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'Dandy' Don Meredith dies at 72
Fox News and AP ^ | 12/06/2010 | AP

Posted on 12/06/2010 1:15:51 PM PST by Loud Mime

Don Meredith, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who served as a folksy foil for Howard Cosell on ABC's ''Monday Night Football'' and helped carve out the niche for colorful ex-athlete broadcasters, has died. ''Dandy Don,'' as he was known, was 72.

Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press her husband died Sunday in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith's side when he died.

''He was the best there was,'' she said Monday, describing him as kind, warm and funny. ''We lost a good one.''

(Excerpt) Read more at msn.foxsports.com ...


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KEYWORDS: athletes; cowboys; dallascowboys; donmeredith; meredith; nfl; obituary; trifecta
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1 posted on 12/06/2010 1:15:55 PM PST by Loud Mime
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To: Loud Mime

Turn out the lights, the party’s over.


2 posted on 12/06/2010 1:17:29 PM PST by Coronal
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To: Loud Mime

So long Dandaroo. Now riding that Wabash Cannonball in the sky.


3 posted on 12/06/2010 1:18:22 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: mainepatsfan

ping


4 posted on 12/06/2010 1:18:42 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: Loud Mime
Some great commentary here too.
5 posted on 12/06/2010 1:19:57 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe!)
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To: Loud Mime

Interesting. They slightly changed the text

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2638184/posts


6 posted on 12/06/2010 1:20:56 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Coronal

I remember Don’s laughter during one MNF game. Vince Evans was TERRIBLE, he threw interceptions and fumbled the ball away. After Evans was replaced and the Bears started to gain yardage under their new QB, the crowd started chanting “We Want Evans!”

Even Gifford had trouble with the laughter.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 1:22:20 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: AppyPappy

....and my search turned up nothing. arrgh.


8 posted on 12/06/2010 1:23:53 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: Coronal

9 posted on 12/06/2010 1:24:19 PM PST by stevecmd
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To: Loud Mime
A couple of other threads if anyone is interested in viewing the comments thereon:

Cowboys' Don Meredith dies after brain hemorrhage  ^
 
12/06/2010 9:38:35 AM PST · by STARWISE · 63 replies
AP/Breitbart ^ | 11-6-10 | Susan Montoya Bryan
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72. Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith's side when he died. "He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one." She said a private graveside service was being planned and that...
 

Legendary Cowboys, SMU quarterback Don Meredith dies ^
 
12/06/2010 7:38:36 AM PST · by John W · 96 replies
The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 6, 2010 | Bras Townsend
Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys and SMU quarterback and Monday Night Football icon, died Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72. Meredith died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman confirmed this morning. The Meredith family's attorney, Lisa Fine Moses, said his wife, Susan, and daughter Mary were at his side. Meredith had battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004.
 


10 posted on 12/06/2010 1:24:34 PM PST by deport
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To: Loud Mime

His role on MNF made it easy to forget just how good of a quarterback he was.


11 posted on 12/06/2010 1:25:17 PM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Loud Mime
Don Meredith was in some of the best episodes of Police woman.
I remember when that Earl Holloman’s character criticized Meridith's for using a larger than standard department firearm. Don had a 1911, if I am flashing back on both cylinders, He said he didn't like those itty bitty guns.
Cool as Dean Martin.
12 posted on 12/06/2010 1:27:49 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Loud Mime

I remember the TV camera turned to some kid sitting in the almost stands at an Oilers game, when they were getting pummeled. When he saw the camera was on him he very calmly flipped the bird to all the Monday Night Football viewers. Meridth said something like, “He’s just saying the Oilers are number one!”

Rest in peace Dandy Don Meredith.


13 posted on 12/06/2010 1:29:41 PM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: dfwgator
I think I remember some good passes by Meredith to Bob Hayes, fastest man alive..
14 posted on 12/06/2010 1:31:50 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: frithguild
Gosh I feel old!

I lost a brother to this same problem when he was only fifty. But ya know, if you're gonna go by something, this is a truly painless way to go.

Gosh I feel old!

15 posted on 12/06/2010 1:34:04 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; akorahil; albee; Americanwolf; ...

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16 posted on 12/06/2010 1:38:02 PM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: Perdogg


17 posted on 12/06/2010 1:42:33 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: Loud Mime

My favorite story about Dandy Don when led the Cowboys to win over the Redskins almost the length of field with no timeouts and a punctured lung.


