Posted Fri Sep 5th by Ian Henson
In 2006, when ESPN took over Monday Night Football, the network went live with several incredible introductions. The Denver Broncos happened to be the subject of two of them. Here is Samuel L. Jackson’s take on the epic rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
Wow, the power of prose. I wish MNF would get away from stuffing their ABC shows as product placements in these introductions, as they did last season. The Desperate Housewives are not football! Bring back features like this – slams and monologues. Playing something like this as everyone settles into their arm chair is enough to get anyone fired up.
I distinctively recall watching this on the original air date, with my girlfriend and as Jackson wraps up with, “Well are you punk?” She drop-kicks the cat into the television, fist-pumped and screamed, “Yeah!”
Since we’re being a bit nostalgic, let’s share our favorite Raider/Bronco memories in the comments. Mine doesn’t necessarily involve the Broncos, but it does involve Mike Shanahan and Al Davis. Oddly enough, I did not witness the event, but read about the incident that sums up the Shanahan/Davis rivalry perfectly. It’s 1994, pregame, San Francisco 49ers vs. Raiders – Mike Shanahan gives the order to Elvis Grbac to, “Throw the ball right at him (Al Davis).” So after a minor moral dilemma, Grbac, the good soldier, follows orders and misses Davis’ head by inches. Davis made an obscene gesture in Shanahan’s directing in retaliation…. What’s your favorite Raider-hating moment?