publication date: Monday, March 25, 2019 (part of Spring 2019)

category: Sports

clue: This brash reporter, who brought football to Monday and befriended Ali, pronounced Lennon to be dead, Frazier to be down, and the Bronx to be burning. You too could go all the way if you can recognize him.

explanation: Cosell coined the phrases "down goes Frazier," "the Bronx is burning," and "he could go all the way." He was the first commentator on Monday Night Football in 1970, had a prolonged friendship with Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, and announced John Lennon's death mid-game in 1980. more…

intended difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, and Stan Iwanchuk

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