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Original NFL franchise that actually plays in the great state of New Jersey. Their former owner said the Washington Redskins were their greatest rival. Fans seem to think the Philadelphia Eagles fill that role.

Vintage video: 1946 Redskins vs. Giants in color

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.

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R.I.P. Pat Summerall

Another great voice has left us — Pat Summerall, who for so many years handled play-by-play for NFC football games along side John Madden on CBS and then FOX. Prior to my time, it was Tom Brookshier working with Summerall. It seemed every autumn Sunday, Summerall and Madden would be in some NFC East city or maybe Chicago or San Francisco doing the 4 p.m. game which we watched by a roaring fire. As television memories go, they were some of the best.

Summerall was a rather restrained in his play-by-play, mostly letting the picture tell the story. His smooth voice added excitement and gravitas that somebody like Joe Buck could only dream of having. Summerall also knew that he was the straight man, setting up John Madden‘s excitable and thorough analysis. In their prime, they were the best and it wasn’t close. The pairing was the measuring stick for how important the game was — when the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys had a Sunday game without Summerall and Madden, it was a story in D.C.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who can still hear Summerall winding down a broadcast with “Stay tuned for “60 Minutes” followed by “Murder She Wrote” and the CBS Sunday Night Movie… (EXCEPT ON THE WEST COAST)” He was a natural. In addition to football, Summerall also did golf and tennis for CBS.

When FOX shocked everybody by taking over the NFC rights, Summerall and Madden moved over to the fourth network, lending more credibility to its coverage than it deserved. As much as I may have liked the Simpsons, it was still a bit grating to hear Summerall promote “Married…with Children, the Simpsons, etc.” It wasn’t long after the switch to FOX that Summerall began a decline, mostly due to age.

Before becoming a sportscaster, Summerall was a kicker in the NFL, mostly with the Chicago Cardinals, but most famously with the New York Football Giants. In fact, one of the surprising things about long-time Yankee Stadium p.a. announcer Bob Sheppard was that when asked about his favorite moment it wasn’t about the Yankees:

Mara recalled how Phil Rizzuto once asked Sheppard on TV during a rain delay for his fondest Yankee Stadium moment.

“Much to The Scooter’s dismay, Bob replied, ‘The day Summerall kicked the field goal in the snow to beat Cleveland in 1958,’” Mara said.

- From: Bob Sheppard’s funeral: a majestic voice stilledAP/FOX News

Here is how Sports Illustrated covered the story in 1958 49 Yards And One Foot Here is a gallery too.

Also, Summerall, born George Allen Summerall, picked up “Pat” as a child from an uncle, not because he kicked the “point after touchdown” according this USA Today column: Hiestand: Much more to Summerall than TV persona

CLIPS!

Darrell Green’s punt return touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 1987-88 playoffs

Green again, one week later. Maybe not the best example, but I don’t think many Washingtonians will complain…

Week 15 of the 1983 season opener between the Redskins vs. Cowboys

The beginning of the last CBS broadcast, the 1993 NFC Championship Game. The pool halls scene is nothing special , but what follows is perfect Summerall narration and a subtle, but appropriate sendoff.

The NFL doesn’t have embeddable videos, but here are a couple of good ones on the Giants Web site: Pat Summerall: A life remembered | Frank Gifford looks back on Pat Summerall’s career


MORE COVERAGE

Pat Summerall and the Redskins – D.C. Sports Bog, The Post

Pat Summerall, football broadcaster, dies at 82The Post

The Voice of the SeasonSports on Earth

Pat Summerall, Star Kicker With Giants and a Calm Voice on TV, Dies at 82The Times

Pat Summerall, longtime voice of the NFL for CBS and Fox, where teamed up with John Madden, dead at 82NY Daily News

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2012 Redskins vs. Giants Game 1 Q&A & prediction with Brad

My friend Brad Stratton is back for some more guest prognosticating about his beloved New Yorker Football Giants who play the Washington Redskins this weekend in our native New Jersey.

WFY: I guess getting swept by the Redskins last year must have really upset John Mara — he was on the committee that fined the Redskins for breaking an unwritten rule (Pro Football Talk). Pretty weak stuff from him. Your rebuttal:

BMS: Yeah, it’s a shame we got swept by the Redskins last year. Wait a second, let me just pause my New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions DVD. Honestly, if getting swept by the Redskins means we win the Super Bowl, sign me up for 0-infinity against the Skins in the regular season till the end of time.

As for the Redskins and Cowboys getting fined, they were among all the owners who agreed to not use the uncapped year to generate a competitive advantage, then still did it. They deserved to be fined for sheer pompousness alone! Now, was it collusion? Probably. Would Synder and Jones had won if they took the case to court. Likely. But the two were at least smart enough to know that suing the rest of the league probably wasn’t in their teams’ best interests.

