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Super Bowl Bites: Packers Not Only Winners in Super Bowl I

In less than two weeks, CBS will proudly telecast the 50th Super Bowl. Recently, their commercials have included original footage from their broadcast of Super Bowl I.

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But, CBS was not the only major network that showed it. NBC also aired the “First AFL-NFL World Championship Game.”

As Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker, Frank Gifford and Pat Summerall were on the call for CBS, NBC countered with Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman, Charlie Jones, OJ Simpson and George Ratterman.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15, 1967: (L to R) Televison commentors Paul Christman of NBC and Frank Gifford of CBS talk prior to Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Packers beat the Chiefs, 35-10 to win the professional football World Championship. 19670115-FR-022 1967 Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images *** Local Caption *** Paul Christman;Frank Gifford

A total of 51.8 million people watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10 on January 15, 1967 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Green Bay won on the field, but NBC ruled the airwaves. The “Peacock Network” captured the Nielsen Ratings with 26.75 million viewers to CBS’ 24.43 million. They also beat CBS by a field goal in the Market Share with a 49-46 advantage.

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Role Players: Jeremiah Castille and “The Fumble”

In 1986, the Denver Broncos crushed the Super Bowl dreams of the Cleveland Browns with “The Drive.”

The “Mistake by the Lake”, and its “Dawg Pound” fans, were silenced as Denver quarterback John Elway orchestrated a legendary 15 play, 98 yard drive in the game’s final five minutes. His touchdown pass to Mark Jackson

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sent the game into overtime where the Broncos won on a Rich Karlis field goal.

One year later, the Browns attempted to produce their own “drive”. Trailing 38-31,with just over a minute left in regulation, Cleveland reached the Denver eight yard-line looking to tie the game.

Enter Jeremiah Castille.

In his fifth NFL season, the former Alabama Crimson Tide All-American, was in his first year with the Broncos. With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Castille started 45 of his first 60 NFL games from 1983-1986.

Though playing in 11 games during 1987, Castille did not start and was used as a backup cornerback, many times in special situations. Such was the case in the AFC title game.

On first and goal from Denver’s 8-yard line, Castille came into the game as the Bronco’s expected Cleveland to throw. Showing a three-wide formation, and Denver with an extra DB, Brown’s quarterback Bernie Kosar changed from a passing to a running play.

Castille took advantage of his opportunity.

Kosar handed-off to 215-pound Earnest Byner and the Columbus, Georgia native was barreling toward the end zone for an apparent score. Outweighed by 40 pounds, Castille came off his coverage duties and met Byner in the hole, stripping the ball loose and recovering “The Fumble” at the two-yard line.

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Watch the play and listen to the call from NBC’s Dick Enberg here.

Because he kept his focus and played his role, Castille helped Denver to a second consecutive Super Bowl and the little-known cornerback is now forever-known in Bronco history.

Nearly 30 years later, Castille’s current roles include teaching, coaching and leading his Christian-based Jeremiah Castille Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composure – A Sticky Situation

“Never let them see you sweat.”

In 1984, the Gillette Company launched this new ad slogan for its antiperspirant line, Dry Idea.  It became one of the most famous in advertising history running for over 12 years and being pitched by some of the biggest names of that era. (Former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_EUz0XQbz4)

Keeping our composure is, like most things, easier said than done.  Talking the talk is simple; walking the walk is a much different story.

See Simon Peter.

In John 13:37, he boldly tells Jesus – “I will lay down my life for you.” Five chapters later, when the heat was on, Peter did just as Jesus said. He denied his Savior three times. Not only did Peter deny Jesus, he vehemently denied Him. Peter broke when it was time to stand.

Lest we start feeling good about ourselves,  Peter, though he broke, was literally facing life or death among a mob mentality.

On the flip side, we daily encounter those harrowing times that test men’s souls like: Waiting in a drive through (with our without screaming children). Stuck in traffic. Getting lost (and feeling embarrassed about it). Not being able to find the car keys.

Proverbs 25:28 states: “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self control.” During Biblical times, if the walls of the city were breached, its inhabitants and everything in it were at extreme risk.

Isn’t the same true in our own lives?  Why should my 12-year old daughter be put at risk because my “walls” are “broken down” by a cell phone gone AWOL? (I just blamed it on the cell phone)  

My lack of composure breaches her protection. If she enters those turbulent teenage years handling situations similarly, I will not be able to pull a Pilate and wash my hands of it. The stains will remain.

Thus creating a sticky situation now and in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace Your Role

Everyone has a role to play. At some time or another, all of us have balked or pushed back against the said role presented us. Thoughts and feelings run the gammut. It’s demeaning. There’s not enough limelight. Someone else is getting all the pub.

Humans. We are a prideful bunch and get our lip run out because it’s not about me.

Well, all of us little campers can roll that lip back up before it gets stepped on. Thanks to God’s Word, through The Apostle Paul’s writing in I Corinthians 12:12-31, He informs us:

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Whatever role we are called to, let’s do it with excellence, to first honor Jesus, because it is an important piece of a much bigger picture.

No. 1 vs. No. 2 – Untilled Soil vs. Fertile Ground

Monday night’s National Championship tilt between #1 Clemson and #2 Alabama is only the 49th meeting between the nation’s two-top ranked teams since the Associated Press (AP) poll debuted in 1936

When was the first? College Ga569775859045817969_1436471605me Day didn’t make it to Ann Arbor on October 9, 1943 when No. 1 Notre Dame bounced the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 35-12.

73 years later, many favor the Crimson Tide to capture their 16th national title on the natural grass in Glendale, Arizona. Clemson is looking for its first in 34 years.

As expected, Alabama has a huge edge playing in nine of these rare matchups with a 6-3 mark. This is the Tigers’ maiden voyage in a top-two tussle.

Interestingly, the SEC’s perennial power has entered this game ranked second, six times, and they don’t seem to mind the undercard billing. The Crimson Elephants have won five times in this position.

Four of those victories, 1979 (vs. Penn State), 1993 (Miami), 2012 (LSU) and 2013 (Notre Dame) brought national crowns back to Tuscaloosa.

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