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Wolf
11-17-2004, 01:30 AM
ABC Sports apologizes for steamy intro to 'Monday Night Football'
By ANDREA ADELSON, AP Sports Writer
November 16, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC's ``desperate'' bid at cross-promotion backfired on ``Monday Night Football.''

The network's steamy intro to the Philadelphia-Dallas game, featuring a naked Nicollette Sheridan jumping into the arms of Eagles receiver Terrell Owens, drew complaints from viewers and the NFL.

ABC Sports apologized Tuesday for the segment, used a day earlier to promote the hit show ``Desperate Housewives'' and broadcast just nine months after another football flap -- the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fiasco.

`We have heard from many of our viewers about last night's 'MNF' opening segment and we agree that the placement was inappropriate,'' ABC Sports said in a statement.

The NFL called the intro ``inappropriate and unsuitable for our `Monday Night Football' audience.''

``While ABC may have gained attention for one of its other shows, the NFL and its fans lost,'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

The spot showed Owens and Sheridan in an empty locker room, with Sheridan wearing only a towel and provocatively asking Owens to skip the game for her.

After she dropped her towel, he smiled, agreed to be late for the contest and she jumped into his arms. Sheridan was shown only from behind and above the waist after she dropped the towel.

Then the shot panned out to two more stars of ``Desperate Housewives,'' Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, watching the scene unfold on a television and commenting on desperate women.

The Eagles said they appreciated ABC Sports' apology.

``It is normal for teams to cooperate with ABC in the development of an opening for its broadcast,'' the team said. ``After seeing the final piece, we wish it hadn't aired.''

ABC has broadcast ``Monday Night Football'' with a 5-second delay this season, a precaution after Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at February's Super Bowl.

At halftime of that game, Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson's brassiere, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 million. The Super Bowl was broadcast on CBS, which was fined a record $550,000 by the FCC.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-mnf-apology&prov=ap&type=lgns

I have mixed feelings about this.. one minute, I think they went over the top(with the young viewers out there) the next minute...kids nowdays know alot more that that I did at their age and anything aired on TV realy isn't provacative anymore.

WWJD
11-17-2004, 08:59 AM
It was inappropriate and they should be embarrassed.

kbourda
11-17-2004, 09:05 AM
Is it about as inappropriate as all the Levetria and Viagra ads they show during those games?

WWJD
11-17-2004, 10:06 AM
I think those ads are inappropriate also but ABC wouldn't think so since they're getting millions to air them and I understand that it's a business.

But yea I'd rather see ads for TV's or food or whatever rather that those medications.

dan7
11-17-2004, 10:06 AM
It was inappropriate and they should be embarrassed.

Frankly, the intro was done in very good taste. I wish the NFL would stop pandering to prudes; after all this is 2004, not 1854.

V Man
11-17-2004, 10:31 AM
I guess I'm on the fence on this one. I think that Local TV has gone to far lately, with butt sceens on NYPD Blues, and others. So with that in mind, the intro wasn't as bad as some of the other stuff ABC and other networks are showing. I thought the idea behind the intro (since Deseperate Housewifes is so popular) was funny, but instead of the towel maybe do the lingeree (sp) thing like they did with the Redhead. :popcorn:

cuppacoffee
11-17-2004, 10:34 AM
:mad: Stupid introduction to a football game. There definitely was some pandering going on. There are dedicated channels for people who wish to watch that sort of trash.
Describing disgust at a complete lack of morals as prudish would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.
:soapbox:

tana
11-17-2004, 10:39 AM
I agree with VMan - the idea behind it was funny, esp with TO - but they could have had the same affect with her in bikini or other.

TheOgre
11-17-2004, 10:42 AM
*envelope pushed*

chicagotexan
11-17-2004, 11:06 AM
Yes they should be embarrassed for choosing the wrinkled prune instead of the smokin latin gal or Terri Hatcher. Yuuuuuummmmmmm. People it was a goofy promo. Stop being so hyper-sensative. Not everything on TV should be geared at 12yr olds. Get over it.

infantrycak
11-17-2004, 11:41 AM
*envelope pushed*

Must be the marxist conspiracy rearing its ugly head again.

texasguy346
11-17-2004, 11:45 AM
I can understand why some people are upset about it especially those on the west coast. Being edgy is fine, and I understand why ABC wanted to promote one of it's hit shows to a different audience. However, when I saw it to open up MNF I thought to myself "Hmm that pushing it a little too far". They did the right thing by apologizing.

