The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth About Football's Most by Ed Gruver
By Ed Gruver
The day of the Ice Bowl online game used to be so chilly, the referees' whistles would not paintings; so chilly, the journalists' espresso iced over within the press sales space; so chilly, enthusiasts outfitted small fires within the concrete and steel stands; so chilly, television cables iced up and photographers did not dare contact the steel in their gear; so chilly, the sport was once as a lot approximately survival because it was once approximately ability and procedure. On New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and the fairway Bay Packers met for a vintage NFL championship video game, performed on a frozen box in sub-zero climate. The "Ice Bowl" challenged each ability of those nice groups. here is the complete tale, in response to dozens of interviews with those that have been there—on the sector and off—told through writer Ed Gruver with ardour, suspense, wit, and accuracy.
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IceBowl PT3 TXT 6/15/09 4:08 PM Page 52 Chapter Three Fire and Ice Apprenticeships in New York H 1954 TO REPLACE STEVE OWEN as the New York Giants’ head coach, Jim Lee Howell was a soft-spoken, self-effacing native son of Arkansas. He played offensive end for the Giants before becoming a head coach at Wagner College in Staten Island. While coaching at Wagner, Howell also served as an assistant to Owen, showing up at noon on weekdays to coach the Giants’ offensive ends. At 6-5, 240 pounds, Howell was a big man physically, and game days found him standing on the sidelines, hands stuffed deep into the pockets of his dark overcoat, his silver-white hair covered by a tan felt fedora.
The war touched Landry deeply, and changed forever his attitude towards football. As he put his priorities in order, such things as won-lost records and championships carried little lasting meaning for him. While he still appreciated success and praise, winning and losing football games paled in comparison with the events of the war. Discharged from the service in November, 1945, Landry returned to college life with a deeper, more mature outlook on life. Cleancut, with wavy brown hair, he was very much a man among boys at the University of Texas.
Lombardi shouted, screamed, kicked, ranted, jumped up and down. ” Howell said once that Lombardi was up and down emotionally, but “very brilliant, very smart. Vince knew what he could do with players. He was very basic in his thinking. ” A fine assistant coach who was forever looking for an opportunity to become a head coach. Believing time was rapidly passing him by, Lombardi’s search to create his own coaching identity bordered on being frantic. “He was older by this time,” Howell said. “He’d been kicking around.