Your first NFL watching memories

Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby JWL » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:58 am

I remember many games of the 1984 season. I looked at games earlier in the 1980s but I have no recollections of any particular games.

The first game I attended was the Jets vs Giants 1986 preseason game. The first regular season game I attended was the 1993 Bengals vs Jets game. That was the only game with a touchdown in it that got mentioned in my touchdown-free games article in The Coffin Corner.
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby Citizen » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:27 am

The first game I remember watching was a Packers-Bears exhibition game in 1969. Imagine my delight when video of the telecast started circulating.

The first game I can remember really caring about the outcome was Super Bowl IV. I really wanted the Vikings to win, which amazes me now.

The first NFL Films show I remember watching was the 1969 Browns highlights the following August.
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby sheajets » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:13 am

JWL wrote:I remember many games of the 1984 season. I looked at games earlier in the 1980s but I have no recollections of any particular games.

The first game I attended was the Jets vs Giants 1986 preseason game. The first regular season game I attended was the 1993 Bengals vs Jets game. That was the only game with a touchdown in it that got mentioned in my touchdown-free games article in The Coffin Corner.


They could've done a better job on the throwback uni's during that 1993 game. I was there too

Odd ending to that one too with Coslet having Louie Aguiar run out of the endzone...or did he pitch it out? But there was a big discussion and it seemed like 10 minutes before any decision was rendered
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby JohnH19 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:19 pm

The first pro football game I ever watched was a 1967 CFL regular season game my dad took me to. Russ Jackson and the mighty Ottawa Rough Riders thrashed our Blue Bombers 40-7.

The first NFL game I ever watched from start to finish was the Ice Bowl a few months later. I watched it with my dad and uncle in my aunt and uncle’s basement. I cheered for the Cowboys because I liked their uniforms, especially the helmets. My dad and uncle bet me a quarter that the Packers would win but they didn’t make me pay.

The first NFL game I attended in person was the 1999 Wild Card game between Jeff George’s Vikings and the Cowboys in Minneapolis.
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Your first NFL watching memories

Postby James » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:46 pm

Can't remember the first game I watched, it would have been in early 1970's, either '71, '72, or '73.I do remember the first Super Bowl I watched was Super Bowl IX with my grandfather, where Pittsburgh beat Minnesota 16-6. Still one of my favorite Super Bowl's.
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby Teo » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:13 pm

First game that I can remember watching: Cowboys-Broncos Super Bowl XII

First game that I attended in person: 1983 preseason Buccaneers at Oilers

First NFL play I can remember: Butch Johnson's catch in Super Bowl XII (now it wouldn't been a catch)
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby RRMarshall » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:45 pm

First game that I can remember watching: Pieces of several games from the 1969 season, The Rams' Wendell Tucker and his long TD catch and run against the Cowboys, Joe Kapp's rushing TD vs the Rams in the NFL West Title game, Mike Clark missing the ball entirely on an onside KO attempt in the Cowboys humiliating 38-14 loss to the Browns in the NFL East title game. Chiefs' Otis Taylor circus catch along the sideline in the 1969 AFL Championship Game.

First game that I attended in person: 1977 Bills at Patriots-Roland Hooks "fills in" for a hurt O.J. and rushes for 155 yards in a 24-14 Bills upset of the Patriots (a game that eventually cost them a playoff berth).
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby rhickok1109 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:18 am

The first game I ever saw was an exhibition between the Packers and Giants at old City Stadium in August of 1946. I was 7 years old. (My birthday's in November, so I turned 8 in the course of the season.)

There was a lot of interest in the game, because the Packers were using the T-formation for the first time. They pretty much dominated the Giants but won by only 17-14.

It was also the first game at which my father was the official scorer for the Packers. He had recently replaced George Whitney Calhoun as news editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and he also took over Calhoun's role as official scorer (I'm not sure if that was an actual title at the time, but he performed all the tasks of an official scorer).

From that point on, I saw every Packer home game, including those played in Milwaukee, as well as all the games in Chicago, sitting next to Dad in the press box and helping him with the play-by-play and stats, until September of 1955, when I entered college.
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby lastcat3 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:45 pm

I really can't remember games that vividly until about the late '80's. I can remember snapshots of games prior to that but can't remember the particular game that thoroughly. The first snapshot I think I can remember was from the Redskins and Dolphins '82 Super Bowl. I have a memory of a Dolphins player running into the endzone. Most of my other snapshot memories come from the '83 and '84 seasons.
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Re: Your first NFL watching memories

Postby sheajets » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:58 pm

rhickok1109 wrote:The first game I ever saw was an exhibition between the Packers and Giants at old City Stadium in August of 1946. I was 7 years old. (My birthday's in November, so I turned 8 in the course of the season.)

There was a lot of interest in the game, because the Packers were using the T-formation for the first time. They pretty much dominated the Giants but won by only 17-14.

It was also the first game at which my father was the official scorer for the Packers. He had recently replaced George Whitney Calhoun as news editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and he also took over Calhoun's role as official scorer (I'm not sure if that was an actual title at the time, but he performed all the tasks of an official scorer).

From that point on, I saw every Packer home game, including those played in Milwaukee, as well as all the games in Chicago, sitting next to Dad in the press box and helping him with the play-by-play and stats, until September of 1955, when I entered college.


That's awesome that you got to experience a game from the 1940's. Any particular memories stick out? Did Tony Canadeo play? Frank Filchock Curly Lambeau on the sidelines?
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