I was watching the Monday Night Football game. It was a big game because my Steelers were fighting for a playoff spot [they wouldn’t get it- the dynasty was over} I can’t even remember who it was that we needed to win/lose in this game. It was late in the game and the news of John Lennon’s assassination broke during the game. This is still painful for me to hear 40 years later. This is the moment my childhood ended. I still think of it as one of the most devastating moments of my life. I love The Beatles and John Lennon was/is my favourite Beatle. I was going through the worst period in my life. I had just turned 20 and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my life. This just made my depression worse. The entire winter would seem like one long day that would never end. I still can’t understand why anyone would want to kill John Lennon.
An interesting story on this. Howard Cosell was the greatest sports television journalist ever in my opinion. He was someone you loved or hated, sometimes someone you loved and hated. The story is they got the news in the booth during a commercial. Howard was hesitant on announcing it. Frank Gifford told him that we have to go with this story. Howard usually had great instincts for a story, but it was Frank who made the right call on this one.