18 posted on 12/06/2010 1:44:01 PM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: kbennkc
"I think I remember some good passes by Meredith to Bob Hayes, fastest man alive."

Hayes was enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001 and was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009."

19 posted on 12/06/2010 1:45:11 PM PST by blam
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To: MHGinTN
You feel old! I can remember trying to find a parking spot on someones front lawn at the old Cotton Bowl and then sitting on pillows and shivering under blankets that we brought to the game (along with a flask of something to ward off the cold) but it was worth it to watch him throw “Hail Marys” to Bob Hayes....and who could forget the Green Bay/Dallas Super Bowl with everyone freezing in the snow.....I will really, really miss him.
20 posted on 12/06/2010 1:47:36 PM PST by when the time is right
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To: kbennkc

Bob Hayes rests in an unmarked grave, even though admirers have offered to pay for a tombstone. I suspect that his family is trying to shakedown the admirers, who quite reasonably, will not play that game.


21 posted on 12/06/2010 1:49:22 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: when the time is right

Green Bay/Dallas played a classic NFL championship game, never in a Superbowl. Unless and until one of them changes conferences, they never will. (Green Bay went on to beat KC in the Superbowl, iirc.)


22 posted on 12/06/2010 1:53:06 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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i remember in the 70’s, the Cleveland Browns had a WR named Fair Hooker..well. sure enough, Meredith mentioned the name , then dead-panned, “i never met one yet”...he was cool..no doubt.


23 posted on 12/06/2010 1:53:14 PM PST by basalt
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i remember in the 70’s, the Cleveland Browns had a WR named Fair Hooker..well. sure enough, Meredith mentioned the name , then dead-panned, “i never met one yet”...he was cool..no doubt.


24 posted on 12/06/2010 1:53:48 PM PST by basalt
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To: MHGinTN

“He’s a perfectionist. If he was married to Raquel Welch, he’d expect her to cook.” ~ Don Meredith on Coach Landry

“If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you’d get the ball to Walt Garrison, he’d get ya five. And if was third down and ya needed 20 yards, if you’d get the ball to Walt Garrison, by God, he’d get you five.” ~ Don Meredith on Walt Garrison


25 posted on 12/06/2010 1:54:12 PM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: Loud Mime

That was back when even the lousy blow-out Monday Night Football games were fun to watch.


26 posted on 12/06/2010 1:54:32 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Loud Mime
I was stationed at Perrin AFB on Lake Texoma. I grew up in NJ and was a Giant fan but I attended my first Cowboy game at the Cotton bowl on Sept 18, 1966.

I became a lifelong Cowboy fan from that day forward 'cause of Dandy Don and his marelous play. He and Bob Hayes dismantled the Giants 52 to 7. The Dallas Sports writers said that Dandy Don was a thorn in Landry's side cause of his extemporaneous play calling. I'm sure that the two will flap their wings at each other.

27 posted on 12/06/2010 1:55:44 PM PST by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: Coronal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEqFLI6sMu0&feature=related


28 posted on 12/06/2010 2:02:52 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Loud Mime

His famous end of the the game quote fits here: Turn out the lights, the party’s over.


29 posted on 12/06/2010 2:03:13 PM PST by fish hawk (HE)
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To: Loud Mime

May he rest in peace.


30 posted on 12/06/2010 2:04:45 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: Loud Mime
Sorry to see his passing,but he came from a time when the NFL was known for really good football.Not a lot of overpaid prima donna's.
31 posted on 12/06/2010 2:05:11 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

ya your are right...it was 1966 or 1967 and the NFL championship....not sure if it was the year of the first Super Bowl or not.


32 posted on 12/06/2010 2:08:07 PM PST by when the time is right
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To: Perdogg

Meredith had a reputation of being a party guy off the field, and he thought football should be fun on the field, which led to conflict with Tom Landry on more than one occassion.

Inspite of his wild and crazy guy personality, he played through an amazing amount of injuries, including playing with fractured ribs. After the play that knocked him down and fractured his ribs, Meredith couldn’t get up and asked his teammates to lift him up to his feet, telling them he could play if he could just stand up. He completed the game.

In later years Landry would call Meredith the toughest player he ever coached. Teammate Lee Roy Jordan also said he (Jordan) had seen a lot of tough players, and Meredith was the toughest of them all.


33 posted on 12/06/2010 2:10:46 PM PST by Stevenc131
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To: Young Werther

“The Dallas Sports writers said that Dandy Don was a thorn in Landry’s side cause of his extemporaneous play calling.”

