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Howard Cosell

Birthdate: 25. March 1918
Date of death: 23. April 1995

Howard William Cosell was an American sports journalist and author, who was prominent and influential on radio, television and print media from the early 1960s into the mid 1980s. He was also an actor who played minor roles in several TV programs and movies. Cosell was widely known for his blustery, confident personality. Cosell said of himself, "Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There's no question that I'm all of those things." In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell's effect on American sports coverage: "He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting."In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.

Quotes Howard Cosell

„Crowd screaming chanting ALI! ALI! Legends die hard and Ali is learning that even he can not be forever young.“

—  Howard Cosell

October 2, 1980 during the 9th round of the ill-fated Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes World heavyweight championship.

„There it is, ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.“

—  Howard Cosell

October 12, 1977, reporting a school fire (initially mistaken as a tenement fire), while announcing Game 2 of the 1977 World Series. This comment, while widely attributed to Cosell, was never made.[citation needed]
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„That little monkey gets loose, doesn't he?“

—  Howard Cosell

September 1983, referring to wide receiver Alvin Garrett of the Washington Redskins; the statement was denounced as racist, but it was pointed out that Cosell had regularly used the same term to describe small players of all races.[citation needed]

„Look at that little monkey run!“

—  Howard Cosell

During the Halftime Highlights segment of Monday Night Football on September 24, 1973 when describing a 97-yard kickoff return by Washington Redskins player Herb Mul-Key against the St. Louis Cardinals.

„That little monkey. The theorem was that he was too small to play in the NFL.“

—  Howard Cosell

citation needed
Referring to Mike Adamle during an Exhibition Hall of Fame Game, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants, Fawcett Stadium, Canton Ohio, July 29, 1972.

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