Porky
11-17-2004, 11:46 AM
This is one of those "time and place" type things for me. As an adult, I didn't mind seeing a sexy woman drop her towel. But, there was no forewarning, and football is a family sport. I am quite sure there are thousands upon thousands of sub-teens watching the game with their family. Parents can make up thier own mind on whether their children shoud watch Deperate Housewives, but here this gimmic was sprung upon them, so they couldn't make an informed decision. This was the wrong time, and the wrong place for such a stunt, and CLEARLY innoproiate. I find it had to believe anyone would think otherwise. Then again, I think the erictile dsyfunction ads are as equally in bad taste, but that's just me.

Double Barrel
11-17-2004, 12:18 PM
Frankly, being "offended" is purely a freewill choice. So was I offended by it? No.

But did I think it was lame, nothing but cheesy promotional garbage on the part of ABC? Hell yes!

It had NOTHING to do with football, and quite honestly, while I understand the entertainment aspect of the NFL, I think it is distracting away from the freakin' sport itself.

So Sportscenter spends valuable time talking about this stupid LAME intro instead of talking about the sport of football. Just like the TO showboating a week before, we are subjected to continuous coverage of irrelevant mind-numbing drivel instead of hearing about the strategy and tactical aspects of the sport we love.

And to add insult to injury, Desperate Housewives is a really stupid show.

QUIT WASTING MY FOOTBALL COVERAGE WITH TELEVISION GARBAGE!!

I'm a friggin' FOOTBALL fanatic, NOT a cheesy t.v.-drama / reality-television / insert-braindead-program-here fan.

Blake
11-17-2004, 12:35 PM
I think if parents are going to go ape nuts over their kids seeing something like that, then they need to move to some remote location where they can hide their kids from the world. The ad didnt show anything. It was promoting a show the company airs.

cuppacoffee:There are dedicated channels for people who wish to watch that sort of trash.

There is a dedicated channel for people who wish to see Terell Owens in full uniform, and a female that shows nothing? That channel will probably fail.

But seriously. If you dont want your kid to see THAT, then lock them in their room, and turn on a disney tape...

WWJD
11-17-2004, 12:55 PM
But seriously. If you dont want your kid to see THAT, then lock them in their room, and turn on a disney tape...


It's almost kind of funny considering the topic but ABC is owned by Disney.

redlion
11-17-2004, 01:04 PM
I didn't find it offensive but then again I have no kids but prolly would feel the same. I really don't see the big deal. Have you seen the commercials they play on tv during the football games more than half use sex to sell their product. I don't hear anyone trying to shut down those things. This whole Janet thing has made the FCC too sensitvie on things.

chicagotexan
11-17-2004, 01:44 PM
This is the kind of moaning that's gonna lead to the eventuall removal of cheerleader shots and close-ups on tv. Oh no!! A pretty girl in a skimpy outfit doing a provacative dance, at a football game!! This must be stopped.

Hervoyel
11-17-2004, 04:01 PM
Sometimes I get the feeling that there's a segment of the American population that's just looking for something to call in and complain about. This was the biggest non-issue I could imagine and nothing next to last years Super Bowl breast fiasco.

The intro didn't show anything you can't see on just about any network at just about any local time on any given day of the week.

TheOgre
11-17-2004, 04:48 PM
Must be the marxist conspiracy rearing its ugly head again.

Yes I said that in jest. I think that the NFL and viewers overreacted. She showed her back. HER BACK. Call the press and lock down ABC.

kbourda
11-17-2004, 05:00 PM
Honestly, i'm more offended by the Cowboys being on Monday Night Football.

Lucky
11-17-2004, 05:02 PM
This is the same network that gave you Dennis Franz in the shower (whoops, that burrito I had for lunch is coming up).

Nicolette Sheridan - Wrinkled prune? Maybe. Big upgrade? Absolutely.

axman40
11-17-2004, 05:09 PM
My only ? is where were the TWINS? :whoohoo:

Porky
11-17-2004, 05:42 PM
I don't think it was the disrobing as much as the sexual innuendo.

Here is the full script:

Terrell Owens: Hey.

Nicollette Sheridan: Hey there, Terrell.

TO: What are you doing here?

