One night last week, I stayed up and watched what I think is the best Super Bowl highlight film ever, Battle of Champions from Super Bowl XIII, a Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. That Super Bowl decided who would be the team of the ’70s and had every thing great about NFL Films – distinctive cinematography, editing, music, local radio broadcasts clips and of course John Facenda, the “voice of God” narrating some strong writing. It was also partially played during the day and both teams had classic uniforms and played in the natural grass Orange Bowl
My belief is that NFL Films Super Bowl films peaked there for a variety of reasons. The most specific was Facenda’s death after Super Bowl XVIII, but also other things. The music wasn’t as epic as it was in the 1970s. Sam Spence rightly gets credited for creating the quintessential NFL Films music, but for a brief period, a number of British pieces from KPM music and de Wolfe served as the bulk of the soundtrack. It was funkier, blacksploitation-like in sound, but fit perfectly with the fast editing and colorful personalities of its time. Much of it can be found in this youtube playlist:
Another reason for the peak of these Super Bowl videos were some great dynasties, but also the games primarily being played during the day. Now, the only way to see any sunlight in a Super Bowl is if it is played in California. It’s been 20 years since the Rose Bowl hosted a Super Bowl by the way or L.A. even had a team for that matter. I don’t think Southern California is going to host a Super Bowl until some new stadiums get built. It seems like every other game is played indoors, though I like that this year’s game is being played in New Jersey in cold weather. Too bad it won’t snow.
For the moment at least, several Super Bowl films are on youtube. I’m sure they’ll be pulled down sometime soon, so watch them now.
SUPER BOWL X
Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
This is a contender for top NFL Films Super Bowl movie. It’s almost 22 minutes of action, briskly edited and classic writing for Facenda. It also helps that the game went down the final play, a Hail Mary that was intercepted.
SUPER BOWL XI
Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14
The next year was the last Super Bowl played entirely in daylight and the first at the Rose Bowl. It wasn’t much of a game, but it looked really pretty and had the classic shot of Willie Brown’s pick six with Bill King’s “Old Man Willie” play-by-play over it.
Bryce Harper’s Bitchin’ Camaro – used with permission of Forgeline
Third year Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper just got a customized 1969 Camaro. I don’t normally post that sort of thing, but I’m making the exception because when a player for a team I like gives me a chance to reference the Dead Milkmen, I do that every time. The same can’t be said for other blogs.
Perhaps I’m a bigger Dead Milkmen fan than most, but isn’t Bitchin’ Camaro shared cultural capital?
Might be a few naughty words in there
Lots of Harper coverage came out of NatsFest, including references to Babe Ruth instead of Mickey Mantle.
Bryce Harper: "Babe Ruth ran into the wall in D.C. and knocked himself out. I’m in pretty good company there" http://t.co/StbxodXgBB
If there was an after-party like last year’s with Charlie Slowes, it’s been kept on the DL. Or maybe it was on the DL and didn’t happen. Don’t know, but that would have been the part most worthy of attention.
Oh and LIVAN! was back and is probably headed to spring training. Are his possible legal troubles over?
Steinberg is right, so I promised I’d retire the meme if they reached 10 wins before 20 losses. I didn’t think it would take two weeks though. Bradley Beal came through with the game-winner (pay attention John Wall) with about 7 seconds to go:
The New York Knickerbockers than didn’t use a timeout and Carmelo Anthony bricked to end the game.
After the aberration of 2012, this year Washingtonians were reminded that cheering for the Redskins is more nostalgia for the distant past than current events. So, with a game against the Atlanta Falcons coming up this weekend, I present (once again) The Seat Cushion Game!
Meanwhile, some #hotsprotstakes on the current burgundy & gold situation:
Oh all the problems facing the Skins, the quarterback is what, 5th biggest problem? The lines stink, the coaching is poor, the special teams play as if the opposition is highly radioactive and of course the owner at the top. But you know, blame the second year QB coming off an injury, that’s the biggest problem facing the team.
A great find on youtube, a film (in color!) of the Oct. 13 1946 game between the Washington Redskins and New York Football Giants from Griffith Stadium in D.C. Sammy Baugh led Washington a 24-14 win over New York (Pro Football Reference boxscore).
The half-time show and other festivities get more attention than the first game. A second game, featuring a trip to Philadelphia’s Shibe Park for an Eagles game, is also featured. Even weirder is a 1947 game against the Green Bay Packers in Baltimore.
The narration is by Harry Wiese, long-time Skins radio play-by-play man and future owner of the AFL’s New York Titans.
Here’s the end of the 1999 Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers game that clinched the NFC East for the visitors. Brad Johnson! Albert Connell! Michael Westbrook! Larry Centers! Irving Fryar? Joe Theismann praising head coach Norv Turner and owner Dan Snyder…
The video starts with 7:01 left in the game and Washington down, 20-13. Johnson led them back to a 26-20 overtime win and thus FedEx Field’s first playoff game.
I fully expect the Denver Broncos to drop about 55 points on the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Mile High. No matter in the scheme of things though, because when it counted most, the D.C. burgundy and gold scored the ultimate victory over the Rocky Mountain orange and orange – Super Bowl XXII.
Do I need to go into much detail? Probably not, we all know that was the year Doug Williams was a starter in the playoffs and had the greatest quarter any quarterback (4 TD passes amid 5 DC TDs overall) amidst a lot of symbolism. John Elway was his opposite number and after a great start, had a miserable day in his second of three Super Bowl losses. The Broncos at least looked like the Broncos back then with the glorious Orange Crush jerseys.
Here is the whole game from the ABC telecast (including 1987 commercials):
Though if you just want to watch “The Quarter” go ahead.
Williams only started about a season’s worth of games here, but he’ll always be a legend.
It has been a while since I posted about the Washington Redskins. My weekly post with vintage video had to be suspended because the NFL got a bunch of old videos knocked off youtube. Maybe it’s just me, but if people want to watch them on youtube, NFL, maybe you ought to find a way to let them and monetize it.
I also have had any friends who were fans of the Skins opposition in previous games, so no guest prognosticator Q&As either.
This week’s game is at home against the Chicago Bears. There is a little history between the two franchises and it is mixed. While the Chicago’s 73-0 1940 NFL Championship victory is probably the most memorable, Washington held its own, beating the Bears for the title in 1937 and 1942. The Bears won it again in 1943. In the 1980s, the two teams met three times in the playoffs with the visitors winning each game. In 1984, the Bears won at RFK, while the 1986 and 1987 Skins won at Solider Field.
The video below features highlights from the 1942 Championship as well as other games. Sammy Baugh is of course, prominently featured. The narrator is Harry Wismer who was the voice of the Redskins and part owner until the 1950s. Wismer would also own the AFL’s New York Titans.
By the way, the teams are both wearing colored jerseys in the films — I’d love to see that for the playoffs when the contrast between the two are significant enough.
It has been a lost season for the Burgundy & Gold and I expect that to continue on Sunday.