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  1. #1 Yeaterday was the anniversary of the Heidi Bowl 
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    On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets–and no one sees it, because they’re watching the movie Heidi instead. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming, a made-for-TV version of the children’s story about a young girl and her grandfather in the Alps. Viewers were outraged, and they complained so vociferously that network execs learned a lesson they’ll never forget: “Whatever you do,” one said, “you better not leave an NFL football game.”

    The game between the Jets and the Raiders was already shaping up to be a classic: It featured two of the league’s best teams and 10 future Hall of Fame players. By the game’s last minute the two teams had traded the lead eight times. The game’s intensity translated into an unusual number of penalties and timeouts, which meant that it was running a bit long.

    With a little more than a minute left to play, the Jets kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave them a 32-29 lead. After the New York kickoff, the Raiders returned the ball to their own 23-yard line. What happened after that will go down in football history: Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica threw a 20-yard pass to halfback Charlie Smith; a facemask penalty moved the ball to the Jets’ 43; and on the next play, Lamonica passed again to Smith, who ran it all the way for a touchdown. The Raiders took the lead, 32-36. Then the Jets fumbled the kickoff, and Oakland’s Preston Ridlehuber managed to grab the ball and run it two yards for another touchdown. Oakland had scored twice in nine seconds, and the game was over: They’d won 43-32.

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    Wasn't born quite yet, but have heard about that infamous incident.

    Thanks for the reminder!
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    That little incident rattled the airwaves for weeks! Heads did roll but they were too far down the food chain to be meaningful.

    The one that got me was college ball inside the two minute warning with Oklahoma hitting 5-6-7 yard plays to the eventual winning touchdown and the network #1 hero commentator demanded air time from the field sidelines and talked through the final whistle. I was steamed!!!
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    I 'saw' it/didn't see it...

    NBC had been building-up Heidi all week... and my sister's friends were raving about it at church that morning. -Or the subject was central, let's say. Little-girls had virtually zero primetime television aimed at them.

    I was pulling for the Jets anyways.

    We were sitting at my uncle's house, eating... and the game just cut-off. Voila! The NBC-peacock and the Heidi-intro... My cousin Dave and I left the living-room, but the girls and parents watched it.

    My sister got a pink Mattel Showboat-theater toy that Christmas and I ended-up helping her stage Heidi, among other plays. Probably karma for my leaving the living-room.
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    I think my pet peeve with ESPN et al are those announcers that THINK (by actions anyway) that THEY are the attraction rather than whatever game is being played. Seems that every time the ref is calling a penalty, they are discussing some unrelated topic, so many times I never know what the ref is saying especially if it's some type of explanation instead of signaling the infraction.
    Doesn't happen real often, but it's enough to be highly aggravating!!
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    The funny thing is that this game had no other significance other than the came being cut off for a movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    The funny thing is that this game had no other significance other than the came being cut off for a movie.
    In the sports-context, true. In the cultural/social context, it was massive.

    The powers that be learned that the 'sleeping giant' will rise-up and start bashing heads if a random event motivates them to.
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