NS: My house burned down and I needed to take a long hot shower (she says seductively). So where are you off to looking so pretty?

TO: Baby, it's "Monday Night Football," game starts in 10 minutes.

NS: Oh you and your little games ... I've got a game we can play (again seductively).

TO: Hey, this is major. We've got Parcells and the Cowboys ... and Donovan needs me.

NS: What about my needs? What about Edie?

TO: Will you stop it ... Just tell me what's buried under that pool.

NS: You know I can't tell you that.

TO: Then I've got a game to play.

NS: Terrell, wait ... (drops towel)

TO: (Smiling) Aww, hell, the team's going to have to win without me. (She jumps in his arms) - cut to "Desperate Housewives" co-stars Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher watching T.O. and N.S. on TV.

TH: Oh my god, who watches this trash; sex, lies, deception?

FH: And that woman ... She's just so ... desperate.

TH: I know what we should watch. (She picks up remote and changes channel to "MNF.")

TH and FH together: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

Back to me now. I think that is beyond the bounds of common deceny for a family audiecnce.

Double Barrel
11-17-2004, 05:51 PM
and WTF does it have to do with FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!?

kbourda
11-17-2004, 05:51 PM
"...........beyond the bounds of common deceny for a family audiecnce."

Do you also think that the term "if erections last for longer than four hours, though rare, medical attention may be required."?

kbourda
11-17-2004, 05:53 PM
and WTF does it have to do with FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!?

Nothing. It's just the latest thing some people higher than thou want to complain about. I say if you don't like it, get rid of your TV.

Double Barrel
11-17-2004, 05:54 PM
"...........beyond the bounds of common deceny for a family audiecnce."

Do you also think that the term "if erections last for longer than four hours, though rare, medical attention may be required."?

yeah, I'm gonna hate trying to explain that to my kid one day! :um:

(hmmmm...maybe public schools will indoctrinate him properly so I don't have to! :whew )

kbourda
11-17-2004, 05:59 PM
yeah, I'm gonna hate trying to explain that to my kid one day! :um:

(hmmmm...maybe public schools will indoctrinate him properly so I don't have to! :whew )

I have the same fear.

Double Barrel
11-17-2004, 05:59 PM
Nothing. It's just the latest thing some people higher than thou want to complain about. I say if you don't like it, get rid of your TV.

just curious, where would you draw the line? (I'm not in any way offended by this...my reptilian skin is much too thick for that)...

...but say in 10 years, Jenna Jameson is giving T.O. full-fledged lap dance? Would that be cool? (and no, I still wouldn't be offended by that, either) :popcorn:

I merely ask for scientific polling purposes... :patriot

kbourda
11-17-2004, 06:04 PM
Not sure where to draw the line. First off, none of my kids watch football. Plus, they aren't up at that time anyway because they go to school the next day. I'm personally responsible for their well being in every way for the rest of their lives anyway. Honestly, I don't know where the line should be crossed.

Double Barrel
11-17-2004, 06:09 PM
yep, I feel the same way. Which is basically the source of my desire for football itself to be the entertainment instead of all the Hollywood inspired garbage they are dressing it in.

My opinion has nothing to do with being "offended"...I just wish they would bring back the "football is war" mentality of previous decades.

But, as always, I'm in the minority, so I just got to live with sprinkles on my football! ;)

Porky
11-17-2004, 06:10 PM
Nothing. It's just the latest thing some people higher than thou want to complain about. I say if you don't like it, get rid of your TV.

I don't like the erictile dsyfunction ads either, and I already stated that. There is simply a time and place for adult language, sexual innuendo, and humor, and Monday night football is clealy not it. There are many children watching. Millions of parents were outraged at that. I'm not sure what the "higher than you" comment was about. Maybe you would like to clarify?

Porky
11-17-2004, 06:16 PM
yep, I feel the same way. Which is basically the source of my desire for football itself to be the entertainment instead of all the Hollywood inspired garbage they are dressing it in.

My opinion has nothing to do with being "offended"...I just wish they would bring back the "football is war" mentality of previous decades.

