Originally Posted by bbgun
I watched it this weekend but don't recall Don taking that shot. Howard beclowned himself by saying the Cowboys should just run the ball all night. That was right before the long bomb to Hayes.
People remember Cosell fondly now but don't forget the guy could be incredibly grating. It was truly love/hate. In that Morton to Hayes clip you get a taste of the Meredith-Cosell back and forth of that night. Part of the charm but also a bit childish of Cosell IMO.
The other observation I'd make is that you'd expect the graphics to be archaic versus today's high-tech standards, and they were. But the pre-game comments from Meredith & Gifford both come off as totally unscripted to me. No way would they fly versus today's standards. But then I think that's also why back then it was more about the game itself.
Frank Gifford was pretty darn good IMO for simply being an ex-jock. As the PBP he needed to bring the professionalism where Dandy & Cosell had a bit more license. Gifford to me pulled it off beautifully, especially considering his background.