Pigskin Poet

This season, ABC will air its final broadcast of “Monday Night Football,” the thirty-six-year-old marquee franchise. It’s been an entertaining run. From the rantings of Howard Cosell (he eventually left the show, after referring to a black player as a “little monkey”), to Hank Williams, Jr.,’s berserk intros, and, last year, Nicollette Sheridan’s nude locker-room embrace, the show’s popularity has always derived as much from spectacle as from sport. This year, as a swan song (sixteen swan songs, actually), the network has hired Tim McGraw, the country singer, to perform a customized halftime ditty, which will be rewritten each week to reflect the highlights of the previous day’s games. Read the rest in The New Yorker.

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