Sounds just like Brett Favre. Always annoying his coaches with unplanned audibles.


34 posted on 12/06/2010 2:11:23 PM PST by Strk321
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To: Stevenc131

I wonder how accurate the portrayal of Meredith was in the movie “North Dallas Forty.”


35 posted on 12/06/2010 2:13:03 PM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Perdogg
Cossell: "Well, Danderoo. You could certainly say there is a plethora of passing on the field tonight."

Meredith: "I don't know about that Howard, but they sure are throwing the ball around a lot."

36 posted on 12/06/2010 2:13:03 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: Loud Mime

Sad day for Cowboy fans.


37 posted on 12/06/2010 2:13:50 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: dfwgator

“I wonder how accurate the portrayal of Meredith was in the movie “North Dallas Forty.”

Someone asked Meredith about the book, and his quote was “I’m in there”. As in most cases, the book is better than the movie, although the movie is good.


38 posted on 12/06/2010 2:17:35 PM PST by Stevenc131
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I can see Tom Landry up there rolling his eyes knowing that now he’s going to have to deal with Dandy Don again.


39 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:12 PM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: MHGinTN

“But ya know, if you’re gonna go by something, this is a truly painless way to go”

You know, we hear all this talk of living as long as possible, but it may be better to go in your 70s when you’re still able-bodied and have all your mental faculties than go in your 90s and be a senile wreck in a nursing home.

My grandfather went at 74 (heart failure) while getting ready to help a neighbor with something. Not really that bad of a way to die, if you think about it.


40 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:44 PM PST by Strk321
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To: Perdogg

When Dan Fouts was being bashed backwards by a defender, he completed an unbelievable pass to Chuck Muncie, who caught it in perfect stride and ran for a first down.

You could sense Meredith’s appreciation of that pass by emphasizing “Just a shade shy of perfect.” Meredith loved to announce games that Fouts played in.


41 posted on 12/06/2010 2:26:03 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: Loud Mime

You just know he’s annoying the hell out of Howard Cosell somewhere...

RIP Dandy Don


42 posted on 12/06/2010 2:30:24 PM PST by random_user_827 ((d) buy a new computer, this one's toast)
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To: Loud Mime
:(
43 posted on 12/06/2010 2:31:21 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: savedbygrace

Every one seemed to do a Howard impression. Can’t remember anyone doing a Meredith impression. Guess he was inimitable.


44 posted on 12/06/2010 2:39:19 PM PST by DManA
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To: Loud Mime

RIP Don Meredith. A great football player and one heckuva entertaining sportscaster. He will be missed


45 posted on 12/06/2010 3:19:48 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Communist Chinese workers aren't paying for those welfare and unemployment benefits)
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To: Loud Mime

On playing for Tom Landry: “He’s such a perfectionist that if he were married to Dolly Parton he’d expect her to cook.”

His comment when Vice President Spiro Agnew visited the Monday Night booth: “I didn’t vote for you, but you do have a nice suit on.”

Meredith- “If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, wouldn’t it be a merry Christmas?”

On teammate Walt Garrison: “If you needed four yards, you’d give the ball to Garrison and he’d get you four yards. If you needed 20 yards, you’d give the ball to Garrison and he’d get you four yards.”


46 posted on 12/06/2010 3:21:14 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Loud Mime

Meredith, Cosell, and Griffin. Greatest MNF team ever.

“A Tribute to “Dandy” Don Meredith”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Fsl2SM2mA


47 posted on 12/06/2010 3:26:46 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Perdogg

i really miss howard cosell ...


48 posted on 12/06/2010 3:56:48 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: Strk321

Amen! My beloved Mother is 92. When I visit she doesn’t even know me. ... But I know who she is so I keep visiting when I’m able. In fairness to her though, she was completely there just five years ago. Folks in my families tend ot live a long time. The last three years have been anything but worthwhile for Mom, but she used to say she was going to live to be 100. By golly, she just might do it, even though she won’t know she’s there!


49 posted on 12/06/2010 4:09:38 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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It was worse. Tom Landry had a play book but Dandy Don would often kneel in the huddle and draw plays on the ground. During the game against the Giants he did this several times and the plays worked.

He also called a play that was unique. He took the ball from center and junped into the air and threw an honest to God basketball chest pass. It was completed for two yards bu the tight end who caught it on the run and advanced for more that 20 yards.

The team followed hin because he was a great leader.!

50 posted on 12/06/2010 4:35:22 PM PST by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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