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Football, Andy Griffith Style

The world of entertainment lost a pretty big name a couple of days ago, as Andy Griffith passed away at the age of 86. Griffith was best known for The Andy Griffith Show, where he played the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, and later on for Matlock, where he played. . .well, Ben Matlock, a lawyer.

Before he got into television, however, Griffith was a traveling performer, and was involved in both music and stand-up comedy. This video showcases the latter of those two pursuits. It is a monologue about football (specifically college football) that came from a 1953 performance and has evolved into one of the more well-known routines about the subject. It's quite a throwback to the "olden days" of stand-up comedy. . .no bad language, no jokes about bodily functions, nothing like that. Just a well-told, humorous story about something we all enjoy.

R.I.P, Andy Griffith.