This was a dull one, two teams that could not seem to win the big one,
Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.
Oakland won in a rout and Fran Tarkington played in his last Superbowl.
A few weeks after the game, Tarkington hosted a funny episode of
"Saturday Night Live" with an injured John Belushi.
The first epic battle with the defending Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys lead most of the game, but Bradshaw and Swann took a 21 to 10 lead in the 4th quarter. Then Staubach brought the team back. The final score was 21-17.
The game was played in Miami on a cold day.
During the game,
Robert Shaw was seen running around shooting the movie, "Black Sunday,"
written by Hannibal Lechter's fictional biographer, Thomas Harris.
I have NO memory of this game.
Pittsburgh beat Minnesota.
Larry Csonka ran for over 100 yards against the Minnesota Vikings.
I remember that he hit a Viking and sent him flying in the air.
It was my first Superbowl in South Florida and I was thrilled to be living in a land where local teams won Superbowls. 32 years later the Dolphins have yet to win a Superbowl.
Still, this Dolphin Team may have been the best TEAM ever to play the game.
The Miami Dolphins dominated the Washington Redskins for 57 minutes.
Then kicker Garo the neck tie salesman decided to through a pass.
Sadly, this pass was intercepted by the Redskins in their only score of the game.
Then Bob Griese and Larry Csonka ran out the clock.
Under Don Shula's direction, the Miami Dolphins did something NO other football team has EVER done. The MIami Dolphins went 17 and 0, capping a perfect season.
The Dallas Cowboys upended the Miami Dolphins.
It was a cold day in Long Island when my parents and I watched this game.
I remember Don Shula being interviewed in the locker room and he was not a happy man.
Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick took a long car ride home and convinced themselves of winning the next Superbowl.
Like the fall of Troy, a new myth of the phoenix was reborn.
My Dad and I were at a private park with George Montalto in cold Huntington , Long Island.
We were listening to the game on the radio and we went to Mr. Montalto's home to see the final kick.
The Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys with a Jim O'Brien field goal.
I have no memory of this game.
The Kansas City Chiefs upset the Minnesota Vikings.
The Apollo Program was still sending men to the moon.
The New York Jets defeated Don Shula's Baltimore Colts,
16 to 7.
This game was the harbinger for a new age;
John Wayne was to be nominated for an Oscar for "True Grit."
The Beatles would record their final album that Summer, Abbey Road.
Americans would walk on the moon in July and the New York Miracle Mets would win the World Series.
I was too young to know about these contests.
But Green Bay won the first two games by defeating the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.