Super Bowl IX Steelers 16 vs Vikings 6
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04-19-2017, 06:51 PM

Super Bowl IX Steelers 16 vs Vikings 6 - w/Gowdy & Meredith
Super Bowl IX Steelers 16 vs Vikings 6 - w/Fleming & Cope

Super Bowl IX Pregame (pregame show)

The Steel Curtain absolutely CRUSHES Minnesota, finally winning a championship for "The Chief" while limiting Fran Tarkenton's supposedly high-powered offense to a paltry 119 total yards -- 17 rushing yards on 22 carries (an embarrassing average of 0.8 yds per carry) and 102 yards passing with 3 INTs -- a Super Bowl record which still stands today.

MVP Franco Harris (34 carries, 158 yards, 1 TD) is virtually unstoppable, Bradshaw is smart and efficient and the Pittsburgh offensive line simply manhandles Minnesota's famous Purple People Eaters. Defensively, the Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain is nothing short of phenomenal, especially the front four in what is easily the most dominating performance by a defensive line in Super Bowl history. Mean Joe Greene is overwhelming, Fats Holmes is immovable and L.C. Greenwood is in Tarkenton's face all afternoon, smacking down 3 passes and forcing numerous poor throws.

But perhaps most noteworthy is the performance of Dwight White, which is nothing short of heroic. White -- who spent the week in the hospital with pneumonia and lost 18 pounds -- totally dominates, scoring the game's first points on a safety and batting multiple passes, one of which is intercepted by Joe Greene.

Minnesota's offense crosses into Pittsburgh territory 4 times, The first, the result of a Bleier fumble, ends in a missed FG. Their 2nd trip ends in a Mel Blount INT after Glen Edwards nearly decapitates WR John Gilliam, popping the ball 20 feet into the air and right into Blount's waiting arms. The 3rd ends when Joe Green intercepts a Tarkenton pass batted by Dwight White near midfield. And the 4th and most promising (following a 42-yd pass interference penalty that puts the ball at the Pittsburgh 5) ends when Mean Joe recovers a Chuck Foreman fumble (forced by Ernie Holmes).

Had the Vikings not scored a TD on a blocked punt, this one would've been a shut out. Includes the halftime, commercials and 30 minutes of postgame material including the trophy presentation, fan interviews and round table player interviews with Bradshaw, Franco, Rocky and several members of the defense.

Note: There are two different versions of this game, both have excellent video quality. The first is the complete NBC broadcast (including full halftime show, some pregame and some postgame) with Curt Gowdy and Don Meredith calling the game. The second is the NBC broadcast of the game with the WTAE radio call from the incomparable Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in (no halftime show).
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04-21-2017, 02:59 PM

8 years old when my sister & I watched this one at my grandma's. My memories of this game are rather unique in comparison to others as she & I were rooting for the Vikings. Being on the other side I mostly just remember the hopelessness that by halftime it was obvious the Vikes had absolutely no chance. Probably the most dominating defensive performance in a game i've seen and sometime shortly after i'd found my team. (yep little bandwagoner). Can't remember if it was a year or two later that I saw my first live Steelers game in Cleveland. Unfortunately the Steelers lost after Turkey Jones did the cheap BS Slam knocking out Bradshaw. Still hoping a copy of that game turns up one day.
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04-21-2017, 03:19 PM

Also how great is it to hear the announcers from back then. Curt Gowdy is my all time favorite. Frank, Howard & Dandy Don on monday night, Summerall & Brookshier, Enberg & Olson... golden. Now we've got Buck/Aikman, Nantz/Simms, Tirico/Gruden... ugh. Oh well i've still got the past.

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04-22-2017, 11:57 AM

(04-21-2017, 03:19 PM)Guest Wrote: Now we've got Buck/Aikman, Nantz/Simms, Tirico/Gruden... ugh.

Laugh  So true!

