Monday, January 13, 2020

NFL73 Update: Super Bowl VIII!

Channel 12's pregame coverage starts now on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 13, 1974, after some NBA game ...

So that gives us a little while to get settled in and comfortable for the big game ...

Comments flow!


  1. I never watched Kojak, but I've eaten a whole bunch of Kentucky Fried Chicken. I am pressed, however, to remember more than five or six times where I was part of an event where a bucket of KFC was present. For sure, each time it delivered the "barrel of fun" promised in this commercial preceding Super Bowl VIII.

  2. And now here's a cartoon about the Pro Football Hall of Fame featuring talking footballs.

    1. I remember this cartoon very vividly. Even though I was seven years old at the time, I thought that this was an odd way to open the Super Bowl.

    2. The Minneapolis Star Tribune in the days ahead of Super Bowl VIII have been using a sketch of Hägar the Horrible in teasers to its Vikings coverage. Hägar, which had debuted in newspapers less than a year earlier, is not identified, so it makes me wonder whether Dik Browne got any dough out of a deal.

    3. I wonder if someone tried to pitch the notion of a Saturday morning cartoon featuring the footballs at the Hall of Fame.

  3. The footballs also sing, with a lyric rhyming, for example, "fit as a fiddle" with "Y.A. Tittle."

  4. Now in what host Jack Whitaker describes as a tent outside Rice Stadium, the CBS team of NFL commentators weigh in on who they think will win.

    Lindsey Nelson: Miami
    Tommy Mason: Miami
    Frank Lieber: Miami
    Irv Cross: Minnesota
    Jack Buck: Miami
    Pete Retzlaff: Minnesota
    Dan Kelly: Miami
    Tom Brookshier: Minnesota
    Wayne Walker: Minnesota
    Tim Brown: Miami
    Dick Stockton: Miami
    John Sauer: Minnesota
    Whitaker: Minnesota

  5. Bart Starr is spending today's game in a CBS control truck. He's positioned in front of a wall of TV screens and wearing a microphone headset. "Through the use of multiple pictures provided by the surrounding monitors, we hope to give you a better understanding of the strategy of this game," Starr says as optimistically and earnestly as he might've from NASA in Houston for the Apollo 11 landing.

  6. The Sunday, Jan. 13, Star Tribune includes an eight-page "Super Bowl/8" section that wraps around the regular Section C sports pages. The cover shot is a posed portrait of an intense-faced Fran Tarkenton holding a football in the empty stands of Rice Stadium.

    Later in the section, there's a great airline ad--"Northwest gives the Vikings Roooooom!"--that features Fred Cox, Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman, Bud Grant, Bob Lurtsema and Alan Page with a flight attendant in a spacious plane cabin. A speech bubble over the flight attendant reads, "GO VIKES! Let's win today!"

  7. I’m really amazed at how defiantly wrong my memory can be. I would’ve bet you any amount of money that Karl Kassulke died from injuries he sustained in a July 1973 motorcycle accident on his way to the Vikings’ training camp. I mean, I knew the Vikings had him out for a “Karl Kassulke Day” for a game against the Bears in November, but I was certain that he died not long after that. Indeed, Kassulke lived until 2008, when he was 67. "After his playing career, Kassulke worked with Wings Outreach, a Christian Ministry to the disabled,” says Wikipedia.

    The Star-Tribume wraparound includes a bunch of pictures from the Vikings’ season, including one of fur-coated Kassulke in a wheelchair, escorted by Grady Alderman, Bill Brown, Jim Marshall and a couple of Minneapolis police officers.

  8. OK, nearing kickoff, here's Charlie Pride to sing "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner."

    You sure don't hear the word "spangle" much often, do you?

  9. Charlie Pride sang at the annual Super Bowl party hosted by the NFL on Friday night, Jan. 11, in the Astrodome. Per various media reports, there were different barbecues served buffet-style near second base. (A whole steer and a whole pig were both roasted over barbecue pits, but those were just for show--the carcasses were too big for good barbecue, so that meat was going to be chopped up for chili on Saturday.) Also available for the team and league officials, press, TV executives, etc. in attendance: tacos, enchiladas, cornbread, thick toast and cocktails.

    Attendees Friday night reportedly included the Vikings' assistant coaches--but not Bud Grant, whose wife, Pat, arrived by train that day. They were said to have eaten at their hotel while the party was going on at the Astrodome. Coach Grant apparently this week had become fond of the hotel restaurant's seafood platter; plus, he had five different flavors of ice cream in a freezer in their room.

  10. And in the time it took me to type those two paragraphs, the Dolphins took a 14-0 lead against the Vikings in Super Bowl VIII. The Dolphins won the coin toss, which took place in a private affair long before the game and then was ceremonially recreated before the Rice Stadium and television viewers. Miami opened with a 10-play drive (two Bob Griese completions, three Mercury Morris runs and five Larry Csonka runs, including the five-yarder for a touchdown). Then Minnesota went three and out. And then Miami put together another 10-play drive (two Griese completions, two Morris runs, three Csonka runs and three Jim Kiick runs, including a one-yarder for a touchdown). Garo Yepremian’s two extra points make it 14-0 with 2:05 to play in the first quarter.

  11. This YouTube video is of the raw CBS feed, without the commercials, and I really miss the commercials. Part of that is because this game features Ray Scott and Pat Summerall, and they don't seem to have the true, off-air friendship and ease with one another as did Summerall and Brookshier in that one game I watched. But part of it is just because I like to see the commercials.

  12. Bud Grant played for Paul Brown with the Great Lakes Navel Academy football team, and then Don Shula played for Brown with the Cleveland Paul Browns.

  13. Sid Hartman in the Star-Tribune Super Bowl wraparound section had a thing that Grant, unlike Shula, was not particularly interested in coaching pro football. Indeed, he wasn't that interested initially in playing pro football--after lettering in three sports at the University of Minnesota, he first played with the Minneapolis Lakers and won the NBA50 championship.