One of the most famous professional (American) football games was not played in the National Football League, but in the rival American Football League on November 17, 1968. While the game was certainly a thriller between bitter AFL rivals the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, it only attained its infamy because of a perfect storm of events that led to the game’s stunning conclusion being suddenly yanked from the living room of TV viewers in the eastern half of the US by its broadcaster, NBC. This is the legendary Heidi Bowl, a game even casual sports fans born after the fact have no doubt heard the legend about… where NBC cut the live feed of the game just before 7:00 Eastern Time to broadcast a special presentation of the movie Heidi, as planned in advance. Nobody in the Eastern or Central time zones saw the Raiders come back from certain defeat by scoring two touchdowns in the final minute to beat the Jets 43-32.
The bizarre story of how this all transpired is way too long to properly detail in this post, but can be summed up by a football game that wound up running way longer than expected, a commitment from the movie’s sponsor Timex to ensure that Heidi ran at its scheduled time, and the “prehistoric” state of communications technology that existed 55 years ago that caused frantic NBC execs to be unable to get ahold of their control room in Burbank to override the original order to cut off the feed from Oakland at 6:58 once they realized the game was a classic in the making.
And now before this post gets preempted by the next exciting episode of Cop Rock, let’s answer this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!
Does the weather affect your mood?
I spend most of my time indoors, so there’s plenty of times I’m blissfully unaware of the weather outside…
If a stranger smiles at you or says ‘good morning’ when they pass you in the street, do you return it?
I’ll usually nod and mumble something that resembles “good morning” or just “hey.” A “pleasantry” I generally have to endure a couple times whenever I go out for a walk.
And if I may, I’ll use this opportunity to gripe about a practice that irks me….. people who feel like they have to greet you EVERY SINGLE TIME you cross paths, even just a few minutes apart! There’s a few people I work with who are notorious st this, including the resident Type-A who’s literally a Pollyanna from a pill bottle. You get ONE greeting per person per day, and that’s ALL!
If you had a choice of just one of these things to eat, what would it be and why? Chocolate, a sweet pastry, a plate of chips/fries (this is not a forever choice, just one instance).
Just give me the fries. It’s really, really hard to ruin fries, unless they’re already slathered with some insidious, syrupy goop like ketchup. Chocolate and pastries can be anything from delightful to downright disgusting…
If you could go back to when you were a specific age, what would that be? Why?
How about 27 years, 207 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes and 53.86 seconds old? No real reason, mind you. I just picked it because it’s a VERY SPECIFIC age….
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