Al Michaels Quotes (39 Quotes)

    I read an interview with her a couple of years ago... when she talked about what she wanted to do post-government career. She wanted to be the commissioner of the National Football League.

    There are a number of teams that would become vastly improved with Drew Bledsoe.

    It really is the end of an era. John's always saying, 'Let's go out and make some memories.' That's what we try to do. We know it's over. Let's just try to make one more memory.

    Those three words Monday Night Football resonate like no other,

    Oswald is definitely worth more than a fourth-round draft choice. I'm going to be a trivia answer someday.

    One of the things that all great analysts have in common is an understanding of the TV business. There are many who've known their sport well and were articulate, but the crme de la crme are those who don't think of themselves as ex-players or ex-coaches but as broadcasters.

    I won't be part of anything that distracts from our telecast. We are preparing to do a game that about 100 mil- lion people will watch. That is all we are doing. Next season starts next week.

    If there are dominant teams, people enjoy discussing whether that's good or bad for the game, and if there aren't any dominant teams, then people enjoy discussing that.

    It's funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they're always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.

    I began to realize more and more how much I was going to miss being with those people. That's my family, that's my broadcasting family.

    We've always considered it an honor to be part of this show and we're going to go out with a bang. You wish it could have gone on forever, but that's the nature of the business Some things are out of your hands.

    It might be a little much to call it a victory tour, ... But that's the mind-set we're going into it with. We're going to make sure we go out on the highest level.

    For the last few years, we at ABC have been lobbying for a... flexible schedule... which would allow us to select a game of importance in the latter part of the season. We'd like to think that progress has been made in this area, but one of the problems is that the other television partners, FOX and CBS, would lose one game from their inventory. Neither of those networks want to lose a game, and I can certainly understand their reasoning.

    We've tried to soak in every second this season. At this point, we're just trying to make one last memory.

    If I had to make a choice on that at this point in my life, I've been a terrible investor. And I haven't been.

    One who has already scaled the highest peaks of sports broadcasting is Michaels, who opted to stay within the Disney family rather than join his current partner Madden at NBC. I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night, ... I have loved Monday Night Footb

    Living here in southern California, I'll miss hearing Rocky Top for an entire week at the end of December. I was actually looking forward to it. Tennessee has a better fight song than Nebraska.

    That place rocks. When I'm in there on Monday nights, if the game is good, it's about as loud as any place in the league. People think it's laid-back ... but fans there can be as passionate as fans anywhere.

    Some people haven't really seen him. They might hear maybe this guy's the best back in the league and say, 'I want to take a look at this guy.' There's a great curiosity factor with him right now.

    It's an American television institution. I think the median age (in the United States) is around 35 -- so for more than half the people in this country, they've never had life without 'Monday Night Football.' We've always considered it an honor to be part of this show.

    You wish maybe it could've gone on forever, but that's the nature of the business, ... This year, I'm just going to enjoy every moment and relish every minute of every game.

    With his wealth of experience, and the knowledge he's obviously accumulated through the years, Emmitt Smith would be a much smarter runner at this point of his career.

    Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, is right there... she's in town because her father was at Johnson Smith College... and she was delivering a speech there.

    But we're not supposed to talk anything besides football.

    The Miami Dolphins have to be taken seriously. Here's a team that seems to be jelling.

    I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home,

    We think it was a bad call. It's kind of like adding insult to injury.

    It's more a matter of honoring that's the way I look at it 1,000 percent. You don't turn this into a promo. It's too important.

    If the Patriots feel that Tom Brady is their man and they want to dance the dance with him in the future, then Bledsoe will be expendable.

    Nobody wants to see teams out of contention showcased in December and January. I'm sure this is something that will be discussed again this off-season.

    Any time a running back reaches the age of 31 or 32, he has to lose a step. No one is a freak of nature. No one is going to be able to take the pounding a running back has to take over a 10- or 12-year career and not lose a step.

    That's a bad call. That's adding insult to injury.

    We'll know in the fourth quarter that it's been 555 times 4.

    Two minutes left in Super Bowl XXXIX, and with the Cowboys ahead by four points, the Patriots' quest for history will hinge on this final drive.

    It was more a case of me being very comfortable if I could stay with my group. It couldn't have gotten any better than it was the last four years.

    Maybe it's a little much to call it a victory tour, but I think that's the mindset we're going to go in with,

    This was as tough a call as I've had to make. It wasn't 80-20, it was 51-49.

    The game will continue. But the ABC era of 'Monday Night Football' comes to an end tonight.

    I still believe Emmitt has enough left in the tank to be a productive back over the next couple of seasons.

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