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Entry from December 29, 2012
Black Monday (head coach firing day after NFL regular season)

“Black Monday” has been the name for various events—usually bad—that occur on a Monday. The National Football League’s regular season ends with Sunday games; the head coaches of losing teams are often fired on the following day, dubbed “Black Monday.”
In November 1996, five college coaches were fired on what was called “Black Monday,” the Monday following the last regularly scheduled college football game. A December 29, 1998 newspaper headline was “NFL coaches face ‘Black Monday’ with five fired.” The NFL “Black Monday” term has been used annually since 1998.
Wikipedia: Black Monday
Black Monday is a term used to refer to certain events which occurs on a Monday. It has been used in the following cases:
Recurring Events
The day following the final Sunday of the American National Football League season (Week 17) in which coaches and administration are fired or resign their position. The term is also attributed to the day following the annual NFL Draft where players’ contracts may be terminated once new players are added to a roster.
26 November 1996, Kokomo (IN) Tribune, pg. B2, col. 1:
Five college
coaches feel
the blade on
Black Monday

By The Associated Press
29 December 1998, Daily Republican-Register (Mount Carmel, IL), pg. 5, col. 1:
NFL coaches face “Black Monday” with five fired
By Dave Goldberg
AP Football Writer
The next time a group of NFL coaches gets together and somebody says “Black Monday,” nobody should ask him what he’s talking about.
it was the day five NFL coaches—one-sixth of the league’s total—were fired within a few hours of one another.
Associated Press
December 30, 1998
Are the coaches really to blame?
Were the five coaches fired on Black Monday really to blame for the failures of their teams? To some extent, yes. But it always pays to look to the top.
4 January 2000, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “‘Black Monday’ Claims 3,” pg. 3C:
It didn’t take long for the NFL’s firing season to begin. Two coaches were fired and one retired Monday. The day after the regular season ends traditionally is called “Black Monday” in the coaching profession, though the carnage this year was nothing like last season when five were fired within a few hours.
New York (NY) Times
Minnesota, in a Hurry, Dumps Tice
Published: January 2, 2006
The ax usually drops on N.F.L. coaches the day after the regular season ends - that is why it is called Black Monday.
Sports Illustrated
January 09, 2006
The Candidate
After seven NFL coaches get sacked, Chiefs assistant Al Saunders becomes a wanted man

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
That meeting took place the day after the season ended—better known as Black Monday, following the firings of Mike Sherman ( Packers), Dom Capers (Texans), Jim Haslett ( Saints) and Mike Martz ( Rams). Minnesota jumped the gun, booting Mike Tice on Sunday, and the Raiders canned Norv Turner on Tuesday. (The Lions fired Steve Mariucci on Nov. 28.)
CycloneFanatic.com Forum
12-29-2007, 09:01 AM
NFL’s Black Monday
The NFL’s “Black Monday” is almost upon us. Does anyone have any thoughts on the following questions?
Who is getting fired that deserves it?
Who is getting fired that does not deserve it?
Who is not getting fired who deserves it?
Pat Shurmur, Mike Munchak, Ron Rivera done on ‘Black Monday’
By Adam Schein
Columnist, NFL.com
Published: Dec. 27, 2012 at 02:59 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 at 06:27 p.m
Forget The Masters. “Black Monday” is a tradition unlike any other.
Yes, I’m talking about this coming Monday, one day after the regular season’s completion, when we experiences mass terminations of the NFL’s worst coaches and general managers, fueling hope, debate and controversy.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, December 29, 2012 • Permalink

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