Enberg/Olsen remains my favorite combo of all time ("Oh, my!").
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04-22-2017, 12:02 PM

(04-21-2017, 02:59 PM)Guest Wrote: 8 years old when my sister & I watched this one at my grandma's. My memories of this game are rather unique in comparison to others as she & I were rooting for the Vikings. Being on the other side I mostly just remember the hopelessness that by halftime it was obvious the Vikes had absolutely no chance. Probably the most dominating defensive performance in a game i've seen and sometime shortly after i'd found my team. (yep little bandwagoner). Can't remember if it was a year or two later that I saw my first live Steelers game in Cleveland. Unfortunately the Steelers lost after Turkey Jones did the cheap BS Slam knocking out Bradshaw. Still hoping a copy of that game turns up one day.

Great story.  Thumbsup
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06-06-2017, 11:37 AM

A beginning and an end on this day.

The beginning of the Steeler dynasty.

And also the last pro football game played at Tulane Stadium (It was originally supposed to be at the Superdome, but it wasn't finished yet- so talk about a great way for a stadium to bid farewell to the pro game!)

And if you throw in the MNF game Pittsburgh played at this stadium against the Saints, they were 2-0 at Tulane Stadium in 1974.
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07-01-2017, 07:44 PM

In those days, pre-season games were pretty much live, with most starters playing. Pittsburgh was 5-0 during the pre-season, and went on to be 10-3-1 in the regular season. Counting all that and the post-season, the Steelers were 18-3-1 in '74. Very impressive. With all respect to Franco, I still think the Front Four should have been the MVP.
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07-02-2017, 04:23 AM

LC Greenwood dominated Ron Yary. IMO he should have been MVP.
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08-14-2017, 10:52 PM

At halftime, there's a tribute to Duke Ellington featuring his orchestra (under the direction of his son Mercer) and the Grambling State University band.

After the game, there's the trophy presentation, interviews with fans, and roundtable interviews with Bradshaw, Franco, Rocky, and several members of the defense. The questioners are Don Meredith, Al DeRogatis, and John Brodie (who'd just finished calling the game with Jim Simpson for NBC Radio; in those days, the network that had the TV rights in a given year also had the radio rights.) Charlie Jones hosts in what was unfortunately his only direct involvement with a Super Bowl, whether on TV or radio.

By the way, Tim, if you ever add audio to this site, I wouldn't mind having both the local and national radio broadcasts of the Super Bowls (assuming they're available) in addition to the video. (I'd only suggest something like that for the Super Bowls; it would be a needless waste of bandwidth to do it for other games.)
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08-16-2017, 04:11 PM

I thought back in 1997 that Charlie Jones should have done NBC's "other" playoff game rather than Tom Hammond, and that he and Bob Trumpy would have done the Broncos-Chiefs game.
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11-21-2019, 12:59 PM

If anyone out there is interested, a copy of the '74 radio highlights album has found its way to YouTube. Jack Fleming narrates, and Myron Cope has brief cameo at the beginning of Side 2.
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02-01-2022, 01:59 AM

Tim,

I read your notice about the '78 AFC Championship Game. I can't help you there, but while you're waiting for it you might want to try to do a version of this game with Jack and Myron dubbed in. Much like the other three seventies Super Bowls, it came out on CD years ago, and somebody out there must still have it, You'd have to cut the commercials in order for everything to stay in sync. but it would be worth it.
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02-04-2022, 04:07 AM

(02-01-2022, 01:59 AM)Garrett Garlits Wrote: Tim,

I read your notice about the '78 AFC Championship Game. I can't help you there, but while you're waiting for it you might want to try to do a version of this game with Jack and Myron dubbed in. Much like the other three seventies Super Bowls, it came out on CD years ago, and somebody out there must still have it, You'd have to cut the commercials in order for everything to stay in sync. but it would be worth it.

Yeah, I actually have that DVD set somewhere. It's a good suggestion and I've considered it before. It's pretty time consuming and this isn't a super-meaningful game for me personally, but I think you're right. I need to do it.

I need to dub the radio call with the perfect version of Super Bowl X, too. Been thinking about that one.  Thumbsup
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05-14-2022, 10:09 AM

Our latest meticulously synced TV broadcast/radio dub. 

Enjoy watching Super Bowl IX with the iconic radio call of Pittsburgh legends Jack Fleming and Myron Cope!

Super Bowl IX Steelers 16 vs Vikings 6 - w/Fleming & Cope
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