1980 Steelers 17 at Chargers 26
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05-16-2017, 01:02 PM

1980 Steelers 17 at Chargers 26

A special thanks to Russell "SteelBuck 6" for generously providing us with this classic game! Game summary coming soon... 
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05-16-2017, 08:10 PM

Damn it. Matt Bahr was horrible! He already cost us three or four games with his lousy kicking -- if Bahr had make his kicks, we would have been in the playoffs no question -- and then he goes out here and misses a chip shot, ruining a really nice 5 minute drive and the chance for Pittsburgh to get up and early and quiet the crowd.
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05-16-2017, 10:09 PM

(05-16-2017, 08:10 PM)Guest Wrote: Damn it. Matt Bahr was horrible! He already cost us three or four games with his lousy kicking -- if Bahr had make his kicks, we would have been in the playoffs no question -- and then he goes out here and misses a chip shot, ruining a really nice 5 minute drive and the chance for Pittsburgh to get up and early and quiet the crowd.

Yeah, he was brutal. Had some good moments in '79 that really helped us (OT vs. New England and Cleveland), but after that, he was terrible. 

Unfortunately, David Trout was even worse and almost single-handedly cost us a playoff spot in '81. Worst kicking I've ever seen.
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05-16-2017, 11:59 PM

This is the first time I've seen this game since I watched it as a kid in '80. Looking back, it was a lot better game than I remembered. The Steelers had their opportunities (a couple of dropped interceptions by Shell could have stopped SD drives, the missed Bahr FG, and the failure to convert on 4th down). But it's depressing watching Muncie run all over the place, especially around the left side -- a younger Dwight White would have put a stop to that. But I think it all goes back to what Frank Gifford pointed out -- the four lost games by a combined margin of less than 10 points. The Steelers could just as easily come into this game 13-2 instead of 9-6, and could have had the best record in the league. That would have made this game a huge one, and even if Pittsburgh had lost they still would have finished 13-3, enough to have home field advantage in the playoffs.
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05-17-2017, 09:32 AM

(05-16-2017, 10:09 PM)mcmillenandwife Wrote:
(05-16-2017, 08:10 PM)Guest Wrote: Damn it. Matt Bahr was horrible! He already cost us three or four games with his lousy kicking -- if Bahr had make his kicks, we would have been in the playoffs no question -- and then he goes out here and misses a chip shot, ruining a really nice 5 minute drive and the chance for Pittsburgh to get up and early and quiet the crowd.

Yeah, he was brutal. Had some good moments in '79 that really helped us (OT vs. New England and Cleveland), but after that, he was terrible. 

Unfortunately, David Trout was even worse and almost single-handedly cost us a playoff spot in '81. Worst kicking I've ever seen.

Agreed
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05-18-2017, 12:42 AM

Thank you for posting this classic MNF stuff! I love your new site! I visited it about ten years ago because I collected games on tape as well.....a huge Oiler fan, so I of course didn't care for the Steelers! Now I've got boxes of old vhs tapes just sitting there haha....anyway, just wanted to say I love your site!
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05-18-2017, 09:23 AM

(05-18-2017, 12:42 AM)Guest Wrote: Thank you for posting this classic MNF stuff!  I love your new site!  I visited it about ten years ago because I collected games on tape as well.....a huge Oiler fan, so I of course didn't care for the Steelers!  Now I've got boxes of old vhs tapes just sitting there haha....anyway, just wanted to say I love your site!

Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it.

Even though I'm a Steelers fan through and through, the Oilers were my second-favorite team in the '70s and Earl Campbell remains my favorite running back of all time. If this place survives long enough for me to do it, the first classic games that will be here will be Oilers from the '70s, starting with '79 Houston at Dallas.
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