Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cowbows vs Vikings; Pregame Interview .....your chance to particpate

This writing finds me in the great state of Wisconsin, and more specifically in "Title Town". That's right, you got it, your erstwhile travelling reporter is writing from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since I've been in town almost a week, I have made a couple of trips to Lambeau Field - which really got me in the NFL Spirit. So I am going to provide you, the lucky reader - an opportunity to participate in what will have to be the best pre-game interview done on Vikings - Cowboys NFC Playoff Game !

Stay tuned kiddos for instructions on how you can participate in this very special opportunity.

This frozen tundra called Lambeau Field is where my team, The Dallas Cowboys, once fought an epic battle of a game back in 1967 called "The Ice Bowl". Let me set it up for you. The Green Bay Packers had a great quarterback named Bart Starr, but he was up against Northeast Texas's own Dandy Don Meridith. Both teams had great coaches, a true Texas Gentleman named Tom Landry coached the Cowboys, while football legend Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers. The Ice Bowl is considered by many Professional Football Experts to be one of the greatest games of all time. Here's a brief recap of some of the highlights for those of you who don't remember or didn't see the game.......

  • At the kick-off the temperature was -13 degrees (that's not wind chill that's the temperature).

  • Referees did not use whistles - when the ref blew the whistle to start the game - it froze to his lips; after that they used voice and hand signals to manage the game.

  • The system for heating the turf at the Green Bay stadium had failed - which meant that the ground was frozen solid. It was slick and as hard as a block of concrete.

  • Green Bay took an early lead, scoring two touchdowns. Dallas recovered a fumble; returned it for a TD and then got a field goal to end the 1st half Green Bay 14 - Dallas 10.

  • Neither team scored in the third quarter. By the start of the 4th quarter, the temperature had dropped to -20 degrees.

  • However, Dallas scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Making the score Dallas 17 - Green Bay 14

  • With only seconds left on the clock, Green Bay had the ball on the Dallas 1 yard line. With 4th down and goal, Green Bay called time out.

  • Green Bay could have kicked a field goal which would have sent the game into overtime. Bart Starr suggested a quarterback sneak to Lombardi to win the game; according to Starr, Lombardi said "Run it and let's get the Hell out of here"

  • Starr ran the play; Green Bay scored, and that was the end of the 1967 NFL Championship.

Lombardi, essentially decided let's either win this; or lose it; but it is too cold to stay out here any longer! Luckily, for Green Bay, Starr's footing held and they scored but only by so little.

In preparation for this week's NFL Play Off Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, I'll be channelling the spirit of Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry to give their outlook on the upcoming game and other issues which you may find interesting. If you have any questions, you'd like to ask Tom or Vince, please write them down below so that I can be prepared for my interview with both of them on Friday!!!! You can right them below in the blogs site comments or send them directly to me @ I hope we can have lots of good questions for Coach Lombardi and for Coach Landry. I'm looking forward to hearing the views of two of the greatest coaches of all time.

All the best,