Fielder's Choice

Super Bowls of the past

I watched the Super Bowl ­ on and off.

It really wasn't of high interest to me this year.

I have a good friend who is from Kansas City, Mo., and loves the Chiefs. So, I was pulling for them.

And they hadn't won a Super Bowl in 50 years.

That means I was 8 years old the last time they'd won the big game.

I don't recall the details of that one, on January 11, 1970, but I remember some of the big names.

The Chiefs were coached by Hank Stram and quarterbacked by Len Dawson, who was named the game's most valuable player.

They defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La.

The game was broadcast on CBS with play-by-play announcer Jack Buck and color commentator Pat Summerall.

Game attendance was 80,562.

Another interesting note ­ Coach Stram was miked up by NFL Films. It was the first time a coach had worn a microphone during a Super Bowl game.

I used to love watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. They won back-to-back Super Bowls during my junior high/high school years ­ January 12, 1975, and January 18, 1976.

I grew up a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. I enjoyed all of their Super Bowl wins. The last was at the conclusion of the 1995 season. They beat the Steelers 27-17 on January 28, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

They might not win another in my lifetime, the way things have been going lately in the "Big D."

One of the greatest things about last Sunday's Super Bowl telecast was the segment in pre-game featuring the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

Seeing some of those alltime greats being honored was awesome ­ like Roger Staubach, Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders and Ray Guy, just to name a few.

I started watching the NFL as a child when there was one or two games on a week, on Sunday afternoons.

Then Monday Night Football began on September 21, 1970. That was big-time exciting back in the day. The first Monday night game was between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lately, I've built an allegiance to the Tennessee Titans. I've gone to several of their home games in Nashville in recent years. They had an outstanding season this year, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the AFC title game.

But I still have some hopes from by childhood favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, with the hiring of new head coach Mike McCarthy.

The National Anthem was fabulous this past Sunday for the Super Bowl. I didn't care for the halftime show.

We paused the halftime show, as son Andy and daughter-in-law Brooke were stopping by on their way back to Tupelo from Memphis, Tenn., where they got a dog.

When they arrived with J.J., we pretty much turned all our attention to him, and fast-forwarded through the bulk of the halftime show to the second half of the ball game.

It was a great game as the Chiefs rallied in the fourth. I was happy for Kansas City and its fans.

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