Chances are that sometime between the ages of 10 and 14 you became familiar with the charming 19th century Swiss girl named Heidi. Either by way of assigned reading in school, summer reading on your own, or having your sister describe her to you in excruciating detail, you learned all about this delightful young orphan that warmed the heart of her cantankerous and secluded grandfather.
And who can forget the welling of tears when, after years away in Frankfurt, Heidi returned to Switzerland, prompting her grandfather to come down the mountain and to the village for the first time in years to greet her. Oh, how they laughed.
I know what you’re thinking. If ever there was a plot fit for a group of guys hopped up on beer and football-induced testosterone, this is it. Nothing goes with Sunday football quite like nine-year-old Swiss Alp goat-herders teaching each other to read and write. In fact, if I was a television executive at NBC, I’d figure out a way to combine the two things, and pronto.
Actually, my brilliant entertainment idea has already been done. Through a ufabet เว็บตรงทางเข้า series of bad pregame decisions and late-game communication breakdowns, the rare, and never since repeated, double-header of shortened professional football and beloved children’s tale was broadcast across the nation in 1968.
Forty years ago football rarely, if ever, took more than three hours to complete. So with a new made-for-TV version of Heidi set to air that November Sunday night on NBC at 7pm Eastern, no one thought the Jets-Raiders game beginning at 4pm Eastern (1pm kickoff in Oakland) would be a problem. And just in case the game did bleed past 7 o’clock, to avoid any confusion a decision on what to do had already been made: roll Heidi. There were prime time sponsors to think about.
With 65 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Jets took a 32-29 lead on Jim Turner’s fourth field goal of the game. New York then kicked off, and the Raiders returned it to their own 23-yard line to set up a last minute drive to try and tie or win the game. And then NBC went to commercial.
And if you were in the Eastern or Central time zones, that’s the last you saw of the game.