1981 Steelers 20 at Saints 6
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08-21-2018, 09:24 AM

1981 Steelers 20 at Saints 6

Bradshaw and Swann get started early in this one. Bradshaw hits 12 of 14 for 197 yds by halftime and before the 1st quarter is completed, Swann already has 4 receptions, including a 16-yd TD in which he battles defenders to the back of the end zone and makes a leaping grab of a high pass, followed by a perfect toe-tap to complete the score. In the 4th quarter, responsibility switches to Stallworth, who breaks down the left sideline, fakes rookie CB Johnnie Poe out of his jock and hauls in a perfect 47-yd TD bomb as Bradshaw beats a blitz to put the Steelers ahead 20-6. Meanwhile, the Steeler defense tallies 4 INTs and 6 sacks against Archie Manning's backups, Dave Wilson and Bobby Scott. Mel Blount is magnificent with 2 key INTs, multiple passes defensed and a number of backfield tackles for losses against Saints RBs. Pittsburgh plays like a veteran team and their stars make big plays on both sides of the ball as the Steelers outgain the Saints 406 to 180. But rookie LB Rickey Jackson is a real bright spot for the Saints, already flashing Hall of Fame talent with 7 unassisted tackles, a sack and 2 forced fumbles. In the 2nd quarter, Jackson chases Stallworth almost 40 yds downfield after a completion, grabs him from behind, spins him around and strips the ball. Significant video interference in the first half, picture clears up nicely for the 2nd half. Thanks to Paul Wood for generously providing us with this game!
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08-21-2018, 11:50 AM

I'm guessing Bill Currie did play by play for NBC if not him, then a local sportscaster from New Orleans?
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08-21-2018, 12:11 PM

My other guess is David Sullivan, since he was with Channel 11 back then.
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08-22-2018, 08:40 AM

My guess is since this game was seen only in the Pittsburgh region (5 or 6 stations total at most), and since all the NBC regulars were doing games that week, i'd guess that someone from WPXI did PBP. My guess was Dave Sullivan, since he did the postgame shows at the time for channel 11.
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08-23-2018, 06:05 AM

It was Harmon Wages, who was then with Atlanta's NBC station WXIA 11 Alive and a color anaylst with the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network and Mike Haffner who called the Steelers-Saints clash for NBC Sports from October 4, 1981 before a sellout crowd in the Louisiana Superdome.  It was not only shown in the Pittsburgh region (6 stations total), but in New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the Gulf Coast.
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08-23-2018, 07:43 AM

A word of warning: The video quality of the first half is absolutely atrocious. There are audio issues too, but they straighten out a few minutes into the game. The second half was much better, with inly one small glitch early in the second half.
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08-23-2018, 10:22 AM

NBC was stuck, with all of their regular pbp guys on games that week. I've seen that before, as the case even today when CBS or FOX has an overload of coverage, they have to dip into the commentator barrel once or twice a year to find an opening. Like these days, on Fox Sam Rosen, Dan Hellie, Brian Custer, and Kevin Kugler will do extra games like when Buck/Aikmain are doing Thursday Night Football during a singleheader week.
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08-23-2018, 01:06 PM

(08-23-2018, 06:05 AM)mpavlov677@aol.com Wrote: It was Harmon Wages, who was then with Atlanta's NBC station WXIA 11 Alive and a color anaylst with the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network and Mike Haffner who called the Steelers-Saints clash for NBC Sports from October 4, 1981 before a sellout crowd in the Louisiana Superdome.  It was not only shown in the Pittsburgh region (6 stations total), but in New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the Gulf Coast.

Interestingly, they had Harmon Wages doing the play by play, rather than get someone from the network to do it.
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