Since I’m on vacation (i.e., working somewhere other than my house), the rest of the crew is keeping up with the bulk of the “news.” Which allows me to look around for some other interesting stuff.
Thanks to Kevin Cusick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, I found something that should be very interesting to the old farts in the crowd, like me.
Someone has posted on YouTube the entire 1972 regular-season game between the Vikings and the Steelers, from Three Rivers Stadium. The reproduced CBS broadcast includes even the commercials and, unlike most regular-season broadcasts today, the entire National Anthem.
Among the commercials is a Ford Torino spot that features a guy walking on a tightrope over a moving car driving on a bumpy road. (Without a tether attached to his ankle, a caveat that changes “death-defying” to “bruise-defying.”)
The Steelers would go on to secure a playoff berth and beat the Raiders for the first postseason win in franchise history. The Vikings would miss the playoffs for one of the only times they didn’t qualify for the Super Bowl tournament during the 1970s.
Two years later, the Vikings and Steelers met in the Super Bowl, with the Steelers winning the game, 16-6.