-point difference).
- The record for the most shutouts in Monday Night Football history is held by the Seattle Seahawks, having eliminated their opponents five times.
- During the 2007 season, the four ESPN Deportes Spanish-language announcers who covered Monday Night Football games announced the games from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, without once traveling to the actual games.
Monday Night Football on ABC was an American tradition in which many people scheduled their weekends. Many say it was ABC’s treatment of MNF as more than a game, but as an event in itself, that elevated the NFL above the Major Leagues as the America Game. ABC’s sister cable sports station ESPN now airs Monday Night Football, and while the channel is different, the game is still the highlight of the week in soccer.