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Howard Cosell


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Howard Cosell drunk and pugnacious


John Lennon shot 12-8-80 Howard Cosell tells the world twice John Lennon was dead.

Howard William Cosell was an American sports journalist who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure 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."
  • Personal 

  • Military service 

  • Introduction to broadcasting 

  • Rise to prominence, supports African-American athletes 

  • Olympics 

  • "The Bronx is burning" 

  • Reports the death of John Lennon 

  • Sports journalism and ''ABC SportsBeat'' magazine show 

  • Non-sports-related appearances 

  • Criticism of boxing 

  • NFL: "monkey" comment criticism 

  • ''I Never Played the Game'', and reaction 

  • Later life 

  • Death 

  • Legacy 

  • Film appearances 

  • In popular culture