“I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance….”
Pitchers and catchers begin reporting in two weeks.
It was 40 years ago today. I still feel the pain.
It was a divisional playoff between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A few seconds left …
Harris, who was simply trailing the play, scooped up the ball (which had bounced 24 feet) and scored with 5 seconds remaining. It was the first playoff victory in the history of the Pittsburgh franchise and it began their glory days.
But the question was, did the ball bounce off Frenchy Fuqua, the Steelers intended receiver, or did it bounce off Jack Tatum, the Raiders defender. If Fuqua, it’s incomplete. Offensive deflections were not legal receptions at the time. If Tatum, or if both, then the completion is good. It took several minutes for the officials to decide.
And to this day no one is sure except Raiders fans and Steelers fans.
NFL Films calls it the greatest play in NFL history. For fans it was one of those indelible events that causes you to remember right where you were when it happened — driving on I-5 between L.A. and San Diego on the way from Oakland to Tucson for Christmas.
The rule was changed in 1978 to make passes deflected by any player legal.
“We live in a time where 6-year-old kids on Madden design more complicated offenses and defenses than Papa Halas ever dreamed about.”
Bradshaw 4 for 4
Montana 4 for 4
Aikman 3 for 3
Brady 3 for 5
Plunkett 2 for 2
Starr 2 for 2
Eli Manning 2 for 2
Bob Griese 2 for 3
Roethlisberger 2 for 3
Staubach 2 for 4
Elway 2 for 5
Jim Kelly of the Bills and Fran Tarkenton of the Vikings were 0-4 and 0-3 respectively in Super Bowls.
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Last week and this are the best football weeks of the year.
The Ravens are 7-point underdogs to the Patriots. I’m taking the 7 and Ed Reed.
The 49ers are 2½ point favorites and my favorite NFC team since I lived in Oakland. (You can guess which team is my AFC and most favorite.) I’m taking the 49ers and giving the 2½.
Yes, I realize that means an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl.
“I don’t know if this means anything, but, long about half-past 35-7 the other night in Foxboro, I could’ve sworn I saw a couple of New England Patriots rolling dice for Tim Tebow’s jersey.”
Charles P. Pierce, Grantland