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Howard Cosell (1918 – 1995)


Born Howard William Cohen, was an American sports journalist on American television.
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Howard Cosell
That little monkey. The theorem was that he was too small to play in the NFL
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I think he hurt Joe Frazier. I think Joe is hurt...Angie Dundee, Ali's trainer right next to me is saying it, you may hear him--DOWN GOES FRAZIER! DOWN GOES FRAZIER! DOWN GOES FRAZIER! The heavyweight champion is taking the mandatory eight count, and Foreman is as poised as can be in a neutral corner!
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He's going to go all-the-way. (often quoted by Cosell during the "Halftime Highlights" segment of ABC's Monday Night Football games to announce touchdowns scored in games on Sunday a day earlier. Adopted as a tribute, and modified to include a hesitating voice cadence by Chris Berman of ESPN as He could... go... all... the ... way!)




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[T]hey wanted... another Joe Louis. A white man's black man... Didn't these idiots realize that Cassius Clay was the name of a slave owner? ... Had I been black and my name Cassius Clay, I damned well would have changed it!
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This is Howard Cosell telling it like it is.
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That little monkey gets loose, doesn't he?
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This, we have to say it, remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead ... on ... arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that newsflash, which in duty bound, we had to take.
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I'm one helluva communicator.
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Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Sonny Liston's not coming out! Sonny Liston's not coming out! He's out! The winner and new heavyweight champion of the world is Cassius Clay!
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History will reflect that Howard Cosell was easily the dominant sportscaster of all time, and certainly the most famous.
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There it is, ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.




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Legends die hard, and Ali is learning that even he cannot be forever young.
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Historian (showing Miles a tape of Howard Cosell): At first we didn't know exactly what this was, but we've developed a theory. We feel that when citizens in your society were guilty of a crime against the state, they were forced to watch this.
Miles Monroe (Woody Allen): Yes. That's exactly what that was.
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Down Goes Ellis! Down Goes Ellis! He is beaten!
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Look at that little monkey run!
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I was infected with my desire, my resolve, to make it in broadcasting. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and how.
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