And because this is my Blob, and not yours ...
A timeout from the usual sports blab to remember John Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his murder.
And, OK, so it's not entirely a timeout from the usual sports blab. Which is the point of all this, really.
The point is a lot of us got the news that Lennon had been gunned down from Howard Cosell, because a lot of us were watching Monday Night Football. By that time (1980) it had transcended sports, in a sense, to become a cultural touchstone -- and if it weren't before, that night cemented its place as such forever.
These days it's not uncommon at all for show business types, politicians, even presidents to turn up in the MNF booth. And Dec. 8, 1980, started it all, because that night MNF went from mere football spectacle to national conduit as Cosell broke the news and at least one generation of us mourned.
That the setting didn't at all seem odd, even at the moment Cosell was passing along the news, was the final proof that MNF had transcended whatever it was initially intended to be and become something wholly unique in the American experience.
Something to think about today, while you give your old Beatles albums a spin.