The Ice Bowl: The Cowboys Visit the Frozen Tundra

The Cowboys were looking for revenge when they visited Lambeau Field for the 1967 NFL Championship Game (the rough equivalent of today’s conference championships).  They had lost in the previous year’s edition to the same Packers, that time in Dallas, and they wanted payback. Conditions would be a bit different, however, as it would be the coldest game in NFL history, with a game time temperature of -17 and wind chills below -50. The famous “frozen tundra” was quite literally frozen and had a layer of ice to boot. The game would be would be thrilling and close despite the conditions. A legendary Green Bay drive in the final minutes, capped by a Bart Starr QB sneak into the end zone, proving the difference. The win would prove be the final championship of the Vince Lombardi era. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel goes all out in a 50-year oral history of a game that will forever live in NFL lore.

The Ice Bowl, 50 years later: An oral history of the Packers-Cowboys 1967 NFL Championship Game

JSOnline.com, 12.31.17

 

The 1971 NFL Draft: The First “Year of the Quarterback”

Some of the best-known NFL drafts are the ones that produce a bunch of star-quality quarterbacks, such as 1983 (Elway, Marino, Kelly) and 2004 (Eli Manning, Rivers, Roethlisberger). However, the original “Year of the Quarterback” was 1971 when QBs went 1-2-3 overall and brought a bushload of backfield talent in the league. Jim Plunkett went first overall to the Patriots, followed by Archie Manning to the Saints, and then Dan Pastorini to the Oilers. Also in the draft were Joe Theismann, Lynn Dickey, and Kenny Anderson. All six would have long, productive careers although Manning and Dickey played for consistently awful teams. Sports Illustrated spoke to all six as well as some front office personnel for a fun look back at the beginning of the age of the quarterback.

Oral history of the 1971 NFL draft: The original Year of the Quarterback

SI.com, 4.21.16

The Super Bowl

super bowlIn honor of the 50th Super Bowl The Hollywood Reporter gathered the best anecdotes they could find from the major media members who’ve covered the games. There’s some good stuff! Personal favorite: Keith Olbermann dropping his baby sister on her head when the Jets scored the go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl III.

50 Years of the Super Bowl: 17 Major Players Spill on Wardrobe Malfunctions, O.J. Simpson, Deflategate in THR’s Oral History

TheHollywoodReporter.com, 2.4.16

Joe Theismann’s Brutal Compound Fracture on MNF

If you were watching the Redskins play the Giants on “Monday Night Football” in November of 1985 then you remember the play. Star quarterback Joe Theismann receives a flea-flicker toss and looks downfield. The Giants’ fearsome pass rush causes him to step up in the pocket before a flying Lawrence Taylor brings him down, snapping his leg in two places. It remains one of the most notorious sports injuries in American history.

The Oral History of Joe Theismann’s Broken Leg

Washingtonian.com, 9.29.15