(Shenandoah) – Good Sunday morning everyone, unless you’re a Cincinnati Bengals or San Francisco 49ers fan.
With that opening line, you can probably tell which teams I’m rooting for in today’s AFC and NFC Championship games. So, I’m not even going to mention the names of these two teams, because, frankly, I don’t want to jinx them.
Readers of this blog – all four of them – will remember a few weeks ago when I picked the Bengals and Green Bay Packers to play in the Super Bowl. The thing is, I usually curse the team I choose to win the Big Game. Witness the Packers, who lost to the Niners in the playoffs a few weeks ago.
Soooooooo, I’m not even going to say the names of the Northwest Missouri and Southern California teams I’m going to be cheering on. You know who I’m talking about.
Anyway, since we’re talking about the NFL, let’s make it the subject of another edition of… Unnecessary curiosities! Now you know how it works: I’m going to ask you a few questions, and you have to choose the correct answer from several choices (some obviously wrong).
Topic of the day: pro football of the 60s and 70s! So let’s go back to when the NFL became a national obsession, especially for a young kid growing up in Fremont, Nebraska.
And here’s the kickoff….
1. Which of the following teams was NOT an original American Football League team in 1960?
a. Buffalo Tickets
b. Boston Patriots
vs. Houston Texans
D. New York Titans
2. On November 17, 1968, NBC interrupted the last two minutes of the New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to present which children’s special?
a. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
vs. “Pippi Longstocking”
D. “Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla”
3. In 1970, which New Orleans Saints placekicker threw a then NFL-record 63-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions?
a. Pete Gogolak
b. Don Cockroft
vs. Chester Marcol
D. Tom Dempsey
4. Which player scored the lone touchdown for the New York Jets in their 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969?
a. Matt Snell
b. Joe Namath
vs. Don Maynard
D. Emerson Boozer
5. Which of the following was NOT one of the sweeping rule changes adopted by the NFL in 1974?
a. The goal posts have been moved from the goal line to the end zone end line.
b. Sudden death overtime was instituted for regular season games.
vs. Kickoffs have been moved from the 40-yard line to the 35-yard line.
D. Howard Cosell was ordered to wear a larger toupee.
6. Which 1960s Green Bay Packers great wrote the famous book “Instant Replay?”
a. Bart Star
b. Blur Thurston
vs. Jerry Kramer
D. Paul Hornung
7. On December 23, 1972, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13 to 7 with “The Immaculate Reception.” Who was Terry Bradshaw’s receiver on the famous touchdown pass caught by Franco Harris?
a. John Fuqa
b. Lynn Swann
vs. John Stallworth
D. rocky bleier
8. As part of the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, three former NFL teams joined former AFL teams in the American Football Conference. The Steelers and Baltimore Colts were two of the teams. Who was the third?
a. Cincinnati Bengals
b. Cleveland Browns
vs. Atlanta Falcons
D. cantonese bulldog
9. The 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song” dealt with the relationship between Gale Sayers and which other Chicago Bears teammate?
a. Dick Butkus
b. Mike Ditka
vs. Brian Piccolo
D. Jack Concannon
10. Which team did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat for the franchise’s first-ever win in 1977?
a. Seattle Seahawks
b. New Orleans Saints
vs. New York Giants
D. New England Patriots
Here are the answers – for those of you who haven’t taken a look!
1. c., 2. b., 3. d., 4. a., 5. d., 6. c., 7. a., 8. b., 9. c., 10. b.
So what did you do? Here is a scoreboard:
8-10 right: Your field goals always divide the amounts!
5-7 right: The late John Madden would buy you a turducken
3-4 right: You probably watch PBS on Sundays
0-2 right: You know less about professional football than people on ESPN.
Mike Peterson is a senior anchor/reporter for KMA News. The opinions expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of this station, its management or its owner.