But, as always, I'm in the minority, so I just got to live with sprinkles on my football! ;)

I think most of us on this site agree. But, you have to remember that MNF is marketed to a broad audience, not just hardcore fans. I think all in all that's good. Some people will make the conversion to a hard core fan from just a causal fan because of a MNF game. I know this to be true because it happened to me. I was a casual fan until MNF in Houston in 1978. Oilers vs. Miami. Earl Cambell, the Derrick dolls, Crazy George, Bum, and the rest captivated me on that Monday night so long ago. I was about 15 at the time, and I have been a super fan ever since. We shouldn't be football elitists, looking down our noses at the great unwashed. rather, we need a big tent policy. There is room for all of us on the bandwagon.

kbourda
11-17-2004, 06:21 PM
What I meant to say was that old saying "holier than thou". If millions of parents were outraged maybe it had more to do with a black man with a white woman. Cause if you are going off of just purely sexual content, I see no one outraged about Shrek movies. There are so many sexual references in that movie, albeit subtle, it's not even funny.

kbourda
11-17-2004, 06:24 PM
Of course MNF is trying to target a broad audience but in reality it is a sexist sport. I think we all can agree with that.

WWJD
11-17-2004, 06:37 PM
I think instead of them trying to "entertain" us with skits or whatever they should just go back to Hank singing along with football shots. Nobody complained then and most people like the catchy song and the way they incorporated the team names in the song.

It was football,it was fun and it wasn't offensive to anybody.

wags
11-17-2004, 06:44 PM
You know what is funny about this whole episode is that I watched the Monday night game but didn't see the intro. Since people complained about it, the intro has been broken down and rebroadcast on all kinds of shows at all times of the day. I have now seen it probably 5 times. So for all the kids who didn't see it in the first place, the outrage has given them plenty of channels to see it multiple times for the next week.

Dunta_Fan_23
11-17-2004, 06:54 PM
I heard about this on the way back from Ambers house on the bob and tom show...should of heard what they said about it..

LOL !!!

Porky
11-17-2004, 07:00 PM
What I meant to say was that old saying "holier than thou". If millions of parents were outraged maybe it had more to do with a black man with a white woman. Cause if you are going off of just purely sexual content, I see no one outraged about Shrek movies. There are so many sexual references in that movie, albeit subtle, it's not even funny.

That's ridiclous. I think that viewpoint is a distinct minority. I truthfuly never even thought of it until you pointed it out. Nothing makes me angrier then when the race card is played so easily. Stuff like that makes it hard to tell when there is a legit question of racism. It's like the boy who cried wolf. It just turns everyone off. I know this to be true because everyone I know just HATES that stuff with a major passion. Quit playing the victim, and you might find you aren't one.

Fiddy
11-17-2004, 07:54 PM
Well kbourda, you have Dungy on your side...

"That athletes are sexual predators and that that stuff is more important than what's going on on the field. That he (Owens) was more concerned with that than the game, that's a terrible message to send," Dungy said. "I'm particularly sensitive to that. It could have been any player and I would have been outraged, but being an African-American, it particularly hurt me." Why did it particualy offend him because he is an African-American??? Can someone explain it to me because it makes no sense...

http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3172694

kbourda
11-17-2004, 08:24 PM
Well the truth of it is, whether you feel it is ridiclous or not, there are people in this country that still see that as taboo. And not once did I throw out the "race card". Trust me, I would like to believe that this is a society full of peace and love and where we all get along but the bitter truth is that it isn't. Not everyone thinks like you Mr. Porky and let's not be so quickly to dismiss that the black man/ white woman issue couldn't be pary of the outrage.

redlion
11-17-2004, 08:28 PM
The race issue was brought up on the morning radio show(610 am, forgot the shows name) also. Considering most of the "suits" are old white men, I could see a point. Like I said earlier to me i didnt see a big deal so it's done with me. I just can't believe it's become such a media event.

MarleyFan
11-17-2004, 08:32 PM
When I heard people started to call and complain, the first thing I thought of was the race issue!

Speedy
11-17-2004, 11:33 PM
You know what is funny about this whole episode is that I watched the Monday night game but didn't see the intro. Since people complained about it, the intro has been broken down and rebroadcast on all kinds of shows at all times of the day. I have now seen it probably 5 times. So for all the kids who didn't see it in the first place, the outrage has given them plenty of channels to see it multiple times for the next week.Excellent post. :thumbup Same thing with the Janet Jackson thing. That happened so fast and at a distance where you couldn't tell much even if you were waiting for it, but thanks to the uproar, if you missed it, well here's your chance to see it UP CLOSE. Janet's boob was posted all over the internet. I watched the halftime show. I saw when the incident happened. You couldn't tell much. Oh but let's make an issue of it and plaster it all over and show everyone what happened.

