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THE LOST SUPER BOWL

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments · sports

When I was a kid every Super Bowl Sunday my step father would take my cousin, my step brothers and certain friends to Flushing Meadow Park to play our own Super Bowl. I think tomorrow I continue the tradition with my step son (though he’s technically grounded).

As we all get ready for the annual American Ritual that is the Super Bowl word comes that the first Super Bowl was apparently never recorded? At least not by the networks that broadcast it. Seems inconceivable doesn’t it?

Did you know that the footage from the first Super Bowl was never saved? Unless you were one of the 61,946 people at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that day or if you watched it live on NBC or CBS (yes I guess both networks), you could never have seen the game.

Super Bowl I. We all know Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers beat Hank Stramm’s Kansas City Chiefs.

But now according to the Wall Street Journal, a copy has been found and it’s at the Paley Media Center in Manhattan (I just did a webcast for the Milk Producers Association of America with Susan Sarandon there). People didn’t have consumer grade video tape machines back in 1967 but somehow one man had the good sense to record the game at his job. Here’s an interesting story you have to read.

super bowl 1 tape found

super bowl 1 tape found

Meanwhile, I think I’ll remember to stretch.

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