How things have changed
On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the Jets, and no one saw it, because they’re watching the movie Heidi. Can you imagine that happening today? The answer is obviously not.
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.
As you could imaginge vewers were outraged. The game is remembered for its exciting finish, as Oakland scored two tds in the final minute to overcome a 32–29 New York lead. It came to be known as the Heide Game
Shortly after the Heidi debacle, the NFL inserted a clause into its TV contracts that guaranteed that all games would be broadcast completely in their home markets.
Imagine there was no NFL Network, ESPN, Red Zone Channel, cable, internet or cell phones to get a score.
I can remember as a kid waiting for halftime of games to get scores of other games. Sometimes you would have to wait for halftime of the Monday Night game when Howard Cosell would recap Sunday's actions just to get a hilight.
Although technology is a wonderful thing, there was something special about waiting to hear a score involving your team. Great memories
Phil Varone of the Rochester Amerks joined the John DiTullio Show Tuesday to discuss the team's recent success.
He also says that the new regime in Buffalo allows everyone in the organization to begin a new start with a fresh slate.
What a crazy finish to Monday night to the Pats/Panthers games. On the final play of the Panthers’ 24-20 win over the Patriots, Tom Brady looking for for Rob Gronkowski in the back end zone, but instead was intercepted by Panthers safety Robert Lester.
A flag was thrown on the play for pass interference on linebacker Luke Kuechly, but it was picked up, ending the game. Let the debate begin. Should the flagged have been picked up? Probably not. It was clear that Gronkowski was held. It was ruled the ball could not of been caught.
Regardless of the outcome last night was a terrific game highlighted by the play of qb Cam Newton.
The Panthers marched 83 yards in 13 plays, converting three third downs and taking 5:33 off the clock ending with a Newton td pass to Ted Ginn. The Pats defense allowed touchdown drives of 81, 83, and 90 yards.
Newton outplayed Brady completed 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, ending the Patriots’ takeaway streak at 36 games. Newton also was dazzling with his legs rushing seven times for 62 yards. Newton and the Panthers are a completely different than when they lost to the Bills in week two.
New England is 7-3, and now has slipped to the three seed in the AFC behind the Colts.; The Pats host the Broncos Sunday night.
On Sunday EJ Manuel played his best game in a Bills uniform while completely outplaying Jets qb Geno Smith. Manuel played a turnover free game while Smith's four turnovers cost the Jets the game. A week ago Manuel was awful in a loss at Pittsburgh, in fact he was awful in the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Kudos to Manuel, who handled the winds at Ralph Wilson Stadium flawlessly. Manuel completed 20-of-28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Jets.
What is more impressive is the fact his top receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods were out with injuries.
Manuel, who has been okay in six starts this season reminded at least the fans on Sunday why Buffalo selected Manuel 16th overall in the draft.
In seven starts he has 8 tds and 4 ints with a qb rating of 82.1
The playoffs are a long shot for the 4-7 Bills, but if Manuel can stay healthy the last five games of the season could be interesting to watch.