I didn't see the intro to MNF. But with all the hoopla about it, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before I run across it. I don't know if it's funny or just sad.

chicagotexan
11-18-2004, 08:57 AM
I think he meant that there have been a lot of black men in the news that have been accused of being sexual predators and he thinks that TO helped perpetuate and deepen this perception somewhat with this media piece. Tony Dungy is everything Terrell Owens isn't.

I think this quote says alot...

I think he feels that TO is being played for a fool, or a stooge that further perpetuates a negative stereotype for black men.

Sexual predator? Hardly. Looked consensual to me, she literally threw herself at him. And No one does a better job of playing T.O. for a fool than T.O. Where was Dungy when T.O. has his self centered, immature and selfish tantrums. Where is he when he berates his teammates and coaches? Where is he when he questions another mans sexuality? Doesn't this perpetuate a negative stereotype of black men?

V Man
11-18-2004, 09:21 AM
Last Night on JT the Brick's radio show, he had the great Jim Brown on. He asked Jim if he thought the TO thing was a race isssue. He said flat out no, just a man and a women doing a skit in bad taste. He went on to say that his problem was that the NFL and ABC knew exactly what they were doing when they put that on the air. It was shameless promotion for both shows (MNF and DW). Just another way for the suits to put money in their pockets. :hmmm:

TheOgre
11-18-2004, 09:30 AM
I'm sorry but this this is more a reflection of T.O. and other "characters" than of Black America. There is no way I see McNabb, Culpepper, Marvin Harrison or a host of other African-American players doing this. Could I see Jeremy Shockey do it? You bet.

I grow tired of the divisions in this country based upon ethnicity. At what point do we stop differentiating ourselves (Italian-American, African-American, Asian-American, etc.) and merely refer to ourselves as Americans? I guess that will not happen in my lifetime, if ever.

Porky
11-18-2004, 10:01 AM
I'm sorry but this this is more a reflection of T.O. and other "characters" than of Black America. There is no way I see McNabb, Culpepper, Marvin Harrison or a host of other African-American players doing this. Could I see Jeremy Shockey do it? You bet.

I grow tired of the divisions in this country based upon ethnicity. At what point do we stop differentiating ourselves (Italian-American, African-American, Asian-American, etc.) and merely refer to ourselves as Americans? I guess that will not happen in my lifetime, if ever.

That was basically my point. Thanks for saying it better than me. To me, we have crossed that taboo a long time ago. I think the "shock value" of seeing a white woman and black man wore off some time ago. It's really easy to see why they were picked for the skit, and race was not one of those reasons. Sheridan plays the resident slut, and was totally in charachter, and TO is high profile, self centered, outragaous, and likes stunts. If the most outragous guy on the team happened to be white, that person would have been in the skit. Trying to bring race into an issue where it doesn't belong, just divides us further. We need to pull together as one. As we all know, a house divided cannot stand.

chicagotexan
11-18-2004, 10:13 AM
I agree. It was a pub stunt. Now get over it. When I watch the Houswives with my wife, do I get offended by the Victoria's Secret commercials? They are more provacative. Hell no. That's why I watch the freakin show. You know, I love this country, but this puritan (sex and innuendo is bad and not appropriate unless it's on cable at 3 am) attitude just goes so overboard sometimes.

V Man
11-18-2004, 10:25 AM
I agree. It was a pub stunt. Now get over it. When I watch the Houswives with my wife, do I get offended by the Victoria's Secret commercials? They are more provacative. Hell no. That's why I watch the freakin show. You know, I love this country, but this puritan (sex and innuendo is bad and not appropriate unless it's on cable at 3 am) attitude just goes so overboard sometimes.

I agree with what you are saying. I have no problem with the Housewives show being on TV, but I watch MNF with my young son, and I don't need him to see that, a little warning please. I'm trying to be a prude, because like you stated I enjoy a sexy or risque show but I know when they are on and my son is in bed or I watch in another room. Like Porky said in another earlier post, Football is a family sport (especially at this time of year, watching football and eating turkey are big time with my family) and they should take into consideration that young children might be watching.

Boris
11-18-2004, 11:27 AM
what do you parents do during commercials on televised football games?

V Man
11-18-2004, 11:29 AM
what do you parents do during commercials on televised football games?

