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Back in 1972, in the early years of NFL’s “Monday Night Football” on ABC, the broadcasting trio of Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and “Dandy” Don Meredith were calling the gridiron action. A play occurred whereby, because of a rule change, the result was substantially different than what it would have been a year earlier.

Meredith described it in a way that would have made Yogi Berra proud. “Pro football is not what it used to be,” he said. Then, after a pause, he added, “And it never was.”

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