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    the thread we need

    Only some of you will remember that there once was a real artist on MNF, his name, Dennis Miller. Thanks to an article I've managed to dig up from twelve years ago we can now relieve some of the greatest commentary in sports history.

    Editor's note: Thanks to the work of Britannica.com contributing editor Locke Peterseim and research assistant Dave Ihlenfeld, ABC Sports Online and Britannica.com were able to explain the random acts of witticism from Dennis Miller. This week, we put our heads together to bring you the best of what Dendu had to offer during the 2001 season of Monday Night Football
    Rams vs. Dolphins

    The set-up: Rookie Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett commits a personal foul on Miami quarterback Mike Quinn.

    The quip: "That hit was later than Godot."

    The read: In Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1953), a classic of modern absurdist drama, two tramps, Estragon and Vladimir, meet daily near a tree to await the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who never shows up. Within this existential artistic puzzlement, which resolutely defies simple analysis, Godot is most often considered an allegory for God. From that reading, the tramps' patience, even in the face of Godot's absence and their lack of certainty as to his identity, could represent humans' willingness to suspend disbelief and endure misery while holding on to an ungrounded hope for deliverance at the hand of a supreme being. Or so we're told. We've never quite understood the play ourselves and have been hoping for a movie version with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that will make it all much clearer.
    Because what football fan isn't well versed in French literature?

    49ers vs. Jets

    The set-up: Melissa Stark gave the usual injury report from the sidelines, displaying her new haircut.

    The quip: "It looks like Missy's doing something a little different with the coif tonight, Al. A little flip in it like Watergate lawyer John Dean's wife Mo."

    The read: Maureen and John Dean married while the young lawyer served as Richard Nixon's White House counsel from '70 to '73. John Dean opened wide the Watergate cover-up when he began to talk to federal investigators, and after a brief prison stint for obstruction of justice, he wrote his memoirs, "Blind Ambition." Meanwhile Maureen wrote "Mo: A Woman's View of Watergate" and later two steamy below-the-Beltway novels: "Washington Wives" and "Capitol Secrets." The latter is the 1992 tale of a congresswoman aiming to become speaker of the house, but who must first "stand up to the media's probing of her and her sexy young daughter's darkest secrets."

    But wait, it gets better. Earlier this year that wacky rat-eating, hand-burning, "Miami Vice"-guest-starring Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy testified that the Watergate burglars were really looking for photos that connected Dean's then-fiancée Maureen Biner, to a call girl ring. The claim had been previously raised by authors Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin in their best-selling 1991 Watergate book "Silent Coup." The Deans let fly with lawsuits in both instances, but the Colodny suit was dropped and the Liddy suit dismissed.

    However, it should be noted that in Oliver Stone's 1995 film "Nixon," the role of Maureen Dean was played by actress Donna Dixon, who is married to Oscar-nominated actor Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd got his start on a little television show called "Saturday Night Live" where he went on to co-host that show's "Weekend Update" mock news segment. You can see where this is going -- that's right, that very segment was later hosted by Norm MacDonald, who also appeared in the Adam Sandler vehicle "Billy Madison." And who else has appeared in an Adam Sandler movie? Brace yourself. That's right, "MNF" commentator Dan Fouts, in "The Waterboy." Coincidence? You decide.
    http://espn.go.com/abcsports/mnf/s/annotatedmiller/

    What drunken MNF fan isn't going to pick up an obscure political reference from 25+ years ago?

    Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, Dennis Miller may one day return to the booth, one can only hope.
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    Well...that's why he's out. Fans didn't like it.
    DO NOT TRUST YOUR PETS TO NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS KENNEL

    On 7/20/14 we took our Calla and Pebble for a stay while on vacation. On 7/21 Calla, who is diabetic, was given 10x her insulin dosage. She wasn't found until 12 hours after being overdosed. After a week and a half of suffering we made the tough decision to put her down because of brain damage and a lack of a quality of life. She was only 7 and her breed lives until their 20's. Over half of our beloved Calla's life was stolen from us.

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    Football fans seem like the complete opposite type of people for those little nuggets of info.

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    The problem with the "Waiting for Godot" reference isn't that football fans might not be well versed in French* literature, it's that it doesn't make any sense. The point of the play (well, one of its points) is that Godot never arrives, so calling a hit "later than Godot" would mean the hit came later than not coming at all.

    *) The play was written by Samuel Beckett, who --although living in Paris for most of his life-- is Irish, so referring to it as an example of French literature is a bit problematic as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QB_Eagles View Post
    The problem with the "Waiting for Godot" reference isn't that football fans might not be well versed in French* literature, it's that it doesn't make any sense. The point of the play (well, one of its points) is that Godot never arrives, so calling a hit "later than Godot" would mean the hit came later than not coming at all.

    *) The play was written by Samuel Beckett, who --although living in Paris for most of his life-- is Irish, so referring to it as an example of French literature is a bit problematic as well.
    It's French, the problem is apparently it's not a book, it's a play. I really need some more culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    It's French, the problem is apparently it's not a book, it's a play. I really need some more culture.
    Drama is considered part of literature.

    Referring to "Waiting for Godot" as French literature is debatable, because it's usually the nationality of the artist that makes a piece of art also part of that nationality. Case in point, George Grosz is regarded as a German artist, although he anglicized his name and emigrated to the USA. But I don't care all that much about nationalities; just saying that "Waiting for Godot" is as much French literature as it is Irish literature.

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    This is the thread psd deserves...but not the one we need.

    ....uh, wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basch152 View Post
    This is the thread psd deserves...but now the one we need.

    ....uh, wait.
    Hell yea, Batman reference. You're channeling your inner Dennis Miller.
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    Football fans generally are not pretentious atheists. So there's that.

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    He was a good one I thought but....he didn't last long.

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