The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth About Football's Most by Ed Gruver

By Ed Gruver

The day of the Ice Bowl video game used to be so chilly, the referees' whistles would not paintings; so chilly, the journalists' espresso iced up within the press sales space; so chilly, lovers equipped small fires within the concrete and steel stands; so chilly, television cables iced up and photographers did not dare contact the steel in their apparatus; so chilly, the sport was once as a lot approximately survival because it used to be approximately ability and technique. On New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and the golf green Bay Packers met for a vintage NFL championship video game, performed on a frozen box in sub-zero climate. The "Ice Bowl" challenged each ability of those nice groups. here is the full tale, in accordance with dozens of interviews with those who have been there—on the sector and off—told by means of writer Ed Gruver with ardour, suspense, wit, and accuracy.

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With his fiery leadership and fun-loving lifestyle, Layne was a sharp contrast to Landry. Still, the two men got along well, respecting each other’s personal beliefs. One resident of Landry’s dorm said that while Tom did not take part in all pranks, he was not a prude. He didn’t criticize those whose dorm life was diametrically opposed to his own, and seemed at times to enjoy some of the college shenanigans. Landry’s mature attitude toward college life was shaped by his experiences as a bomber pilot in World War II.

There were no such platitudes in the Packer camp for Shecter’s Esquire piece, even though it won the “Best Sports Stories–1968” magazine award. Dining out with friends shortly after the article was published in early December, Lombardi read portions of it to his companions at the table. His face reddened and he blinked furiously behind his clear glasses as he read a description of himself bawling out an injured player: “There is a pileup and out of the bottom of the pile comes a cry that has been torn out of a man’s throat, a shriek of agony.

Because we did see that he was very emotional and that he loved us and cared for us. We won six of the next seven games, went to a playoff game the next year, and from then on, we were in the playoffs every year. ” Thomas Wade Landry was born September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas, and few people have so personified the name of their hometown as the middle son of Ray and Ruth Landry. From a three-year tour as a copilot of a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber in World War II to becoming a player, assistant coach, and ultimately head coach in the NFL, Landry lived his life as if he were on a mission.

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