The Word According to Miller

September 25, 2000|By Rob Hiaasen

In Week 3 of "Monday Night Football," rookie commentator Dennis Miller drop-kicked the names Stephen Hawking (a really smart physicist), Second City (Chicago-based comedy troupe), and Dante (Italian poet). And Miller was just warming up. Our top arcane Miller references of the week:

Burl Ives: Miller's two-point conversion attempt required viewers to remember not only the late portly folk singer himself, but also his role as Big Daddy Pollitt in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Bruce Ismay of The White Star Line: A toughie, babe. Bruce Ismay was chairman of The White Star Line, which built the RMS Titanic. Like the Redskins last week, Ismay knew a bad night when he saw it.

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