The Greatest Game Ever

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Damiano Realty

 The 1958 NFL Championship Game was a classic.

50 years ago today - December 28, 1958 - the game that changed the face of the National Football League took place in New York at Yankee Stadium. The NY Giants and Baltimore Colts participated in what has become to be known as the greatest game in NFL history - a game that captured the nations attention and started America's fascination with Pro Football to help propel the league into the number one sports entity it is today.

The game featured many legendary NFL stars such as: Pat Summerall, Frank Gifford, Kyle Rote, Charlie Conerly, Sam Huff, and Andy Robustelli for the Giants and Johnny Unitas, Alan Ameche, Raymond Berry, Jim Parker, and Art Donovan for the Colts. The Colts had Weeb Ewbank (who would later lead the NY Jets to their only Super Bowl victory in 1969) as their Head Coach, while the Giants employed two Assistant coaches who would go on to become coaching legends - Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.

But what made this game special was the fact that this was the first ever overtime game in NFL history. The excitement of the hard fought battle with so much at stake and the sudden death finish was something not previously experienced by football fans. Was it technically the best football game that was ever played? Most experts, including many of the participants, would say no. But in terms of importance to the growth and expansion of a league, the 1958 Colts / Giants Championship Game was indeed...The Greatest Game Ever.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Mark Watterson
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Love great football and I'm looking forward to some great playoff games.  Don't really have a team I want to win.  I'm a fair weather fan that likes to cheer on the underdog. 

Dec 28, 2008 12:41 AM #1
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
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Oh, you can't fool me!  You weren't even born in 1958!

And where is Tom Landry when the 'Boys need him?  If they don't win today, no playoffs this year.

Dec 28, 2008 12:42 AM #2
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Jim Albano
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Mark...I'm with you. Love football.

Ha Lorrie...you got me!! But that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the history of the game. BTW - maybe the 'boys should break out one of the old hats for Wade to wear - lol

Dec 28, 2008 01:31 AM #3
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Gayle Balaban
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Jim There has been a lot of talk about this lately.  I saw an interview with Frank Gifford about this.  A lot of them never realized in the moment what was happening.

Dec 28, 2008 04:02 AM #4
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Jim Albano
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Gayle, that's usually how these great games go...the players don't realize they're involved in something special until it's over. They just go out and play the game.

Dec 28, 2008 12:28 PM #5
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Ann Allen Hoover
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This is definitely a great week for football fans to enjoy all the games!

Dec 29, 2008 12:38 AM #6
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
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Football sudden death is a great way to end.....no ties.

Dec 29, 2008 06:30 AM #7
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Jim, I think Wade is going to need more than an old hat.  I think he might need a new job after yesterday's embarrassment.

Dec 29, 2008 08:31 AM #8
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Danny Thornton
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Jim, I love football so much that I would watch this game 10 times in a row if I could.

Dec 29, 2008 09:53 AM #9
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Jim Albano
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Ann - for sure...plenty of games to watch

Dan - It sure makes it extremely exciting...or deflating...depending who you're rooting for.

Lorrie - 3 coaches down so far...will Wade be number 4??

Danny - I don't doubt that for a second!!

Dec 29, 2008 01:22 PM #10
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Jim:  Jerry Jones is saying "No."  At least for right now, Wade stays.

Dec 30, 2008 12:35 AM #11
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Jim Albano
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Lorrie, all I can say is....GO GIANTS!!!!!

Dec 30, 2008 07:28 AM #12
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I was and will always be a Giants fan.  It's just so hard to be one here.

Dec 30, 2008 08:34 AM #13
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Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
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Greatest game ever? I know that is what they call it. I'm kind of partial to the January 2008 Super Bowl. Having met you in person, it is quite possible that you were around in 1958 LOL

Dec 30, 2008 02:12 PM #14
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Jim Albano
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Lorrie, true BLUE? You bet!

Sal....ha,ha,ha.   With friends like you......

Dec 30, 2008 02:18 PM #15
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I was three years old. However, I remember it well because I have in on DVD now.

Jan 11, 2009 06:31 PM #16
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Jim Albano
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Russel, DVD's do wonders for one's memory :-)

Jan 14, 2009 01:27 PM #17
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