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Flashback: Baltimore Colts at Oakland Raiders, 1970 AFC Championship

Flashback: Baltimore Colts at Oakland Raiders, 1970 AFC Championship

Football Friday, Sports
We're just days away from the first Sunday of the 2013 NFL regular season, and on tap for the first week is a contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. This will be the 15th meeting between the two squads, with the Raiders holding an 8-6 edge. What I have for you today are some game action photos from the very first meeting between the Raiders and the then-Baltimore Colts -- the 1970 AFC Championship game, played on January 3, 1971 at Baltimore's Memorial Coliseum. Baltimore took an early 10-0 lead, and eventually pulled away for a 27-17 victory and a trip to Super Bowl V. It turned out to be the final home playoff victory for the Colts in Baltimore. Before we get to the photos, here are some NFL Films game highlights -- with the awesome title of "Duel in the Dust"...
Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday, Sports
One of the few things about the nearly interminable one or two-week buildup between the NFC/AFC championship games and the Super Bowl that I looked forward to was tuning into ESPN and watching hours upon hours of NFL Films' Super Bowl highlight packages. In some ways, watching those 30-minute capsules -- replete with their sweeping orchestral scores and booming narration by John Facenda -- was more rewarding than the games themselves. Through the magic of eBay and torrent sites, I've had the opportunity to watch Super Bowls from the 1970s and early '80s, that I wasn't around to see or was too young to remember. In almost all cases, watching those contests was almost a letdown after memorizing practically every line and every beat from the NFL Films version. Take, for example, ...
So long, Hightower

So long, Hightower

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NFL and movie great Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, who has died at age 66, is now free to crush quarterbacks and Honda Civics in heaven. Let's take a look at some of his most memorable work, both in the NFL and in his post-football career. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Until It Hurts (Bubba's exercise video) Married... with Children (Al Bundy vs. Spare Tire Dixon) Baltimore Colts vs. Oakland Raiders (AFC Championship -- January 3, 1971) Smith (#78) knocked Raiders starting QB Daryle Lamonica out of the game (skip to the hit), and the Colts went on to a 27-17 victory. They advanced to Super Bowl V and beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13. Incidentally, it's a proven fact that hits in the NFL are twice as vicious when narrated by John Facenda. Related articles Bubba ...