WFY: Surprise! The Redskins are 3-3 because Robert Griffin III is already a game-changing QB. They score over 30 points a game. How concerned are you about them? Do you think the Giants can stop RGIII or merely hope to contain him? Is there anything else scary about the Redskins?

BMS: RG3 is quite a dynamic player (he’s on my fantasy team and helped me beat Sam last week), which was obvious by how badly the Redskins sucked after he got knocked out versus the Falcons. I doubt the Giants defense can stop him, but they had some success against Cam Newton and to a lesser extent, against Michael Vick, in forcing the quarterbacks to beat them with their arms, not their feet. So I hope they can slow him down some.

WFY: What are the best and worst units on the Giants?

It’s easy to say what the best unit is on the Giants. Quarterback. Eli Manning is a top 3 quarterback at this point. He’s cut down on interceptions, and even when he does throw them, he’s out their next series slinging the ball around again, the previous mishap now a thing of the past. Look how he threw three interceptions in the first half against the Bucs earlier this year. With most quarterbacks, they would have basically closed up shop after that. But instead, Manning leads a huge second half comeback, and falls four yards short of tying Phil Simms’ franchise record for more yard passing in a single game. The man is a leader. He makes his receivers so much better, which is something everyone also says about his brother. What has Kevin Boss done since he left? What has Steve Smith done? Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett is on pace for a career year at tight end, Cruz and Nicks may be the best one-two wideout tandem in the league, and guys like Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle is having big games.

BMS: The worse unit may be the secondary, which is been hit against with injury after injury. It really relies on the defensive front to generate pressure. But if the QB gets time, they can easily give up yards. Michael Vick has been a turnover machine all season, but without players getting in his face a few weeks back, the Eagles don’t commit a single turnover against the Giants.

WFY: Has Tom Coughlin passed Bill Parcells as best modern Giants coach?

Tom Coughlin just passed Bill Parcells last week in career wins as the head coach of the Giants. I think one more Lombardi will cement him surpassing Parcells’ legacy.

WFY: If the Giants are Big Blue, how come they have a white jersey with no blue on it, but lots of red? Do you like that jersey? What about the alt red jersey?

BMS: I love both Giants’ home and away jerseys. They are Big Blue, but their colors are red, white, and blue (so patriotic!), and to a lesser extent, gray. They haven’t worn the red jersey in years, and supposedly had retired it, although there was a rumor in the offseason that it might make a reappearance this season. I hate the red jersey. If they want an alternate home jersey, why not the Big Blue uniforms from the 80s, complete with the helmet with GIANTS in the side. Although I like the current jersey and helmet design the best.

WFY: What Giants jerseys and other gear do you own?

BMS: Of current players, I owe two Eli away jerseys (forgot I had the one and got a second), and two Eli home jerseys (one is an authentic jersey with the captain patch and Super Bowl XLVI patch).

WFY: Please rank the Giants rivalries in the NFC East. Are there any inter-divisional rivals that are more important to you than intra-divisional rivalries?

BMS: As for divisional rivalries, Giants-Redskins rank at the bottom, although some of that is due to the lack of success the Redskins have had over the years. Nothing beats Giants-Eagles. As a Yankees fan, I hate the Eagles more than the Red Sox. When Xander’s original first grade teacher tried to turn him into an Eagles’ fan, I had to inform him that Eagles’ fans hate Santa Claus, and that the Eagles hate puppies. Giants-Cowboys is in the middle. I really dislike the Cowboys. But i don’t hate them. I don’t feel ill when we lose to them.

WFY: Prediction?

BMS: The Giants are coming off a big win in San Francisco last weekend, and look ahead to a rematch with the Cowboys, so I can see the Giants giving a subpar performance and losing to the Redskins, But I think RG3 adds a lot of interest to this game, so I don’t feel it’s like a classic letdown game. My guess, the Redskins get a lead, the Giants come back. You’re never truly our of a game when you have Eli Manning, and I predict a late fourth quarter comeback and a 24-23 Giants victory.

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Super Bowl XLVI prediction

Here’s my quick Super Bowl prediction — New England Patriots 34 New York Football Giants 17. Last time these two met, I talked myself out of picking the Giants.

I’m pulling for the Giants for several reasons — they play in New Jersey where I was born, represent New York which is one of my favorite cities to visit and have a good, stable family ownership. They also wear classic, basic uniforms. There is something to be said for the winning Super Bowl team swept by the Washington Redskins too. For Redskins fans, it is mostly indecipherable words of confusion and frustration.

The Patriots on the other hand, stretched the limits of sportsmanship if not outright cheated during the previous Super Bowl runs, have annoying Tom Brady and have stupid uniforms. New England and Boston are nice enough and the offensive coordinator will soon coach my alma mater, I just don’t want to root for those guys.

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