"What a wonder life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." Colette

Jan 29, 2019

Remember the Heidi Game?

Imagine how today's fans would react to the televised game featuring arch-rivals Oakland Raiders and the visiting New York Jets on November 17, 1968... 

(From Wikipedia):  "The Heidi Game or Heidi Bowl was an AFL game notable for its exciting finish, in which Oakland scored two touchdowns in the final minute to win the game 43-32, but it got its name for a decision by the game's television broadcaster, NBC, to break away from its coverage of the game on the East Coast to broadcast the television film Heidi, causing many viewers to miss the Raiders' comeback."

What a ruckus that caused, and NBC never did that again.  I was watching Broadway Joe while waiting for Walt Disney's Wonderful World to begin at 7pm and sure enough, one second you're watching an exciting game and the next, fireworks above the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Young readers should remember that at that time you watched something only when it was broadcast.

While I'm reminiscing, remember football games before Instant Replays?  I always preferred it that way.  The games go on long enough, so why prolong the agony of football-widows?

"In the late 1960s, few professional football games took longer than two and a half hours to play, and the Jets-Raiders' three-hour time slot was thought to be adequate."

It's a conspiracy, ladies - wake up!  They don't want to go to your parent's for dinner; take out the trash; fill in your own blank.

Yes, the Saints were robbed, nobody's disputing that.  But enough with Whiner-Baby attitudes and filing frivolous lawsuits. Today's fans don't know how good they have it. Nothing and no one is perfect.

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