Monday, February 8, 2010

"The Heidi Game"

If you are old enough to love '60's music, you probably remember the classic football game of 1968 known as "The Heidi Game". I still remember it well. It seemed funny to me, but the guys were SO mad!!!

In tribute to the 44th Super Bowl, here is a clip that tells the story of the "catastrophe", fondly remembered as "The Heidi Game".

"A famous American Football League (AFL) game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, played on November 17, 1968 in Oakland, California. The fame of this game is the result of a decision by the NBC television network to terminate their broadcast with 65 seconds left to play in the game and instead broadcast a pre-scheduled airing of Heidi, a new made-for-TV version of the classic children's story".

Those were the days! Do you remember???

Sidenote: The New York Jets went on to win "Super Bowl III" two months later. (against the Colts!)

"Super Bowl III was the third AFL-NFL Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name "Super Bowl". (Although the two previous AFL-NFL Championship Games came to be known, retroactively, as "Super Bowls".) This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The heavy underdog American Football League (AFL) champion New York Jets (11-3) defeated the National Football League (NFL) champion Baltimore Colts (13-1) by a score of 16–7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL. The game was played on January 12, 1969, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida."

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Alex said...

Wow... even 40 years later, the Heidi director won't give an inch. What a tool!

turnip said...

Same old Jets, same old NBC.