Super Bowl VI: a very cool experience (I’m told)
Now that the geniuses that run the NFL have decided that the world’s greatest sport spectacle was running along too smoothly, the weather in New Jersey has over shadowed the actual game and turned everyone into weather casters.
Little did I know that when I attended the fourth Super Bowl at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972, that it was the previous lowest temperature for a Super Bowl that is expected to be bested this coming Sunday.
To be honest, despite the fact that I attended, I do not recall the weather, whether it was hot or cold, I didn’t notice.
As a 13-year old, the giddiness of actually going to the game probably dulled all my senses. I didn’t care if it was cold.
Dallas was facing Miami and at that point in my life, I was the biggest Dallas Cowboy fan walking the planet.
They captured their first Super Bowl 24-3 that day. I was thrilled.
For one thing all three were blowouts, as the majority of Super Bowls have been throughout its history.
Tickets were $15. When my little brother Tim and I went to Super Bowl VIII in Houston, some guy offered us $50 apiece for our tickets.
I wouldn’t have sold those tickets for $1,000 apiece.
The most memorable thing for us is that we got to sit by the guy who dresses up as the Viking that you see in all those old NFL Films.
I’ve read the temperature for that day in New Orleans 42 years ago was 39 degrees.
Despite Dallas winning its first title, the game is considered one of the worst Super Bowls.
No running back for either team rushed for 100 yards. No receiver had more than 40 yards receiving. The longest gain from scrimmage was 27 yards. The signature play was a 29-yard sack of Bob Griese by Dallas defensive end Bob Lilly.
Roger Staubach was voted the game’s MVP even though he completed just 12 of 19 passes for only 119 yards.
“I remember it being cold,” Staubach told USA Today, “but it wasn’t anything that disturbed the game.”
Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Picayune interviewed people that were at the game and most absolutely remember how cold it was.
There were no luxury suites and the press box was open air.
I’m thinking that I might have spent a large portion of the game in the press box with my father, which may be clouding my recalling the cold.
Duncan noted in his story that there was little mention of the weather and it was not mentioned at all on CBS’ halfhour pre-game show.
Did he say half-hour? Wow.
As far as I’m concerned, it was a cool experience for sure.
Actually, the three. Here’s the three Super Bowls I have attended.
1. Super Bowl IV (1970)— Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7. Tulane Stadium, New Orleans. Tickets $15
2. Super Bowl VI (1972)— Dallas 24, Miami 3. Tulane Stadium, New Orleans. Tickets $15
3. Super Bowl VIII (1974) Miami 24, Minnesota 7. Rice Stadium, Houston. Tickets $15