My wife says I'm a true male, because during commercials, I'm flipping thru the channels looking at other games, news, and stuff.

Porky
11-18-2004, 11:42 AM
what do you parents do during commercials on televised football games?

Commericals? What are commercials? I have a TIVO, so what I do is end up putting it on pause if I get a call, or if the wife asks me to do something, or I do instant replays, and slo-mo's of some plays, etc. So, I am always about 5-10 minutes behind real time. So, when I get to a commercial break, I just do triple fast forward, and the game is back on in about 10 seconds. TIVO is the best gadget I have ever bought. :jumpbanan

Wolf
11-19-2004, 03:09 AM
I bet the Europeans are laughing their arses off at this "controversy"
I guess i am out of touch... when I was a kid 8:00 P.M. I was in bed (through 6 grade) so as far as if I would have seen this.. no.. 9:00 i was in bed through junior high.. so as far as my maturity level went I wouldn't have seen the into before I had sex ed (which was 6th grade)..

Porky
11-19-2004, 10:11 AM
Porky just likes to sing Kumbaya

I'm a uniter, not a divider. I envision a thousand points of light, which the armies of compassion will deliver to to all of those who paid taxes.

Marcus
11-19-2004, 10:58 AM
When my wife and I saw the intro, neither one of us were offended by it.

But both of us could see immediately how it would offend some people, especially people who have children. The execs at ABC HAD to have known it would be controversial. There is no way you can convince me they are that ignorant.

Wolf
11-19-2004, 11:47 AM
I don't know what night desperate housewives comes on, but I wonder if the ratings on the show went up after this.

Porky
11-19-2004, 11:56 AM
I don't know what night desperate housewives comes on, but I wonder if the ratings on the show went up after this.

It's normally on Sunday night at 8, but channel 13 is showing the Texans, so I think it is being delayed until around midnight. I have it on a season pass on my TIVO, so I hope it picks it up.

Just to add to what's already out there, Mr. Rooney from the Steelers had an op-ed piece in today's NY Times. Here is a story about that column (not the actual column)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney called a steamy segment for the intro to ``Monday Night Football'' ``disgraceful'' and criticized ABC for ``miserable'' judgment.

The longtime owner, writing in an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, is the latest to weigh in on the skit that aired before Monday night's Dallas-Philadelphia game.

``The opening was out of place and should not have been part of the broadcast,'' Rooney wrote in the article titled ``Out of Bounds.'' ``I thought it was disgraceful.''

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ABC's intro showed actress Nicolette Sheridan of the hit show ``Desperate Housewives'' wearing only a towel and provocatively asking Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens to skip the game for her as the two stood alone in a locker room. She drops the towel and jumps into Owens' arms.

``Worst was that it used one of our players in uniform in the locker room -- who claimed that `the team's going to have to win without me.' That is not NFL football,'' said Rooney, whose family has owned the Steelers since 1933.

The segment generated complaints to ABC and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as to NFL teams.

``At the Steelers offices (and at those of most other NFL teams), we were flooded with phone calls and e-mail messages protesting the video's salacious content,'' Rooney wrote. ``Many of those fans said they were watching with their children and did not expect to see such material.

``The league headquarters acknowledged that the fans who contacted us were correct. ABC's judgment was miserable.''

ABC, the Eagles and Owens apologized this week, with the team saying it wished the segment hadn't aired. The NFL called the intro ``inappropriate and unsuitable for our `Monday Night Football' audience.''

``The Steelers, and the 31 other clubs that make up the league, are a team,'' Rooney said. ``We play as a team. This promotion simply did not belong in that context, and that's what sparked my reaction.''

Link (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-mnf-rooney&prov=ap&type=lgns)

TheOgre
11-19-2004, 12:09 PM
I personally think the Coors Light commercials with the Twins is just as provocative as that skit. Personally I think if you can show those twins in a commercial during a noon game, then you can show this pub stunt during an 8pm CST game. The main question that needs to be asked is: Is MNF family entertainment or adult entertainment. If it is considered the former, then the stunt was inappropriate. If it is the latter, then the stunt is appropriate and parents need to use more discretion in letting their children watch it.

Double Barrel
11-19-2004, 07:21 PM
Look, I'm not offended by the MNF intro (as I've said before), but saying that cheerleaders = overt sexual inuendo is just goofy.